Welsh unite in traditional song, fellowship
By Megan Riner
of Mainline Newspapers
An old country church in Cambria Township came alive on Sunday, Aug. 6, as Welsh voices singing their traditional Gymanfa Ganu rang out of the open etched-glass windows and filled the grove surrounding Salem Church with song. Though the somewhat foreign words were tricky, each gave their all to the sing-along so important to their forefathers. Bill McHenry, whose ancestors gifted the land on which Salem Church sits to the congregation when it began more than 100 years ago, said the Gymanfa Ganu is the best part of the annual homecoming, which takes place the first Sunday in August each year. â€œItâ€™s the singing, itâ€™s the history, itâ€™s the Welsh language that we will try to wrap our tongues around,â€? McHenry said. â€œAt Gymanfa Ganu, everyone is Welsh. Itâ€™s an experience youâ€™ll hopefully take with you your whole life.â€? The scene both inside and outside the church drew parallels to an essay written by Judge David G. Jenkins that was published in the hymnal used during the Sunday sing-along. â€œThe beginnings of the Gymanfa Ganu were humble, in the little chapels and churches which in such numbers dot the hills and vales of Cambria,â€? Jenkins wrote. â€œAfter the regular religious service was over, the congregation would remain for an hour of song.
Unaccompanied by any instrument â€” for the Puritan spirit was never stronger in New England than in old Wales â€” led by a leader, innocent perhaps of musical degrees, who sounded the pitch without even a tuning fork, the congregation would be drilled for the forthcoming Gymanfa. For months, a few selected hymns and an anthem or two would be rehearsed; then, in a common meeting place, congregations of one neighborhood or denomination would unitedly render the selections so prepared, under a conductor specially qualified and chosen. To hear such an outpouring of balanced trained voices leaves an indelible memory.â€? SEE SONG, PAGE 2
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Scott Griffith, Kate Griffith, Sally McWhorter, and Cindy Martin enjoy going back to their Welsh roots during the annual Salem Homecoming in Cambria Township. Photo by Megan Riner.
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Ebensburg approves project costs, discusses open burning PAGE 2 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
The Ebensburg Borough council approved additional costs for the paving of a county parking lot during its July 24 meeting. Borough manager Dan Penatzer told the council that the paving on the lot across from the courthouse had been completed the previous week and that the project “looks good.” Some of the signs for the lot were also installed on the day of the meet-
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ing. The only issue was that a cost of nearly $29,000 needed to be added to the project’s already approved $33,679.90 price tag. This brought the total to $62,329.25. “Our intention was to just mill the surface and overlay with an inch-and-a-half blacktop.” Penatzer said. However, upon beginning the work, the crews realized there was no base to the parking lot, according to Penatzer. Because of this, there was no way to com-
Salem’s Gymanfa was led with enthusiasm and vigor by Carol Ellis, of Shamokin, Pa., a Welsh woman who served on the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Committee in 1983, 1993, 1995, 2002, and 2012. She participated in the Eisteddfodau music and literature festival in Edwardsville for many years and won the hymn singing competition in Scranton in 2012 and Columbus, Ohio, in 2015. Salem’s Gymanfa was a fitting end to what the congregation considered a good day. Kate Griffith, who has been attending the
plete the original plan. “There was 4 1/2 inches — three times the material — that had to be taken out and then a new base applied and then a top coat,” Penatzer said. The borough had approved the initial cost of resurfacing the parking lot through Quaker Sales in May. The county agreed to share the cost of the work. Guardrails and signs were removed, as were the parking meters, which are going to be updated.
homecoming for a number of years with her family, described the atmosphere as “getting back to your roots and seeing where you came from.” The Salem Homecoming Association, those of Welsh descent, and friends meet every year for the Gymanfa Ganu and to conduct business and attend a worship service and fellowship lunch. The reunions have continued almost annually since the 1920s as people come from near and far to celebrate their heritage. “Everybody knows where we are the first Sunday in August,” Janet McHenry said.
Penatzer said the unit values for the project are the same. The increase in cost was based on the original bid and simply multiplied by the new quantities of blacktop and excavation, according to Penatzer. “It does look 1,000 times better,” president Doug Tusing said. The only work left with the lot is the installation of the new parking meters and the new lights along Center Street. In other business, the council discussed the possibility of adopting a new outdoor burning ordinance to address a complaint received at the June meeting. Penatzer said the issue has been brought up “from time to time” over the years, and he recommended the new ordinance to put the issue to bed. He directed the council to the part of the agenda where it explained that “open burning be essentially banned” in the borough. The current ordinance allows for open burning on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday mornings. The only stipulation is that a metal receptacle, stove, or fireplace must be used for the burn-
ing. “There’s really no reason today to be burning anything,” Penatzer said. He added that residents have to recognize the difference between living in a borough and living in a township. The borough mandates garbage service, and has curbside recycling and compost collection, and a landfill is in “reasonable distance” to the borough for disposal of other wastes. For all of those reasons, Penatzer said he didn’t think open burning, aside from recreational fires with restrictions, should be permitted. Tusing deferred to the council for discussion and a decision. Council members Theresa Jacoby and Joe Miller were against the adoption of a new ordinance. Police chief Terry Wyland said there’s usually a limited number of complaints about burning, but he was in favor of restricting burning to recreational fires because it will make it easier for the police to enforce. A copy of the current ordinance was requested for the council to compare to the proposed one, and the issue was tabled until next month for further investigation.
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Marion Center Bank presents check to BC PAGE 4 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
On Tuesday, July 25, Marion Center Bank presented Bishop Carroll Catholic School with a check for $12,000. Marion Center Bank was approved for tax credits under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years. As part of the program, the bank was approved to distribute funds to approved scholarship organizations. A complete listing of approved scholarship organizations can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website. “I’m pleased to present Bishop Carroll Catholic School with the $12,000 scholarship contribution. Giving back to the communities we serve through donations and programs like the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program are a vital initiative for the bank,” said George Karlheim, president and CEO. EITC tax credits are awarded to eligible businesses contributing to a scholarship organization, an educational improvement organization, and/or a pre-kindergarten scholarship organization. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. Bishop Carroll officials said the school “is truly appreciative of the support provided by Marion Center Bank” and that “the funds provided through the EITC scholarship program will directly benefit families who are committed to Catholic education.”
The 57th Rummel reunion is planned for Sunday, Aug. 13, at noon at Duman Lake County Park pavilion No. 9. Chicken, corn on the cob, and drinks will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. The event includes train and hay rides, a sawdust money pile, a white elephant sale, and basket auction.
Marion Center Bank president and CEO George Karlheim (left) and vice president/community office manager for the Hastings office Susan Hutton (right) present Bishop Carroll principal Lorie Ratchford and CEO Jerry Stephens Jr. with a $12,000 check for the school. Submitted photo.
