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Vol. 120 No. 13

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

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Helping hands extended to Shaner family Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Home, belongings lost in bombing

By Paula Varner

of Mainline Newspapers

Hopping good time

Lainey Chverchko visited with the Easter Bunny at the Hastings Borough Holiday Committee’s annual Easter Egg hunt held March 24. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

A community-wide support effort has risen from the rubble that was once a home for William and Linda Shaner and their three sons. Tuesday, March 19, Bradley Kollar drove a bomb-laden truck onto the Shaner property at 882 Kepshire Road. When he detonated the vehicle he killed himself, injured William and son Ryan, and completely demolished the Shaner home. The Tuesday morning tragedy summoned people from every walk of life into action. Wednesday, neighbor Rose Marie Fox who was one of the first to witness and respond to the bombing, decided something had to be done. “I’m a fight or flight type of individual,” she said. “If something goes wrong, I just go into motion.” Fox owns Fox’s Hairazr Salon in Patton. With the help of her son Tyler, Rose reached out to people via Facebook. “This family had nothing. I said Tyler, see who wants to help.” The response was immediate and has remained steady since. The salon has become a collection site for donations.

Cambria Heights Middle School students Ashley Eckenrode and Kayleen Thompson spearheaded a fund drive for the benefit of the Shaner family. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

Patton Borough thinks long-term treatment plant replacements

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

SEE HELPING, PAGE 10A

Future rate increase debated to help defer costs

The replacement of equipment at their wastewater treatment plant was once again a topic of discussion for the Patton Borough Council during their Tuesday, March 12 meeting. Council members received a report regarding equipment needs at the plant, the lifespan of which has already

extended beyond expectation. Normally, the borough budgets approximately $15,000 for sewer equipment and maintenance in a given year. Workers at the plant have already taken several measures to extend the life of the current equipment through preventative maintenance. Expenditures

have also been cut by doing nutrient and phosphate work in-house, as opposed to sending it off-site to be done. However, with much of the equipment surpassing its expected lifespan by at least five years, the borough must now begin to look into much needed replacements.

And, it was noted, that there were some pieces of equipment that only certain companies can handle for waste water treatment plants. Because of the upcoming need to replace equipment, borough council has begun to look into the possibly of rate increases, which

By Sarah Wolford

debts owed from meals only. The program attempts to collect the debt owed by serving an alternative meal to students whose accounts are overdrawn. Weber said that the alternative meal is now a peanut butter sandwich - previously it was tuna. He estimated that they serve between 10 and 12 alternative meals per day. Weber also said that Nutrition, Inc., was drafting certified letters to send to parents for anyone with an account overdrawn by $25 or more and planned to put them in the mail the day following the meeting. One parent asked why a substitute meal cost the same as a regular meal. Weber said that students are no longer charged for the substitute meal. He explained that originally, Nutrition, Inc., had hoped to use the substitute meal as a reimbursable meal but we were unable to do that. He added that they could credit students’ accounts who had been

charged for an alternative meal previously. One resident said that the dis-

trict’s policy, as listed in the student handbook, states that if a student’s cafeteria account goes

could be used to help cover the mounting costs of replacements and repairs. Council was presented with the extra income they would have each year from different degrees of increase, the theory being that any extra income brought in from that increase would go directly into replacing equipment. Based on an average

NCSD parents raise concerns over alternative meal program

of Mainline Newspapers

Mike Weber and Kathleen Shaw, of Nutrition, Inc., reported to the Northern Cambria School Board at their Tuesday, March 19 meeting regarding the progress of the ongoing alternative meal program, which is designed to help the district collect some of the back debt owed to their cafeteria. Weber told the board that through the success of the program, they have already collected over $5,300 in back debt. However, approximately $10,700 is still owed to the district. He clarified that these were

SEE PLANT, PAGE 4A

over $6 negative, a letter should

Facility, equipment repairs discussed

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

During its February meeting, the Northern Cambria School Board heard from Tony Kline of the district’s maintenance department, regarding several facility issues that needed to be addressed. Kline told board members that the door to the high school band room was in dire need of replacement, explaining that there is no lock set on the door. “There’s no way to lock it,” he clarified. He also said that, as they are, the doors to the band room are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Right now, there are two 30-inch doors, which swing out. It’s not ADA compatible.” Kline said that he had received a quote from Frederick Lock and Key, out of Altoona, for a grade II door, that would be soundproof and reuse the existing hinges, with one door 3-feet wide and one door 2-feet wide. The cost would be $2,585 for a metal door, $3,085 for a wood door, or $3,385 for a grade I door. Kline pointed out that

SEE ALTERNATIVE, PAGE 6A

the district could look locally for the door, however, he was unsure if a local company would be able to install the door with a security lock. One resident suggested the district then at least look to do the door locally and go to the Altoona company for the security lock installation. Board member Delvin Lockard said that the district should, at the very least, get more price quotes from other companies. District superintendent Dr. John Jubas pointed out that the district should get started on the new door as soon as possible, since they are out of compliance with the ADA. Board member Roland Paronish seemed to agree with Lockard, saying, “He’s saying he only got one quote. He should get more, and we’ll go with the lowest.” Other board members agreed and asked Kline to report back with more price quotes before they make a decision. Moving on to other matters involving facilities and equipment, Kline updated the board on the matter with SEE REPAIRS, PAGE 10A


Star 03-28-2013