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Wozniak hopes to bring Harrisburg to Cresson newspapers

Vol. 115 No. 7

USPS 326-480

Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Senator wants state officials to see impact of prison closing By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

While schools were letting out early and the region braced for what could have been some troubling weather, officials at the state level also canceled their plans to visit the area. As of late last week, State Senator John Wozniak had hoped to bring representatives of various state agencies to the region to help drive home the points he has been trying to make in Harrisburg — that the closing of the State Correctional Institution at Cresson is more than just numbers in a budget, and has a

very real human impact, as well. “They were concerned about this weather anomaly,” Wozniak said as he explained the reason for canceling Friday’s morning meeting, already moved from Thursday, an invitation-only forum that Wozniak planned with assistance from Mount Aloysius College. The senator said that he had hoped representatives from the governor’s action committee, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Corrections, and more would be in attendance, and he hopes to

Deed offers insight into ownership of SCI lands

SEE WOZNIAK, PAGE 4

Rumor claiming extended rights of Carnegie family proves false By Justin Eger

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“I know of no healthier place in the state nor one more beautiful,” wrote Andrew Carnegie as he offered the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a tract of land on Cresson Mountain to be used for a tuberculosis sanatorium, one of several built throughout the state in the early 1900s. With the land in question already situated near what was once considered a health resort in the Mountain House Grounds, state officials at the time inquired after Carnegie, asking by what price such land could be purchased. Carnegie’s reply, issued in 1909 from Skibo Castle in Scotland, was such: “If the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will promptly erect and undertake to maintain a Sanatorium on my land at Cresson, I shall be delighted to make a free gift of it for that purpose. I have had an offer for it and another party is looking at it but I shall hold until I hear from you.”

Resident takes umbrage at winter maintenance

SEE DEED, PAGE 4

Returning Farmer’s Turnpike to PennDOT under discussion By Justin Eger

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The winter thus far has been much more meddlesome than last year’s, with sudden, steady snows causing problems for drivers in every municipality, and putting local road crews on standby many nights of the week. Still, despite the best efforts of municipal employees to keep up with the

plowing and salting, some are still concerned with the safety and maintenance of some local roads. Such a discussion was central to a meeting of the Washington Township Board of Supervisors on Feb. 6, as township resident Paul Williams questioned the supervisors about their efforts to maintain Farmer’s Turnpike. This year, the township took over plowing Farmer’s Turnpike from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, entering into a contact with the state to maintain the road throughout the winter season for a fee of $7,800 (or more, depending on how long winter lasts). Williams, however, SEE UMBRAGE, PAGE 5

Pressure tested

As shouts of “Narrow fog!” and “Move forward!” carried over the late morning air on Sunday, those passing by the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company’s hall were treated to a view of training conducted for fledgling firefighters from around the region. As a part of basic preparedness, instructors like Cresson’s Joe Adams (above and at right) grilled recruits on the basics of hose management, addressing the controls on the equipment and tactics related to approaching a burning structure. Adams’ voice carried loud and clear, commanding the firefighters to advance, withdraw, and adjust with each order. The training saw participants from Cresson, Lilly, South Fork, Nanty Glo, Lakemont, Ramey, and Bedford visit the Cresson Fire Hall, and not only offered an introduction into firefighter training, but helped explore the different cultures present among the various fire companies. Photos by Justin Eger.

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