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National Park Service sites open but still under restrictions Thursday, April 1, 2021
By Ron Portash
of Mainline Newspapers
The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial are still under limited operations due to pandemic restrictions. the Additionally, some areas have been closed off for maintenance work typically conducted in the spring. On April 1, both sites will resume regular summer hours, but restrictions on capacity will remain. Both sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site, the Summit Level Visitor Center, theater and Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter are limited to 25 percent capacity. The National Park Service is Penn Cambria Primary students Bryce Myers, Cole Myers, Alexandra DeGol and Hailey Diehl show off some of the eggs they painted for patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Altoona. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
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working on a phased approached to increase the capacity of the sites. The park’s historic Lemon House remains temporarily closed to public access. Although the park’s grounds are open from sunrise to sunset, some areas are closed for maintenance operations. The Skew Arch Bridge trail and the Incline 6 Trail are closed for preservation and maintenance work. Both are on the east side of the historic site. The Skew Arch Bridge is still open and accessible to the public using old Route 22. There is limited vehicle parking at the bridge area. Over at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, the Lake View Visitors Center and theatre will be open but restricted to 25 percent capacity. The vegetation control pro-
gram is ongoing at the flood memorial, with the goat herd returning on occasion to naturally remove non-native brush and grasses. In addition, some NPS personnel may be on site doing mechanical vegetation control throughout the summer. The multi-year program’s goal is to return the National Park Service-owned portion of the former Lake Conemaugh to what it would have looked like after the dam broke to give the visitor a clear impression of the vast size of the lake. The memorial site trails are open from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. There are plans for a number of public educational and tour programs at both sites, but due to pandemic restrictions, no schedule has been set as of this date.
PC Primary students bring Easter joy to cancer patients
By Kristin Baudoux
of Mainline Newspapers
As a way to bring some joy to those facing a difficult time, Penn Cambria first-grade teacher Kristie Barto had the students at the primary school create Easter eggs for patients at Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Altoona. Barto said she got the idea from her mother, Deborah Semanchik, who is the manager at the cancer center. Barto said that her mother told her that the cancer center tries to do something special for their patients about once a month, like providing them with small gifts, and suggested that her students could make something for the patients. That’s when Barto got the idea to have her students paint wooden Easter eggs as presents to give to the cancer patients. Originally, Barto had planned the activity for 2020, but it was put on hold when schools were closed last year due to COVID19. Since school is now fully in session, Penn Cambria Primary principal Joseph Smorto thought it would be a good idea to expand the activity to all the students at the primary school. As a result, the students paint-
ed 205 eggs to give to the radiation/oncology patients and medical oncology patients at Hillman Cancer Center just in time for Easter. As part of the activity, Barto said she made sure the students were aware of who they were painting the eggs for and why it’s important to show compassion and understanding for those facing diseases, like cancer. “They were really proud of themselves,” Barto said of the students. She also expressed to the students that many of these patients may have had limited access to their families and loved ones due to COVID-19 protocols, and that a small present, like an Easter egg, could help to lift their spirits. Smorto said he liked the fact that the students had the opportunity to create artwork for people during a time of need. He added that projects like these help to teach the students about kindness and compassion, values he hopes to instill in them during their time at Penn Cambria. “It’s a nice way for our whole school community to get involved,” Smorto said. Barto said the school is willing to continue making gifts for the Hillman Cancer Center patients as long as the hospital is willing to accept them. Smorto said he hopes activities like painting the Easter eggs will become a school tradition.
Londyn Gray (front row, from left) Maddox Gray, Reed Jensen, (back row) Joy Jensen, Harper Jensen, Lilly Jensen, Ryan Frydrych and Tyler Frydrych have fun at the Cresson Sportsman’s Club’s Easter egg hunt March 28. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
Bishop Carroll economics class raises funds for Wounded Warriors
By Kristin Baudoux
of Mainline Newspapers
Sometimes the best way to understand educational concepts is to apply them in a hands-on environment. Bishop Carroll Catholic seniors in Jonathan Nagy’s economics class were able to apply the skills they learned in the classroom to learn how to operate a business and raise money for a good cause. Nagy introduced the student-run business concept as part of the curriculum about seven years ago as a way for the students to get a real life experience of running a business. “I think that they learn better this way as to how a company works,” Nagy said. According to students Ely Blaisdell and Ryan Borher, one of the first things the students had to do was select which charity or non-profit to support with the profits from their company. “We had a class vote and chose Wounded Warriors,” Borher said. “It was a cause that a lot of people could get behind as
well,” Nagy added. Along with voting on a charity, the students also had to decide what to sell. Since the class was stuck between selling T-shirts and bucket hats, the students were able to apply their skills in market research to find out what would sell better among their peers. Borher and Blaisdell said the class sent surveys to the student body, who preferred T-shirts. In addition to determining what they would sell, they also had to find out other details through surveys, including the color of the shirts and an appropriate price point. Once the research was completed, the students worked together to plan the shirt’s design, how to market the shirts to students, as well as family, friends and alumni, and how to get the T-shirts produced at the best price. “This group did a good job of working together,” Nagy said. According to Nagy, the students did well in their SEE FUNDS, PAGE 15