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Architect presents options to NC board Vol. 126 No. 2

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By Kristin Baudoux

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Hank Tkacik, of Axis Architecture, and Joe Delosh, of Pyramid Engineering, attended the Northern Cambria School Board’s committee of the whole meeting Jan. 4 to discuss options for the district’s renovation and/or consolidation of its two school buildings. Over the past year, the district has revitalized its interest in possibly merging the high school students into the elementary-middle school building or renovating both buildings. Tkacik said the next step in the process would be to decide the best option for the district to take to determine a schedule for construction, though the decision would not need to be made that night. Tkacik said based on his proposed schedule, the goal

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would be to begin the bidding process by the start of 2023. “We found historically that if you can bid a project at the beginning of a year, you get better numbers. Contractors are all looking to fill their books with work at the beginning of the year,” Tkacik said. Tkacik added that the construction period is typically two years. He then began to present the options to the board, starting with the most expensive. All of the quotes, Tkacik said, would bring the buildings up to the current building codes. The first option is to renovate both the elementary-middle school and the high school. Tkacik said this option is the most expensive due to the amount of square footage in SEE OPTIONS, PAGE 2

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Ian Nagel, Karli Storm, Maddi Bender and Kadence Della Valle were at the Cambria Heights JV girls basketball game on Monday, Jan 10 to cheer on their fellow students. Photo by Ron Portash.

What a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution means By Ron Portash

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In the general election of November 2021, residents of Blair County passed a ballot referendum by a more than 2-1 margin to make Blair County a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Cambria County commissioners passed a resolution in February 2020 supporting the Second Amendment without a ballot referendum. But what does that mean? The ballot referendum in Blair County means that each of the 24 municipalities must adopt a resolution for declaring a Second Amendment sanctuary. The solicitors of each municipality, working with the county solicitor, have drawn up an intergovernmental cooperative agreement as the first step in declaring the county and each municipality a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Cambria County Commissioners’ adoption of the resolution is a blanket resolution for the county, without individual municipalities having to endure the costs of creating an intergovernmental agreement and then the resolution itself. The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment was ratified December 15, 1791, along with nine other articles of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified by the various state conventions over two years. More than 1,200 jurisdictions in 37 states have passed some form of Second Amendment sanctuary wording rejecting the enforcement of state or federal gun laws perceived to violate

the Second Amendment. Although the use of the term “sanctuary” has existed from ancient Greek and Roman times when temples would offer protection to fugitives from the law, the concept of a Second Amendment Sanctuary was modeled on the resolutions to limit their cooperation with federal enforcement of immigration laws. Many prominent cities have used immigration sanctuary resolutions to limit state and local cooperation with federal immigration officials. Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions have no enforcement power, but send a clear political message supporting the opposition to gun-control measures. Many find that current and pending legislation ranging from universal background checks, high-capacity magazine restrictions to extreme risk

NC coach requests revival of JV baseball due to increased interest

By Kristin Baudoux

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Head baseball coach Brian Bougher brought a request to the Northern Cambria School Board to revive the district’s junior varsity (JV) baseball program at the board’s committee of the whole meeting Jan. 4. Back in November 2020, Bougher requested that the district end its JV program and instead begin a junior high team, because it was easier to schedule games for junior high instead of JV. An increase in

interest in the sport, however, caused Bougher to change his mind on discontinuing JV ball. “Our numbers have grown significantly,” Bougher said. Bougher estimated that 48 students from grades seven through 12 are interested in playing baseball this year. “With 31 at the varsity level — I could move the ninthgraders down to junior high, however, that eighth-grade group last year dominated the junior high everywhere they went to play, so those kids are not going to get anything out of playing down,” Bougher said. Bougher said having the ninth-graders playing teams at their level would better equip them with the skills needed for varsity baseball. He also added that because more students are out due to quarantine, it can be difficult to

fill a roster. According to Bougher, if a student is deemed “junior high,” he cannot be brought up to the varsity level. JV players, on the other hand, can move back and fourth between the JV and varsity teams if needed. As far as games, Bougher said he is hoping to schedule at least two or three JV games, plus hold a JV tournament at Northern Cambria, which would provide the team with at least one or two more games. “If we can get four or five games for JV, that’s more than we’ve had probably in about eight years,” Bougher said. Regarding uniforms, Bougher said there are some old ones in storage that should still be in good shape. If they are not, the JV team could share uniforms



domestic violence orders infringe upon the rights established under the Second Amendment to bear arms. The sanctuary resolutions passed by the Cambria County Commissioners and in the process of being passed by Blair County municipalities do nothing to prevent the U.S. Attorney General, the Pennsylvania Attorney General or the local district attorney from prosecuting a person for violating existing gun laws. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that the right to bear arms was fundamental in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008). If there is a perceived conflict about Second Amendment rights, federal law supersedes state law and local ordinances. The Federal District Court has the jurisdiction to determine if any infringement on firearm rights — local, state, or federal — is constitutional.

Makenna Ryan and Brianna Kirsch are excited to watch the Cambria Heights JV girls basketball game against rival Penns Manor High School on Jan 10. Photo by Ron Portash.

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