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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 120 No. 14

USPS 044-380

Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it

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Cambria Heights residents dispute memorial policy Since 1893

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By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

A large crowd attended the Tuesday, March 26 meeting of the Cambria Heights School Board, forcing the meeting to move from its usual place in the middle school library to the high school auditorium. Several guest speakers were listed on the agenda, including Nissy Haluska, Jane Maslonik, Molly Smithmyer, and Robyn Lightcap, who attended the meeting to

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speak to the board regarding the district’s suicide policy. Haluska’s son Devin Maurer committed suicide in July 2010 at the age of 15, three years after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Haluska said that the relationship between Devin’s friends and family and the district has been difficult and called the district’s handling of her son’s death “hurtful” and “inconsistent” with mental health practices.

West Branch Sewer expansion project in the home stretch By Paula Varner

of Mainline Newspapers

Hannah Buck and Alana Sears sport their fancy Easter bonnets at the Patton Special Events Committee’s annual Easter Parade and egg hunt held on March 30. On top (from left) Jonathan Jolly and his Easter derby. If there were a prize for the largest Easter bonnet Elizabeth Sopata would have surely been in the running. Adrienne and Koryn Watts in their Easter bonnets. Photos by Ivan Deibler.

Inaugural Sgt. Derek Shanfield Memorial 5K walk/run planned By Audrey Brothers-Konior for Mainline Newspapers

The late Sgt. Derek Shanfield of Hastings crossed the finish line in the race called life back in June 2010. His memory, however, lives on in many ways one of which is through the Sgt. Derek Shanfield Memorial 5K walk/run. It will be held on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cambria Heights High School track.

The expansion project undertaken by West Branch Sewer Authority in March of 2012 is quickly nearly its completion. Phase I of the system-wide project was concluded in 1989. Phase II, the extension of public sewers to portions of West Carroll Township and Barr Township, involves areas that are located at the headwaters of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.


In addition to helping clean up the Susquehanna River at one of its headwaters, the project’s completion will also include the creation of a chemical feed system and structural repairs to a tank. The aggressive plan to connect the towns of Barnes, Watkins and Bakerton is 99 percent complete according to the project’s engineer Joel E. Romagna of Stiffler McGraw & Associate, Inc. The Nicktown portion of the project is


Monies received from the race will help fund the Sgt. Derek Shanfield Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2011 and is given out annually in the amount of $1,000 to a deserving Cambria Heights senior. Derek was the son of David and Pam Shanfield of Hastings. He was a 2006 graduate of Cambria Heights. “I just hope that people will come out and sup-

SFU to host Marcellus Shale workshop


Business owners, educators encouraged to attend

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

With all the interest in Pennsylvania’s largely untapped natural gas resources, information about the Marcellus Shale gas industry pays its own dividends. Knowing more about how the industry works and how the peo-

ple of the commonwealth might reap some benefit from the investments being made in out state opens up a host of opportunities for educators, business owners, and even members of the general public with an eye toward optimizing their use of or access to natural gas. An upcoming presentation offered by Saint Francis University hopes to provide some of that information. On April 17, Saint Francis University will host an Energy and Marcellus Shale Gas Workshop on its Loretto campus. From 5-8 p.m., professionals will provide an overview of the cur-

rent oil and shale industry in the commonwealth related to workforce needs, education, and small business opportunities. Presentations will include topics like “Exploring Marcellus Shale,” the Pennsylvania Energy Education Program, shale energy careers, and more. Funding for the program was provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the event is sponsored by Saint Francis University’s Renewable Energy Center, the Small Business SEE WORKSHOP, PAGE 12A

Bunny hug

The Easter Bunny made a visit to the Bakerton Rod and Gun Club on Saturday afternoon, supervising the Easter Egg Hunt and taking a moment to hug Logan Arotin of Bakerton. Photo by Bob Leslie.

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