Carrolltown Fire Co. to host annual jubilee this weekend
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By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
The Carrolltown Volunteer Fire Company is gearing up once again for its annual Fireman’s Jubilee, which is to take place Aug. 11, 12, and 13. The event will feature crowd favorites as well as some new activities this year. On Friday, attendees can enjoy the rides, refreshments, and games, as well as take a look at the Chinese auction taking place in the fire company’s banquet hall. A new addition to the night is open karaoke on the grounds starting at 7 p.m. The karaoke is free and anyone can participate if
the music moves them. Koozie night will also take place on Friday starting at 8 p.m. Saturday is all about the tractors, with the tractor parade starting at 5 p.m. and the children’s tractor pull beginning at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for children ages 3 - 8 who participate. This is the second year for the event at the jubilee. Sue Byrne, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and event planner at the fire company’s banquet hall, said the tractors were such a hit that the children’s tractor pull was added last year, and due to continued interest, it was brought back again this year. Saturday night will end with a bang as fireworks are planned to
Award-winning playwright to direct ‘Cheat Sheets’
Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of “Cheat Sheets.” In this hilarious farce, college professor Willa is having the worst day of her life. She caught a student cheating, her daughter is dating a punk band singer, and she may be losing her job. Then, her best friend, Louwana, shows up to help her save the day. Their crazy plan dissolves into mistaken identities, slamming doors, cross-dressing, and three matching laundry bags — only one of which contains laundry. “Cheat Sheets” is directed by F.J. Hartland, author of the play. Hartland is a graduate of Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pa.) and earned an Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a Shubert fellow in playwriting and twice won the prestigious Bud Yorkin Playwriting Award. Hartland’s plays have also been performed in Miami, Columbus, Wheeling, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and in Pittsburgh at Bricolage, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Duquesne University, South Park Theatre, Gemini Theatre, Cup-a-Joe, Future Ten, Rage of the Stage, Pyramid Productions, and a record-setting 16 times in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. In PNWF, his plays have received seven nominations for Best Play, winning four times (”Postcards from a Dead Dog” in 2005, “Shaving Lessons and Half-Windsor Knots” in 2010, “Funeral in the Rain” in 2012, and “The Perhaps” in 2013). For his play “Games of the Mind,” Hartland won the Best Play Contest at Throughline Theatre in Pittsburgh. Writers News Weekly named him one of the top playwrights in Pittsburgh in 2014. Performances for the general public are held Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and Sept. 5-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances are $12, $16, or $20 each (including all fees) and can be reserved online at www.cressonlake.com or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333. Payment must be made at the time of reservation, and all sales are nonrefundable.
take place starting at 10 p.m., so don’t forget to be there to enjoy the show. Speaking of shows, two different musical acts will perform over the course of the jubilee. On Saturday, Boomers will perform from 8-11 p.m., and White Shadow will play on Sunday evening from 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, the fire company is holding a turkey dinner in the banquet hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for adult dinners is $9.50. For children ages 12 and under, the cost is $4, and dinners for children under 3 are free. At 3
p.m., the jubilee will celebrate the weekend with a large parade. Byrne said while the jubilee is a fun tradition for residents, the different events are also one of the main ways the fire department is able to raise money each year. “A little bit here and there really adds up after a while,” Byrne said. “We always need everyone’s support to keep the fire company up and running. It keeps getting more expensive each year, so we need your help to keep it going.” The jubilee gives residents a chance to give back and support the emergency responders who
rely on donations and fundraising to keep the community safe. If you would like to help give back but can’t buy a dinner, there are other ways to support the fire company during the event. The fire company will also still be selling tickets for a chance to win a new 2017 Chevy Trax LT AWD. Tickets can be purchased at the jubilee every night up until the drawing on Sunday at 11 p.m. All events are located on the fire company grounds. Volunteers are always appreciated. If you would like to help, you can contact Byrne at 814-322-2470.
Ebensburg Borough issues deadline notice for SCADA system project PAGE 6 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
When the Ebensburg Borough council awarded Severn Trent Services the contract to replace the supervisory control and data acquisition system in October 2016, it was determined that the work would be completed the following February. However, at the July 24 meeting, the project was still incomplete. Plant supervisor Mark Wirfel provided a verbal report at the beginning of the meeting during which he told the council that the SCADA system is at least operational at the water plant. At the time of the meeting, work was still ongoing at the wastewater plant. Wirfel estimated that around 90 percent of the project is now complete. He expected the system to be finished over the next weekend, but as of Aug. 7, the project was still incomplete. Later in the meeting, the council took action to address the fact that the project still wasnâ€™t complete. Councilman Dave Kuhar said all of the computer hardware for the $156,000 project had been delivered and installed. The software design just needed to be completed. â€œEspecially in the case of the water plant, the SCADA system is critically important to the overall operation,â€? Kuhar said. The system allows the pumps, Saltlick system, treatment plant, and storage facilities to communicate with each other. Because of the necessity of the system, it was recommended that the borough and the municipal authority send a joint letter to Severn Trent imposing a
30-day deadline for completion of the project. â€œI will mention that in Markâ€™s [Wirfel] report, clearly thereâ€™s been some good progress made, but we really do need to get it wrapped up,â€? president Doug Tusing said. In other business, the council discussed the sanitary sewer project. Kuhar explained that the municipal authority had previously sent compliance notices to customers in Industrial Park and Elderwood. The deadline for that work is Sept. 30. Due to the progress of the lateral compliance, the authority has agreed to send notices to all of the areas outside of the project area. That deadline is set for July 31, 2018. Kuhar said notices will be sent to customers in Crestwood, Manor Drive, and the Agway/Lake Rowena area as well as communities north of Highland Avenue. Under recreation, councilwoman Theresa Jacoby said the borough crews would be completing improvements at the Center Ward playground in the near future. A new fence has already been installed and new borders have been put around the playground structures. The new wood safety surface is currently being installed, and a final load of wood carpet arrived the day of the meeting. In addition, the basketball court was resurfaced and new basketball hoops are to be installed. â€œIt looks good,â€? Jacoby said. Borough manager Dan Penatzer commented that some landscaping around the side streets and fence will improve the entire area.
