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Vol. 116 No. 21

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Get down, get down, before they see you. Cover your eyes man, before it’s too late. The spine-tingling feeling of danger rose through the air, as the middle school students from throughout Cambria County listened to the soldiers talk about the blinding mustard gas and the doctors, speaking of the horrible, swampy trenches. On May 1214, Margaret Rostkowski made a special appearance at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Richland campus on behalf of the One Book, One Community Middle School Reading Program. Rostkowski, an author from Utah, traveled all the way to Pennsylvania to honor the 100th anniversary of World War I. Each year, Penn Highlands has been hosting this program for the middle school students. This marks the ninth year for the program. “Originally, we started out at the Lemon House in Cresson. The event was outside in the beginning, and with the unpredictable weather, we decided to look for a inside location. The campus staff graciously offered to help participate, so when the Richland campus was

Students listen to the soldier, as he describes the effects of mustard gas during the One Book, One Community presentation. All of the Cambria County middle schools were invited to attend the presentation at the Richland Penn Highland Campus. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

built, we moved inside, with our staff running each of the stations,” said director Bard Zaborowski. When the program first started, it was only a one-day event. With the active participation from the majority of the schools in Cambria

County, Penn Highlands extended their program for two additional days. Approximately 12,000 students participate in the program each year. “It gives us a chance to engage the students and to use our field of study. I teach biology, and I

acted as a nurse this year for the field hospital,” said professor Jill Mitchell. The staff at the campus prepare for each presentation a year in advance. There are many fine details to consider when organizing

perished in the flood and the survivors. We hope to share the park stories and help visitors understand the importance of this day to Johnstown and our nation’s history,” said park superintendent Jeff Reinbold. To encourage participation for this event, fees are being waived for the entrance into the Flood

Memorial on Saturday, May 31. Some of the activities throughout the day include the ringing of a historic church bell that survived the flood, an exhibit on how the flood has been commemorated over the past 125 years, historical vignettes based on the four owners of the South Fork Dam presented by park rangers at the outdoor

stage overlooking the dam, and even guided tours of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse. The historic bell will ring at exactly 3:10 p.m. on May 31, which will signify the time when the South Fork Dam broke. Many members of the of the Mineral Point Church have graciously vol-

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the program. Rostkowski discussed her novel, “After the Dancing Days”, with the students, but the presentation didn’t stop there. The students participated in a series of different workshops that were designed around Rostkowski’s novel. For instance, there was a telegraph, a chemical warfare area, basic training, trenches, a field hospital, a periscope, and a dog tag workshop. At each of the separate stations, staff members would help set the tone of the story. The students were able to create their own dog tags by using a hammer and metal stamps. In the field hospital, they were able to learn about trench foot and look through microscopes to see the different types of bacteria. Using a black light, the students could actually see how effective hand sanitizers work compared to actually washing their hands. With the lights turned off, staff members ran a black light over the students fingers, showing them the traces of bacteria that still remained. Even in the trenches, the students lined up one by one as they hunched down to crawl through the narrow passageway. All of the activities gave the students a first-

Johnstown Flood Museum marks 125th anniversary with ceremony By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

May 31 will mark the 125th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood. South Fork and the city of Johnstown are teaming up to remind the community what happened many years ago. “We want to honor those who

SEE BOOK, PAGE 13A

unteered their time to help ring the bell, which survived the 1945 fire. Also, several local school districts will have their artwork and poetry on display at the museum for the 125th Anniversary Youth Art Contest, “Hope and Recovery through Artists Eyes.” Winners SEE FLOOD, PAGE 16A

Forest Hills Middle school art students test their skills as filmmakers Caitlyn Miller and Ashleigh Lamer search online for inspiration for Ryan Boyle, Corey Horner, and Sierra Womer brainstorm a list of materials for their stop-motion anitheir stop-motion animation project. Photo by Amanda Petrunak. mation films. Photo by Amanda Petrunak. By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

After countless hours of taking pictures to get the perfect scene, the Forest Hills Middle School art students were able to say that they were indeed filmmakers. At the beginning of May, Dr. Jennifer Motter introduced her students to the concept of stopmotion animation by showing them several YouTube videos. In

the first clip, the students watched a Post-it note clip of Pac-Man and Super Mario. The director chose Post-it notes as his subject to create his film. He actually built an entire arcade using nothing but Post-it notes. You could see Miss Pac-Man

moving across the screen as she devoured the ghosts, one by one. Then, the director had Mario drop from building block to building block as he collected his gold coins. With the concept of stop-motion animation, the audience gets to

see a movie clip, one scene after the other, and you could consider it like a flip-book of comics. The series of different pictures create the feeling of movement, as the scenes continue. The Forest Hills students had to learn that they only needed to move their objects

slightly for each photo. Too much fast movement could create a confusing scene for the audience. Before the students took their own shot at this form of animaSEE FILMAKERS, PAGE 4A


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