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NCSD hosts TSA regional event

Vol. 125 No. 6

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By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Northern Cambria School District hosted the 2018 Region 8 Technology Student Association competition at its elementary/middle school. Almost 600 middle school and high school students from 30 different schools across seven counties tested their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) events. The Technology Student Association was started by industrial arts teachers who wanted to provide opportunities for their students to be recognized in their accomplishments. It was previously known as the American Industrial Arts Student Association. In, 1978, it became an independent nonprofit corporation and gained its

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current TSA name. This organization has now grown into an international student organization, which according to its website is “dedicated to developing leadership, academic, and business management skills in the workplace among students and leaders within the community.” Pennsylvania has been a part of the TSA program for 40 years. With more than 250,000 members, students enter these competitions to test their mettle against the best students from each school in the hopes of proceeding to the state and national levels. The TSA competition offers more than 60 different events ranging from robotics, forensic technology, structural engineering, leadership strategies, fashion design, and more. Northern Cambria technology education teacher and TSA

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advisor Matt Kline said preparing for an event this size was far from easy, as it required coordinating hundreds of students and advisors as well as more than 100 different judges in each competition. “The biggest challenge was dedicating time to set up the event while still giving our kids the time they needed to prepare so they were ready for the competition,” Kline said. While being on their home turf was good for the students, Kline said they were not the only ones who benefited from hosting the competition. “The biggest benefit, however, was for our school district, teachers, judges, and parents to see what the TSA is all about and hopefully gain more support for the program.” SEE EVENT, PAGE 8A

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Northern Cambria TSA members Jimmy Bradey and Jacob Sodmont watch an event at the Region 8 competition held at the Northern Cambria Elementary/Middle School Saturday, Feb. 3, before attending their own events later in the day. Photo by Amber Stich.

Carrolltown Borough council sets $15 fee for parking violation

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

Olympic science

Northern Cambria Catholic School students Michael Emley, Oliver Fleming, and Abram Dumm learned about the sport of skiing and the Winter Olympics as a special activity during Catholic Schools Week. After learning about the sport, they created their own skier using aluminum foil and popsicle sticks, and they tested their figure on a variety of slopes. Submitted photo.

Clearfield Township discusses crime report, financial review

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

The Clearfield Township supervisors heard the District Court report at their February meeting. This report listed by municipality the cost of crimes for 2017 within those townships and boroughs. Township secretary Lynne Thomas said according to the report, the total cost for crime in all the municipalities listed was $40,000. She said there was only $134.83 of crime in

Clearfield Township last year. “We’re doing good,” Thomas said. She said the township was the lowest crime cost listed on the report, with the closest municipality being Dean Township at $136 for the year. In comparison, Northern Cambria Borough had a total of around $15,000, Thomas also discussed the township’s Survey of Financial Condition for 2017. She said the township had seen a gain of $25,018.52 for the year. This is the second year in a row the township has seen a gain, but there was a deficit for 2015. Thomas said she felt the increase of state money has had an impact on the township’s gain. “It helps,” supervisor Joseph Vescovi said.

Next, the supervisors were asked to make a motion to acknowledge the receipt of three proposals for the addition of agricultural security areas. These specially designated areas allow lands within them to receive different treatment in various local government laws and ordinances, especially in regard to public nuisances. The supervisors received proposals from Skebeck Farms/John Skebeck for a 146.29 acre addition, from Mark and Laura Skebeck for a 6.381 acre addition, and from James and Doreen Zupon for a 16.1 acre addition. The supervisors made and passed a motion acknowledging the receipts of these proposals. SEE REVIEW, PAGE 4A

At the Feb. 5 meeting, Carrolltown Borough council members heard from police chief Jeff McEvoy and borough solicitor Suzann Lehmier about the borough’s current parking fines and the ordinances that enforce them. McEvoy said he is in the process of ordering new parking tickets to enforce parking violations, but he found different ordi-

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nances on parking in the borough that set the fine at different amounts. He asked the council if it could look at the fines and decide on the fee so he can order the appropriate tickets. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said most other boroughs have parking violations set at $15. The state charges $15 as well, except for handicap parking violations, which start at $50. Lehmier said the council would need to pass a motion to amend SEE FEE, PAGE 3A

Northern Cambria High School students Tori Westover and Devon Imler try out some of the props in the picture area of their school’s winter ball dance Jan. 13. Submitted photo.

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