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Tunnelhill Borough discusses regular borough business

Vol. 121 No. 10

USPS 326-480

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

During the March 4 Tunnelhill Borough meeting, it was business as usual for the council. The meeting started with approving all minutes and from last month’s meeting the treasurer’s report and paying all bills. According to president Michael Taddei, borough worker Paul Kochara told him salt went up $50 a ton. Kochara also informed Taddei that he purchased 14.6 more tons of salt. Under old business, Taddei told the council that the S&T Bank CD at 2.25 percent for 12 months matured in February. Taddei said he called PennCrest and 1st Summit Bank to provide quotes. Vice president Tom Krozel told Taddei that he was in contact with

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S&T Bank and they offered 2.25 percent for 12 months. As for 1st Summit Bank, the bank provided a 17 month CD at 2.25 percent. “S&T has always treated us well,” said councilman Larry Bem. Also under old business was the discussion of dirt roads from the Cambria County Conservation District. Taddei said he told Annie Sybert from the conservation district that he will show her the roads during springtime when the snow melts. Last month, the council said they believed the borough has two or three dirt roads. The council received a letter from the conservation district last month stating that grant money is available to fix those roads. Taddei and the council members also talked about the proposed

issue of state police coverage in the borough. Taddei said an article in the Altoona Mirror said for the borough to have police coverage, the borough may have to pay $8 per person. If a municipality does not have a police department and is under 2,000 people, then the cost of the coverage would be $8 per incident. If a municipality is over 2,000 people, then the cost would be $160 per person. “It’s expensive,” said Taddei. In new business, the council talked about another CD that will be maturing starting March 14. Taddei said Krozel received a quote for the other CD. For 13 months, it would be 2.40 percent at S&T Bank. First National Bank offered the same quote. The council motioned to keep the CD with S&T Bank.

Conservation and Recreation Authority, the National Park Service, the Portage Historical Society, Portage Borough and Portage Township were present for this second of three steering committee meetings. The Mainline Trail will be part of the Main Line Greenway Trail and part of the soon-to-be established September 11th National Memorial Trail. The Main Line Greenway Trail is an effort to preserve the heritage of the places and people who opened the frontier beyond the

Allegheny Mountains and made Pennsylvania a unique key in the expansion of the nation. The 320-mile corridor from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh follows the path of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal. The canal was started in 1823, and at the time, it was considered one of the greatest engineering feats in the burgeoning United States. The canal replaced the inadequate Native American trails and primitive Conestoga wagon roads that could not keep up with the demand for moving goods

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Reading fun

All Saints Catholic School second-graders Claira Myers and Joey Bucynski enjoy a Dr. Seuss book during Read Across America March 1. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

Routes explored for proposed Mainline Canal Trail

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The second of a series of meetings for local municipal representatives for the Mainline Trail Feasibility Study, phase one, was held March 1. This study is to extend the trail system from the Path of the Flood trailhead in Ehrenfeld to Portage. Representatives in attendance from the non-profit Allegheny Ridge Corporation, Laird Landscape Architecture and Land Planning, the Cambria County

SEE BUSINESS, PAGE 6A

westward from Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. The Main Line Canal was comprised of a series of canals, towpaths, dams, aqueducts and the famous Allegheny Portage Railroad inclines. The canal competed against the newly constructed Erie Canal in New York to move goods and people to the western frontier and bring goods and people back to the East Coast. The canal stimulated the early growth of the iron, coal and timber industries in Western Pennsylvania and drew the popula-

tion westward along its route to populate small communities like Portage, Wilmore and Cresson. The September 11th Memorial Trail is being designed as a national trail in tribute to all those who perished in America’s single worst terrorist attack. The trail will be a hiking, biking and driving trail to provide a physical link to the three memorials commemorating the tragic events that occurred at the Pentagon, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and

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District 6 girls basketball champions

Penn Cambria girls’ basketball seniors Mia McCarthy, Emmy Harvey, Laken Guzic, Ryanna Hockenos and Makalyn Clapper display their District 6 championship trophy after defeating Penns Valley, 78-63, March 1 at Mount Aloysius’ Wellness and Convocation Center. For more about the game, see page 6B. Photo by Calem Illig.

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