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Ebensburg announces Dickens Grand Marshal

June M. Alexis Fether will serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s 11th annual Dickens of a Christmas event in downtown Ebensburg. Fether was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she lived for a time with her mother and aunt before moving to Hazelton, Pa. When her father returned from serving in World War II, the family moved to Coaldale and then settled in Tamaqua, Pa., where she spent the remainder of her youth. After graduating from Tamaqua Area High School, Fether began her studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton Campus, and completed two years of study. She then moved on to the University Park campus and received her degree in journalism with a concentration in news and editing. In the summer of 1965, June began her first job at The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown as a night-side general assignment reporter. Working at the Tribune is where she grew to appreciate hometown newspapering — covering everything from feature stories to obituaries. She stayed at the Tribune for nearly two years before moving to Ebensburg to start a family. June married her high school sweetheart, Joe, now deceased. The two settled in Ebensburg in the spring of 1966 and raised their two children — daughter, Julie, of Huntingdon and son, Jamie, of Carrolltown — in their Alton Street home. There are three grandchildren –

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Samantha Fether, Gabrielle Fether-Beiter, and Derek Fether. Fether would continue her already well-established career in journalism at The Mountaineer-Herald in Ebensburg, where she would work until her retirement in 2005. She has fond memories of her early years working at the Herald with her “little family,” covering borough council meetings, school board meetings, and eventually writing her own weekly column. In addition to her career in journalism, Fether has also made a career out of serving her community. Over the years, she has been involved with the Ebensburg Woman’s Club, SEE MARSHAL, PAGE 17

December 1, 2016

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Weight limit reduced on Municipal Road PAGE 2 - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Calem Illig

for Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria Township supervisors have resolved to temporarily reduce the weight limit on Municipal Road from 10 tons to 5 tons. A culvert in the road is buckling, causing a dangerous dip in the road. After having a crew survey the road, the municipality concluded that vehicles exceeding 5 tons would be too much weight on the road. This specific area in the road is not structurally sound, and with added stress to the road as well as winter weather approaching, there is a potential for more damage to the road. While a lower weight limit may be an inconvenience to commercial drivers within the jurisdiction, the supervisors are afraid that not taking any action will cause even more damage to the road. The supervisors ensured at the Nov. 16 meeting that the weight limit will be increased back to its original weight limit once the issue is resolved. The supervisors reached an agreement with the Central Cambria School District regarding the school’s resource officer. The school district has previously paid for the resource officer through a grant, but now that the grant has just recently expired, the township accepted to sign a recurring agreement with the school district to keep the resource officer on duty at the school’s expense. A resolution has been found by the township over the proposal of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The resolution states the township will file an application and declare interest with the program for the year 2016. The entitlement of Cambria

Township will be used for the construction of various street improvements within the Village of Colver. The supervisors intend to pave all the main streets and byways within Colver. The project will continue the township’s work from the past few years. The municipality received a certified letter from Keller Engineers regarding notice of a proposed Cambria County No. 3 Deck Replacement Project. The project would take place on T-495 (Stevens Road) over the North Branch of Blacklick Creek, as well as Barr and Cambria townships. First Energy also notified the township municipality of filing for Penelec for the Cambria Slope-Johnstown 115 kilowatts Transmission Line Tap to Rural Electric Association (REA). The supervisors motioned to adopt the tentative budget for 2017, which will be on display for 20 days. The final adoption of the budget is to be completed at the Dec. 21 meeting. The police report for the month found 126 incidents, which included 11 arrests and 10 vehicle accidents. The police report was accepted by the supervisors. A new online program has been adopted by the supervisors that will enable the township to submit all of its liquid fuel forms online. The township will now be able to submit all liquid fueling online through the DOTGrants Online Filing System. Patti Urgolites was appointed to the Cambria Township Water Authority Board by the township supervisors to fill the term of the late Robert McKotch. The term will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Burns supports 30-day moratorium on releasing police officer names

As a firm believer that people are innocent until proven guilty, state representative Frank Burns disagrees with Governor Tom Wolf’s recent veto of a bill that would have better protected police officers in the current incendiary and often reactionary social climate. Burns voted for H.B. 1538 when it passed the House 151-32 earlier this year. It would have prohibited police departments from releasing the identities of officers who discharged a gun or used force against someone in cases resulting in death or serious injury, until that officer was either charged with a crime or 30 days had passed. “While I am for full transparency in government, we must also consider the need for a cooling off period in situations where tensions run high,” Burns said. “With the propensity in some quarters to rush to judgment before all the facts are in, we are putting the lives and safety of police officers, as well as their families, in unnecessary jeopardy by prematurely releasing their names.” Burns said the bill, which sailed through the Senate 39-9, was overwhelmingly supported by both chambers of the legislature and should have been signed into law. “It obviously had bipartisan support, as well as support from the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police,” Burns said. “No one is saying, ‘Never release the names.’ Supporters of this bill, like me, are saying, ‘Don’t release the names prematurely, before investigations are completed.’ It’s a matter of basic fairness.” Separately, Burns is the sponsor of H.B. 2261, a Blue Lives Matter bill that would elevate assaults on law enforcement to hate-crime status in Pennsylvania. The bill, which he plans to reintroduce in January after it stalled in the Republican-controlled House this summer, would cover police, corrections, probation and parole officers.


Mount Aloysius College offers holiday market for community

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Seventeen vendors selling variety of gifts to suit any wish list

Mount Aloysius College is sponsoring a holiday market on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 3:30-7 p.m., with gift ideas for everyone. Vendors include Sub Zero Ice Cream (ice cream made from liquid nitrogen), Candles of the Cove, Norwex

(chemical free products), Father Anthony Petraca (books), Pam’s Greeting Cards, Jamberry Nails, Essential Oils Do Terra, Laura GottfriedLetsche (decorations made by a local artist), LuLaRoe Clothing, Avon

Products Cosmetics, Lemongrass Spa Products, Pink Zebra (soy wax products, warmers, other products), Vale Wood Farms (eggnog and cider), Strump’s Streater (food truck), Steele’s Farm (homemade wreaths), the college’s

Veteran’s Club (bracelets), and Student Accounting Society (gift wrapping table). For more information, email Allen Musselman at missionintegration@mtaloy.edu.


Conservation, recreation program specialist plans trail events PAGE 4 - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Since March, when she was hired as program specialist by the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA), Leanna Bird has been hard at work planning new and innovative ways get the three trails in Cambria County used more. Bird created the “Friends of the Trail� program, which is a way for trail users to help fund improvements made to the Ghost Town Trail, the James Mayer Trail, and the Path of the Flood Trail. Currently, there are 54 members, including four business sponsors, and over $2,200 has been made in membership alone since the program started. Bird asked when renewal notices should be sent out to the members and how the board would like her to execute the letters. The suggestion was made to send out notices once a year, in the spring. If they are only sent out once, it will be less work for Bird. It was recognized that a grace period will have to be given to members who started their memberships at a different time until all of the memberships are on the same schedule.

Bird would like to plan a membership meeting for next fall so that the members can get together with the CCCRA board and discuss any ideas they have to better the trails. She is also looking into the possibility of making the Friends of the Trail a nonprofit organization through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA). “We want to start that discussion and make the friends of the trails more of a fund through CFA,� said Bird. “It would be a little easier for us to manage things and advertise memberships.� Although the trails are used quite a bit during the warmer months, Bird would like to promote more winter recreation. A “winter thaw jog or walk� is going to be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, to get people up and moving after a few months of snow. The jog will be held on the Ghost Town Trail, possibly in Nanty Glo. The date is tentative and could be changed due to weather. “It would be a low-key fundraiser for the trails,� said Bird. On April 8, 2017, the new 7.5 mile extension of the Ghost Town Trail will be cleaned up by using a grant through “Keep Pa. Beautiful.�

There are approximately 800 tires along the extension that are to be hauled away; once gone, the area will look much cleaner. Bird then brought up the memorial benches, which will be started soon. The first bench donation has been received and was placed on the Ghost Town Trail. Admiral Peary Vocational-Technical School students made the bench. A wooden bench with concrete supports costs $250 and includes the bench and memorial plaque. Maintenance specialist Bruce Eash and executive director Cliff Kitner will then set the bench on a mutually agreed upon location. A metal bench is also an option. The question was brought up regarding who would pay for the

upkeep and wear and tear on the benches. Once the bench is placed in the decided spot, would the CCCRA pay for necessary repairs or the individual who donated the money? “I think if someone purchases a memorial bench, it should be a onetime charge,� said Larry Custer. A “Fat Bike Day� has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, on the Ghost Town Trail. Pour on Center in Ebensburg has decided to hold the event and will donate the proceeds back to the trails. They are also planning on donating bike pumps that can be placed on the trails in the future. There are also locked cables that have multiple tools attached so repairs can be made. City Cycle in Richland is a

partner for the event. A green drinks event is another item that Bird would like the CCCRA to hold. The event would be a networking event for individuals who work in recreation and conservation to come together and talk. “Usually, it generates a few hundred dollars of donations to the hosting agency,� said Bird. The meetings will, hopefully, be bi-monthly and different conservation and recreation agencies will play host for them. Bird would like the CCCRA to host one on March 9, 2017. The next events Bird has planned are Earth Day cleanups on all three trails on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and the Cambria County Trail Series races.

