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Leadership Institute promotes community involvement in youth

Vol. 120 No. 27

USPS 326-480

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Much like the layout from last year’s program, students from around the area commenced to Mount Aloysius College for a three-and-ahalf-day event for a number of trips to learn about local leadership, programs and groups through the college’s Leadership Institute. Executive director for mission integration and community engagement Christina Koren created the program to build an opportunity for area high school students to learn about new ways to enhance their community leadership. Each morning, six students met from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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to work on their leadership skills and met various individuals and learned new skills. When completing the institute, students earned two college credits. Ninth to 12th graders from Penn Cambria, Windber, State College and Moon Township got to visit the Blair County Courthouse to have one-onone meetings with Judge Jolene Kopriva. Kopriva talked about the dynamics of the community. The students also explored the Johnstown City Chamber and met with the redevelopment authority to touch base with the interworkings of government, education, business and volunSEE INSTITUTE, PAGE 3A

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Tom (left), Bob and Nick Kunrod of the Margaret Kunrod Memorial Fund, present a check to Beverly Mandichak and J. Salony both of the Lilly-Washington Historical Society Preservation Fund for the Coal Miners’ Memorial June 29. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

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Jack and Marcus Lingafelt take in the sights of the annual Lilly Fireman’s Carnival Thursday, June 28. Photo by Katie Hanlon.

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Representatives from the Margaret Kunrod Memorial Fund presented a check to the LillyWashington Historical Society’s preservation fund for The Coal Miners’ Memorial at LillyWashington War Memorial Park June 28. The check was presented by Margarent Kunrod’s husband, Bob Kunrod, Margaret’s son, Tom Kunrod and Margaret’s grandson, Nick Kunrod. The Kunrods’ awarded the check to J. Salony, founding president of the historical society, and Beverly Mandichak, current president of the historical society. Bob Kunrod was a coal miner for 38 years. He, his wife and his son have been supportive of the historical society since its founding in 2001, and have been particularly involved with the creation and development of the Coal Miners’ Memorial. “I’d like to be one of the ones to help keep this going for the next generations,” Kunrod said. This memorial was designed to preserve and document the sacrifices the miners made as

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they labored 12-hour days, six days a week, for up to 60 years. Miners would sometimes begin to work as young as eight-years-old in conditions that were dark, damp and dangerous. “It showed what the miners went through,” explained Kunrod. Divided into several sections, The Coal Miners Memorial park has many features. The park is dominated by a statue of a miner leading a mule pulling a car filled with coal. To the right of the miner sits the minors’ young son who is there to help his father clear the blasted rubble to get to the coal. On the base of the statue are the names, years of service and miners who worked at the local mines. “The whole purpose of doing this monument is to enshrine all of the work that these miners did over the years and to make it known to present generations,” Salony said. Located on the other side of the miner statue is The Miners’ Chapel Bronze Plaque, which records the names and particulars of 50 local miners who were killed in the mines. SEE DONATE, PAGE 6A

Sees first general fund surplus since 2011 By Kristin Baudoux of Mainline Newspapers

For the first time since 2011, Cambria County has a surplus in its general fund balance. Joel Valentine, from Wessel & Company, was present at the county commissioner’s meeting, held June 27 at Highland Library in Richland Township, to discuss the coun-

ty’s 2017 audit report and relay the good news. Valentine presented county’s five-year financial summary. Valentine discussed the county’s current ratio, which reflects its liquidity standpoint. At the end of 2017, the county had a ratio of 1.29, which translates to the county having $1.29 for every dollar owed. Valentine said this was a great improvement from a low of .85 in 2015. In net outstanding debt, in 2017, the county hit a low of $45,209,669, compared to 2015, when the debt was at a high of $56,850,223. Valentine said the county is doing well in reducing its debts.

“The county is making great progress on paying down their debt in their long-term obligations,” Valentine said. Also for the second year in a row, the county’s revenue has exceeded its expenses by over $2 million. In 2015, the county’s expenses were $4 million over its revenues. “This board of commissioners had to make some tough decisions to get things going in the right direction and overcome the $10 million deficit over a three-year period, and they’ve certainly been able to do that and replenish the fund balance,” Valentine said. In 2017, the county had an SEE AUDIT, PAGE 6A

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Jack and Marcus Lingafelt take in the sights of the annual Lilly Fireman’s Carnival Thursday, June 28. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

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