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Head Start funds coming to Cambria
A state grant of $192,750 will bolster the pre-kindergarten education efforts of Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, state representative Frank Burns announced. Burns said the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program funding flowing from the Pennsylvania Department of Education provides state funds to supplement federal allocations in the effort to expand high quality, pre-K services. â€œThis money goes to existing Head Start grantees, such as our Community Action agency, to help them enroll additional 3- or 4-yearold children, or to expand full-day or full-year programs,â€? Burns said. â€œThe value of getting an early start with education is well-documented, so any time our county secures additional funding for this purpose is cause for celebration.â€? Burns said participating Head Start programs have demonstrated the need for additional Head Start services in their service area; the ability to expand, either independently or in cooperation with a local
school district, a licensed child care center, or registered family child care home; the ability to comply with federal Head Start and state child care requirements for Head
Start-provided extended day services, if applicable; and the ability to work collaboratively with child care, if a child care collaboration is used for extended day services.
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Local heroes present awards to their lifesavers
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By Ron Portash
of Mainline Newspapers
Coming from people who routinely run into burning buildings or crawl into wrecked vehicles to cut someone free, the Valor Award and Life Saving Award given out during the annual business meeting of the Cambria County and Vicinity Firemenâ€™s Convention is a monumental honor. Two Life Saving awards and two Valor awards were given out during the Aug. 4 meeting in Portage this year. To qualify for the Life Saving Award, the person(s) involved must have saved a life by direct action such as CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, or first aid. The Valor Award is awarded to a person who placed his or her life at risk to help others. The award recipient does not have to be a firefighter, he or she just has to display the courage and action that results in saving a life. The first Life Saving Award went to four men who were part of a group playing basketball at Forest Hills Middle School in March. One player collapsed with a heart attack and the four heroes, â€œJake Madison, Josh Madison, Brian Kudlawiec, and Cody McCoy, jumped into action and immediately began to administer CPRâ€? to the victim,
Several honored during firemenâ€™s convention
according to the nomination submitted by Forest Hills Area Ambulance Association manager Eric Miller. The four men continued CPR until the ambulance arrived. The quick action of the four men saved the life of the victim, who was present at the award ceremony. The second Life Saving Award went to seven individuals involved in another cardiac arrest situation. In January 2017, the victim was found slumped over a chair by his wife, who called 911. Following instructions from the 911 dispatcher, the wife placed the victim on the floor and began CPR as Forest Hills Ambulance and St. Michael Volunteer Fire Companyâ€™s Quick Response Service were dispatched to the scene. The first responders, Kirk Moss and Justin McKnight of the fire company and Forest Hills Ambulance personnel Ethan Hendrickson, John Jordan, Laura Penatzer, and Harry Smith, took over the CPR from the victimâ€™s wife. The victim had a heart attack without any warning signs and only through the actions of his wife and the first responders was he able to be present at the awards ceremony. The nomina-
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tion was submitted by the victimâ€™s sister. The two Valor awards were given to individuals who risked their lives on the same day, Nov. 21, 2016, just 10 hours apart. At 12:40 p.m., a United States Postal Service carrier was delivering mail in the Ferndale section of Johnstown when he smelled smoke. Attributing it to a wood burner, Matthew Lamb continued on his appointed route when he saw flames coming from a home on Ogle Street and called 911. Lamb then helped the homeowner from the house and learned that the ownerâ€™s grandson was sleeping upstairs. Hearing cries for help, Matthew Lamb was able to catch the grandson as he climbed out of a window. Lamb, true to the Post Office tradition, continued to carry on his mail deliveries for the day.
Nearly 10 hours later at 10:12 p.m., a fire broke out in a home on Hall Street in the Brownstown section of Johnstown when the homeowner dropped an oven rack while cooking and ruptured a gas line. The homeowner ran to the nearby home of Joe Sefcik Sr., a retired Brownstown volunteer firefighter. Sefcik entered the burning structure and used a hose from the kitchen sink to contain the fire to the stove and two kitchen cabinets until fire crews arrived. Sefcik, in the fine traditions of volunteer firefighters, risked his life by taking action to save the home from major damage. Both Valor Award nominations were submitted by William Cornell, deputy fire chief of the West Hills Regional Fire Department.
Also at the business meeting, Cambria County president commissioner Tom Chernisky presented the volunteer firemenâ€™s association with a check for $1,500 from his 5K run/walk. The 5K, held annually in July, benefits the firemenâ€™s association in helping to fund the Cambria County Fire School located outside of Patton. The Cambria County and Vicinity Firemenâ€™s Association presented awards to the three county commissioners for their support of the area volunteer firefighters. In particular, the commissioners were thanked for their help in providing labor at the fire school through the work crews of the Cambria County Prison. The inmates provide help with maintenance of the grounds and buildings that comprise the fire school.
Cambria Heights Elementary welcomes Hilary Yahner as principal PAGE 8 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
Cambria Heights Elementary School students can expect to see a new face in the principal position as they return from summer vacation. Hilary Yahner was hired late this summer to join the administrative team. Yahner took over the position of elementary school principal on July 1 and has been working with the administration ever since to gear up for the new school year. Yahner, who is originally from the Philadelphia area, attended Shippensburg University for her undergraduate degree and started her career at Tuscarora School District in Mercersburg. She taught sixth-grade math there for three years before deciding to move with her husband back to where he grew up. After settling in Ebensburg, Yahner taught fourth-grade students at Forest Hills Elementary School for nine years. During that time, she attended St. Francis to receive a masterâ€™s degree in education. Yahner explained that becoming a principal was not something she planned from the start, but her love of education and children led her there. She decided to pursue her principalâ€™s certification at St. Francis as well. â€œI loved school,â€? Yahner said. â€œI loved learning new things and working with children. In the principal position, I am able to meet more children and set policies that protect and address a wider range of students.â€? Yahner said she feels the duty of a principal is to keep the school climate fun and positive to encourage learning and a passion for education. She said the Cambria Heights community is a great asset and hopes to get the parents even more involved in school life. â€œI want them to know the doors are always open and that we want them here,â€? Yahner said. â€œI am very available, so call me, email me, or stop in. Contact me with any problem, big
or small, and bring it to my attention. Staying quiet does not solve problems.â€? Yahner said her overall impression of the school district is positive and she is happy to be a new part of the school family. â€œIâ€™ve only been here a month, but boy, do I feel welcome,â€? Yahner said. â€œI feel like I belong here and not many places make you feel that way.â€? Yahner said her plan going forward is to continue the tradition of excellence and high academic standards that have been set before her and work on cooperation with faculty and staff. â€œNot much needs changed. I hope to continue helping students reach their full potential at Cambria Heights,â€? Yahner said. â€œMy main goal is to help students find out how they
learn and understand core learning. If we can do that, it is a win in my book.â€? While Yahner said she knows she came from a different upbringing in a more urban and suburban area, she said after 10 years in the area, she feels like she has always lived in Cambria County. â€œWe may come from different upbringings, but our goals are the same,â€? Yahner said. â€œWe are here to make sure the students are safe and comfortable but also to make them work hard. We expect a lot from them and are here to help them reach their potential.â€? Yahner said she is most looking forward to the start of the school year and getting to know all of the students, to begin building that positive rapport critical to best supporting each studentâ€™s individual needs.
