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Northern Cambria PTO welcomes community to Meet the Candidate Night Vol. 120 No. 16

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Potential school board members field questions By Paula Varner

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By the time the municipal primary rolls around on May 21, the Northern Cambria Parent Teacher Organization is hoping to have armed district residents with sufficient information as to who is worthy of their vote for the Northern Cambria School Board. Just how does the PTO plan to achieve this goal? “Meet the Candidate Night will be a moderated forum and will be open to the public,” said PTO member Renee Allen. “The PTO’s goal is to provide the members of our community with valuable information about each of the candidates running for the school board.” The event is planned for Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in

the Northern Cambria Elementary Middle School auditorium. Because a number of PTO members regularly attend Northern Cambria School Board meetings, and in light of the upcoming election, the membership thought an event such as Meet the Candidate Night could supply district residents with information they might not gain otherwise. The forum will begin with candidate introductions followed by brief explanations as to each individual’s reason for seeking a seat on the board. The moderator, PTO member Nora Hrubochak, will then proceed with a Q & A session comprised of questions randomly drawn and prepared in advance by the PTO. “The PTO actively discussed

Patton couple’s letter calls out commissioners on senior center issues By Sarah Wolford and Jim Lauffer

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The closing of the Nanty Glo Senior Community Center at the end of 2012 and the transfer of services from the buses of the Area Agency of Aging to CamTran, Cambria County’s public transportation authority, has left county seniors with concerns about the future not only of their local senior centers, but also their ability to use and pay for their rides to and from the centers.

Man high on bath salts breaks into Patton home

SEE MEET, PAGE 9A

In mid-March, two county residents, Mike and Pam Thomas of Patton, sent a seven-page letter summarizing their concerns to the Cambria County Commissioners, to Veil Griffith, administrator of the Area Agency on Aging, to CamTran, to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and to several unidentified elected officials. In the letter, they write that “despite public denials to the contrary, we have recently learned on good authority the commissioners plan, by the end of the year, to close

Frank Jones and Nathan Daisley were proud of the ones that didn’t get away on the opening day of the 2013 trout season, April 13. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

the Patton Senior Center, as well as the others housed in rental space.” On Friday, April 12, President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder flatly stated, “There are no plans on the books to close additional senior centers.” He pointed out that the AAA’s surplus — approximately $1.2 million at the beginning of the 2012–13 fiscal year — gives the county time to carefully look at all funding for senior programs in the county. At the same meeting, Griffith provided a projected three-year estimate of revenues and expenses for

her agency. If the county had maintained AAA programs and staffing at 2011–12 levels, the projected deficits for the next three fiscal years would have been $277,789 (2012–13), $269.506 (2013–14), and $353,286 (2014–15). With cuts the cuts made by the county — including the closing of the Nanty Glo Senior Community Center — those projected deficits are $182,816 (2012–13), $236,377 (2013–14), and $286,377 (2014–15). “Are we going to keep closing centers until these deficits are gone?

No!” Lengenfelder said. “The bottom line is that we’re managing them to avoid shutting everything down, and the reserve allows us to take a more measured, methodical approach.” And what about the monies that the Pennsylvania Lottery touts as benefiting seniors? The Thomas’ letter states that “Cambria County officials connected to Senior Centers and CamTran claim not one cent reaches our county.” In response, Griffith said that CamTran’s Reserve-A-Ride

Target shooting irks Susquehanna resident

SEE LETTER, PAGE 11A

Spring clean-up scheduled for May 14, 15

By Sarah Wolford

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Stephen Lamont, 35, broke into a Patton home Saturday night, April 13, and crawled into bed with the home’s resident. Sandy McConnell thought the noise she was hearing was her cats, but it was Lamont breaking into her residence. Once inside, Lamont, believed to be high on bath salts, sought warmth in McConnell’s bed. Patton police report they SEE SALTS, PAGE 3A

Applying her bait

With darkness approaching, Meadow Petrisko baits her hook in hopes of catching a trout at Duman Dam on the opening weekend of the 2013 trout season. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

A resident of Susquehanna Township once again brought his concern to township supervisors at their Tuesday, April 2 meeting over target shooting on a neighboring property. Several residents have attended meetings for the past few months to complain about the same matter, which they feel is unsafe when taking place in close vicinity to other residences. The resident at the April meeting complained of shooting on Tracy Street. He said that he had notified the Pennsylvania State Police of the issue during its last occurrence, as the township supervisors had suggested in the past’ however, the state police said that the matter needed to be handled through a township ordinance. He said he had also contacted the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who had told him that the issue should be dealt with by the

supervisors. In the meantime, the resident said that the target shooting continues and that recently an explosion took place that rattled the windows to his home. “This is only the beginning,” he cautioned supervisors, saying that as the summer wears on and the weather continues to stay nice, the issue will only worsen. President supervisor Terry Stafford said that the township does not have an ordinance against target shooting, which leaves supervisors’ hands tied. “We will discuss this with our solicitor and see what, if anything, we can do,” said Stafford. “But even if we had an ordinance, we can’t enforce it. We’re not police.” Supervisor Francine Filkins suggested that the resident call state police again the next time an incident occurred and tell them that an explosion had taken place or shots were fired, but to not include any SEE IRKS, PAGE 9A


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