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Cresson fire company updates Gallitzin Township Supervisors Vol. 121 No. 11
By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
The March 7 Gallitzin Township meeting began with representatives of the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company presenting the yearly update to the municipalities they serve. Within this presentation, trustee Eric Hott and president Dave Fulton mainly discussed the preliminary budget. “To both the supervisors and the residents of the township, we appreciate the support that they’ve been giving us all these years,” said Fulton. Every year when the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company sends the annual contracts to the municipalities, they also send a preliminary budget so the supervisors or council members know where the tax money is
allocated. According to Fulton, the fire company wants to start including the preliminary budget because most municipalities do not know where their money is going. “So starting this year, what we’re going to do at the end of the year is what we call our municipal account,” said Fulton. The municipal account shows the municipalities’ contributions and the total amount the fire company brings in from the municipality contracts. The report also includes what the fire company spends in 2018 with the municipal dollars. Fulton also said that the report will also help the municipalities track their money. “So we’ll start giving that to you at the end of every year so you can see where it went,”
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Fulton said. Fulton explained that the money collected from the contracts goes into a municipal account, which is separate from donations. This account makes it easy to audit and allows the municipalities to look at the money kept separate. In the annual report, the fire company included what the company pays an accounting firm to check their books. Fulton said the accounting firm reviews the company’s municipal, general and savings accounts. He also said the accounting firm also reviews CDs to make sure they are earning the right rate of interest. “All of our accounts are audited by somebody, somewhere,” said Fulton. SEE COMPANY, PAGE 11A
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After being named regional champs, members of the Penn Cambria forensics team will focus on state and national competitions. Twelve students will compete in the state competition March 14 at Bloomsburg University, and those who qualified for nationals, will display their skills in Milwaukee in May. Forensics administrator Holly Smith said the month delay between state and national compe-
tition will allow the students to freshen up on their skills and shift their attention to other schoolrelated activities such as the school musical. Once the musical performance is over, Smith said forensics practice will start again. Smith said topics will change for the extemporaneous speaker, the public forum debate and the Lincoln-Douglas speaker, and that the feedback from the judges at the state and regional competitions will help the students prepare for nationals. “So they will have to prep for that,” said Smith. For those who did not compete in the extemporaneous or commentary portion of the competition, the students’ speeches or pieces stay the same throughout the year. Smith said those pieces are adjusted after every meet to make them
better. “We just add to it,” said Smith. “They might start off and be at six minutes and by the time they are done, it might be 10 minutes.” The biggest areas the students focus on are transitions, character, voices and stance. Month after month, the students center their attention on perfecting their speeches. Before the major competitions, meets are held throughout the year at various high schools in the area. Smith said the team starts to practice around September to ready the students for the upcoming forensics season, with competition not starting until around December. Smith said students usually practice two or three times after school before competitions start. Once the season begins, students practice
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Penn Cambria junior high boys basketball coach Tony Tomaselli is treated with a special cake following his team’s 22-0 record this season, which culminated in winning the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference in his final season as head coach. Tomaselli will retire this year after teaching at Penn Cambria for 29 plus years, while coaching many sports throughout his tenure. Submitted photo.
Lilly Borough to receive new Christmas lights
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Members of the Penn Cambria forensics team who qualified for state and national competition include: (front row, from left) administrator Holly Smith, Shyan Yahner-Golby, Tori Kuchara, Sydney Greene, Colette Costlow, Sarah McCready, Madison Weakland, (back row) Reed Niebauer, Carter Smith, Justin Marinak, Josh Koval, Deven Cruthers, Jon Saylor and Ashton Rupp. Absent from photo is LynnetteTibbott. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.
Bev Mandichak, from the Lilly decorating committee, addressed the Lilly Borough Council during its meeting March 7 about money raised for new Christmas lights in town. “Over the last couple of years, what we’ve been doing is hosting an annual fund drive, and then we buy three or four lights… and buy new bulbs and try to refurbish them,” said Mandichak. “We really never have a new look.” Mandichak said the decorating committee has been trying to accumulate enough money to give the borough a “new look.” According to Mandichak, the decorating committee has raised $6,500 this year. “We’re going to do that this year,” Mandichak said. Mandichak said five light poles throughout the borough have been
rewired to accommodate the “new look.” By rewiring the light poles, Mandichak said the improvement will allow for more lighting. The plan is to purchase a new, cascading snowflake wreath that is 5 feet by 8 feet. The wreath comes equipped with 144 C9 light bulbs. All of Main Street will have new LED lights that will start at the entrances to town on Route 53. The plans also include having a new angel above where the manger is located. The snowflakes that are erected throughout town will also receive a facelift. Mandichak said the snowflakes will be replaced with new LEDs. “So, we’re going to have LED the whole way up and down Main Street and on Cleveland Street,” said Mandichak. Mandichak said she was unsure if SEE LIGHTS, PAGE 3A
Penn Cambria primary students Ellie Smithbower and Kylee Shaffer celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 6. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.