Trail needs votes to win $100,000 The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) is asking the community for its help to win $100,000 from NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitablel Foundation. The money will be used to help the CCCRA develop local sections of the September 11 National Memorial Trail. The overall trail links the Flight 93 Memorial with

          

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the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The public is encouraged to vote online as many times as possible now through Dec. 9. A link at www.cfalleghenies.org goes to the voting site, where the public can vote, refresh the page, vote again, and repeat that process as many times as possible.


Recreation authority accepts 46th Madrigal to be held at Mount Aloysius grant for urban connectivity study

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By Joshua Byers

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Take a trip back in time to an era of grand feasts, “lordes,” “laydes,” peasants, and minstrels with the 46th annual Mount Aloysius Madrigal Christmas Feaste. According to Sally Gordon, manager of annual giving and production coordinator for the event, the madrigal came from an old English tradition. She explained that people of the town would swap places for the day with that of the royalty of the manor. The whole world would be turned “topsy-turvy,” according to Gordon. “The poor people had one of their own become the ‘Lorde’ and ‘Layde’ for the day and the true royals would serve them,” she explained. Gordon said she has been a part of the tradition at the college for 17 years and thinks of it as the beginning of the holiday season. For nearly three hours, guests will experience a five-course meal all announced by fanfare, complete with music in this interactive dinner theatre. “We just want to take them back for a day to the middle ages,” Gordon said about the event. She added that anyone thinking of attending will be experiencing quite a bit of entertainment, and the best part is that it’s an interactive show. There’s a main cast, royalty, choir, and quartet made up of two trumpets and two trombones. The first madrigal will be on Dec. 3 and starts at 6:30 p.m. Gordon said that there aren’t many seats left for this feast, but a 4:30 p.m. matinee on Dec. 4 still has some seats open. Each table seats six people and Gordon mentioned that there’s really no such thing as a bad table, because everyone will be involved in the show and is encouraged to participate. According to Gordon, “Many guests come in period costume.” The wenches are played by the students and there are community members who contribute as well. The artistic director is Michelle McGowan, and professor Nancy Way is directing the music. Gordon said that the Middle Ages meal will include stories as well as other “festivities designed to delight.” The menu for the evening includes treats like wassayle, slow roasted beef au jus or manicotti marinara, Caesar salad, and yorkshire pudding. The lord is being played by James Dugan, and the lady by Janet Bergamaschi. Tickets are $42 per person or $35 for senior citizens. The show isn’t appropriate for children under 8 years old. Gordon advised that since the show is set for the weekend, tickets should be purchased by no later than 2 p.m. on Dec. 2. No walkins will be permitted. To purchase tickets, call the advancement office at 814-8866396. The event is located in the Berschi Center and Technology Commons. “It’s a feel-good event,” Gordon said. “It’s fun.”

By Allie Garver

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One of the trails that has not yet been developed by the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) is the Saltlick Trail. During the CCCRA meeting, held on Friday, Nov. 18, Cliff Kitner decided to group that trail into the conversation about the Path of the Flood Trail. Kitner met with the Forest Hills Regional Alliance at its meeting and the idea of extending the Path of the Flood Trail out to the Johnstown Flood Museum is be “regenerated.” As the September 11 Memorial Trail is brought through the area, the Saltlick Trail will be worked on. The Memorial Trail will connect national parks. The James Mayer Trail was brought up, but there has been no news on the extension. A pipe was clogged on the trail that needed to be fixed. At first, Kitner was unsure as to how it would be fixed, but GapVax cleaned it. Once it was clean, it was noticed that the pipe was terra cotta in the middle with two plastic pipes on either side. Maintenance specialist Bruce Eash and Kitner worked with GapVax to repair the pipe. A smaller pipe was shoved through the existing pipe and drained the water out. The floor was turned over to Brad Clemenson, who wanted to comment on the September 11 Memorial Trail. NRG Energy is a power company that wants to get its name out by launching major promotions. A donation competition is currently happening

and the CCCRA is a finalist for the $100,000. Some of the money would help to connect the memorial trail. The winner is decided by votes from the general public, and voting will last only 10 days. The voting began Nov. 29 and ends Dec. 9. Clemenson also announced that through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the CCCRA was awarded a $170,000 grant for the Urban Connectivity study. The study will help the cost in figuring out how to connect the trails in Johnstown. The grant requires a $30,000 match, which can be done through other state agencies and their grants. Cambria County president commissioner Tom Chernisky was helpful in the grant, according to Clemenson. State representative Bryan Barbin also pushed for the grant, said Clemenson. The meeting moved into an executive session regarding personnel. Once back, the decision was made to give Kitner a raise in salary due to federal mandates. The CCCRA had to be in compliance. Program specialist Leanna Bird will also have her hourly wages updated. A reappointment of board members also occurred at the meeting. Andy Kaza declined to take his position, while John Hurley accepted his appointment. Any person who is interested in serving on the CCCRA board can send a résumé to Kitner. The next CCCRA meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg.

County prevention coalition presents youth survey results

A community presentation about the results of the 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Cresson American Legion. In Cambria County, all 13 public school districts participated in the survey and the Cambria County Prevention

Coalition uses the survey results to determine priorities. Students in sixth, eighth, 10th, and 12th grades participated in the survey and their behavior, attitudes, and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence is revealed. This information allows com-

munity leaders to direct prevention resources to areas that have the greatest impact. To find out more about how drug problems in the county affect our youth and how we can work together to strengthen our communities and empower our youth, make sure to attend this event.


CCCRA talks Ghost Town Trail extension, new lines PAGE 6 - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Cliff Kitner, executive director of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA), said the pre-construction meeting for the 9.34mile Ghost Town Trail extension was held with Ray Winters and Sons at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Everything’s going to start moving forward this fall,” said Kitner. “They want to get out and start clearing, and grubbing, and grading.”

The anticipated completion date is October 2017. The underpass at Route 422 where the sidewalk is washed away was previously pulled out of the project due to money, but Kitner is working with different agencies to obtain the proper permits for that specific area. If a GP-7 permit is obtained, then maintenance can be done on the sidewalk. The CCCRA would be allowed, if the GP-7 permit is found, to “jump off” of it and do maintenance on the sidewalk. Along with the new extension, the CCCRA would eventually like to connect the trail to Duman Lake Park.

Rock Run Recreation Area holds successful Toys for Tots drive

By Amber Stich

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Rock Run Recreation Area recently held its sixth annual “Toys for Tots” ride to help raise money and collect toys for the local program. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve and distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Rock Run employees, staff, and board members volunteered their time on the first Sunday of November to host the park’s last ride of the season for this charitable cause. Gary Haluska, who is on the board of directors at Rock Run, said the event started years ago when they were approached by a smaller group that had been trying to do a larger collection for the nonprofit but did not have a good venue to do so. They began the drive and since then, it has grown to into a “really big deal.” Those who planned to participate in the ride were asked to make a $20 donation or bring a new toy of equal value to donate to the program. Haluska said they had an amazing turnout and were able to raise a large amount thanks to the positive community response. “It was a great turnout and a lot of people were happy to ride and see their support go to a good cause,” Haluska said. Between the amazing turnout and the park’s partnership with Steve Stiller at Stiller Motorsports, which also advertised the event, Rock Run was able to collect more than $7,500 in monetary donations as well as many toys for the children. Haluska said all of the money they collected was then used to purchase toys for children of all ages to be donated to the Toys for Tots program. Half of the toys were given to the Ebensburg reserve location and the other half were donated to the reserve location closest to Stiller’s business. These toys will be distributed in December to families in need and will no doubt bring a smile to many young faces. Haluska said this toy collection is just one of the many charitable collections Rock Run does throughout the year. Rock Run is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that often uses its location to raise money and support those in the local area. “We are just very fortunate to have the facility to host these kinds of events,” Haluska said. “Hopefully, it will make a lot of kids’ Christmas a little brighter.”