By Amber Stich
Lewis cited the impact his own teachers had on him as a student. â€œI think anybody that gets into education has had teachers that have impacted their own lives, and I had a few that made me want to do the same,â€? Lewis said. Lewis said he decided to pursue his principalâ€™s certification after working in leadership roles in the district for so many years and because his passion to help students achieve had only gotten stronger. â€œI have always enjoyed interacting with the students, and I still look forward to that,â€? Lewis said. â€œI think [Cambria Heights] is very student-centered and very student-first, and I think that view is shared by others at the school.â€?
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While some in the Cambria Heights family may know Jarrod Lewis as a learning support teacher or as head football coach, they will now know him as the middle school principal. Lewis started his career in education at Glendale School District in 2006. He worked there as a life skills teacher until he began his career at Cambria Heights in 2007 as a learning support teacher. Lewis has achieved many certifications over the years, including his mid-level language arts, social studies, learning support, supervisor of special education, and principal certifications. When asked why he got into the education field,
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Student Physical Examination Tips
School time requires having all of the necessary supplies, clothing and gear ready for the year. In addition, preparing for a new school year often involves providing updated physical health information to the school administration.
The requirements for health screenings and reporting may vary between school districts. Some physical examinations need to be conducted annually, while others may only need updating at certain intervals, such as when kids transition from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Updated physical forms also may be required at the start of a sports season. Health screenings are intended to detect problems that may interfere with learning. Physical exams may indicate issues that can hamper progress or shed light on undiagnosed problems that may require further assessment and necessitate customized
ics. Sign students out of school early to visit the doctor for medical exams. The staff likely will be less harried, and you can spend more time asking questions and completing forms. Schools may not count the absence if a doctor’s note is provided.
learning plans to help students succeed. Physical exams are also a way to ensure students’ immunizations are up to date.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, physical exams typically are completed by students’ primary care providers. Some school districts offer free or low-cost health assessments through school providers as well. Visiting the doctor, nurse practitioner or a school-provided medical professional may not make school-aged children too happy. To make the process go smoothly, consider these suggestions.
• Work with physicians who have access to electronic health records. EHRs are secure technology that provides easy access to vaccination records, health history, appointment reminders, and even prescription information. Some providers even make it possible for patients to directly
Prepare for school by getting students’ medical information in order during summer vacations.
access their health information through a secure login, helping save time.
• Make appointments during school hours. After-school appointments are peak times for pediatric offices and medical clin-
• Don’t forget the forms. Bring the right paperwork so that the staff can fill out what is necessary for the school, camp or sports league.
• Know your insurance guidelines. Physical exams may be part of routine well visits. Insurance companies institute their own policies regarding how frequently physicals can be conducted (usually annually). Be sure to schedule the appointment accordingly. Physical examinations are on many parents’ back-to-school to-do lists. Certain strategies can make physicals easier for adults and children alike.
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HOW TO SAVE ON COLLEGE HOUSING COSTS College is expensive, and the costs are only rising. Scholarships and grants can help mitigate the costs of higher education, but even students who receive such aid could find themselves scrambling for ways to make college more affordable.
Housing is one of the more expensive costs for college students and their families. According to the College Board, the average cost for room and board during the 2016-2017 school year was $10,440 at four-year public schools and $11,890 at private colleges and universities. And those costs typically cover housing for just the school year, which may last anywhere from six to eight months. However, there are ways for students and their families to reduce those costs.
EXAMINE YOUR DORMITORY OPTIONS
Many schools assign students to dormitories for their freshman years, giving students little say with regard to where they will live.
However, students might have more input in their housing come their sophomore, junior and senior years. Some dorms might be more attractive and offer more amenities than others, but students and families looking to save money on housing costs should opt to live in the most budget-friendly dorms available to them. In addition, choose to live with a roommate rather than in a single room, as singles tend to cost substantially more than double rooms.
SIGN UP TO BE A RESIDENT ADVISOR
Resident advisors, or RAs, often receive free housing in exchange for living in dormitories when they are upperclassmen or graduate students. RAs help newly enrolled or younger students adjust to campus life while also ensuring nothing untoward happens on the floors theyâ€™re tasked with looking after. Students who may want to apply for RA positions should first confirm if serving as an RA will affect their overall financial aid package and how great that impact might be.
LIVE WITH ROOMMATES
Due to limited space, many colleges insist dorm residents live with roommates. Upperclassmen who are moving out of the dorms and into university or off-campus apartments can save money by continuing to live with roommates. This can be especially beneficial to students who will be living in off-campus housing where amenities such as electricity, cable television and water are unlikely to be included in the cost of the rent.
COMMUTE TO SCHOOL
While it might not be ideal, commuting to school can save college students and their families substantial amounts of money. Public university students who did so during the 2016-2017 school year might have saved nearly $11,000, or $44,000 in four years. Thatâ€™s money that can be used to pay tuition or finance postgraduate educations.
College housing costs can be considerable. But budget-conscious students and families can save on such costs in various ways.
â€˜Tis the season for
SCHOOL AND LICE
As the school year begins anew, lice often becomes a subject of conversation among concerned parents. In certain areas, such as in classrooms and locker rooms, lice easily can be transferred from person to person. Understanding this common foe can help students avoid it and parents recognize it when itâ€™s present. A louse is an ectoparasite, meaning it feeds on its host while living on the surface of the hostâ€™s body. Although lice can affect various parts of the body, they are most notably present on the scalp.
Research indicates that head lice have been spreading among humans for millenia. Ancient Egyptian and Greek books of medicine make reference to lice, and they have even been found on prehistoric mummies. No one is quite sure just how lice originated, though it is suspected they once targeted another host species, but then adapted to living among
Unlike lice that congregate on other parts of the body, head lice are not a vector for disease transmission. They are relatively innocuous, but can be quite a nuisance. The insects are adept at clinging to human hair and feeding on blood from the scalp.
Anyone can get lice, regardless of their personal hygiene or lack thereof. School-aged children between the ages of four and 14 catch lice more frequently than adults. Although firm data on lice infestations is difficult to come by, estimates suggest that as many as 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children between the ages of three and 11. Head-to-head contact with an already-infested person is the most common way to get head lice, offers the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Head lice can be spread when people sit closely to one another, such as in a
classroom or theater. It is very rare that lice are spread through shared belongings such as hats, combs or on furniture. Pets do not play a role in the spread of head lice. Lice tend to congregate behind the ears and at the neckline at the back of the head. Sometimes, they can be found on the eyelashes or eyebrows.
