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Cambria projects get state funding

Four northern Cambria County projects have received state grants with help from the 1889 Foundation.

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that the $55,000 in state grants was made possible through a partnership with the Johnstown-based 1889 Foundation, which agreed to be the required grant applicant, serving as an intermediary to disburse the funds, and also agreed to contribute $5,000 for each of the four projects — providing extra dollars to get the projects underway.

Patton Park is “the jewel of our community,” said Donna Dunegan, Patton Borough business manager. Dunegan said the $9,440 in grant funds will allow the borough to install a brand-new security system with multiple cameras to prevent vandalism and keep people safe.

Perry Scarton, vice president of the Cresson Lions’ Park Association, said the nonprofit organization’s civic project is its community swimming pool, which averages 75 visitors a day throughout the summer. The $5,842 grant will add a chemical monitoring system to keep the pool in a clean, sanitized condition at all times — and will save the club money over the long term through more efficient chemical use.

The Keystone Regional Fire & Rescue Department will receive $21,598 for purchase of a new generator for its fire hall, while Reade Township will get $18,120 for recreation area fencing.

In a news release, Susan M. Mann, 1889 Foundation president, said the effort to secure the grants “was a true partnership between local dollars and state dollars being able to make these projects happen for these smaller communities that sometimes don’t get a chance to get some of these grant funds.”

Burns said the four grants were navigated through the Keystone Communities Program operated by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

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