The bridge project for the Ghost Town Trail was awarded a portion of a grant through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies of $3,000. The project will begin in the spring. The Rexis Branch of the Ghost Town Trail pipe has not been fixed yet. Kitner is waiting to hear back from them so the pipe can be done before any major problems occur. Kitner spoke with a representative from Lehigh Valley Rail Management, who owns the line from Ebensburg to Loretto. Starting this spring, the line is going to be railbanked. It takes approximately six to

10 months to complete the railbanking, unless there is opposition. If there is opposition, it could take a few years to railbank the line. “It’s hard to anticipate whether there will be opposition or not,” said Kitner. Some of the rails will be salvaged, then the line can be turned over. Kitner was happy that he was able to get some sort of time frame from the company as to when it will be available. The CCCRA would like to run the Ghost Town Trail from Ebensburg into Loretto. Kitner has also been working on creating a loop from Cresson back to Loretto.

CCCRA continues to discuss wind farm By Allie Garver

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The possibility of a wind farm being constructed at Rock Run Recreation Area in Patton has been an ongoing discussion at many of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) meetings. At previous meetings, the placement of certain windmills was seen as a problem for the Rock Run board members. Miscommunication was a big factor between the CCCRA and Rock Run in previous years, which is where some problems occurred. Lines of communication between the two entities has been opened up and progress has been made. “This is the first time we have had open dialogue,” said Andy Kaza, who also serves on Rock Run’s board. “Rock Run is very positive about that.” “I think we learned where our mistake was made, lack of communication,” said CCCRA president Tom Kakabar. “We’ll move forward in communicating.” A discussion was also held about whether or not Pattern Energy, which signed on approximately five years ago, was still interested in developing the site. “We’re much more positive about moving this forward,” said Kakabar. “Where the market’s going to take us, we don’t know.” The site is still a viable place for a wind farm, and according to Kakabar, “solar may even enter the picture.” The CCCRA is still trying to figure who the developer for the wind farm will be; at least three companies have approached the CCCRA about doing the job. “We need to decide and move forward with a chosen developer,”

said Kakabar. A request for proposal (RFP) process, or a selection committee, might be the route the CCCRA takes in order to narrow down the final decision. An RFP is a document that solicits project proposals, usually through a bidding process. The beginning of the process seems to be that a buyer for the procured energy needs to be

found. A meeting was held at St. Francis University on this type of energy, and Kitner did take those at the meeting out to Rock Run to look around at the site and see if it was feasible for any of them to construct a wind farm. The mineral rights sale for the area will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Inaugural Education Day a success for St. Francis University

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By Joshua Byers

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As a way to connect with the local community and encourage children to further their education, St. Francis University women’s basketball program sponsored an Education Day on Nov. 22. Local schools like Central Cambria, Cambria County Christian, Glendale, St. Michael School, and Forest Hills were invited to hear from a group of people in a variety of careers and attend the women’s basketball game afterward for free. “Through our Franciscan approach to higher education, we are committed to service and furthering the commitment to learning. Making this connection with the

local community, especially with our local elementary and secondary schools, illustrates the importance of lifelong learning starting at a young age,” said Tricia McFadden, a professor of marketing at the university and an organizer of the event. “SFU’s Education Day is a perfect example of the importance to this commitment and how learning can be fun and exciting.” In total, around 330 students attended the day of fun and heard from people like Rob Krimmel, the St. Francis men’s basketball head coach; Tim Creany, a retired Cambria County judge; and Nick Price, a campus officer and Carrolltown police officer. But the event wasn’t just a group of lectures. For instance, business professor

John Miko got up in front of the students and had a little fun by playing number games with them and encouraging the group to participate. The whole goal of the lectures was to emphasize to the students that they can do anything they set their minds to and just because they had decided on one career doesn’t mean they have to stick to it. A few speakers mentioned switching majors while they were in college. Others who addressed the group included Nanty Glo firefighters, an athletic trainer, and a nurse. McFadden said that it was nice to have a group of people who had different career paths and show the students the different avenues they can take, and so they understand that educa-

tion is definitely needed to move forward. According to McFadden, the basketball game at the end of the day was to tie together education, academics, and athleticism. She also explained that there are other basketball programs that focus on interacting with the community aside from Education Day. McFadden said that as far as she is concerned the day was a success, though she would like to expand the event in the coming years. One challenge she said they encountered was the cost of bus transport. She said that next year they plan on getting more sponsors so the cost is covered and more schools can attend. “It’s our first initiative and we hope it grows,” said McFadden.

Students attend SFU’s 23rd annual Science Day Beekeepers By Joshua Byers

503 students from 31 schools participated

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Science is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the knowledge about or the study of the natural world that is gained through observation and experiments.” On Nov. 22, students from around the area got to experience the purest definition of the word at the 23rd annual St. Francis University Science Day. The event, sponsored by the academic departments in the School of Sciences and Science Outreach Center, along with support from the entire campus, challenged students to use their minds in various methods and through class-type learning opportunities held throughout the day all over campus. Not only was there a Science Bowl that featured 16 teams competing for a chance at the final round, but the sessions also featured subjects not necessarily connected to science. “While many of the original presentations were based only

in science (biology and chemistry mainly), today there are also many presentations in health sciences, humanities, and even business, all showing applications within those disciplines to science students,” said Pete Skoner, associate provost at St. Francis. Sessions the students could participate in included events like “Ah, ha, ha, ha, Stayin’ Alive: ‘What We Do to Keep Your Heart Beating,” which was presented by the physician assistant department. Students also experienced what a forensic chemist does, how to engineer the perfect wave, wind power, sign language, and even

the popular game “Pokémon GO.” Science Day provided a good balance of pop culture and science to keep the students involved and interested. The day of fun began in 1994, according to Skoner. He said that it was a way for students to share their enthusiasm about science. Since then, students from all over have been attending. This year, 503 high school students from 31 high schools registered to attend — a sizable number compared to the original 256 high school students who attended in 1994. According to Skoner, the stu-

dents have reported that “attending presentations gives them a feel for a college schedule and confidence they can manage to be successful in college.” “In a sense, Science Day has become a very robust, high impact, experiential career fair in almost all academic disciplines for high school science students,” said Skoner.

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The Cambria-ClearfieldBlair County Beekeepers will meet in Cambria County on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office located at 499 Manor Drive in Ebensburg. This is the club’s Christmas social. No fee is charged, and one need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, please call 814-472-7637.

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Christmas Joys program helps area families for the holidays PAGE 8 - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

The annual Christmas Joys program, sponsored by the resident council at Golden Living Center - HAIDA, is once again reaching out to help meet the needs of the community during the holiday season. The Christmas Joys program has been helping others for more than 36 years. It began with the selfless desire to help a friend in need. Bernice Yeager, who has helped organize the program for years, said her daughter and fellow club members noticed one friend would not be getting anything for Christmas that year. The women banded together to purchase gifts for her, which were then hand-delivered by Santa Claus himself. From this

amazing act of generosity and care, the Christmas Joys program began. While it started small, helping one or two children in need a year, the program has grown to help nearly 71 needy Northern Cambria area families per year. Through the generous donations of local business, clubs, and individuals, the Christmas Joys program has been able to purchase toys, clothes, food, and other necessities for children during the Christmas season. Through referrals from local agencies, the program finds families in need. The anonymous process simply lists the age, sex, and gift needed by a child in the family, and then community sponsors, businesses, or individuals, buy that gift

for the child. Yeager said the gifts range from toys to clothes, to even other necessities like heating oil. The goal of the program is to make sure that no child in the area should want for anything. “I love doing this program still after all these years,� Yeager said. “It is so nice to know that kids that wouldn’t have a coat, boots, or food now do.� Yeager also said the program would never have been possible without the wonderful support of the communities and all of the people who volunteer their time. Yeager said some people donate money and toys and others donate their time to help sort donations and distribute them. The gifts collected will be distributed the first Friday and

