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M AI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 114 No. 45

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Cresson, Pa.

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On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Cambria County Cogen Plant’s staff met to hand out their annual donation checks to the local Food Pantries and St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Stores. The plant hosts an annual golf outing each year to raise money for these local organizations; all the money raised goes back to the community.

Girl Scouts collecting pet supplies for shelters By Rachel Vasilko

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The Cresson Junior Girl Scout Troop #42011 is collecting pet supplies to donate to the local animal shelters this month. The drive will continue until Nov. 15, and donations can be dropped off at Grooming Tails or JSK’s Fish and More in Cresson. Troop leader Heidi Wheeler said that they had been looking for a community service project to do, and because a large number of girls in the troop like animals so much,

they decided to set up the pet supply drive. “At this time of the year there are a lot of food drives and things for needy people, and the animals kind of get forgotten,” Wheeler said. As part of the project, the troop visited Grooming Tails and JSK’s Fish and More last Saturday, Nov. 2. They were given tours, and they were educated on grooming techniques and animal care. Jamie McCusker from Grooming Tails taught the Girl Scouts the (814) 472-4110

Cogen Plant aids local organizations Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Sharon Killen presents check to Erma Hanlon (left) and Kay Smeltzer for the Cresson Food Pantry. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.


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“We have been doing this tournament eight years now, and each year it continues to grow,” said director Stephen James. This year’s golf outing was held on August 15 at the Chestnut Ridge and Blarsville Golf Courses. Local vendors went above and beyond to support the cause. All of the vendor fees went for donations for the pantries and thrift stores. Numerous door prizes were awarded throughout the day,

as well. Over $8,000 in prizes were awarded; some of the prizes consisted of flat screen TVs and gold clubs. Each person who took part in the exciting event received a free golf shirt courtesy of the Cambria Cogen Plant. Each year, the golf outing continues to grow. There were over 244 people at this year’s event between the two courses. The

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, who make up the folk group, play a total of 12 instruments, but focused their time at St. Michael’s teaching students to play a number of tunes on the ukulele. Education students from Saint Francis, who had attended a similar workshop in their class that morning, helped out during the lesson. Simple Gifts taught the students the basics of playing the instru-

ment, showing them how to make a variety of different sounds. They practiced strumming and finger plucking before putting the two playing styles together. “You can use your ears to learn how someone is playing an instrument,” Hirshon told the students. Littleton accompanied the students on the violin to help them

Musical duo Simple Gifts holds workshop for local fifth-graders

By Rachel Vasilko

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Award-winning musical duo Simple Gifts held a workshop for fifth-graders at St. Michael’s School last Friday, Nov. 1, before performing a concert for all students in grades five through eight. Saint Francis University is hosting the award-winning duo as artist-in-residence for the fall 2013 semester.



Legion collects 593 toys for needy area children By Rachel Vasilko

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The Cresson community collected and donated almost 600 toys to the Marine’s Toys for Tots Foundation this year. The toys will be distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community this holiday season. The Cresson American Legion held its fourth annual Toys for Tots Dinner Dance Fundraiser and Toy Drive on Saturday, Nov. 2, and those who attended didn’t show up empty-handed. The Legion lobby was packed full of donated toys including dolls, trucks, stuffed animals, balls, lunch boxes, blocks and board games. Local Marines, Sgt. Jerome Huffman and Sgt. Jaevon Harris, attended the event to collect the toys. In addition to the toys, the Legion raised a total of $8,765 to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. The Sankertown VFW and Ladies’ Auxiliary donated a check for $600 that


they raised through generous contributions from their patrons. “It’s a Cresson area event,” said Legion member Rodney Lewis. “Everyone helps out. We reach out to the area veteran’s organizations and they help out a lot, too.” The Dinner Dance, which was held in the Legion’s ballroom was SEE TOYS, PAGE 6A

Girl Scouts Racheal Novotony, Julia Podrasky, Camryn McCulley, Sadie Nepa, Meagan Wheeler, Katie Rabish, Mikayla Mock, Taylor Harris, Zoe Lenz, Koryn Anderson, Alexandria Williams, Kaylee Fogle, Adrianna Boldizar and Brooke Stoltz pose at Grooming Tails last Saturday, Nov. 2. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

Sgt. Jerome Huffman, Sgt. Jaevon Harris and Santa Claus pose with Cresson American Legion members Rodney and Cheryl Lewis and Ron “Buster” and Elaine Evon, who were very involved with the organization of the Toys for Tots Dinner Dance Fundraiser and Toy Drive held last Saturday, Nov. 2. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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