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Tunnelhill Boro talks speeding, recognizes council members Vol. 131 No. 32

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By Gina Bianucci

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The Tunnelhill Borough Council discussed issues regarding police coverage and recognized two council members at its meeting Aug. 5. During the meeting, the council members discussed ongoing speeding issues and how they want the Gallitzin Borough police to start patrolling more often. ‘We want something done up here in Tunnelhill,’ Mike Taddei said. ‘The speeding is out of control.’ Tunnelhill Borough has contracted for police coverage from Gallitzin Borough, but the majority of the police officers are stationed in Gallitzin Borough,

Cresson, Pa.

including the police chief. The borough plans on sending a letter to Gallitzin Borough about providing more coverage in Tunnelhill. However, the last time they sent a letter, Gallitzin Borough thought that Tunnelhill was dropping their police to use State Police instead, which they weren’t. Gallitzin Borough has been looking to hire more officers as well. Council member Heather McCloskey said that the police should start giving out more citations instead of warnings. Council member Larry Bem claimed that people are allowed to go up to 10 miles over the speed limit before they are given


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Tunnelhill Borough Council members Larry Bem, Cathy Dent and Heather McCloskey present Mike Taddei with a citation from Rep. Frank Burns’ office for his 41 years of service to the borough. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

Gallitzin Township talks grass, citations

By Gina Bianucci

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Lilly Girl Scout Troop 40418 members Amber Seymour (left), Sara Halerz, Gia Ricuperl and Jacquelyn Jacobs attend the Harry Potter Birthday Party held at the Portage Public Library July 31. Photo by Ron Portash.

At the Gallitzin Township Supervisors meeting Aug. 1, the supervisors discussed how a property owner has not been cutting their grass and is violating local codes. The supervisors discussed how Rodney Swemba, who does not live in Gallitzin Township but owns property in the township, has not cut his grass in a long time. They estimated that his grass is around 4 feet high. According to secretary Susan Balzano, his property is up for tax sale and his brother wants to buy the property off of him and clean it up, but Swemba won’t sell it. Swemba has until Sept. 9 to make payment arrangements at the Cambria County Tax Claim Office

to keep his property. ‘We’ve been dealing with this complaint for two summers now,’ supervisor Larry Grimes said. Swemba bought the property two years ago when the property was up for tax sale. A tax sale is the forced sale of property by a government entity for unpaid taxes by the property’s owner. The supervisors said they and the police cannot do anything about the property until Cambria County Code Enforcement says so. ‘It’s unfortunate, but the law works very slow,’ officer Joe Hindinger said. For the township to be able to do anything, Hindinger said, they need to establish an ordinance and they have to give Swemba so much time before they can take him to court. If

Camp Cadet students participate in live bear demonstration


By Gina Bianucci

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Camp Cadet participants were treated to a live bear demonstration with Pennsylvania Game Commission wardens Friday, Aug. 2, at Mount Aloysius College. Game Commission wardens brought three bears to the college campus and demonstrated how to tag the bears and weigh them, using some of the cadets to help them. The wardens explained to the cadets on what to do if they have a bear issue at their home. The primary suggestion was to remove the possible food source from their home because that causes the nuisance 90 percent of the time. ‘It’s just a matter of educating people on how to live with the wildlife,’ game warden Seth Mesoras said.

Game Commission wardens teach Camp Cadet participants in a demonstration about bears using real sedated bears during the camp at Mount Aloysius College Aug. 2. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

The wardens also gave the cadets an insight on their job, daily duties and possible job opportunities in the future. ‘The camp is geared toward law enforcement, and the Game Commission falls in the law enforcement family,’ state trooper Scott Urban said. ‘Some of our

cadets, who may be more into the outdoors, may seek employment with the Game Commission. We’re giving them another look at a possible job opportunity or something that they may be interested in.’ The Game Commission’s primary job is to enforce the hunting and trapping laws in the state. Their

secondary job is to educate people on living with wildlife. The state employs around 700 people statewide with the Game Commission full time, with many of them having research based jobs like biologists. There are around 200 full-time wardens in total and there are two officers in Cambria

County, Mesoras, based in the southern part of the county, and Shawn Harshaw, stationed in the northern part of the county. The Game Commission catches 25 to 35 bears per year for research purposes. The bears are tagged,


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