Saturday in December. Used clothing is also being collected to help these families out as well. “I love this program because it is very local. In past years, it seemed when gifts were collected in our area they went to Johnstown area, but this program keeps it in our area to help local children,� Yeager said. Yeager said she has been blown away by the dedication and kindness of local sponsors, some of which have been participating in the program for over 30 years. She also mentioned that many families who have benefited in the past have come back to the program to help others in need to repay the kindness they received. Not a year goes by that she doesn’t hear from

someone who was positively affected by the program. “It is a very good feeling. I don’t even know how to put it into words,� Yeager said. Yeager said the takeaway from this program, even if you are not a part of it, is to remember the spirit of giving during this special season. She encourages those interested to become a part of the program in the future. “Even if you are not from the area, be a part of something like it in your area. There are always those in need who can benefit from a program like this,� Yeager said. If you are interested in the program, would like to know more, or want to offer your time, you can contact Yeager at 814-247-6578.

areas by locating the curb boxes, which is the longest part of the process. Once the correct places are marked, the engineer can survey them using a rapid point locator. The equipment is set up, then latitude, longitude, and elevation are found. Once the points are found, the engineer can move on to another location. Once the entire system is mapped, water authority members will be given login information to read through it. The login will be through The EADS Group and will be a “read only� document;

however, it can be printed and looked at. “It’s a living document,� said Mulcahy. Any changes to the water system needs to be put into the online data. The only person who will have access to the online GIS mapping for changes will be Sarah Reasbeck, who has been spearheading the project. If changes need to be documented, foreman Karl Smith will contact Reasbeck and she will take care of it online. At the August water authority

meeting, approval was given to hire Cambria Systems Inc. to put in a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. Mulcahy said that the equipment is now on site and the plan is to start putting in the new radio telemetry system at the beginning of December. Mulcahy spoke with the owner of Cambria Systems, Ron Flora, and explained that the authority

received an invoice for the satellite service for the Swigle Mountain sites, which is usually billed for a full year. The recommendation was given to only pay for the first quarter. “He’s [Flora] hoping to have it up and running, probably by February,� said Mulcahy. The annual report will be done for the December meeting, according to Mulcahy.

GIS mapping almost complete for Jackson Twp. Water Authority By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

An ongoing project for the Jackson Township Water Authority has been the geographic information system (GIS) map of the entire system. Engineer Pat Mulcahy said that the project is approximately 90 percent complete at this point. The only area that still needs to be done is from Benshoff Hill Road out Route 271 to Mundys Corner. The GIS mapping is weather dependent, but the hope is to have it completed by the end of the year. To do the mapping, the authority’s workers have to mark the

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By Megan Riner

of Mainline Newspapers

Have you ever wondered where you came from, who your ancestors were, or what their lives were like? The Cambria County Historical Society is offering a one-day genealogy for beginners class on Dec. 15 as part of its Third Thursday events. Jim Snyder of the Blair County Genealogical Society will be on hand to guide students through the resources available for researching family history, beginning with how to get started, what to look for, and reading pedigree charts. Snyder said that genealogy is getting to be really popular; it has become the No. 1 hobby in America. “People want to know their heritage, they want to know where they came from,� said Snyder, who shared that he discovered he is of Viking ancestry. While learning about their personal stories, Snyder said people are also learning about the history of the place they come from.

“Usually when people get started, it’s kind of hard to stop,� he said. The class will be held at the historical society, 615 North Center Street in Ebensburg, and will begin at 7 p.m. The class is free and open to the public but registration is required as the class size is limited. Reservations may be made by calling the Cambria County Historical Society at 814472-6674 or by emailing the society at awbuck@verizon.net. Additional classes, meetings, and guest speakers are held throughout the year at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg for those who may be interested in furthering their genealogical quest after the Dec. 15 beginner’s class. Founded in 1979 to compile, study, and exchange information of a genealogical and historical nature, the genealogical society contains all kinds of genealogical and historical information, including old newspapers and obituaries from Cambria County. For more information about the Blair County Genealogical Society, visit bcgslibrary.org.

Leak detection successful for Jackson Twp. Water Authority

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Walter Ditchcreek called the monthly meeting of the Jackson Township Water Authority to order at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. After the minutes from the Oct. 25 meeting were approved, the meeting moved on to several of the reports that needed to be given, the first being from the certified public accountant (CPA). Jim Deter, CPA, sent the report out prior to the meeting so the board members would have a chance to review it. “I noticed we were under budget on a lot of things,� said Ditchcreek, “so that’s good.� The report was approved with a motion made by Don Hrapchak. The motion was seconded by John Wallet. Officer manager Debra Buksa could not attend the meeting, so

secretary Elizabeth Miller gave her report. A public notice will be sent out to all Ebensburg water customers because of the haloacetic acids in the water. The noticed will be sent out with the bills this week. The health insurance for the two plant operators needed to be switched due to some changes. The workers’ deductibles have changed. Wallet made a motion to approve the changes. Hrapchak seconded the motion. Karl Smith, foreman, said that the changes for Leisure Village regarding the billing system has been done. Evergreen Associates has taken over the trailer court and asked the water authority if they could send all of the tenant’s bills directly to the company. Evergreen will pay the bills in one lump sum to the water authority, then the residents will pay Evergreen. According to Smith, he will not

turn on or turn off any customers until he receives word from Evergreen Associates that it needs to be done. During Smith’s foreman’s report, he said that the re-patching of old patches on Route 271 was done. The state requested that they be taken care of because the patches were sinking. The two authority workers, along with the township workers, patched and sealed the required areas. Pat Mulcahy, engineer, wanted the board to be aware that the leak detection using the listening pods has been successful. “Usage definitely has been down,� said Mulcahy. He also commented that the authority is saving money due to finding the leaks, which is always good. The next Jackson Township Water Authority meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m.

CLP presents ‘A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas’ at courthouse Dec. 2, 3 Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce its presentation of “A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas� at the Cambria County Courthouse at 200 South Center Street, Ebensburg, on Dec. 2 and 3. This heartwarming holiday show will feature a variety of holiday skits, songs, and dances performed by local talent and is sure to put all participants into a festive holiday spirit. Attendees will be greeted at the courthouse by lovely Christmas decorations and the melodious sound of singers caroling over the balcony. Warm apple cider with delicious spices and

Christmas cookies will be available for purchase during intermission, and attendees will be able to participate in a carol sing-along at the end of the show. “A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas� is guaranteed to get all attendees into the holiday spirit. Performances for the general public will be held Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances will be $10 each and can be purchased either by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333 or in the courthouse lobby prior to the performance.

  

 

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Po’s Peek at the Past

“Pretty Paper.�

“Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue Wrap your presents to your darling from you Pretty pencils to write I love you Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue.�

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things.�

Is there anyone who is not familiar with the above lyrics, written by Rogers and Hammerstein for “The Sound of Music?� Performed originally by Julie Andrews, the subsequent verses continue in harmony and bliss, but their implication remains the same. The “things� listed are all tangible. They are concrete and authentic for the most part. Next, consider Roy Orbison’s

The lyrics again speak of tangibles — things you can touch and see. My intent is not to criticize the authors or their lyrics — I feel humbled just to quote them. I admire and respect the talent exhibited by them and scores of others whose words we first heard in our youth and sing frequently and pretty much automatically this time of the year. Time marches on Unfortunately, though, we do age ... and age changes our ideas and sentiments. Our emotions become more complex through time and our attraction to the tinsel, glitter, and commercialism of Christmas seems to wane with each passing season. At least it has been doing so for me. This is not to imply that our customary rituals no longer have a place at Christmas. Tangibles form a valid and genuine part of each of our fondest memories. Without the concrete associations we’ve experienced, we may not even be aware of the intangibles.

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And change is inevitable Thus, I am discovering today that I’m more likely to stop and reflect when I smell a freshly-baked nut roll, homemade and right out the oven. I am much more apt to stray for a moment attempting to capture again the taste of a raisin-filled poppy seed roll baked by my Aunt Ann, and I would give a month’s income to taste Mom’s Christmas cookies again, or sample her pumpkin pie. I strain at times to hear once more the sound of crackling, brittle cellophane as a popcorn ball or candy cane is ripped open. I draw in more deeply when passing by a freshly cut evergreen and I stop a moment to breathe in its fragrance repeatedly, perhaps because I feel I require the respiratory therapy. A model train chugging through a plastic town with a small light in the church steeple no longer causes me to pause and marvel at its design or ingenuity. Instead, I’m mesmerized by the fumes emitted from the smoke stack and l pay greater attention to the horn blast, just as I did when I got my first model train as a kid. I hug relatives, particularly my wife, kids, and grandkids, with a deeper purpose today and I anticipate the return hug with much more enthusiasm. Hugging my dad his

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last year’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is worth more to me today than anything money can buy. If I have any regret, it may be that I didn’t hug him harder and longer. In short, I am much more likely to be influenced by Christmas intangibles today than I was during my youth.

