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By Ian Wissinger

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Central Cambria’s monthly meeting of the Board of Directors usually begins with a verbal report, delivered on behalf of both the middle school and high school’s student councils, sharing information on various events that have occurred and reminding those in attendance of similar events and fundraisers on the horizon. On the evening of Monday, Jan. 14, student representatives celebrated a myriad of past successes, including a food drive that

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yielded over 650 non-perishable food items for the Ebensburg Food Pantry, and a box top collection that netted over 4,300 (which will, in turn, benefit both schools’ library). National Honor Society students from the high school also participated in Red Kettle Campaigns, hosted by the Salvation Army, for the second year in a row, raising money for families in need during the holiday season. Of future endeavors, the student council representatives announced a Zumbathon

Vintondale council members to pursue NIMS certification By Jim Lauffer

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Recent history — think Super Storm Sandy — has shown how quickly Mother Nature can strike with devastating results. Assisting communities as they recover from such emergencies falls largely under the purview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). One program under FEMA’s umbrella is the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS was developed by order of


a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, and, basically, provides officials at the federal, state, and local levels with a comprehensive approach to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from emergencies “regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.” Under NIMS, local officials are required to take a course or courses to complete a certification. As they reviewed the month’s correspondence, members of Vintondale

Enjoying the outdoors

Blacklick Valley Elementary Students Alayna Hollingshead and Sophia Shaw enjoy a Friday afternoon outdoors during the school’s annual Feed the Animals event, sponsored by kindergarten and sixth-grade teachers and parents. For additional pictures and a related story, please see page 10A. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Nanty Glo Fire Dept. celebrates 100 years of community service By Jim Lauffer

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Later this year, the Nanty Glo Fire Department will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. On June 21, 1913, a charter was granted to Nanty Glo Fire Company No. 1 — the precursor


to the current Station 43. The newly established company wasted no time in preparing to serve its community, buying its first piece of equipment in 1913: a hand-drawn cart with 500 feet of hose. Nine years later, the department purchased a Ford chemical truck. A year after being char-

BVEC students enjoy guided walking tour of Pennsylvania By Jim Lauffer

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Students at Blacklick Valley Elementary Center completed class-by-class walking tours of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania last week — ignoring the weather and wearing only socks on their feet. The Learning Lamp’s Emily Wentworth and Amanda Peretin were the students’ tour guides. They lugged a duffel bag stuffed with the state — actually, a folded map of the state — into the school, where they unfolded it in the small gymnasium, nearly covering the entire floor. The floor map of Pennsylvania, which measures 24 x 34 feet, is part of the Learning Lamp’s “To Go” science and geography curriculum, which also includes a

giant floor map of Europe. The “To Go” programs bring educational, hands-on workshops into the school and function as a sort of in-school “field” trip. The Pennsylvania-map workshop consisted of two parts. During the first part, students “walked” through the state, first finding Nanty Glo on the map before venturing to Pittsburgh and other places in the northern, eastern, and southern regions of the state. During the second part, they tested their new knowledge of the state as Wentworth and Paretin led them in games. For example, kindergarten through second-graders played “Simon Says” — as in “Simon says, ‘Find the city where chocolate is made’” — third- through sixgraders played a game that involved throwing rubber chickens at the map — really! At high schools, students in teams participate in a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge of their home state. During their tour, Amanda Weakland’s first-graders learned SEE TOUR, PAGE 3A

tered, the company joined the Northern Cambria County Firemen’s Association, which later became the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Cambria County and Vicinity. In 1927, 44 women of the community organized a ladies auxiliary to the fire company. In 1982, the department

began a building-expansion program that included a new engine room, rest rooms, a compressor room, a meeting room, and a new kitchen. The total project cost was $265,000, and on April 10, 1983, the volunteers dedicated and moved into their new quarters. The Nanty Glo Fire Department

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— whose motto is “Suppression Through Aggression” — has more than 100 members. Its line officers include Fire Chief Joe LaMantia Jr., Deputy Chief Rich Brown Jr., 1st Asst. Chief Tom A. Bracken, 2nd Asst. Chief Bryant SEE SERVICE, PAGE 2A

Blacklick Valley Elementary Center first-graders Phillip Cosby and Morgan Frederick sit near the town of Nanty Glo, located on the giant map of Pennsylvania that covered the floor of the school’s small gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 17. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

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