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Mount Aloysius to hold Outdoor Expo Feb. 22 Vol. 120 No. 6

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Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Cambria County is a veritable cornucopia of outdoor activities, and the staff at Mount Aloysius College is aiming to expose the public and current and future students to the numerous adventures that await them by hosting an Outdoor Expo Feb. 22. Christina Koren, executive director for mission integration and community engagement, explained that the college is trying to promote the rich outdoor recreation opportunities in the area. Koren said there is also a personal college connection because the Earth is a Sisters of Mercy “critical concern” addressed through education, attention to choices, advocacy, and corporate engagement. “We want our institution to help grow and cultivate a booming outdoor culture in which diverse experiences and people thrive,” Koren said. “We are happy to support local chambers and visitors bureaus who recognize that we can attract a positive audience, both existing and new, to embrace what our area has to offer.” The expo will take place at the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons with 10 vendors and two event times to accommodate a variety of people. The first segment starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. The event features an animal tracks presentation from Prince Gallitzin State Park, survivalist Erik Kulick, and hiking trails around the area. The second segment starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. It features

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Kelsey Hite (left), Kaylee Ream, Sydnee Plummer, and Isaac Strayer dress up to celebrate the 100th day of school at Penn Cambria Primary in Lilly. Photo by Joshua Byers.

School nurse provides illness tips Physician General aims SEE EXPO, PAGE 4A

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

A common misconception is that being in the cold weather can make someone sick, but it’s the warm environment inside, fostering the germs, that causes illness. Some of the biggest breeding grounds for these germs at this time of the year are schools. Luckily, institutions like Penn Cambria High School staff competent nurses like Amy Kowalski, who has 11 years of experience helping older and younger students get through these tough months when all kinds of sicknesses are going around. “We definitely see a lot more students complain about not feeling well,” Kowalski said about the winter season. However, this year there haven’t been as many students with typical flu symptoms, according to Kowalski. Instead, quite a few students have to be sent home or are staying home because of a gastro bug, or stomach flu.

Kowalski said the magic number before returning to school after exhibiting the symptoms of such an illness is 24 hours. As long as the student can make it that long without any issues, he or she can get back to learning. This also goes for the typical flu. If a student has no fever for a 24-hour period without the use of medication to reduce the fever, then it’s safe for him or her to return to school. Kowalski commented that recently the first thing she’s been doing when a student comes into her office is taking their temperature. She explained that children should stay home if their temperature is 100 degrees or greater. Parents should be cautious of sending their children to school if they are even just experiencing some of the symptoms. The best way to head these illnesses off is to take preventative measures. Kowalski said one of the most important aspects of staying healthy is “good hand hygiene.” Hands should be washed before and after a meal, and after using the bathroom.

Local students artwork to be featured in Loretto gallery

By Joshua Byers and Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The 20th annual student art exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will open Feb. 24 and runs through April 7 at the Loretto location on the campus of St. Francis University. Student artwork from schools in Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties will be on exhibit at the Loretto location during the “Artists of the 21st Century” exhibit. The exhibit is open to schools that participate in SAMA’s Artsin-Education or Artist-inResidence programs. Schools

from the Mainline area that have submitted student artwork for the exhibit include Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School; Cambria Elementary School; Cambria Heights elementary and high schools; Forest Hills elementary and junior-senior high schools; Jackson Elementary School; Penn Cambria primary, middle, and high schools; Portage Area Elementary School; and St. Michael School of Loretto. An opening reception for the student artists and public will be held Feb. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at the SAMA-Loretto location. Blacklick Valley art teacher Grace Farabaugh said having her students featured in the SAMA event is big. She recognized the importance of giving these students the chance to have others view their work. “This opportunity is crucial in the development of our students’ self-esteem and for the continu-


ation of the art programs at any district,” Farabaugh said. “When students display their artwork for others to see, they can take pride in their work and deepen their love for the subject. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity in our area.” North of Blacklick, at Cambria Heights High School, art teacher Kady Manifest said the department is submitting three creations this year, each an individual project. She said the students put a lot of effort into their pieces. “It isn’t often that the kids get to see their work displayed in a professional manner. Matting and framing the work takes it to the next level and really lets students see just how good their work is,” Manifest said. “SAMA gives these students an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have.” SEE ART, PAGE 3A

to save lives with new Leave Behind Program

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

As her first standing order of 2018, physician general Rachel Levine of the state department of health included information on a new program being rolled out statewide that she hopes will save many lives. This “Leave Behind Program,” which is detailed in Section II of Standing Order 001-2018, was created to assist emergency medical services with constant overdose calls as the opioid crisis plaguing the state gets worse. “Naloxone saves lives,” Levine said. She explained that a number

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of emergency service agencies had contacted the state department of health asking for this exact thing: to leave naloxone behind after responding to an overdose. What usually happens after the patient is revived by the life-saving drug is the patient refuses further treatment. This means that if the person overdoses again that same day, the paramedics and emergency medical technicians have to be called out a second time. This could be detrimental to the addict because expanding coverage areas and short staffing these days makes getting to calls quickly difficult. By leaving the naloxone


Cambria Alliance Emergency Medical Services operations manager James Effinger takes PennCrest Bank customer service representative Amy Lee’s blood pressure Feb. 2 in recognition of American Heart Month. Submitted photo.

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