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Vol. 163 No. 42
Despite weather, crowds still gathered at Vale Wood jubilee
Thursday, June 7, 2018
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By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Sunday was a dreary affair for outdoor activities in the Mainline area, but on the Vale Wood farm, in Loretto, the weather wasn’t affecting the patrons of the annual Summertime Jubilee. “It’s a fun thing, even though it’s raining,” Paula Neatrour said. She brought her great-grandchildren, Christopher and Charles Bealonis, to the event for the food, fun, and of course the ice cream Vale Wood is known for. Neatrour said that she had some doubts about how the rain was going to affect the festivities, but she figured she’d come out anyway. This was also the case of Sarah DeBose and her daughter, Mila, of Johnstown. Sarah DeBose said that this was her first time to Vale Wood, but she wanted to start taking her daughter to different events around the area, and this was a prime opportunity to start that endeavor. “I think it’s a nice family event,” DeBose said. She added that she really liked the food and she also wanted to inquire about the delivery options that Vale Wood offers and support local business. DeBose said she was determined to get to the farm for the jubilee, and a little bit of rain wasn’t going to stop her. Over the course of the seven-hour event, crowds from all over flowed in and out of the tent set-up above the dairy store decorated with lights and farm accents by Jennifer Itle. Laughter and idle chatter echoed across the grounds as friends and family chowed down and completely ignored the fact that mother nature
Claire, Nick, Ty and Brady Oravec.
SEE JUBILEE, PAGE 3A
Central Cambria seniors prepare for graduation
By Kristin Baudoux
of Mainline Newspapers
Tomorrow night, 140 Central Cambria seniors will walk across the stage at the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center at St. Francis University. These students are preparing for their future careers and post-grad studies, but they also will remember their time at their alma mater. Connor Gibson says that the members of the senior class get along well together and that there are few cliques. “Everyone is willing to talk to everyone. I don't think they [cliques] exist here,” Gibson said. Gibson credits this to Central Cambria’s anti-bullying campaigns that encourage the acceptance of everyone. “Everyone in our class has found a special place,” Gibson said. Gibson, who is attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to major in finance and strategic management, is not the only senior who took time to reflect on high school. Elizabeth Wright said the school community helps the students to grow as people.
“All the memories you make are really great,” Wright said. Wright is staying local to attend St. Francis University to become a physician’s assistant. Tyler Wilson is looking to join the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. He credits the tightknit community in his classes and his track and cross country “family” for his success in school. “The bonds I made are incredible,” Wilson said. However, the seniors aren’t just looking to the past. Many, like Katie Harrison, are eagerly ready to embark on the next step. “I’m looking forward to new beginnings,” Harrison said. Harrison is headed to St. Vincent College in Latrobe to become a physician’s assistant this fall. “I was always interested in doing something in the medical field,” Harrison said. Pursuing a lifelong dream was a theme also shared by Wilson. “Being in the military has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Wilson said. Wright and Gibson both said that they wanted to use their interest in science and business, respectively, to help society and make the world a better place. Though these future prospects seem exciting, there are a few things that make the students apprehensive. Wright said she is nervous about getting good grades, making new friends and balancing SEE GRADUATION, PAGE 3A
Jessica and Emily Marines.
Kim, Carter and Brian Shaw.
Photos by Kristin Baudoux.