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Vol. 123 No. 37

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Carrolltown Borough public comment lauds Batdorf, warning issued to vandals

By Jack Thompson

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“Hey, whatcha got there?”

Sophi the donkey eyes up Bill Layton’s snack during the American Legion County Fair Friday, Sept. 6. Photo by Jack Thompson.

Cambria Heights Elementary students S.O.A.R. to new heights this year

By Jack Thompson

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Cambria Heights Elementary School students are engaged in a new character development program this year. The program, called S.O.A.R., is designed to help students learn positive behaviors and attitudes like kindness, respect and responsibility through a variety of positive reinforcements. Around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, the whole elementary school came together outside for the program’s dramatic kick-off. Students gathered in a circle to watch as representatives from IU8 and school

staff launched a large space balloon into the sky. Attached to the balloon was a camera and devices for measuring various atmospheric characteristics, like temperature and pressure. A student-designed parachute was attached to the electronics to ensure the equipment would arrive back to earth safely for recovery. Several fifth-grade students helped the staff blow up the balloon and send it off. Initially, the plan was to have the students sit in a circle around the “launch pad,” but heavy morning dew forced the kids to stay on their

The Carrolltown Borough Council held its routine meeting Sept. 3. The agenda was limited and primarily routine matters, but the meeting attracted two residents offering public comment. The council also agreed to establish a meeting with the municipal authority to discuss ongoing issues in the borough. The first resident to speak during public comment was Don Paronish. Paronish came to the council earlier this year and voiced concerns about the drain work that would be done near his property. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf and the borough’s engineers worked with Paronish to handle drainage near his property. Paronish reported that the heavy work was completed and he was pleased with the result. “Lonnie and the borough crew did a fine job there. There was never a time I couldn’t get out of [my driveway], and I talked to the neighbors — they are all happy. I want everyone to know they did a good job. The roads are a mess, but it’s a good mess. We know they can’t pave them yet but will get to it when they can.” He also said that Bardorf and the contractors were very accommodating, and commended them for working through bad weather. SEE WARNING, PAGE 3A

Best seat in the house

Emily Itle cuddles up on a calf from Vale Wood Farms at the American Legion County Fair Friday, Sept. 6. Photo by Jack Thompson.

Northern Cambria Borough Council addresses ATV issues

By Jack Thompson

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During the routine meeting of the Northern Cambria Borough council Sept. 9, the group awarded two trophies of recognition to local businesses for their years of service to the community. The group also responded to public comment, particularly on the ongoing issue of ATVs in the area, accepted several bids for bor-

SEE SOAR, PAGE 6A

ough equipment and modified personnel. The two businesses recognized were Strollo’s Home Center and Wojcik Jewelers. Representatives from both companies appeared to accept the awards, which recognized over a century of business in Northern Cambria for each company. “I hope other companies decide to stay in Northern Cambria for 100 years,” said councilman James Rocco. “We want to keep as much money local as we can.” Resident Frank Hill also spoke during public comment. He brought forward a concern about road safety at the intersection of Redbud and Railroad Avenue.

Specifically, he requested the borough clean up the piles of gravel reportedly at the stop. “Someone is going to have to turn there and skid, or someone will stop at that stop sign and slide right into the intersection. It’s because of all the ATVs and dirt bikes that ride around up there,” Hill said. Hill and multiple other residents have expressed increasing concern and anger about the number of ATVs operating on borough roads. Most of the riders are in school, but there are reports of adults as well. Some residents have also claimed to have witnessed people riding while drinking alcohol behind the control or smoking marijuana in plain view.

Hill has come to the board on the issue in general at least twice. This was the first mention of gravel. “It’s ridiculous that I have to come to a meeting to talk about unsafe road conditions caused by vehicles that aren’t even supposed to be on the road. They ride constantly. I can set my alarm on it as soon as the kids get home from school,” he said. Councilman Wilbur Kelly responded and then deferred to the police. “The issue is being dealt with,” said Kelly. “You’re saying the problem is your road, but it’s not just your road. It’s the whole town. The police are cracking down on this, but we can’t dedicate an entire police

force to the ATVs.” A representative from the police station gave a brief explanation of their strategy for the ATV problem, noting a few locations for guard and areas of concern. After public comment, the group moved quickly through the agenda. The borough council accepted sale bids on a 2005 Jeep Cherokee for $725, a 2007 Johnson Sweeper for $1,500 and an empty lot near the old shirt factory for $6,000. They were visibly excited to be rid of the items. The votes were unanimous. The council also voted to allow the annual Halloween parade to proceed at 7 p.m. on

SEE ATVS, PAGE 4A

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