Thinking outside the box If you consider yourself a baby boomer, maybe you, too, feel the difference during contemporary Christmas holidays. Is it possible that you also no longer look forward as much to what gift you might open on Christmas morning? Instead, your thoughts lie outside that dazzling box wrapped with a perfect bow. Like me, might you rather wish for a world population living in peace than dream of winning the Powerball Lottery and purchasing more materialistic items with all that cash? And does working for a charitable cause occupy more of your time time today than it ever did in the past? I’m discovering my attention, prayers, and well-wishes are more likely directed to a child undergoing cancer treatment today than my previous desires to inundate others with gifts for which they may have little use. I trust my meager donations to

charities back up this sentiment, too. I am comfortable admitting today that I not only laugh more often and with more vigor, but realize it’s OK for a grown adult, man or woman, to cry. Oddly, though, a child’s cries alarm me more so than they used to and I’m quicker in my old age to check to see if I might be able to offer assistance, even if I have to hobble a little to get there. Are any of these perceptions ringing familiar Christmas bells with you? Are you also discovering that the intangibles of Christmas mean so much more today than they used to? I often joke with my wife that as I age, I’m not only getting more semi-mental in my thoughts, but also more sentimental with my priorities and reflections, too. Perhaps the most mystic Christmas intangible of all might mean more to you today than at any other time in your life, too. Remember, Christmas fulfills a promise that a Savior, a Christ Child, was born. According to prophecy, this Savior will save mankind and provide us with the likelihood of an everlasting life in Paradise. How could this intangible promise not make your list of favorite things? Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Game Commission reminds deer hunters of rifle restrictions PAGE 12 - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - MAINLINE EXTRA

As the statewide firearms deer season approaches, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds deer hunters that rifles used during the season must be manually operated. Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation that will enable the Pennsylvania Game Commission to regulate the use of semiautomatic rifles and air rifles for hunting, and the bill was signed into law this week. But the Game Commission has not yet made any changes to the lists of lawful arms and ammunition for any hunting season. For deer hunters in the upcoming firearms deer season, that means all centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns to be used must be manually operated. The only exception is that semiautomatic shotguns may be used to hunt deer

Regulatory changes regarding semiautomatic rifles and air rifles must follow procedure

in five counties – Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery – that are defined as Special Regulations Areas. Semiautomatic rifles generally are not permitted for any type of hunting in any part of the state at this time. Things could change in the coming months. At its upcoming meetings, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will be discussing the newly signed legislation and the possibility of adding semiautomatic rifles and air rifles to the lawful arms and ammu-

nition list for various hunting seasons. But any changes must follow the schedule dictated by required procedure. Under the law, proposed regulatory changes must be adopted preliminarily, then advertised and brought back to a subsequent meeting for a final vote. With the board’s next quarterly meeting scheduled for January, no allowances for hunting with semiautomatic rifles or air rifles could be approved before April 2017. The Game Commission will issue a news release announcing any changes at the time they are made.

  

     

    

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Steelers stuff Colts on Thanksgiving night By Jake Oswalt

of Mainline Newspapers

While the explosive Pittsburgh Steelers offense scored on its first three possessions of the game to take a 21-7 lead on the road at Indianapolis on Thanksgiving night, it was its embattled defense that helped keep its lead intact. The Colts, under the direction of backup quarterback Scott Tolzien under center, had two lengthy drives end with no points as the best red zone defense in the NFL stood tall. Pittsburgh improved to 6-5 with its second straight win on the road as they defeated Indianapolis, 28-7. “Huge plays. I think they stopped them inside the five [yard line] twice. That changed the whole dimension of the game,� said Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who went over the century mark for the second straight week. “That could easily be 28-21 at the end of the game. I think those guys – they played well. They’re the bend but don’t break D and that’s what you want.� At the end of the second quarter, Indianapolis put together a 11-play drive. But after having a first-andgoal from the two, the Colts could not muster any points. Two runs by Frank Gore only netted one yard. Rookie safety Sean Davis stopped Tolzien on a rollout at the one on third down before free safety Mike Mitchell closed on a passing window quickly to force an incomple-

tion. Back-to-back clutch plays from its two safeties kept Pittsburgh’s lead at 21-7. “Those plays are huge. It’s really hard to make tackles in the open field, doesn’t matter who it is,� Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “I understand he’s a quarterback, but those are two great plays by both of those safeties. They did an excellent job of taking care of their business, doing their job and giving us another blade of grass, another down to play. So that really helped us out a lot and those two guys played great.� Mitchell finished second on the team with six tackles before the veteran picked off Tolzien in the fourth quarter. Davis came up with five tackles, third on the team, to

provide pivotal plays for the Steelers defense. “Really more than anything it was two nice plays by safeties,� Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “One instance Sean Davis – the quarterback was scrambling, he made the definitive decision to come out of coverage and make a tackle. I think the other one was Mike Mitchell in a similar way. Those are two significant plays from pass defenders first to come out of coverage there and combat the quarterback. Those were significant plays. You get significant plays like that and you get a chance to have a stand.� In the third, the Colts looked distined to pull within a touchdown. After marching 88 yards on 19

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cornerback Artie Burns, Davis, and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. The trio combined for 13 tackles, two for loss. “I’m excited about what they’re going to do or what they’re capable of doing moving forward because they work hard every day,� Tomlin said of the team’s first three picks in April’s draft. “They’re getting better. They’re adding detail to their game every week. I think the first thing is that all three guys are likable young guys. They endear themselves to the older players. The older players want to help them and that helps them help us. So they’re hum-

ble, hard-working – that helps them.� Early on, the Steelers were able to establish the run with Bell. The fourth-year back out of Michigan State ran for 120 yards on 23 carries. Bell capped off the first drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. After Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 52-yard field goal, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown caught the first of his three touchdowns. On third-and-five, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Brown perfectly on a back shoulder throw for a 25yard touchdown pass to push the lead up to 14-0. Donte Moncrief caught a 5-yard

touchdown pass for the Colts to come within 14-7 in the second. The drive was extended on a 35-yard pass from punter Pat McAfee on a fake punt. Roethlisberger hooked up with Brown again with 9:00 left in the second. Brown ran a precise outand-up route on play action. The All-Pro dragged his toes in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 21-7. Going up against the Colts best corner in Vontae Davis, Brown finished the night with five catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns. “He was in single coverage man-

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The Northern Cambria Rotary Club began its efforts to provide third-grade students in the Northern Cambria area with dictionaries in 2007. Donna Bobal, treasurer of the Rotary, said the club believes it is important for students to have a physical resource to access information. “Even though many of the students have iPads, it has been proven that reading from a book lowers eye strain, helps concentration, and allows students to better retain information,� Bobal said. “It meets the needs of the students because you can high-

light and make notations on the paper, making it easier to find helpful notes.� The Rotary was able to donate a total of 213 dictionaries to third-grade students from Cambria Heights Elementary School, St. Benedict Catholic School, Northern Cambria Catholic School, Northern Cambria Elementary School, and Harmony Elementary School. These dictionaries were distributed to each student during the week of Nov. 14, and teachers were also provided with a copy for their use as well. Bobal also said that this year, the dictionaries are not just a useful reference for words, but

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also include other information like a list of U.S. presidents, the U.S. Constitution, the longest word in the English language, punctuation, parts of speech, multiplication tables, and much more. “It has a little bit of everything in there,� Bobal said. She said that the additional information really excited the students and that they were grateful to receive the dictionaries. This yearly donation has become a sort of tradition for the third-grade students in the area and has given them something to look forward to hearing from the fourth-grade students about their own experiences. Rotary president Mary Beth

Page said, “They are so excited for it because the past thirdgraders have told them about it. When we walk through the door and say who we are, they get so excited you would think we were giving them candy.� For the first three years, the Rotary club covered the cost of the dictionary donation, but after that, Bobal’s daughter Kathy Marshall began donating the money to purchase the dictionaries each year. Marshall is a graduate of Cambria Heights High School and The Pennsylvania State University and currently works as a petroleum engineer in Texas. She said having a physical resource out in the field,

especially when there is no Internet, has been an invaluable benefit to her, so she wanted to provide students with that as well. She continues to believe this is a worthy project and will continue to fund this donation for the Rotary club for years to come. The Northern Cambria Rotary Club is dedicated to the education and success of students in the area and supports them through donations like these as well as opportunities to earn $1,000 scholarships that are offered to senior students each year. “We are very proud of our investment into the future of our youth,� Bobal said.


