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Jackson Township preps for annual Light Up Night, tree contest Vol. 92 No. 47


By Justin Eger

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While it hardly seems possible that so much time has passed so quickly, we are rapidly approaching the holiday season, and though next week will be filled with family and food in celebration of

Pavilions robbed again

Sometime in the weeks between Halloween and the middle of last week, thieves robbed the three pavilions at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool. Similar to the theft that occured last year, the three pavilions were stripped of electrical wire. Volunteers dsicovered the theft during a visit to the park last week, according to Jay Evans of the park committee. Volunteers had previously visited the pavilions during the week of Halloween. Due to the now repetitious crimes, a $500 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thieves. Anyone with any information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Nanty Glo police Department, or can call Evans directly at 814-659-2396.

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Thanksgiving, many of us have already turned eyes towards Christmas and all its enjoyments. Thus, as the weather turns colder and the air gets a tad more brisk, many in Jackson Township area already planning to participate in the community’s eighth annual Light Up Night. “It’s just a fun night,” said Jackson

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Township manager Dave Hirko. “It’s a recreational, community kind of thing that just gets people together.” Jackson Township will be kicking off the countdown to Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Veterans Park and the Jackson Township Senior Center, located at 200 Adams Avenue in Vinco. From 5:30 to

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8:30 p.m., the park will be lit, Christmas carols will be sung, and refreshments will be provided, this year courtesy of the local Boy Scouts. In addition to the gathering of friends and relatives in preparation for Christmas, Jackson

Students’ mustaches make for a good cause


By Megan Riner

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Keeping in tune

The Cambria County Junior High Chorus performed its annual concert at Penn Cambria High School last Thursday, Nov. 14. Members of the chorus were directed by guest conductors Teresa Washam, choir director at Souderton Area High School in Souderton, PA, and Christopher Kiver, director of choral activities at Penn State University. Above, the entire chorus rehearses the final number, directed by Kiver, in the Penn Cambria High School Auditorium. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

You’ve heard of walking for a cause, but what about growing facial hair for a cause? Saint Francis University students and faculty are participating in a worldwide movement to raise awareness for men’s health, one mustache at a time. Movember, a combination of the Australian slang word for mustache, “mo,” and “November,” the month for which the campaign is held, began in Australia in 2003. Since then, it has been changing the face of men’s health. Literally. Dr. John Miko, associate dean of business at Saint Francis University, started raising awareness for men’s cancer

Organizations add support to regional inclusive playground By Justin Eger

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As representatives of S&T Bank handed Dr. Luke Lansberry a check in support of the Central Cambria community’s regional inclusive playground project, he didn’t even look at the numbers printed across the front of the check. Instead, he focused on thanking the bank’s management for their contribution, whatever the amount. Still, as he stood next to a movable box that has slowly been filling with loose change and dollar bills, all donated since the project was announced earlier this year, his reaction to what was printed on the check was literally physical. Seeing “$3,000” on the front of the check, Lansberry’s eyes visibly welled up, and he looked at his colleagues in near disbelief. “I’m speechless,” he said. “There are so many kind people in this community.” Indeed, whether it has been pennies, nickels, quarters, dimes, dollars or checks, the

donations that have been made to the regional inclusive playground project have not only been generous, but steady. It is a project that, as Lansberry later said, “more and more people are beginning to understand why we need a place like this in our community.” The idea of a regional inclusive playground is as basic as you can get: a playground where children of all abilities can enjoy themselves. A worthwhile goal, but more difficult in its execution than one might suspect. As often as children can be excluded from playground activities due to physical or mental disabilities, it is a challenging prospect to develop a playground site that can be used, literally, by any of them. Lansberry, who has been leading the charge for this development, explained to S&T representatives visiting Cambria Elementary last week that the appropriate vision is a playground without borders, one that doesn’t tell a child in a wheelchair that they must enter SEE PLAYGROUND, PAGE 16A


Jennifer Mesoras, Dr. Luke Lansberry, and Candy Long, representing the Central Cambria Education Foundation, accept a donation of $3,000 from S&T Bank assistant branch manager Andrea Everetts, S&T community banking manager Dorothy Bailey, and S&T regional manager Frank Ferra. Photo by Justin Eger.

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