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Vol. 123 No. 36

USPS 044-380

Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Carrolltown officials report sewer plant facing significant difficulty Costs could be exorbitant

By Jack Thompson

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With so much construction and renovation going on around Carrolltown Borough, pressure is high for local politicians and borough employees. The state-mandated corridor project, originally supposed to cost the taxpayers nothing, recently was announced at a price tag of more than $200,000. Part of the project includes moving borough water and sewer lines to avoid conflicts with the project. However, local officials are concerned that another problem may surface in the coming months — a highly overstressed sewer plant. Most of the borough’s sewer system is quite old, including the treatment plant. Treatment plants in Pennsylvania and most other states require significant licensure and oversight, as well as at least one highly-trained individual to operate the system. Currently, Carrolltown is in danger of attracting attention from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state office in charge of monitoring sewer plant operations, capacities and runoffs. Attention from the DEP usually equates to expensive fees and mandated repairs or renovations.

The problem: Rainwater infiltration and inflow The local sewer plant is currently licensed to handle 200,000 gallons of wastewater per day, which is more than enough for the current number of residents served. In an ideal world, all of the liquid that enters the sewer plant would be wastewater. Any liquid treated at the plant, including rainwater, costs exactly the same amount to run through the system. Treating fresh water amounts to wasted money, the cost of which is covered by residents via service rates from the municipal authority. If the system is in balance, the plant should process approximately the same amount of liquid as the town consumes. The plant is instead treating much larger volumes of wastewater than the town is actually utilizing, meaning that rainwater is making its way into the system via problems with the pipes, gutter runoff, sump pumps or some other means. The process of unwanted liquid making its way into the sewer system is called infiltration and inflow (I&I). Every system is designed with enough leeway to SEE SEWER, PAGE 5A

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Carrolltown resident Joyce Weber fishes with her grandson Saturday, June 1 at the Prince Gallitzin marina. Photo by Jack Thompson.

Locals residents attend ‘Stop the Bleed’ class

By Calem Illig

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CH Heritage day essay

For the Northern Cambria Regional Heritage Festival, Cambria Proud hosts an essay writing contest for the local high schools. Cambria Heights High School participated in this year’s essay contest, writing about the history of Northern Cambria County, including topics such as the Patton Pavers factory, the Hi-Way Drive-in and the Sunset Ballroom. Braden Thomas (second from left) won first place, Courtney Sunseri (third from left) won second place and Margaret Wallen (third from right) won third place. Presenting the awards are Cambria Heights principal Ken Kerchenske, Kathy Lamont (second from right) and Abbey McCann. Submitted photo.

Members of the Carrolltown Fire Engine Company, and residents of the community converged at the Carrolltown Fire Company Social Hall and Club May 28 to partake in specialized training that could potentially save someone’s life. Presented by the 1889 Foundation and the Conemaugh Health System, the “Stop the Bleed” initiative aims to train the public on how to treat and potentially save the life of someone who is excessively bleeding from a traumatic injury. Tom Causer, who is the trauma coordinator at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, said that just like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), learning to stop someone from bleeding is a tactic that everyone should learn how to perform. “Everyone knows how to perform CPR,” Causer said. “Just like how everyone learns to perform CPR, we need to also know how to stop the bleed. Just as CPR can save your life, so can ‘Stop the Bleed.’” Statistics show that 60 percent of patients who face a major laceration die due to blood loss before even reaching the hospital. In the United States Armed Forces, however, less than 3 percent of patients with major lacerations die due to blood loss. Causer said that in the military, each member is required to undergo training and is equipped with tourniquets.

Local graduates reflect on high school, plan for future

By Jack Thompson

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Graduation is in the air, marking one of life’s most significant changes for hundreds of students in our local area. Following four years of hard work, students now stand face-to-face with rest of their lives. This week, local graduates weighed in on some of their memories from their high school years,

advice for younger classmates and their plans for a life after high school. Northern Cambria graduate Taylor Sherry was an active member of the National Honor Society (NHS), student council, Envirothon, Remembering Adam (a voluntary drug testing program), and visual editor of the school journal. She also held seats as treasurer of NHS and secretary of student council. Sherry said her biggest memories from high school were made at the football games, where she enjoyed being with her classmates in the student section. She said her biggest lesson through high school was not to procrastinate, and she feels that

knowledge will help her moving forward with college. She also had some advice for younger classmen. “Always try your best, and work hard on your assignments. It will eventually pay off,” she said. Isaac Borne, another Northern Cambria graduate, also reflected on his high school career. As a kicker on the football team and vice president of NHS and student council, Borne had a diverse experience in high school. He fondly remembers making a hype video for the football team. He made the video and edited it himself with permission from the coaches, and it took off. The activity awakened a love for video production and resulted in several


other videos after his first. He hopes to learn more about video production in college and started his own YouTube channel. Borne said learning to try new things was a huge lesson from his high school career, and he advises younger students to live in the moment, to work on what’s in front of them, and not to stress about next year or the year after that. Jayme Ertter, of Cambria Heights, also had an active high school experience. She was captain of the soccer team, co-captain of majorettes and track and president of the spirit club. She was also a part of SADD, NHS, Pa. Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and FCA.

“I did everything,” she said, also remarking that time management was a major stepping stone in her high school career. Ertter plans to attend PittJohnstown as a biology major on the pre-med track. Her goal is to become a pediatrician out of love for kids and a desire to work in the medical field. Ertter also suggests that younger students take time to attend sporting events so they don’t miss out on great memories. Zach Malicky, of Northern Cambria, was active in Envirothon, Squiz (a scholastic quiz team), NHS, student council, football and track. Malicky was elected presi-


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