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NC holds town hall on ordinance allowing ATVs on Borough streets Vol. 125 No. 23

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By Amber Stich

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On May 30, Northern Cambria mayor Scott Litzinger organized a town hall meeting for the community to learn more about the proposed options and express their opinions on the possibility of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles being allowed on a select number of borough streets. Litzinger said that this was just an informational meeting and that nothing was set in stone yet. He just wanted to start the conversation. Litzinger was joined by borough solicitor Tim Burns, Northern Cambria police chief Jeff Kopsic, and Northern Cambria Recreation Commission secretary John Toth. Residents began by asking how a rule like this would be monitored

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and enforced. The group responded that an ordinance would probably include a required registration of the ATV or other vehicle with a visible sticker, and that the ATVs would have to follow a reduced speed limit through town. Burns said he has been looking into this issue for the borough and said the ordinance would need to be thorough and include possible restrictions for firearms and alcohol. He said in most municipalities with these ordinances in place, the biggest concern is noise. Another big concern was enforcement, and Kopsic said it would be a challenge, especially with the current shortage of borough officers. He said that while the borough has a no pursuit policy for minor traffic SEE ORDINANCE, PAGE 4A

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On May 30, when many seniors prepared for graduation, a group of 47 Northern Cambria High School students worked hard to complete a service project to beautify their community and restore the metal statue and the area near Giant Eagle. The statue was originally crafted and installed by students from Northern Cambria High School in 2008. It tells the story of the two towns that make up Northern Cambria coming

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Cambria Heights High School seniors reflect on graduation

While most Cambria Heights students were excited for the last day of school to get on with their summer vacation, the high school seniors were in a more pensive mood as they prepared to graduate and say goodbye to their school distirct for the last time as students. Students Jade Henry and Courtney Burgoon, who were chosen as speakers for this year’s graduation, reflected on their time at the school and how they feel as they move on to the next big part of their lives. The girls said their time at Cambria Heights has left them feeling sad to leave but definitely prepared to face the next chapter of their lives. “It definitely makes me feel I have a good chance in my future coming from a school with such a good record,” Henry said. “It has made me a well-rounded person.” “It makes me proud to be a part of it,” Burgoon said. “Being in marching band made me see how the community comes together and will help any-

Northern Cambria students make effort to beautify their community

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Northern Cambria High School seniors Lizzy Mattice, Cheyanne Myers and Hannah DeAntonio spend some time together before the graduation ceremony held at the Northern Cambria Elementary/Middle School May 31. Photo by Amber Stich.

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Cambria Heights seniors Jade Henry and Courtney Burgoon, who were chosen to be this year’s graduation speakers, say goodbye to the high school for the last time. Photo by Amber Stich.


body out.” Besides the community support, both students also cited the support of their teachers as a driving factor into their continued success both academically and in extracurricular. “The teachers actually cared about us, and there are a lot of schools where they don’t. The teachers here want us to succeed,” Henry said. Henry said being able to participate in things like dual enrollment at the school has given some students a leg up if they are pursuing college, and it makes a big difference. Burgoon said she will miss having the close knit community of teachers and people in the school who have supported the class every step of the way, but both she and Henry said they plan to stay involved as alumni in the future. “I’m excited. I’m nervous for college but definitely ready to move on,” Henry said. High school principal Ken Kerchenske said this class has been one of the higher academically SEE CAREER, PAGE 6A

Statue of town history restored

together and celebrates its long history of coal mining, farming, lumbering, hunting and families. The restoration project was completed by the Northern Cambria High School Student Council and National Honor Society students under the direction of advisors Sarah Kline and Melissa Mastrine, respectively. The students decided to reclaim the area and the statue to do something good to represent their community. “When we started, the statue was pretty bad. It needed work,” said student Paige Dumm. “It represents our town, and its just deserved to be nicer than it was.” Along with sanding and

repainting the sculpture, students also cleared out the overgrown area, painted the bench near the statue, mulched and planted flowers. All of the supplies for the project were donated by Greg Bobik from Bobik’s Home Center. “We really just wanted to make the community look better and help represent it in a positive way,” said Alexis Kristoff. Before the project was completed, Mastrine said the students saw the effect of their efforts. “Many members of the community stopped to share their appreciation and commend the teenagers of giving their time to SEE EFFORT, PAGE 3A

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Northern Cambria High School seniors Keenan Smith and Xzavior Jackson-Elias are excited to participate in graduation held at the Northern Cambria Elemenetary/ Middle School May 31. Photo by Amber Stich.

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