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M AI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 163 No. 7

(814) 472-4110 USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Since 1853

Newsstand Price 75¢

36 Pages

Master gardeners create demonstration garden in Ebensburg By Megan Riner of Mainline Newspapers

Cambria County’s Penn State Master Gardeners are cultivating a previously unused patch of land behind the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg into a demonstration garden. Here, the master gardeners can use a hands-on approach to educate the community about planting and growing techniques, all the while supporting the outreach mission of Penn State Extension, which is education on the best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship through the utilization of unbiased researchbased information. The demonstration garden, the land for which was donated by the borough, will be comprised of many smaller gardens that exhibit a variety of techniques and feature a medley of plants and flowers. As the garden grows, the master gardeners will conduct classes on these techniques. For example, Gina Tusing will demonstrate vertical gardening, which is ideal for small spaces and/or people who live in town. see garden, page 3a

Master gardeners (from row, from left) Donna Krise, Kathleen Saller, Gina Tusing, Katie Respet, Joyce Long; (back row) Bob Strittmatter, Ed Korzi, and Skip Stiles will conduct various seminars at their new demonstration garden, located behind the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg, to help growers in the community learn new gardening techniques. Absent from photo is John Wenturine Jr., who was instrumental in bringing the demonstration garden to life. Photo by Megan Riner.

Native E’burg firefighter responds to hurricane in Puerto Rico

Chris Irwin’s sixth-period painting class has been working on Central Cambria’s plow since the beginning of the school year. Photo by Megan Riner.

CenCam students help spread winter safety message By Megan Riner of Mainline Newspapers

With winter just around the corner, a group of Central Cambria High School students is creatively reminding motorists to take it slow on snow-covered roads by taking part in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s

“Paint the Plow” project. Participating school districts in PennDOT’s District 9 paint snowplows bearing winter safety messages. These plows are then used for snow removal in their respective districts. PennDOT dropped off a plow for Chris Irwin’s sixth-period painting class at the end of August, and the students set to work on a design following PennDOT’s 2017 theme, “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.” Each student presented a design, and elements from each of the top designs as voted by the class were incorporated into the final blueprint.

Central Cambria’s plow depicts a winter road as seen by the driver, as if the plow is the windshield. A deer leaps into view on the left-hand side of the plow, while a stoplight changes colors on the right. A crack in the “windshield” ties the piece together. The phrase “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow” is adhered to the bottom of the plow in vinyl letters middle school technology education teacher John LaMark cut for the project. Irwin, whose classes have been participating in Paint the Plow for the past three years, said she and the students learn something new

from the project each year that makes the following year easier. However, each year also presents a new set of challenges. One of those challenges, student Katie Harrison said, was initially agreeing on a design. The plow’s rough surface created another obstacle in getting the vinyl letters to lay flat. Overall, though, Harrison explained, the project taught the students teamwork. Logan and Izzy Tremel said it gave them the experience of working under pressure as well as with different styles of art. see plow, page 4a

A firefighter who got his start with the Dauntless Fire Company in Ebensburg recently responded with the Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team to the island of Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. Scott Springer, a master firefighter with the Virginia Beach Fire Department and a member of the Virginia Task Force 2 USAR Team, deployed with approximately 60 other team members to Puerto Rico on Monday, Sept. 18, in preparation for the high-end Category 4 Hurricane Maria that made landfall on Sept. 20 with sustained winds of 155 mph. Team members sheltered-inplace before the hurricane at their assigned base of operations in San Juan to ride out the storm. Immediately following the storm, the USAR team initiated its established search and rescue operational tasks. Day 1 required the team to remove large obstructions and trees that blocked access to areas requiring reconnaissance and rescue actions. During the following days, civilian rescues and the evacuation of others trapped by flood waters as high as 8 feet were conducted using inflatable boats and high-water vehicles. see firefighter, page 5a

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