Lice can be difficult to detect, and they may not produce symptoms. In some instances, itching and irritation may be so mild that it goes unnoticed. Plus, because eggs (nits) and even adult lice are so small, they can be difficult to identify.
Treating lice typically involves using specialized combs to remove nits and lice. Pesticide shampoos and lotions or nonpesticide treatments may be used to eradicate the lice. Limiting head-to-head exposure is the best way to avoid a lice outbreak.
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HOW TO KEEP SCHOOL UNIFORMS LOOKING LIKE NEW
School uniforms can simplify dressing for school and may even bolster school pride among the student body. The U.S. Department of Education says that wearing a uniform may help decrease the risk of violence and theft and instill discipline while helping school officials more easily recognize potential intruders. Although once found only at religious and private schools, school uniforms are now worn at many public schools across the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates roughly 20 percent of public and private schools across the U.S. required students to wear uniforms in the 2011-12 school year â€” the most recent year for which data is available.
School uniforms may help families save money on clothing. Although the initial cost of the uniform may be higher than some other clothes parents may purchase for school, uniforms can be worn again and again, saving parents the expense of buying
daily use, as well as all of the potential hazards kids might experience in a typical day. These tips can help families keep school uniforms in the best condition possible.
â€˘ Launder gently. Wash clothes in cold water to prolong the life of the clothing. When possible, line-dry items or tumble dry on low. many outfits for their kids to wear to school. Uniforms may even be available for purchase from multiple places, allowing families to shop around for the best prices. Some uniforms may be simple, such as a white shirt and khaki pants, so that parents have more options.
School uniforms require an investment, and it is important to take care of the uniforms so they can handle the wear and tear of
â€˘ Have a few backups. Purchase a few pairs of pants, skirts and shirts that can be interchanged each day. This will cut down on how frequently uniforms need to be washed.
â€˘ Spot-treat stains immediately. Kids seem drawn to stains from ink, grass, grease, and more, and these stains can permanently ruin clothing if they are not addressed promptly. Rely on some of these stain-removal techniques to keep uniforms looking newer longer:
- Soak clothes in cola for 30 minutes prior to laundering to remove greasy marks or
food stains. - A paste of white vinegar and baking soda can remove grass stains when worked into the stains and then washed. - Spray pen marks with hair spray then blot to lift off the ink. Repeat as needed before laundering.
â€˘ Skip some washes. If the uniform isnâ€™t especially soiled or smelly, it may be possible to wear it again without washing. Clothes can often be â€œrefreshedâ€? by using at-home dry cleaning kits. â€˘ Reinforce buttons. Use a thin coating of clear nail polish to serve as a protective barrier on button finishes. This will help the buttons look newer longer. The polish also can strengthen the thread that holds buttons on.
â€˘ Label all clothing. Uniforms all look the same. Be sure to use iron-on labels or sewnin labels to identify kidsâ€™ clothing and avoid having to replace lost items.
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While Lewis’ official start date was July 1, he began shadowing former middle school principal David Caldwell in April in preparation for the switch in leadership. Lewis said he hopes to not focus on change but on what is
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best to support the students. “I think there will always be things you change, but the main goal is to be student-centered and have curriculum driven by students and what they need based on data,” Lewis said. “We should be spending less time on things they do well with and focus more on the areas they
need improvement in.” As the school year fast approaches, Lewis said he will keep working with staff to make sure they are in tune with the system’s needs and continue to provide the experience expected of Cambria Heights. “Cambria Heights has always provided for the needs of stu-
dents academically, socially, and emotionally so they can have a complete experience that covers not only academic but arts and extracurricular to get them ready for high school and ultimately to transition later in life,” Lewis said. Overall, Lewis said he is excited and hopeful for the
coming year and continuing the caring family environment of the district. “[Cambria Heights] is a great school, one of the best around, and I look forward to bringing new, fresh ideas to the school,” Lewis said. “I’m looking forward to introducing myself and working with the great staff.”
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
50 PIANO ROLLS: $50. Dorm refrigerator: $50. 814-943-1849.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT
BARNESBORO: 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, water, garbage & sewage included. 814-979-7426.
CLYMER: 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage included. 814-979-7426. CRESSON: 1 bedroom, 1 bath. 1st floor. All utilities included. $650/ month. 814-590-9165. CRESSON: 1 bedroom, 1 bath. 2nd floor. All utilities included. $600/ month. 814-590-9165. CRESSON: 2 bedroom, new kitchen and bath. Duplex. $500 +security deposit. 886-3924. EBENSBURG: Nice 1 bedroom apartment on 1st floor. $450 +utilities. Garage available. 207 W. Crawford St. #1. Laundry on-site. Lots of storage. 814-659-1302. EBENSBURG: One bedroom apartments and two bedroom apartments. No pets and no smoking. Call 4727850. EBENSBURG: Private 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, deck and yard. Stove/ fridge included. Off street parking. $475/ month plus utilities. No smoking. 472-5919. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Above Spangler VFW 7503. 1 bedroom. Veterans preferred. 814-344-8631 or 814-420-8215.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT
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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.
GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom, heat & appliances included. Off street parking. No pets. $475/ month. 886-4715. GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom. $450/ month. Heat/ water included. 814934-1531. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. MUNSTER: 1st floor, 1 bedroom. Newly remodeled. New stove, refrigerator. Includes heat, water, sewer, garbage. Washer/ dryer hook-ups available. Off-street parking. Security deposit required. No pets/ no smoking. $500/ month. 814-937-1760 or 814-931-7694. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Heat, water, garbage, sewage included. No pets. 948-8392. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 1 bedroom, all utilities included except water & electric. No pets. 814-951-3976. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Spacious 2 bedroom apartment on 1st floor, $475 +electric and water. Garage available. 1912 Bigler Ave. Laundry on-site. Lots of storage. 814-659-1302. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom apartments. 251 Church Rd. and 921 Sonman Ave. 814-341-9154.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT
PATTON: 1 bedroom. Water, sewage, garbage, heat, stove, fridge, laundry hook-ups included. No pets. $500/ month. 814-691-8247.
PORTAGE: 2 bedroom, 1st floor. Includes stove, refrigerator, garbage. $350 +utilties. 814-241-5252. SOUTH FORK: 2 bedroom, living room, kitchen with stove/ refrigerator, laundry hook-ups available. No pets. 814-495-5182.
COMMERCIAL FOR RENT
EBENSBURG: A little over 4000 sq. ft. 601 W. Lloyd St. Call Kevin 4727707.
NEW GERMANY: Updated 2 bedroom, laundry hook-ups, stove/ refrigerator. No pets, no smoking. 814495-4454.
GALLITZIN: Available Sept. 1. 823 Wilson Street, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1st floor laundry, off-street parking, yard, $385/ month +utilities, oil heat, $400 security, no pets, references, 943-2161.