Central Cambria graduate enjoys being a Navy Seabee

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“We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees”, for the past 74 years. Today, Johnstown native and 1999 Central Cambria High School graduate Chief John Bachik builds and fights on the Gulf Coast and around the world as a member of the Navy serving at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. Gulfport is the command headquarters that oversees all naval construction forces based in the eastern half of the U.S. Land for the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Gulfport was acquired in April 1942, the same year the “Seabee” name

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was adopted for members of the Construction Battalions, a clever play on the CB initials. Bachik is responsible for naval construction. “I like that my job allows me to come to an open area and constructing whatever we need to construct,” said Bachik. “When I walk away, I’m proud of what I’ve done.” “Seabees are some the hardest working Sailors in the Navy,” said Captain Cheryl M. Hansen, NCBC commanding officer. “They are tough, bold, and ready, and they get the job done. They build and fight in

some of the harshest and most hostile environments in the world.” For the past 74 years, Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts, using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. “I like that being a Seabee gives me the opportunity to go throughout the world and provide humanitarian aid and relief to people who need it,” said Bachik. Seabees around the world will take part in a year-long celebration in 2017 to com-

memorate the group’s 75-year anniversary. The theme of the celebration is “Built on History, Constructing the Future.” Today, Seabees continue their innovative traditions, ensuring they always meet fastpaced challenges, according to Hansen. Working with the Seabees and serving in the U.S. Navy has allowed Bachik to continue learning about the legacy he wants to leave to future sailors. “The Navy has taught me that the most important thing is taking care of the people that entrusted you with their safety,” said Bachik.

Portage WinterFest begins Dec. 9

The holiday spirit will descend on the community of Portage beginning Friday Dec. 9, with the start of WinterFest. The annual festival to open the holiday season in Portage officially begins with the lighting of the community tree on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. There will be the sleigh rides after the tree lighting. There are several activities that begin before the official lighting ceremonies. These include a weekend-long craft show at the fire hall, the annual book sale at the Station Museum, and the new-to-you sale at Hammers Street Church of God. The WinterFest Committee is attempting to put together a new attraction. As the Main Street community tree grows, the WinterFest Committee wants parents and grandparents to be able to record their children’s growth along with that of the tree. If time and weather permit, the committee will install a snowman or Christmas figure next to the tree. On the figure will be measurement markings, so a photo can be taken every year of the children

marking their growth along the growth of the tree. Saturday. Dec. 10, begins with activities starting at 9 a.m. The favorite Christmas tree contest will be held in the lobby of S &T Bank. You can vote for your favorite by making a donation, which will benefit WinterFest. The Portage Public Library will hold a holiday story time and crafts for kids at 10 a.m. In conjunction with the story time, there will be an open house at the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the library and see what it has to offer beyond books. The model trains will be running at the Station Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Stop in to see what the Portage area looked like in the era of the train. See how the area developed the many coal mines and their locations. Watch the model trains travel over the Horseshoe Curve as they climb the Allegheny Mountains. The Bethany United Methodist Church is holding its annual soup and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church basement. There will be lunch with Santa at the Portage Area Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before Santa has to leave to get his sleigh ready for the Christmas

parade. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Portage and the Benscreek Social Club, the Christmas parade will travel Main Street from Caldwell Avenue to Johnson Avenue. The parade marks the official entrance of Santa escorted by floats, bands, marching units, ambulances, and fire trucks. The Saturday activities conclude with Christmas light tours of Portage. The bus tours run from 6-9 p.m., leaving the fire hall on Main Street at regular intervals. Reservations are suggested; call 814-241-9621 to guarantee a spot on the tour. There will be refreshments and children’s treats, along with Santa’s last appearance in town before Christmas Eve. Sunday marks the closing events, which features the Christmas concert at the Portage Area High School auditorium. The music department, comprised of the chorus and band, will present a number of holiday music selections. The WinterFest Committee encourages everyone to come out and help promote the holiday spirit throughout the community.


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Bishop Carroll’s Krug signs to throw javelin at South Florida By Jake Oswalt

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Junior year of high school is usually a season in which prospective student athletes get on the radar of college coaches. Bishop Carroll’s Britt Krug was well on her way to possibly medaling for the third time in three years of scholastic competition. But a lingering injury forced Krug to sit out the end of the 2016 season. A lot of unknowns and uncertainties surrounded Krug’s college career, but those were officially put to bed on Monday, Nov. 21. Krug signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her javelin career at the University of South Florida on a full athletic scholarship. “After having a rough junior year, I was a little bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to go to the school that I wanted to or to get any big looks,” Krug said. “I think being from Bishop Carroll and having a strong academic side as well, it encouraged a lot of schools to continue looking at me. The coaches I talked to were great, they just had faith in me and knew I could keep improving injury free. It was super exciting to finally sign.” A two-time state medalist in the javelin, Krug will join a South Florida program, located in Tampa, that is coached by Warren Bye. On her visit down to the Sunshine State, Krug instantly felt at home on campus. “As soon as I went down to Florida, I felt like I was at home and I’m really blessed that

I got to sign with them today. It was great,” Krug said. Krug, who will major in English, chose USF over the likes of Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Yale. South Florida is a member of the American Athletic Conference. “It was unlike any other school, I guess. The atmosphere was great, the people were so nice, and the academics excluding Yale were amazing for a D1 school,” Krug said. “I really think I can thrive there as a student athlete.” Although her junior season was interrupted by a stress fracture in her left tibia, Krug has displayed a rare blend of natual talent and blue-collar work habits throughout her career. “She’s really super talented. She’s naturally strong and she has a tremendous work ethic,” Bishop Carroll track coach Phil Woo said. “A lot of kids that are talented like that, they don’t work as hard.” After finishing fourth in the renowned Penn Relays last April, Krug decided it was best to conclude her season at that point. The injury to her plant leg only got worse since she entered the year with the stress fracture, which initially occurred in May 2015. A strong competitive nature kept Krug competing despite knowing that she was not 100 percent healthy. “If anything, her fault was she probably works too much. She wasn’t healthy for most

of her career, which we really didn’t know about,” Woo said. “The stress of throwing the jav on her plant leg might have aggravated it and it definitely contributed to some of the irritation. She’s stronger now, she’s healthier.” After a grueling rehab period, Krug is still progressing and building up strength in her left leg. “Early in the fall, I finished my rehab. I was actually going the whole way to Pittsburgh once a week just to work with some specialists and to make sure that I was ready for this season,” Krug said. “I’d say I’m at about 80 percent right now. I’m just getting back into things, starting to jog again, doing some light squats.” Having suffered through an injury-riddled season last year, Krug gained perspective and will use that time away from competing to her advantage next spring. “It was definitely hard, junior year is supposed to be the breakthrough year for people,” Krug said. “It’s supposed to be the year that they get coaches’ attention and they really hit their big marks. That was a big setback but this year I’m more ready than ever to go out there and finally hit some big numbers.” A two-time District 6 Class AA champ in the javelin, Krug believes the best is yet to come in her career down south. “I think their program is really strong. I think it’s going to be nice compared to Pennsylvania weather to be able to train year

round,” Krug said. “I think that will help me as an individual just because it’s something I’m not used to.” Krug, who was the national Junior Olympic champion in the age 13-14 division in the summer of 2013, finished in fifth place as a freshman and eighth place as a sophomore at the PIAA Championships. After compiling three letters in track, two in basketball, and one in soccer, Woo believes individualized coaching will help take Krug to a new level. “I really believe that once her leg is 100 percent healed, with how naturally strong she is, her best days are still to come,” Woo said. “High school javelin throwing coaching is different than collegiate. College is so much more specialized. Once she gets that specialized collegiate coaching, I think her throws are going to get even better quicker.” Tutored by throwing coach Joe Ridgeley at Bishop Carroll, Krug has really thrived in track despite showing great athletic prowess in other sports. “The thing I love about track is the atmosphere, it’s so supportive compared to other sports,” Krug said. “Everyone just wishes the best on one another. I’ve made some relationships, especially [Penn Cambria’s] Jadyn Tiracave. What you get out of it is what you put into it. It’s nice knowing that whatever effort I put into it, I’m going to get out of it. I’ve been fortunate enough to see some pretty good results. I love it.”


