M A I NLI NE newspapers
Vol. 115 No. 36
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Sophie Westrick, 7, enjoys a moment with Taffy the Calf, one of many animals displayed by Vale Wood Farms at the Cambria County Fair this week. Photo by Justin Eger.
Gallitzin native named Cambria Co. Fair Queen By Nichole Boland
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It’s Cambria County’s favorite time of the year! The week of camping out, eating greasy fried food, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and candy apples, walking through barns to see who has the best looking cow, pig, horse, or rabbit, playing games, and riding rides. It’s fair week! For the majority of people, the fair is a time to kick back, relax, and have a good old time. However, for a group of young girls, the days leading up to the fair had them on the edge of their seats, anxiously awaiting the first day of the fair and the announcement of the fair queen. On Sunday, Sept.1, Chelsey Driskel nervously sat in her chair, “my heart dropped to my stomach,” she explained. Although the competition was tough, Driskel said that she remained confident while the judges were deliberating. With her eyes filled with tears of happiness, Chelsey walked to front and center
of the audience where she was crowned the 2013 Cambria County Fair Queen. “I felt overwhelmed,” exclaimed Chelsey, “and I couldn’t wait to hug my mom!” Chelsey is a 17 year-old senior at Penn Cambria High School who currently resides in Gallitzin. While studying hard to remain on the high honor roll, Driskel is also a member of SADD, prom committee, German Club, Key Club, Speech League Team, Creative Arts and Theatre Club, and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Chelsey stays occupied while taking on the role as president of the 4H Farming Friends Clubs, being a 4-H Teen Leader, and being an active member of the Pennsylvania Club Livestock Association. Chelsey has also showcased her talents by taking on roles in her high school musicals, along with productions at the Cresson Lake Playhouse and the Mishler Theatre. Two of her most recent roles were seen in “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” On top of all of her commitments, Chelsey also holds a part-time job at Smithmyer's Superette and is actively involved with St. Michael Church, both in Loretto. For the remainder of the week, Driskel can be found handing out SEE QUEEN, PAGE 3A
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PC nets $133,620 Pre-K Counts grant Thursday, September 5, 2013
By Ian Wissinger
Last month, State Representative Gary Haluska announced that four Cambria County school districts had received over $1 million in state early education grants, Penn Cambria among them. The Cresson-area school district earned $133,620, which will specifically benefit the pre-primary school. According to Haluska, over 159 grantees were awarded $84.5 million through the Pre-K Counts program – a somewhat surprising $4.5 million increase from last year, given the nature of Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget issues and the current administration’s pinch on education. The grants are expected to help provide pre-kindergarten programs and services for nearly 12,000 children. “Study after study has shown that early childhood education is extremely important in the future educational success, and life success, of a student,” Haluska said. “This is especially true for children who come from poverty or difficult backgrounds, or those who face disabilities or developmental challenges.” “Investing in the extra effort it takes to help guarantee a good start in education for these children pays back dividends for them, and for society as well in excess of the original investment,” Haluska continued. “PreK Counts is a great Pennsylvania initiative, and I am proud to con-
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tinue supporting it and happy to see local schools, organizations and children benefitting from that support.” Pre-K Counts will provide services for half-day and fullday kindergarten programs, targeting those between the age of three and kindergarten age (generally, five) and who are at risk of facing challenges in school. These children come from families living on incomes less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level for whom English many be a second language, or
who may have disabilities or developmental delays. Cambria Heights School District, Northern Cambria School District and the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County also received Pre-K Counts grants this round, with Cambria Heights also taking home $133,620, NC netting $78,200 and CAPCC laying claim to $690,620. Partition of grant funds depends on the number of students attending each pre-K program.
By Ian Wissinger
“A total of 130 volunteer fire companies, all serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common, will benefit from these funds,” DCNR secretary Ellen Ferretti said. “One only has to look outside Pennsylvania earlier this summer to the horrific fires in Arizona and other states to appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters.” The grants will specifically fund wildfire-suppression equipment and protective clothing to be used by firefighters. Grants were also awarded for mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire fighting training, and to convert and maintain federal
DCNR gifts Lilly Vol. Fire Co. with $2,445 in aid of Mainline Newspapers
The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company is one of two Cambria County fire departments that received a grant from the Department of Conversation of Natural Resources this past month, earning $2,445 from the department’s Bureau of Forestry. The other is Northern Cambria’s Hope Volunteer Fire Company, which took home just under $1,000. Overall, more than $505,000 was divided between each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with monies awarded to 100-plus fire departments. The purpose of this grant? To help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas.
Proud of their service
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Representatives of the Sankertown VFW manned the VFW District 26 booth at the Cambria County Fair this week, offering merchandise and explaining the mission of the VFW. Proudly waving their flags are Keith Myers, Elizabeth Myers, Larry Wade, and Deb Wade. Photo by Justin Eger.