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Chickaree Ridge Runners hold fundraiser for Graison Daughenbaugh Vol. 92 No. 6
Nanty Glo, Pa.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Jim Lauffer
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Hamburgers sizzled on the clubhouse grill. People laughed and talked as they munched on hot dogs and sipped soda while browsing the door prizes that filled a table along one side of the room. Others, also laughing and talking and having a good time, pulled out their wallets and bought tickets of one kind or another or purchased a hand to play during the poker run hosted by the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Recreation & Rescue Club at its Vinco clubhouse on Sunday, Feb. 10. Others in the room wore a small, yet somber, reminder of why folks had gathered in this place — a small teal ribbon worn both to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to remember a friend and loved one who’d succumbed to the disease, leaving a son behind. Every year, members of the snowmobile club hold a fundraiser to benefit a member of the community. On Sunday, they held an event on behalf of Graison Daughenbaugh, the young son of Samantha Daughenbaugh, whose battle against cancer ended in June 2012. She’d been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February 2011, a mere five months or so after giving birth to Graison. She passed away five months before her 20th birthday. Graison, who lives in Mundys Corner with his grandfather, Marty Daughenbaugh,
In spite of his hat, Graison Daughenbaugh finds the whole picture-taking process “unbearable” as he poses with his grandpa, Marty Daughenbaugh, during a benefit held on his behalf by the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Recreation & Rescue Club on Sunday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jim Lauffer.
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packs a solid 34 pounds on his 34-inch frame. Like his mom, he loves horses. According to his grandpa, he also loves to sing and dance. “He’s a good kid,” said Marty, “He doesn’t do much fussing at all.” Graison, dressed in an orange-and-black jacket and camouflage pants, was a bit overwhelmed by all the people at the event held on his behalf. He wasn’t all that keen about having his picture taken or about going for a ride on a snowmobile. Generally speaking, he seemed most content with a sippy cup in his hand — unless, of course, you consider the time he spent on the lap of his great-grandmother, Elsie Daughenbaugh. Benefit attendees could participate in a poker run or purchase raffle tickets. At a future date, the club will hold a basket party — some baskets have already been donated — to raise additional funds. All proceeds will be put into a trust fund for Graison. “It’s nice that people and clubs do this for people in the township,” said Marty. Members of the Ridge Runners were pleased with both the weather and the turnout, noting that it was, perhaps, the highest that they’d had for any benefit thus far. As for the weather, well, it was perfect. The sun was shining, and the temperature was in the 30s. In addition, the ground was snow covered — all in all, a fine day to ride and, most importantly, to remember Samantha Daughenbaugh and her little boy, Graison.
Security, concussions discussed at CenCam school board meeting By Jim Lauffer
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Two hot button topics in media are increased school security in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the long-term effects of concussions for athletes of all ages. Both topics were addressed at Monday’s meeting of the Central Cambria School District’s Board of Directors. During his report, superintendent Dr. Vincent DiLeo affirmed the district’s commitment to
increased vigilance and security at all district schools. He said that the district has met, and will continue to meet, with local police departments and the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services to discuss not only how to prevent school shootings, but also how to react should a shooter enter a school building. To address the latter scenario, DiLeo told school directors and meeting attendees that the district would hold an activeshooter drill later in the school year. He noted that all police offi-
cers with whom he’s spoken have stressed the importance of practice, practice, and more practice. Such practice has real-life benefits should a shooter enter a school — principals, teachers, staff members, and students will not be caught off guard and will not panic. Holding active-shooter drills and meeting with students
can help all to prepare for something that everyone hopes and prays never happens. Holding drills and meetings, however, can only take the district so far in its mission to protect staff and students. At some point, the physical security at each of the district’s schools must be beefed up. DiLeo told school
directors that he would soon present his plan for increasing school security. He allowed that implementing the plan would cost money, and he averred that some present don’t like spending district money. Nonetheless, he stressed the need to protect disSEE MEETING, PAGE 4A
Twin Rocks VFW Honor Guard receives recognition By Jim Lauffer
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The Honor Guard and Ritual Team of Steve Klosz VFW Post 7605, Twin Rocks, was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Moose Association. Representatives of PMA District 13 — including Joe Kopsic, past president of District 13 — attended the Feb. 6 meeting of Post 7605 officers. The purpose of their visit was to formally thank and recognize the post’s Honor Guard and Ritual Team for its outstanding service at various Moose functions over the years.
Kopsic, who presented a plaque of appreciation to post president Bob Isaacson, said to the gathered officers, “The presence and professionalism of this post’s Honor Guard and Ritual Team have immensely added quality to our district’s annual Moose Memorial service, to the Nanty Glo Moose Lodge 207’s 100th year anniversary celebration, and to other service projects that the ritual team participates in.” “The Twin Rocks VFW Honor Guard is locally renown for its military bearing and professionalism during parades, veterans functions, and military funerals,” he added. Frank Reese Jr, vice president of PMA District 13, added that the plaque recognized and honored not only current members the VFW Post’s Honor Guard and Ritual Team, but also past SEE RECOGNITION, PAGE 4A
Having a great time
Chloe Croft piles up snow — building a “wipeout course,” in her words — that she plans to flatten by jumping onto it. Chloe attended the benefit for Graison Daughenbaugh held by the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Recreation & Rescue Club on Sunday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jim Lauffer.