Nearly 150 holiday dinners provided by Cresson Food Bank

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By Joshua Byers

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For a lot of people, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time for cheer, jubilation, and reconnecting with friends and family. But for others, it’s a stressful and worrisome time of year to attempt to come up with the funds to provide a meal for their family. In these situations, organizations like the Cresson Food Bank, located in the bottom of the St. Vincent de Paul in Cresson, exist to lend a helping hand. The volunteers at the food bank, director Maggie Stem, Ray Lenz, Chuck and Erma Hanlon, Jim Lynch, Dot Reeder, and Kay Smeltzer,

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Catholic Daughters of the America’s Court 680, and the former Northern Cambria Branch of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, of which she held office. She has been an active member of Holy Name Church for 50 years and is a charter member of the women’s choir, which began in 1986. She is a member of the Ukrainian Technological Society of Pittsburgh and is affiliated with the Protection of the BVM Ukrainian Church in Revloc, honoring her Ukrainian descent. Since retiring, Fether’s days are kept busy at the Ebensburg Senior Activities Center, where she assists with the exercise program and serves as a lunch quality monitor. She continues to sing with the women’s and mixed choirs at Holy Name Church, as well as with the Saturday 4 p.m. singers, and she participates in an emotional support group at the Lakeside Church of the Nazarene. She was also able to establish the “W. Robert Paul Soloist Award,” as a tribute to her former colleague and dear friend, thanks to the Central Cambria Music Department, which has been honoring an area music student for the past 10 years. When asked about her years living in the borough, Fether said, “In my years of living here and being close to the innerworkings of the borough government, I have come to admire and be thankful for the competent leadership Ebensburg has enjoyed through the years. We are also lucky to have top-notch fire, ambulance and police departments — I have a great

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all assist with more than just the week-to-week operations. But they don’t do it alone. “We are fortunate because we have a very generous community,” Stem said about those who donate to the food bank. She explained that many local businesses, community groups, and organizations make their job a possibility. This year for Thanksgiving, Stem said they served about 150 people who signed up. Fifty-seven of them were individuals. The families of four or more people were given groceries that included items like turkey, two vegetables, fruit, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, a pound of margarine, potatoes, and stuffing.

deal of respect for them.” “There is probably not another person in the community that is more familiar with the actions of borough council than June, having covered council meetings and community events for many years for The Mountaineer-Herald,” said Randy Datsko, mayor of Ebensburg. “The one constant through all the years has been June Fether.” Fether will do the honors of flipping the switch at light-up night in Kimball Park on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. and will ride in the annual Christmas parade the following day. Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas will be held Dec. 2–4 in various locations throughout downtown Ebensburg. For a schedule of events or more information, please visit www.EbensburgDickens.com or call 814-472-8780.

Individuals up to three people were given a similar grouping of items. They received items like two vegetables, fruit, rolls, stuffing, and a $10 gift card to Shop ‘N Save. Stem said that everyone used to get a turkey, but it became difficult to store all of those birds. Instead, the people get the gift card toward the meal. Additionally, almost everybody who signed up for a meal showed up to receive it. Stem said that there were a handful of people who didn’t come, but the group was still able to help out those who needed it, something Stem is glad she and the others can provide.

She explained that she was happy to be able to provide this sort of service to those who are struggling because sometimes life throws a curve ball and there’s nothing to do to stop it. Sometimes that happens at a very unfortunate time, like the holidays. “I think it’s a very good thing for the community,” Stem said about the operation. According to her, this year went “really well” and was “good.” The Cresson Food Bank also provides dinners for families during Christmas and Easter as well. According to feedingamerica.org, a charitable site aimed at

helping to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” in 2015 42.2 million Americans lived in “food insecure households,” and 13.1 million of those people are children. Additionally, the site states that in Pennsylvania, 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger. Food insecurity “refers to USDA’s [United States Department of Agriculture] measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods,” according to Feeding America.


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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

CRESSON AREA: Nice 1 bedroom apartments. 932-8033.

CRESSON: 1 bedroom. Includes stove, refrigerator, heat, sewer, water, garbage. New carpet and ceramic tile. Off street parking. First floor. Quiet area. No pets. $500/ month. Security required. 207-9555. CRESSON: 2 bedroom townhouses, close to town, Mt. Aloysius & St. Francis. No smoking, no pets. Call Archie at 814-886-2100. CRESSON: 9th St. 2 bedroom townhouse. Powder room, first floor. Dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, hook-ups for washer & dryer in kitchen, basement, off street parking, yard. $500/ month plus utilities. Joe, 412-2166736. EAST CONEMAUGH: 447 Second Street, 3 bedroom half house. Includes water and sewage. $450 per month plus security deposit. 814-9772065.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

EBENSBURG: 2 bedroom, 1&1/2 bath, 2 story townhouse/ loft, basement. Elegant. No pets. 814-4728536.

EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, 2 bedroom apt. $575/ month, water, sewer, & heat included. Off-street parking. No pets. Call Doc. 471-7873 for details. (Realtor Owned). EBENSBURG: New listing. Large 2 bedroom, 2 bath. No smoking/ pets. Call Kevin 472-7707. EBENSBURG: New, remodeled, large 2 bedroom, laundry, outside porch, w/s/g, electric, gas heat incl. $825/ month, 2 units available. 814241-8384. EBENSBURG: One bedroom and two bedroom apartments. First floor and second floor. No smoking. No pets. Call 472-7850. EBENSBURG: One bedroom apartment, large bedroom, kitchen with new stove and refrigerator, oak cabinets, living room and bath. Second floor in center of town. Heat, water and sewer, garbage pickup and off street parking included. References and security deposit required. No pets or smoking. $450 per month. Call 472-8650. GALLITZIN: 2-3 bedroom. Includes all utilities except phone/ internet. Large kitchen and bathroom. Call 886-9272.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

EBENSBURG: Private 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, deck and yard. Stove/ fridge included. Off street parking. $450/ month plus utilities. No smoking. 472-5919.

EBENSBURG: Small and large 1-2 bedroom, 2-bedroom townhouse with 1.5 bath, all include heat/water/sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. Storage available. $460$850/month. 471-0462. EBENSBURG: Three bedroom duplex, large living room, bathroom, dining room, full basement, off street parking, stove & fridge included, & new carpet. $600 per month plus utilities. Reference & security required. 472-8650. GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom, heat & appliances included. Off street parking. No pets. $475/ month. 886-4715. JOSEPH JOHNS TOWERS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. NEW GERMANY: Townhouse style. 2 bedroom, kitchen appliances, laundry hookups. Deck off kitchen, basement. $680.00 includes: heat, water, sewage & garbage. No pets/ smoking. Call 495-9426. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom. Heat, water, sewage & garbage included. $400/ month. 948-8392.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA BOROUGH: 2 bedroom, 1st floor apartment. Includes appliances & all utilities. 814948-9171.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Downtown, 2nd floor. Most utilities included. Not suitable for pets or children. $550/ month. 948-6363. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom, $310/ month, credit check, security deposit. 814691-3203.

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Portage

Cozy well taken care of 3 BR home with remodeled kitchen, windows & roof. Bonus room with 1/2 bath and handicap access could be an efficiency or business! Screened in covered porch areas with a large lot. Priced to sell!

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Elegant, spacious 3 BR brick/vinyl home on 2 lots. Entertaining & relaxing will be a breeze in the oversized great room, family room with fireplace or on the covered patio over looking the generous lush backyard.

Cresson

This once well established restaurant/bar has unlimited potential. Dining room remains set up. Bar intact and some of the kitchen equipment still in place. Ready to open as a new eatery, bakery, sandwich/pizza shop, coffee house or possibly a combination of a couple of these. Whatever you decide, being across from a college campus growing by leaps and bounds, this location is just waiting for the right entrepreneur to turn this into a gold mine. Liquor license available at this time for a minimal price. New metal roof, gas line, and redirection of rain water recently completed.

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Ava Bell / 674-2625 Robert “Archie� Hamer / 207-8966 Virginia (Sherry) Duman / 934-7684 Bev Mandichak, GRI / 886-2961 Mike Dunmyer / 886-4215 Lori McMullen / 207-7256

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This nicely remodeled home sits on a beautiful corner lot in one of the quietest neighborhoods in PCSD. Outside has a coy pond, fire pit and large 2 car garage. Huge family room with woodburner that will help keep heating costs to a minimum. Too much to list, come and see this one for yourself to truly understand why you want to call this place your new home!

