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NC Borough council retires police dog, reassigns K-9 officer Vol. 125 No. 7

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By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

At the Feb. 12 Northern Cambria Borough meeting, the council members approved the retirement of Northern Cambria Borough police K-9 Rambo, effective immediately. Residents of the borough spoke out at the meeting to voice their dissent at the council’s actions. Council president Donald Ferguson said the council felt Rambo had done his job and it was time to retire him from duty. The council would not talk further on the issue, citing personnel reasons. The council did say, however, that Rambo would be going with his previous handler, officer Harry Reger. Rambo is 5 years old.

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Residents asked if the council planned to replace Rambo with another K-9. The council said there was another dog on its way, but there currently is no officer to be the dog’s handler. This is due to another motion council made at the meeting. The council approved the Canine Acceptance Release between the borough and Reger. Councilman Wilbur Kelly abstained from both motions regarding the K-9 unit. Reger is no longer the K-9 officer and instead serves as the Northern Cambria School District resource officer. Former councilman and resident Jim Sabella addressed the council on this issue. He said he did not see why the council would remove a perfectly capa-

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ble officer, like Reger, from the borough’s force and make him a school resource officer. He said he did not feel taking Reger off the streets was an appropriate use of his skills. Councilman James Whited said that while he could not talk about specific details, as it was a personnel issue, he would comment generally on Reger’s reassignment. “After some conversations, he [Reger] is in accordance with what we did, what we had to do because we needed a school resource officer,” Whited said. Whited said Reger “is really good at what he does,” and cited his communication abilities. He said Reger will do well SEE OFFICER, PAGE 4A

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Bridges create issues for Susquehanna residents

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

At the February Susquehanna Township meeting, a group of residents voiced their concerns with bridge closures. Troy Street bridge was closed in 2017 after the township found structural issues with the bridge, but residents were concerned about the difficulty reaching their homes. The township applied for a grant to replace the bridge but did not receive one. However, the Francis Street bridge was also in need of repair, and the supervisors did get a grant for that one.

During the engineer’s report at the meeting, the residents were informed that surveying and test pits had been completed at the Francis Street site, but there are some things the township needs to find out before it can move forward with the bridge plans. The engineer explained that the township needs to locate the “Cherry Tree Coal Company Plan of Lots for Emeigh” to resolve property lines and rights of way in the area of the bridge. The courthouse does not have a record of this plan, but the township is hoping to find it in its own archives or that a resident may still have one. This map is needed to isolate if temporary construction easements will be necessary according to the widths of the rights of way before the bridge can be built. Solicitor Alex Svirsko said the township may SEE BRIDGES, PAGE 10A

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St. Benedict School students selected by popular vote as the top performers in the talent show Friday, Feb. 2, are: (first row) Madelyn Goss, who played guitar and sang “Oh Susanah;” (second row, from left) Seth Cunningham, who played “Johann Pachelbel Canon in D;” Brother Michael Miller, O.S.B., who organized the event; and Olivia Deckard, who played the ukulele and sang “I Don’t Know my Name.” Submitted photo.

NC Rotary Club hears about startup created by scholarship winner

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

Northern Cambria Rotary president Fr. Thaddeus Rettger (left) and fellow Rotarian and Marion Center Bank manager Susan Hutton (right) stand with previous scholarship winner August Bolinger (second from left) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania student Seth Thomas after they shared a presentation about their new organization with the Rotary at the Beaver Street Café on Feb. 8. Photo by Amber Stich.


The Northern Cambria Rotary Club received a special visit Feb. 8 from scholarship winner August Bolinger, who updated the club on what he has been doing in his higher education. Bolinger, a Northern Cambria High School graduate, was one of five students to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Northern Cambria Rotary Club last year to help further his higher education dreams. Bolinger went on to pursue entrepreneurship and small business management at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but he explained to

the Rotarians that he did not stop there. Bolinger and fellow IUP student Seth Thomas shared with the club their new on-campus organization aimed at helping student entrepreneurs get their ideas and businesses off the ground. This Student Venture Capitalist Group will help finance these students in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 to support these new businesses and ideally boost the economy. The program would be a fully fledged group with board members from different disciplines, SEE WINNER, PAGE 4A

Cambria Heights High School principal Ken Kerchenske announced the students chosen as the January students of the month. Academic of the Month Jordan Delattre has a 4.0 GPA and enjoys taking Honors English, Spanish 3, and chemistry. She plans to become a veterinary surgeon. Artist of the Month Cassidy Ringler participates in plays and musicals at the school and recently starred as Vera Claythorne, the female lead in “And Then There Were None.” Athlete of the Month Emma Garrison participates in soccer as well as indoor softball and soccer. She recently won the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference award for the third year in a row. Community Advocate of the Month Caleb Duclos was chosen for going out of his way to help a motorist who had been in an accident on his way to school. Photo by Amber Stich.

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