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Tunnelhill Borough discusses adjacent cemetery property

Vol. 154 No. 6

USPS 326-480

By Gina Bianucci

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During the Tunnelhill Borough Council meeting held Feb. 3, council president Mike Taddei brought up a piece of land near the back of St. Patrick’s Cemetery that St. Demetrius Church wants to own. Taddei said the church’s pastor, Fr. Albert Ledoux, asked him about the area around seven years ago, however, Ledoux recently hired a new secretary at the church who had information about the land he wants. Taddei said that back in 1934, the piece of land in question was turned over to the borough. However, there is no record of

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the transaction in the courthouse. He said Ledoux asked again about the piece of land, and Taddei said solicitor Gerald Neugebauer would take care of it. Both council member Larry Bem and Taddei said they had no problem giving the piece of land to the church because it is of no use to the borough. Neugebauer told the council they must approve the authorization to prepare a deed of dedication to the church. It would be at no cost to the borough, and they would give it to the church to use. Moving on, a resident had a question about the condition of SEE CEMETERY, PAGE 3A

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Let’s go bowling!

Zoey Link, Marjorie Frank and Emma Eckenrode choose the ball they want for bowling as they compete against each other at High Rollers Jan. 31. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

Safe2Say Something Program celebrates its first anniversary

By Gina Bianucci

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Pennsylvania’s Safe2Say Something Program, which provides students with an opportunity to report classmates who may cause harm to themselves or others, recently celebrated its first year in operation. At the Penn Cambria School Board meeting, Jan. 21, solicitor Krystal Edwards brought up Safe2Say’s impact on schools in the area and within the commonwealth. The program is used in every school district throughout

the entire state. “Not only does it help support school violence, but [it’s] also really useful in notifying about general issues [students] have with their peers that they might not feel comfortable talking to an adult with,” Edwards said. Edwards said many of the issues brought up by students through the program include depression, hunger and their general well-being. Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run

SEE SAFE2SAY, PAGE 4A

Bowling competition

Vincent Seymour, Mason Wherry and Logan Hoover compete against their classmates Jan. 31. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

Ashville VFW holds town hall with speakers on veterans benefits

By Gina Bianucci

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The Ashville VFW held a town hall featuring several guests to help answer veterans’ questions obtaining their benefits Jan. 31 County commissioner Tom Chernisky began the town hall by explaining that the goal of these forums is to make veterans aware of what benefits are offered to them. He said that it is not a one-

size-fits-all situation, and the town halls are informational sessions that allow veterans to know what’s available. According to Chernisky, Cambria County has been ranked first in the state for the last three years for processing the most claims and bringing the most benefits to veterans. He said that during the previous year, Cambria County brought in $10.4 million in benefits over 12 months to help veterans and their spouses and received over 800 applications. The guest speakers at the forum included James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center director Sigrid Andrew, Chief of Stakeholder Relations Shaun Shenk and

Cambria County Veteran Services director Zackary Portser. The panel also had several vendors present including state Rep. Frank Burns’ office, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office, PA CareerLink, the Women’s Memorial and the James E. VanZandt VA Hospital for suicide prevention. Andrew started by thanking the veterans for their service and explaining her background. “As I wandered around the room talking to our nation’s heroes, I always told the staff that we have an honored profession and that we are fortunate to work in a place where we work with people who are heroes disguised SEE VETERANS, PAGE 7A

Hanging out

Krista Dellavalle and Laryah McMahon watch their classmates bowl Jan. 31. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

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