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
EBENSBURG: 14x70 trailer. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. $500/ month plus utilities. Security deposit requried. No appliances. No pets. 814-472-4314.
BUILDINGS FOR SALE
EBENSBURG: Office space. 300 sq. ft. Includes off street parking and utilities. $300/ month. 814-472-8440. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Commercial store/ office front. Great location. Water, sewage, garbage, heat included. $600/ month. 814-691-8247. PATTON: Medical office for rent. Completely remodeled. Excellent high visibility location. 814-674-5806.
HOUSES FOR RENT
HOUSES FOR RENT
PORTAGE: 3 unit apartment building. Completely remodeled, separate utilities. Main Street. Great price. Interested parties call 814-322-5849.
HOUSES FOR SALE
NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 garages, shed, large concrete deck, glass enclosed sunroom on 3/4 acre lot. In town, but very private. $69,900. 814-948-5687.
HOUSES FOR SALE
ST. BONIFACE: 6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 4 car garage, 1 acre of land. For more information call 814-3226184 or 814-322-7873.
CHEST SPRINGS: Wed., 8/9 through Sat. 8/12. 8-3. Multi-family. Something for everyone!
CRESSON VOLUNTEER Fire Company will hold an indoor yard sale August 12th from 8-2 p.m. Over 20 tables!! EBENSBURG: 112 Elderwood Dr. 8/12, 8-3. Lots of crafts, hunting, collectibles, furniture, baseball. EBENSBURG: 352 A-Frame Rd. 8/10, 8/11, 8/12. 8-4. Multi-family. Lots of kids clothes and various household items. EBENSBURG: 945 Winterset Rd. Fri. 8/11, 9-4. Sat. 8/12, 9-?. Large sale! NANTY GLO: 101 Lincoln Ave. 8/11, 8/12. 8-4. Multi-family. NICKTOWN: Fri. August 11, 8-4. Sat. August 12, 8-1. Main Street.
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CITY HOTEL is seeking the following positions: Cook, Bartenders, Servers, Housekeeping. EOE. 814-9510303.
NANTY GLO: 116 Rowe St. 8/12, 8/13. 8-5. Tons of like-new pre-teen and junior girl clothes, Fisher Price doll houses and all accessories, childrenâ€™s books, and lots of other items. NANTY GLO: 708 Rose Ave. Near pool. 8/11 & 8/12, 8-4. Baby items, clothing, household. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 8/11, 9-5. 8/12, 8-3. 806 Chestnut Ave. PORTAGE: 820 Conemaugh Ave. Aug. 11, 10-2. Aug. 12, 7-?. PORTAGE: 903 East Albright St. Aug. 11, 12, 13. 8:30-? Large variety of items. Rain or shine. Inside sale.
AUTO CAD DRAFTSMAN: Full-time. Knowledge of Auto-Cad LT to create two dimensional shop drawings recreated from structural drawings, displaying the use of our manufactured product. Creating detailed drawings for plant production, along with the use of Excel spreadsheets. On the job training will be provided. Strong communication skills necessary. ESTIMATOR: Full-time. On the job training will be provided. Strong communication skills necessary. Experience with Auto-Cad a plus. Apply at: Say-Core, 132 Block Rd., Portage or email resume to email@example.com.
BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST: A local licensed residential habilitation provider is currently seeking a full-time Behavioral Specialist. Job duties would include being responsible for assessing the needs of the individuals in order to develop their behavior support plan as well as provide onsite supervision and conduct team meetings. Job Qualifications: (1) Masterâ€™s Degree or higher in Psychology, Special Education Counseling, Social Work, Education, Applied Behavior Analysis or Gerontology OR (2) PA Behavior Specialist License Employee Benefits: 100% FREE health insurance and paid time off after 90 days. Please submit resume and salary requirements to: â€œBehavioral Specialistâ€?, P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931. CARPENTER, MASON & CONCRETE FINISHER: Benefits. Ebensburg area. 814-886-4433. WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.
DRIVERS CDL-A: Dedicated lanes/ freight. All new equipment! Great drop/ hook miles! OTR, solo & teams. (Teams sign-on bonus) Dan: 1-866452-5235, x3425. DRIVERS: $55,000 to $75,000+ yearly! $500 orientation pay! Monthly bonuses. Medical, dental, vision & great home time! Rider Program starts immediately. 1yr. CDL-A. 855842-8498. DRIVERS: CO & O/Opâ€™s. Earn great money running dedicated! Stellar benefits & home time! Monthly bonuses. Drive top-notch equipment! 855-582-2265. FULL-TIME CASHIER wanted in Loretto. Monday - Friday, 9-6. Off weekends and holidays. Please call 814215-9674 for details.
IMMEDIATE OPENING for a full-time position as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic at a local mining company. Must have at least four years of experience on CAT Equipment and CAT ET Program. Class B CDL required. We offer company paid benefits including medical, dental, vision, shortterm disability, 401K match, paid vacation, sick time and holidays. Please submit resume to 301 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201, ATTN: SURFACE MAINTENANCE.
IMMEDIATE OPENING for Compassionate Caregiver who has a passion for providing excellent care to the elderly. Applicants need to pass criminal background checks. Apply in person at St. Stephenâ€™s Living Center, 1075 Chestnut Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 or call Debbie at 814749-8799.
ITALIAN VILLAGE PIZZA in Ebensburg is now accepting applications for the following positions: Daytime and nighttime cashiers and servers. Applicants must be reliable, high energy and friendly. Previous restaurant experience is a plus. If interested, call 472-2202 or inquire within. Apply in person. JUST LIKE HOME IN CRESSON is currently seeking applications for part-time first, second, & third shift. Applicants must have HS diploma or GED and be able to pass drug test, clean, cook, do laundry and care for geriatric population. Please apply within at 506 Gallitzin Rd., Cresson, PA 16630. LOCAL LAWNCARE COMPANY is looking to hire an experienced Lawncare Professional. Valid drivers license and clean driving record required. Please mail resume to: â€œLawncare Professionalâ€?, P.O Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931.
LPN for third shift at the Ebensburg facility. Need high school diploma or GED. EOE. Apply in person, Rebekah Manor, Ebensburg. 814-4726868.
MECHANIC FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: CDL license a plus. Must be 21 yrs. old. Benefits. Ebensburg area. 814-886-4433. PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPING/ DIETARY STAFF: Must be knowledgable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check & drug screen. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. PART-TIME NURSE AIDES: Must be knowledgeable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check and drug screen. $9.50/ hour for CNAs and $8.50/ hour for non-certified Nurse Aides. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. PUBLIC SERVICES ASSISTANT, PART-TIME EVENING: For complete job description, requirements, and application instructions for this and other available positions, please visit our website at www.francis.edu/employment. AA/ EOE. THE LAKE INN is seeking the following positions: Cook (breakfast, lunch, dinner), Bartenders, Servers, & Housekeeping. Inquire within. 814-472-9400.
