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Vol. 160 No. 33

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Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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By Rachel Vasilko

of Mainline Newspapers

Students from Saint Francis University have recently partnered with local businesses in order to develop knowledge and skills outside of the traditional classroom setting. The project offers a hand in creating effective marketing strategies for the businesses, while also providing a hands-on learning experience for the students. The upperclass students in Tricia Giannone McFadden’s marketing management capstone class at Saint Francis have been corresponding with area clients since January, and have been working to compose a full marketing strategy and proposal that will be presented at the end of the

Saint Francis University marketing students Gabrielle McIntosh and Kayla Lane meet with their client, Danea Koss of the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership, for the second time as part of their capstone project. Submitted photo.

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semester in April. The students were split into teams, each assigned to a different business, including the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership, Vale Wood Farms, Pour on Center, St. Benedict Catholic School in Richland, and Saint Francis’ chapter of Uplifting Athletes. “As a professor, I have always proposed ‘walking theory in the marketplace,’ and this course is designed to do just that for our students,” said McFadden. “Experiential learning is important, as it gives the learning process pragmatic application and experience with real clients, while building relationships with our local community.” Currently, the students have reached the midway point for the

Cambria County Fire School set to Municipal Authority talks water system operations begin 60th year of instruction

By Jim Lauffer

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Fire School is set to begin its 60th year of educating local volunteers. The school is sponsored by Cambria County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and Vicinity and Bucks County Community College in cooperation with Cambria Heights High School. The association’s motto is “Education through training saves lives,” and the school’s three, three-day sessions give area firefighters multiple opportunities for classroom and hands-

on instruction. The first session begins Friday, March 28, and continues through Sunday, March 30. The second and third sessions are scheduled for the weekends of April 4-6 and April 25-27. Classes are held at Cambria Heights High School and the practical application of classroom instruction, through actually battling fires performing mock rescues, will take place at the fire school site, located along Ott Road, Patton. Firefighting involves more than merely spraying

WPSU begins “Our Town” interviews in Ebensburg By Megan Riner

of Mainline Newspapers

A production team from WPSU began conducting interviews on Saturday, March 22, for “Our Town: Ebensburg.” Set in the beautiful Cambria County Historical Society building on North Center Street, local residents, business owners, and community officials met with the show’s producer, Whitney Chirdon, to share stories about the town. From storefronts and the library to the Ghost Town Trail and the local schools, everyone had something to contribute to help paint the picture of life in their hometown of Ebensburg. “It’s a beautiful town with great community events,” Chirdon observed. Ebensburg was featured on “Our Town” more than a decade ago, and since then, Chirdon has wanted to come back for a follow-up episode to show the town has grown and changed in the past 10or-so years. Chirdon said, “It’s nice to do an update.”

When the time came for Chirdon to put together a list of towns she wanted to feature for the show this year, Ebensburg was at the top of her list. “We’re really excited to be back,” exclaimed Chirdon. Looking over the list of topics people signed up to talk about, Chirdon couldn’t wait to hear all the “amazing potential stories.” A community meeting was held earlier in March to encourage the residents to tell their stories and stories about Ebensburg in front of the camera for the show. Chirdon explained that by the end of that initial meeting, she had enough people signed up that almost an entire day would need to be committed to the filming. And on Saturday, 29 people of all ages shared their stories with Chirdon. SEE INTERVIEWS, PAGE 3A


By Molly Comperatore for Mainline Newspapers

Public Works Director Dave Dodson updated the Ebensburg Municipal Authority on the operation and maintenance of the water collection and distribution systems at the regular meeting held on March 17. One of the main concerns expressed by Dodson was the percentage of unaccounted-for water in Ebensburg Borough. As of 2013,


it amounts to 25 percent, a percentage lower than what it has been in previous years, but still does not meet the goal of 20 percent set by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. However, as Dodson noted, “we are going in the right direction.” Another issue brought forth by Dodson is the the necessity of finding and fixing all the leaks that will likely begin to appear when the SEE WATER, PAGE 3A

Rosemary Cramer (right) prepares for her interview with “Our Town” producer Whitney Chirdon. Photo by Megan Riner.

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