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Glendale Yearound

Well maintained 3 BR home, 1 3/4baths, central air. Attractive level yard, shed. Enjoy all the amenities of Glendale Yearound. Minutes from Prince Gallitzin Park, state game lands and Rock Run ATV trails.

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Cherry Tree

Attractive, well maintained split entry & 2 car detached garage. 3 BR, 1 full bath & 3/4 bath. Hardwood floors, natural gas heat. Finished basement. Fireplace in game room.

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Northern Cambria

Cozy 3 BR w/rustic interior. Big eat-in kitchen, spacious rustic living room, 3 BR, plus small room great for storage or walk in closet. Bath fitters tub surround in main bath. Very well heated 2 furnaces; a hard coal & oil furnace, radiators throughout. Newer siding and a nice big rear deck. A great house for the price.

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Lilly

Absolutely charming home. Eat in kitchen, dining room w/french doors & bow window. Living room features a fireplace. Spacious master bedroom w/ his & hers closets & master bath. Basement area is huge w/bath which includes a Jacuzzi. Also a large room for a great room, man cave or whatever. 2 car garage is oversized and detached.

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HOUSES FOR RENT

EBENSBURG: 3 bedroom. Newly remodeled. All appliances including washer & dryer. $750 /month plus utilities. No pets. 814-472-5175, 724494-3340. GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom, $400 month. Water, sewer, trash included. Security deposit, credit/ background check. Archie 886-2100. NORTHERN CAMBRIA BOROUGH: 3 bedroom house. Includes appliances. 814-948-9171.

LOTS/STORAGE FOR RENT

HEATED STORAGE: Gallitzin. Cars, boats, trailers, etc. Cars, $60/ month. Trailers, motorcycles, etc., please call for pricing. 886-9272.

LAND/LOTS FOR SALE

REVLOC: 15 acres, city water & sewer available. 814-329-6574.

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State’s hungry thankful for donated venison

When they sat down at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, Pennsylvania’s hunters had plenty for which to be thankful. It’s prime time for Pennsylvania hunting and, with any luck, some game bags or ear tags have been filled already, or are nearly about to be. But hunters should know also they’re in a prime position to receive thanks for what they might choose to give. Each year, the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters results in about 200,000 meals for the state’s hungry. By donating venison through Hunters Sharing the Harvest – a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families – hunters extend their helping hands to those in need. And for the second straight year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners are making it easy for hunters to help out. Once again this year, the Game Commission donated $20,000 to the program – money that enables Hunters Sharing the Harvest to accept venison donations without charging hunters. In prior years, hunters who donated venison needed also to pay a $15 tax-deductible fee to cover deer-processing costs. By helping to remove the fee, the Game Commission hopes to spur additional venison donations, allowing the program to feed more people, said R. Matthew Hough, the agency’s executive director. Hough said the Game Commission is proud to partner with Hunters Sharing the Harvest, which, nationwide, has been the leader among programs facilitating charitable venison donations. “We’re proud not only of the charitable need Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to fill, but also about what the program shows about the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters,� Hough said. “We feel the easier we make it for hunters to donate, the more successful the program will be. So our hope is that our gift is one that keeps on giving, and one for which many will be thankful." At a news conference to kick off the busiest season for venison donations, Hunters Sharing the Harvest executive director John Plowman thanked the Game Commission and others who have helped to make the program a success. All deer donated through Hunters Sharing the Harvest must be processed professionally by a participating butcher. For information on where to take deer to be donated, or to learn more about the program generally, visit Hunters Sharing the Harvest’s website, www.sharedeer.org. Hough urged hunters to participate. “There might be no greater act of kindness than feeding someone who is hungry, and, through their donations, it’s obvious our hunters understand that,� Hough said. “That generosity is something for which we all can be thankful, knowing we’re making a difference.�

        

      

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After 25 years, a statewide program that works to distribute donated venison to food banks and food assistance centers marked a 2016 milestone as Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) celebrated the donation of its one-millionth pound of meat during an event today at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a non-profit charity that coordinates the processing and distribution of donated deer meat throughout the state for families at risk of hunger. The program has become a nationally-recognized model, with many other states adopting similar efforts. “Hunters Sharing the Harvest makes the connection between hunters who want to give generously, processors who want to contribute their services, and the charitable food system that strives to provide meals for millions of Pennsylvanians,� said state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This program could not have reached this milestone without the support of sportsmen and women across the state. And with hundreds of thousands of hunters entering the woods next week, we want to remind them that there is an opportunity to combine their love of the outdoors and of hunting with a good cause that could benefit their neighbors.� HSH has earned a reputation as being one of the most effective social-service program conduits for hunters and wildlife managers to make a direct difference, often from actions that take place in the fields and forests. “These numbers are a testament

to the central mission of Hunters Sharing the Harvest,� said John Plowman, executive director of Hunters Sharing the Harvest. “Our dedicated team of board members, volunteer coordinators, food banks, legislators, state and local agencies work in concert with a common mission to help feed those in need. That's when great things happen. We're so proud to have reached this milestone.� The anniversary is particularly significant, given the recent passing of HSH’s founder in October. Kenneth Brandt, a former state legislator from Lancaster County, founded HSH in 1991. His vision of helping others by using renewable resources of deer and wild game brought today’s HSH program into existence. This year’s HSH season kickoff is dedicated in his honor. “The partnership between Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and Hunters Sharing the Harvest for the past 25 years has been instrumental in maintaining a steady supply of high protein, nutritious product through our network of 20 food banks and charitable food distribution organizations. We could not possibly purchase this product on the open market,� said Sheila Christopher, executive director of Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. “We are especially proud to be part of this celebration in honor of our friend and colleague Ken Brandt, whose vision will continue through our work for decades to come.� In an average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed

State park announces environmental programs Brunch with the Birds Come to the park office on Saturday, Dec. 10, to learn about winter birds and bird-feeding while you enjoy a mid-morning snack. Then join the park naturalist outside to see who’s visiting our feeders today! Some binoculars will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Meet at 10 a.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building. What Tracks Can Tell Winter is a great time of year to practice animal tracking, especially with a dusting of fresh

snow! Come learn how to identify some common animal tracks, where to look for them, and other things that can be learned by examining them. Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 814-6741000, extension 105, or by email at princeprogramssp@pa.gov. An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at www.visitPAparks.com.

venison annually through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then re-distribute the protein source to more than 5,000 local provider charities, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. The donations help to provide the equivalent of more than 500,000 meals annually to feed the nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians – or 1 out of every 7 residents – who are considered to be food insecure. “On behalf of Feeding Pennsylvania and the nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians who are struggling with hunger every day, we are so grateful for the lean and nutritious meat that the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program provides,� said Jane Clements-Smith, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania. “We commend HSH for 25 years of dedication and excellence in serving those most in need.� Over the years, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has provided funding through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to help defray the costs of processing donated venison. Because of a significant increase in the number of deer donated to HSH over the past two hunting seasons, HSH has maxed out its allocation of TEFAP administrative funds, which were increased from $100,000 to $125,000 prior to the 2013-14 hunting season. In response to the need for more funding to cover processing costs for the 2016-2017 hunting season, PDA will increase the administrative funding cap. “Over the past two years, hunters have significantly increased the number of donated deer, which is great news for food banks and the people they serve,� Redding added. “In anticipation of another record season for Hunters Sharing the Harvest in 2016-2017, I am pleased to announce that PDA will increase our contribution to the processing fund up to $140,000. This is an additional commitment of up to $15,000 this year to help cover the costs of processing the deer meat into the ground venison that goes into this program.� The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the largest non-profit food distribution organization in central Pennsylvania. The food bank solicits, inventories and distributes food and other donated products to more than 900 partner agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior programs, childcare programs, rehabilitative programs, etc.) that directly serve people struggling with hunger. The food bank annually distributes more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery products among 27 counties. “Our food bank is proud to host Hunter Sharing the Harvest’s 25th anniversary launch,� said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We are one of the largest distributors of HSH venison in our state, and we would love to have even more. We are always in need of lean, healthy protein foods for our clients, and donated venison is very popular here in the midstate.� Hunters interested in participating in the program can take their deer to one of 115 participating meat processors throughout the state and donate any amount of their venison to the program. Pennsylvanians can also donate money to the Buck for the Pot campaign, which supports HSH. For more information on Hunters Sharing the Harvest, visit www.sharedeer.org. For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov.


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