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CCCRA discusses September 11th trail
By Allie Garver
of Mainline Newspapers
Members of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority would like to see progress on the Johnstown Urban Connectivity project, which includes the September 11th National Memorial Trail. Roaring Springâ€™s Laird Recreation & Land Planning has been chosen as the contractor for the project. A committee of four people reviewed five different proposals and agreed that Laird was the best choice, according to authority member Brad Clemenson. â€œThis is the firm that previously did the September 11th National Memorial Trail plan all through Pennsylvania,â€? said Clemenson. â€œThey are also involved now with doing a study from Flight 93 to Johnstown, so they have a lot of familiarity.â€? Laird was not the low bidder for the trail, but when it comes to professional services, the lowest bidder does not have to be chosen if the proposal is the best of the received proposals, according Clemenson. The state agencies funding the project do have to approve the recommendation if itâ€™s a higher bid. CCCRA executive director Cliff Kitner said the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development have asked him for different documentation, which he provided. He is now waiting for final approval from both entities. SEE TRAIL, PAGE 17
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FBI agent reflects on career, uses training to teach cadets
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By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
In April 1987, the remains of a teenage girl from Butler, Pa., were unearthed in the charred rubble of a house in Slippery Rock Township. She had been missing for 22 years. Law enforcement was led to the grave of Patricia Desmond from an informant’s tip and excavated the site with the help of graduate students studying archeology at Mercyhurst College. According to an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette titled “Mercyhurst College professor gets the call to examine plane crashes and crime scenes,” the trio of graduate students used “techniques typically employed at archaeological digs to lay down a grid and examine every inch of the site.” With the students’ help, the investigation led to the arrest and conviction of Desmond’s killer, Conrad E. Miller, and was the beginning of a 30-year career in forensic investigation for FBI special agent Michael Hochrein. “It’s been a fascinating — just a fascinating career,” Hochrein said. Before the investigation, Hochrein was simply a student studying archeology. After assisting on the Desmond case, he said he became interested in law
enforcement and began the process of joining the FBI. He went through the proper training with the agency and came out a special agent. Hochrein has had the chance to travel all over the world and work on a variety of investigations and cases, but that’s not all he’s done with his career. For the last 13 years, Hochrein has developed a crime scene investigation scenario for the teenagers who attend the annual state police-run Camp Cadet programs. Hochrein brings in colleagues from different branches of the FBI and sets up a scenario based on FBI training. During last week’s Camp Cadet at Mount Aloysius College, Hochrein explained to the cadets that agents often train in places like Hogan’s Alley, which is a tactical training facility that looks like an actual town. Everything inside of the mock-up town works and allows for trainees to receive hands-on experience. “The more real it is, the more ingrained it is,” Hochrein said. Before introducing the cadets to their own Hogan’s Alley, Hochrein spoke about the different aspects of the FBI. He covered topics like evidence response teams, divers, and hazardous materials handlers. He also talked
about how evidence is documented, transferred, and studied. “We’re going to try and make these crime scenes as real as possible so you can learn how we learn,” Hochrein told the cadets. Hochrein handed out packets containing everything the newly appointed investigators needed. Positions and teams were also assigned. Then, the case began. The scenario unfolded as follows: At 9:30 a.m., a bank robber triggered a silent alarm that was set off from inside the establishment. At the same time, a shop owner across the street called the police to report two men in ski masks were exiting the bank and getting into a black SUV. While the men were entering their vehicle, an officer on patrol entered the crime scene, exited his vehicle, and commanded the men stop and show their hands. A gun fight broke out. The officer managed to incapacitate one of the robbers, but the other fled. Half an hour after the silent alarm was activated, an explosion went off near the bank and destroyed part of the house in which it originated. There was one casualty and one injury from the explosion. Additionally, an elderly woman was found dead inside of the bank. It was then the cadets jobs to piece together what happened
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using equipment from the FBI and the three crime scenes set up around the dorms. Hochrein said the cadets would be able to gather enough evidence to solve the crime in this way: The suspect who fled the scene of the bank robbery went to the home of an associate who has a history making bombs. When the suspect alerted the other man about the botched robbery, the pair panicked and set off one of the homemade bombs in their haste. The elderly lady inside the bank died of a
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heart attack caused by the robbery, and Hochrein said that piece was added so he and the cadets could discuss whether the robbers could be charged with her death. “We just try to make it interesting each year,” Hochrein said. He added that his favorite part of the scenario is seeing how the cadets work together. So far, Hochrein has set up scenarios like this for Camp Cadet programs in Somerset, Bedford, Cambria, and Indiana counties. The scenario is different every year.
Clemenson then brought up a bipartisan resolution that has been issued to recognize the memorial trail. He said he drafted a letter for Congressman Keith Rothfus asking him to sign on as a partner in the recognition of the trail. “It has sponsors from New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania,” Clemenson said. “This just gives a little momentum to ask our local representative to sponsor the resolution and helps increase his awareness that this trail is coming through our area and is going to use the Path of the Flood and the Mayer trail, which we own.” Clemenson made a motion to send a letter to Rothfus asking for his sponsorship on the resolution. Ray Gorman made a second on the motion. The motion included sending letters about the resolution to the state senators as well as a thank you letter to Congressman Bill Shuster for his support of the resolution.
