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NCSB reviews payment options for roof project Vol. 125 No. 23

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By Kristin Baudoux

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Last month, the Northern Cambria School Board awarded bids for the elementary/middle school roof project. This month, at the board’s June 1 committee of the whole meeting, the board reviewed its options on how to pay for the needed work. Business manager Roland Paronish provided the board with two possible options for payment. The first option is to use funds the district has saved that have been earmarked to be used for the roof project. Paronish said the roughly $2 million in funds sitting in the reserves aren’t making much in interest by sitting idle. However, since interest rates are at record lows, Paronish said the district could opt to borrow money for the project at a low interest rate and save the funds in reserve for another project. “We don’t know what rates are going to be down the road,”

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Paronish said. Paronish said he doesn’t predict that rates will increase dramatically over the next few years, but was still apprehensive about his prediction. Board president Dr. Kevin Krug said he would prefer to have the district use the funds it already has before borrowing more money. “I ran [for school board] on the idea that you never prosper by borrowing money,” Krug said. “If you can’t pay for it, you can’t afford it.” Board member Betty Krug asked if the board chose to pay for the project using reserved funds, could the district borrow money if interest rates begin to climb. Paronish said there are rules limiting this type of borrowing, but the funds must be used for a specific project within a specific amount of time. Board members Norma Krug and Delvin Lockard agreed with Dr. Krug on using the district’s

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Girl Scouts Sophi Williams, Emily Yuhas and Mia Laverick recently completed their Silver Award. To earn the award, they beautified three parks in Northern Cambria, the North Complex, near the borough building and Fridman Park, by making bird houses, nesting balls and bee hotels, along with planting annuals, perennials and bulbs. They intend on maintaining these parks for everyone to enjoy. Congratulating the Girl Scouts is Cambria County president commissioner Tom Chernisky. Submitted photo.

U.S. Congressman visits NC Middle School students SEE OPTIONS, PAGE 2

U.S. Congressman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson answers questions from the seventh- and eighth-grade students at Northern Cambria Elementary/Middle School June 3. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

is his seventh term serving in the House of Representatives. For his job as a congressman, Thompson said he splits his time between Washington, D.C. and at home in the 15th District. While in the 15th District, Thompson said he often spends much of his time on the road, which can be difficult since the 15th District is the secondlargest district in the state according to land mass. “It’s not glamorous at all actually,” Thompson said. During this time, Thompson said he is often meeting with constituents and business leaders to discuss their concerns as well as legislation that may benefit them. For example, prior to his day at Northern Cambria, he attended a business roundtable. After meeting with the students, Thompson said he was heading back on the road to head to Ridgeway to meet with the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group. Then, he said he was heading to Clarion, where he would spend the night to be ready to speak at

a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in the morning. While in Washington, D.C., Thompson said he reaches the U.S. Capitol around 7:30 a.m., and the first meetings usually begin around 8 a.m. While in D.C., Thompson said much of the time is spent debating, crafting and voting on bills. Thompson said many times he does not return to his apartment in D.C. until 10 p.m. As part of his congressional duties, Thompson serves as a senior member on the House Education and Labor Committee and is the leader of the House Agricultural Committee. Some of the legislation he is most proud of include his efforts to improve and support career and technology education as well as the American Rural Broadband Bill to benefit rural communities by providing them with high speed internet access. Thompson said he was inspired to run for office based on his past of working in the healthcare

The first complaint was for a home on Spangler Street that is “abandoned/not lived in.” The complaint stated that the owners visit the property once a month to cut the grass and add more “junk” to the inside. The complaint also alleged that rodents, squirrels and birds are living inside of the house. High grass was the main issue for a complaint on Fourth Avenue. The complainant said the grass is above knee height and there are concerns of rats, snakes and bees finding a home

councilwoman Melanie Zearfoss question if municipal authorities are able to put a property into sheriff sale. “Yes,” said solicitor Patrick Fanelli. “There is a process with several steps that must be taken. A few of these are filings and a notice to respond with a writ of execution being last.” The average cost of sheriff sale in Cambria County is between $2,000 and $2,500, according to Fanelli. Zearfoss added this may be an option for the future.

Moving on, council president Alison Link stated that residents have seen a mother snake with babies in the creek by the bridge. Zearfoss suggested keeping the banks cut back so that the snakes are forced out of the area. She would also like to order snake boots for the borough crew so they aren’t bitten by a snake when they clear the bank. Semelsberger and councilman John Schettini said they have contacts with snake catchers who would be willing to help.

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

Sometimes one of the best ways to get students engaged in learning is to let them listen to someone experienced in that specific field of study. As part of Northern Cambria Middle School history teacher Dennis Marshall’s seventh and eighth-grade classes, Marshall invited U.S. Congressman Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson to speak to the students about what life is like serving in the United States House of Representatives. Thompson visited the school June 3. Thompson is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District, which includes most of Cambria County. Currently, Pennsylvania has 18 Congressional Districts, however, based off of U.S. Census figures, Pennsylvania is set to lose one of its Congressional Districts. Thompson is a Republican and is one of the 435 members serving in the 117th Congress. This

Hastings Borough Council talks dilapidated properties

By Allie Byers

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At the June 1 Hastings Borough Council meeting, the council reviewed a number of online complaints pertaining to dilapidated homes and high grass.

there. The grass is growing through and over a fence onto a well-maintained property. The complainant questioned if the neighboring property can trim the bushes and flowers protruding over the property line. According to police chief Jason Owens, there is ongoing litigation for the property. “The only thing we can do is cut it and put a lien on the property,” said councilman Jeff Semelsberger. “Our hands are tied too.” The property complaints made


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