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Carrolltown hosts public forum for Route 219 No. Corridor plan newspapers

Vol. 120 No. 29

USPS 044-380

Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Since 1893


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(814) 472-4110

48 Pages

County officials honest, optimistic about future of highway By Ian Wissinger

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To share information about the Cambria County Planning Commission’s future collaboration with the state on a Route 219 Northern Corridor improvement plan, and as a means of gathering feedback from residents, Ethan Imhoff, director of the organization, hosted a series of communi-

ty forums, two at Northern Cambria on Wednesday, July 10 and two at Carrolltown on the following day. During these meetings, folks who live along the highway – or at least feature it into a daily commute or other travels – came forward to ask questions. Municipal leaders attended the sessions as well. Carrolltown borough manager Lonnie Batdorf

attended the 2 p.m. meeting last Thursday, and said that, while the earlier forum attracted a relatively small turnout (conversely, the 5 p.m. outing, scheduled at the conclusion of the workday and attended by Carrolltown Borough Council president Tim Spangler, welcomed a considerable audience of about 20), Imhoff spoke extensively of the county’s and SEE FORUM, PAGE 7A

Practice makes perfect

With the return of the sun, Conner Harris practices swimming with a little help from his floaties at the Northern Cambria pool. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

Northern Cambria Borough Council to honor volunteers

By Sarah Wolford

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Looking forward to serving their communities, Cambria Heights students (front) Allyson Becker, Melissa Price, Alivia Coposky, (second row) Jimmy Gresko, Courtney Sherry, Robbie Grove, and (top) Hannah Smithmyer took the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class and will be performing lifeguard duties at the Patton and Hastings pools this year. Absent from photo was Hannah Drass. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

A lifeguard is a swimming superhero By Paula Varner

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“Baywatch” turned the spotlight on the lifeguard profession. The NBC action drama used sexy, tanned actors, on sandy beaches, rescuing beautiful people to portray the occupation. The premise of the show was meant to entertain its viewers. In real life, the job of a lifeguard has nothing to do with entertainment. A lifeguard watches over people as they swim in a pool or at seaside. They are trained to spot hazards, control unruly behavior and prevent accidents. If trouble arises, they are prepared to do a water

rescue, provide First Aid, and if necessary, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. “I love teaching in the water,” said American Red Cross Water Safety / Lifeguard Instructor Lydia Farabaugh. “It is very empowering to know you are teaching such important skills. They are in charge of someone else’s life.” Farabaugh, a 2009 graduate of Cambria Heights, and a 2013 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and a minor in aquatics, recently certified eight lifeguards during classes held at the Northern Cambria Middle School pool. Those eight lifeguards work at area pools and daycare centers. The six-day course ran for four and a half hours each day. The path to becoming a certified lifeguard is intensive with both water and land-based subject mat-

ter to digest. Mimi Bradley, also an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor and long-time Health and PE teacher at Cambria Heights, has been certifying lifeguards since the mid 1970s. The course is part of the Cambria Heights physical education curriculum. Bradley addressed the difficulty level of the class. “There is a precourse swim test,” she said. “A written exam on all the components of the course and an end of course water skill exam. Students must work very hard and be in top physical condition, it’s not a course for the physically weak. I have yet to have a student who can pass the written exams without much time spent studying. (Lastly), “students must pass a flawless final water exam.” Typically, eight to 15 Cambria Heights students take advantage SEE LIFEGUARD, PAGE 5A

The Northern Cambria Borough Council took a few moments to honor two residents who have long donated their time and efforts to borough endeavors. Mary Ellen Tibbott and Mary Frontino were given special recognition by the council for their many years of service to the community. Both Tibbott and Frontino will have their names added to the borough’s dedication plaque that hangs in the borough office. The Northern Cambria Police Department also had an announcement for residents. Sergeant William Hines advised residents that through the U.S. Department of Justice the police department is able to provide firearm safety kits, made available through Project Childsafe. After a brief public comments

Snack time

section, the council moved on the items on the evening’s agenda. A motion made by councilor Salvatore Taranto and seconded by Albert LeGars approved the appointments to the CambriaSomerset Regional board of Appeals in accordance with the applicable provisions of the “Joint Articles of Agreement for the establishment of a CambriaSomerset Council of Governments Building and Housing Code Board of Appeals” that were made by the Cambria-Somerset Council of Governments Code Board at their meeting held on April 24. A bid was accepted for the Maple Avenue bridge repair project. The bid from Alvarez, Inc. was in the amount of $79,950. One additional bid was received from Inspec Coating, Inc., in the amount of $92,100. Council also approved donating $100 to purchase items for SEE VOLUNTEERS, PAGE 4A

Olivia Zernick and teammate Abby McGary grab a quick snack between matches at the Northern Cambria 3-on-3 Mid Summer Meltdown Volleyball Tournament held July 13. Photo by Ivan Deibler.

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