P.J. Sloan: a valued member of the Cresson community PAGE 18 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Over the course of his 79 years, Patrick “P.J.” Sloan has worn many hats. He’s been a United States Marine, bar owner, cross country skier, golfer, father, grandfather, and friend. Sloan has traveled the world, written a book about his life, and contributed to his community in tremendous ways. “I’ve had a very interesting life,” he said. Sloan was born to John and Nora Sloan in July 1938 and lived a tough, but good life with 11 brothers and sisters. His father was a Marine and so were three of his brothers. The four of them began their career as soldiers to follow in their father’s footsteps. Sloan said he joined the Marine Corps right out of high school in 1957, and in the book he wrote about his life, “The Class of ’57 had its dreams: Recollections of life in Lilly, Cresson, and beyond,” he jokingly comments that he wished he had a different dream. But Sloan said the Marines weren’t all bad. He explained that he spent his time in the service going between Camp David, Md., and Washington, D.C. He served on the U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team as well as the presidential guard. Sloan had the chance to participate in The Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland in 1958 and at the World’s
Fair in Brussels, Belgium, that same year. Sloan also served on a security detail for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Russian Premier Nikita Khruschev at Camp David during his time with the Marines. Sloan has many stories and many adventures, but nothing compares to the year 1959, the year he met his wife, Norma Payne. “It was the luckiest day of my life,” Sloan commented. The pair raised two daughters, Karen Venesky and Linda Audley, and has shared years of memories. Sloan said he and his wife hiked, biked, and cross country skied together and had a bunch of fun along the way. “You look at your own family and you have to be very appreciative of what you have,” Sloan said. When he returned to Cresson in 1964, it was because Sloan wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream: to own his own bar. Now a staple of the Cresson area, PJ’s Tavern had a bit of a rocky start. Sloan said at 24 years old, he had no clue how to run a bar and the early years weren’t kind to him. He also had the added challenge of competing with more than 50 bars in the area. He commented that there were three fights within the first week of opening and it was difficult trying to determine when to cut someone off. There was also the trouble of drunk drivers. Sloan said when he
opened his namesake bar, there weren’t any driving under the influence laws. He said the nights were difficult and there were a lot of wrecks. “When you drive on Saturday and Sunday, it was like a demolition derby out there,” Sloan said. But after DUI laws were implemented in the state, Sloan said everything became a little easier for him and his business. However, it wasn’t all bad times at the bar. Sloan has years of good memories with “good clientele and good help.” In the book on his life, Sloan details a story about starting to serve chicken wings with three of the best cooks he’s ever had. At first, the new attraction was slowgoing, but after docking the price to 5 cents a dozen, Sloan explained that his new business venture took off. At one point, he claimed he was selling 1,500 pounds of wings a week. Another of Sloan’s favorite stories
from bar ownership is the time he had an Irish wake. Sloan said it was something he always wanted to do after buying the bar and with the help of the Altoona Community Theatre organization, his wish came true. A man dressed in a World War I uniform was set up in a casket on St. Patrick’s Day for everyone to toast. Sloan got a kick out of the fact that some customers believed it was a real body. In 2002, after nearly 40 years, Sloan left the bar business. Sloan didn’t just serve the community beer and wings, though, he also established Cresson Township Veteran’s Park in memory of his brother James who was a Vietnam War veteran. Sloan said his brother had physically come back from the war but not mentally. In 1969, James took his life, and that’s when Sloan decided to do something to honor his brother. In 1972, Sloan, with the help of the community and the Cresson Township supervisors, began building the park. It started with a play-
ground and grew into a Vietnam War memorial with trees planted for veterans who lost their lives in that war. Every year, Sloan would find a new piece of equipment and raise money to purchase it. A lot of this was done with cross country ski trips from Blue Knob to the tavern. Sloan said more than $100,000 was raised for the park this way. As time went on, his duties at the park dwindled and Sloan mostly retired from his position with the park as well. His time since has been spent with his family, and he said he’s very fortunate that both daughters and all four grandchildren have stayed in the area. With a good bit of time on his hands now, Sloan can be found in the mornings eating breakfast and chatting with a group of about 10 people at Cresson Springs. As residents flow in and out of the restaurant, nearly everyone greets him with a smile, recognizing Sloan as a valued member of the community.
Cresson Lake announces auditions for â€˜Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ€™
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Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce audition dates for â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrels.â€? Based on the 1988 film with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ€? takes us to the French Riviera for high-jinks and hilarity. Nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards, itâ€™s a bawdy, gaudy, guilty pleasure with a delightfully jazzy score. This uproarious musical is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief. At the center of the story are two
con men. Lawrence is an older gentleman, seasoned, experienced, an expert at taking womenâ€™s money and leaving them poorer but smiling. Enter Freddy, a young American whoâ€™s looking to make a bigger score. Upon meeting, the two rogues attempt to work together, only to find that this little French town isnâ€™t big enough for both of them. They agree on a settlement. The first one to extract $50,000 from a certain heiress wins, and the other must leave town. A riotous battle of cons
ensues that will keep audiences laughing and guessing to the very end. Please note: the show includes adult content and language Auditions will be held on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 at the Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S. Center St. in Ebensburg at 6:30 p.m. All auditioning actors will be taught a brief selection of a song from the show that will be sung as part of the audition. Auditionees may also prepare a musical selection (16-32 measures) of any selection of their choosing. If they are
By Amber Stich
dren to look at as well as participating in their own fundraising events. Charlene Shilling, the coordinator of the event, said organizing FOP Day is quite a process, but the months of organization are worth it in the end to see how much enjoyment the day brings the town. She added that the event is made possible by the generous help of the park and the volunteers who may not be affiliated with any particular group but donate their time to make this event a reality. â€œHonestly, we couldnâ€™t do it without them,â€? Shilling said Carrolltown Park and Recreation
opens the grounds at no cost to Hemlock Lodge 101 for the event, but the park also benefits from this day by selling food and beverages, the proceeds from which benefit the park. Shilling said the Fraternal Order of Police Hemlock Lodge 101 plans to continue the event every year that it is able and hopes FOP Day continues to grow. She was pleased with this yearâ€™s turnout and would like residents to keep an eye out next year, as FOP Day will no doubt have even more in store for visitors to enjoy a great day of food and fun.
Annual FOP Day sees success of Mainline Newspapers
On Sunday, Aug. 6, the Fraternal Order of Police Hemlock Lodge 101 held its third annual Fraternal Order of Police Day at Carrolltown American Legion Park. Bill Hines, the president of Hemlock Lodge 101, said he is happy to see the event, which started as a simple idea of fun at the park, has grown to be such a hit among the community. â€œIt just seems to get bigger and bigger each year,â€? Hines said. As more people became interested in event, Hines said the group worked to make FOP Day at the park interesting for all members of the family. The event included a large car show, a basket auction, food, music, and games for children. The event has the added bonus of creating contact between the public and the officers in a relaxed environment so that children and other members of the community can meet the faces behind the badge and know who is keeping their town safe. The money raised from the event supports the police in contract negotiations and arbitration, but some of it is also donated to charities like the Cancer Association. Hines said that while FOP Day is a great fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police, it also helps support other local emergency responder organizations as well. Local fire and ambulance companies attended the event, bringing vehicles for the chil-
interested in a specific role, auditionees are encouraged to choose one of the signature songs performed by that character during the show. All actors will also have to do a cold reading from the show. All auditionees are asked to please bring their calendars. They will be asked to list all rehearsal conflicts ahead of time at auditions. It is vital in casting that the director know of any work conflicts or vacations in advance so that he can work around them. There will be
occasional weekend rehearsals. Resume and headshots are optional. â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrelsâ€? performances run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse barn theatre Oct. 5-14. Show days are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances are $12, $16, or $20 each and can be reserved online at www.cressonlake.com or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.
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