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NC Library to receive $2,500 grant for weatherization project Vol. 124 No. 36

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By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

The Northern Cambria Public Library has recently been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies toward its planned weatherization project. The Northern Cambria Public Library has had issues with areas of its lower level exterior for a few years, but these repairs had to be put on the back-burner in place of other more critical issues. Now that the library has the ability to deal with these issues, its

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board planned a weatherization project, but the total cost of the project would be $6,100. To offset these costs, the library applied for a grant through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies in the spring of this year. The library was recently informed that it would be the recipient of a $2,500 grant made possible through the Benjamin Bosler Fund, a fund managed by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and dedicated to supporting charitable grants to SEE GRANT, PAGE 3A

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Festival time

Jack Wenturine (left), Izzy Toth, Shauna Wenturine, Michael Brockelman, and Nicole Toth enjoy themselves during the St. Nicholas Church Homecoming Festival in Nicktown. Photo by Amber Stich.

Robert Rocco heads Northern Cambria as new superintendent

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

Funnel Cake

Conner and Sean McNulty enjoy a funnel cake together at the annual St. Nicholas Church Homecoming Festival in Nicktown. Photo by Amber Stich.

After a few months without a superintendent, Northern Cambria School District welcomed Robert Rocco into the position just a few days before the new school year, and Rocco said he has jumped right in to get started. For Rocco, this job was a homecoming of sorts, as he lived in the area as a child and graduated from Northern Cambria High School in 1980. From there, Rocco attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to obtain his teaching certification in science. He began his teaching career at West Branch Area School District and remained there for 15 years. In 1999, Rocco moved to become middle school princi-

Firefighters do more than keep the community safe from fires

pal at Philipsburg-Osceola School District. He remained in the position for 10 years, but in 2010, Rocco began working to obtain his superintendent certification. In doing that, Rocco felt it would be best to have high school-level administrative experience, so he became high school principal at Brookville Area School District and gained experience there for five years while completing his superintendent certification. Rocco then found a superintendent position at Ridgway Area School District and has been acting superintendent there for the last three years. Rocco said when he saw the position available at Northern Cambria School District, he applied because it is nice to return to the area in which you grew up.

“I think you always kind of want to go back to where you are from in some way,” Rocco said. “It’s nice to be back and see a lot of people I know, meeting a lot of new people, and seeing what has changed in over 30 years.” Rocco said so far, the start of the school year has been busy. He said he has been playing catch-up to make sure everything that needs addressed is getting done, but overall, he feels things are going smoothly. Most of all, he said the transition in administrative personnel has not affected the students’ back-to-school experience. “It’s not usually the students who get affected,” Rocco said. “A lot of hectic things are behind the scenes and that is good. I don’t want it to affect SEE NEW, PAGE 3A

Respond to medical and other emergencies

By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

Many of us have a profound respect for firefighters because of their selfless sacrifice and dedication to saving others, but there is more to being a firefighter than fighting fires. Fire departments are dispatched for many different types of emergencies, including car accidents, cardiac arrests, and other emer-

gency medical issues that require immediate care. Many fire departments are recognized as a part of the Quick Response Services, which is defined by the Emergency Medical Services Office of the Department of Health as “an entity recognized by the department to respond to an emergency and to provide emergency medical service to patients pending the arrival of the pre-hospital personnel of an ambulance service.” Many firefighters have first aid, CPR, and other training that enables them to help assess a medical emergency and give treatment to help stabilize a patient until the ambulance can

arrive and take over care. Hope Volunteer Fire Company chief Dave Hassen said car accidents outnumber fire calls 3-1, so the firefighters have to be ready to address any type of situation they find to keep a victim and others safe. He said that providing emergency medical care is just one of the many hats that firefighters wear while protecting their community. “We are really here for any problem [the community] has, big or small. We are here to help them,” Hassen said. Renee Shimko, secretary of Nicktown Fire Company, fire warden, and fire prevention offiSEE FIREFIGHTERS, PAGE 6A

Two of a kind

Twins Adam and Ava Kirsch are all smiles as they play at the annual St. Nicholas Church Homecoming Festival in Nicktown on Sept. 3. Photo by Amber Stich.

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