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NCSB talks Vo-Tech roof, student test scores Vol. 124 No. 48

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By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

Northern Cambria superintendent Bob Rocco talked about the district’s participation in Admiral Peary Area VocationalTechnical School at the Nov. 21 meeting. Rocco said the administrators from all the schools that send students to Admiral Peary met recently to discuss the building. Rocco said Vo-Tech is looking to complete repairs in the summer of 2018-19, which will include the school’s roof. This will be a significant project and cost if the roof needs to be replaced at nearly $1.5 million, but Rocco said the group

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is hoping to repair the roof first and do the work in sections. This would extend its life another 15-20 years. “We met with the architects to do all that, and we are trying our best to make that as affordable and reasonable as we can,” Rocco said, adding that he will keep the board updated with the project as it progresses. Next, Rocco also touched on a recent webinar he and the administration attended to meet with the data person from Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 and the state data team to discuss Secondary Placement Test scores and Pennsylvania ValueSEE SCORES, PAGE 3A

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Emily Weber, Bobbi Stoltz, and Nevaeh Berndt chat together during Cambria Heights Elementary School’s Thanksgiving breakfast on Nov. 22. Photo by Amber Stich.

Spangler Ladies Auxiliary hosts Stars of Hope program for local vets

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A joyous occasion

Cambria Heights students Mia Sherry and Genevieve Snyder are all smiles during the elementary school’s Thanksgiving breakfast on Nov. 22. Photo by Amber Stich.

Bakerton Methodist Church completes $19,000 renovation

By Amber Stich

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The Bakerton United Methodist Church has faced a number of difficult challenges throughout the past few years that almost caused it to close its doors for good, but through the kindness of its parishioners and community, the church has managed to raise almost $19,000 for a renovation. Pastor Linda Lacovic said the church was in need of a new roof and repairs to the structure’s corners and steeple, and had many other

cosmetic and structural issues that needed addressed. While the costs started small, the bill quickly hit five digits, and the small community wondered how it would ever pay for such a renovation. Lacovic said with a congregation of roughly 100 people, it was a huge task to find funding for such a project, but somehow, she said, they were able to do it in about a year. “When we started the project, It was just a dream,” Lacovic said. “We didn’t know if we could do all of it, and then we did. To raise that amount of money shows just a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.” Not only was the church community able to raise money for these needed renovations through bake sales, dinners, and other fundraisers, it was able to raise enough that the SEE RENOVATION, PAGE 4A

Spangler American Legion Auxiliary Unit 569 is once again hosting its annual Stars of Hope campaign this holiday season. The Stars of Hope program aims to help local veterans in need by providing them or their families with anything from Christmas dinner and groceries to appliances, furniture, utilities, and even mortgage or rent payments. “We support anything that the Legion does to support veterans,” said auxiliary president Cindy Perrone. “They gave our lives for us, the least we can do is help out with some small expenses.” This is the fifth year for the

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program, and over those years, the auxiliary has been able to raise almost $10,000 to support local veterans during the holidays. To participate in the Stars of Hope program, a candidate must meet certain criteria. First, the veteran must reside in northern Cambia County. The applicant or person applying on the veteran’s behalf needs to write a letter explaining the current hardships facing the veteran or family and how receiving the “Star of Hope” will help give that veteran hope. The letter must also include the name, address, and phone number of both the recipient and the letter writer if they are not the same person, as well as the veteran’s status as proof of

active duty service or DD214. All letters must be received by the American Legion Auxiliary by Dec. 18. No calls or other forms of requests will be taken for the program. All recipients of this program remain anonymous. While the program is aimed to help veterans or their families financially, no recipient will actually receive cash or gift cards. Instead, the money is given directly to the retailer or vendor providing the service the chosen veteran needs most. Perrone said they are usually able to help at least three families each year with sizable requests. While they aren’t able to fulfill every request to its fullest extent, Perrone said, the SEE HOPE, PAGE 3A

Kyle Garlesky, Max Eckenrode, and Samuel Krug dress as pilgrims and Native Americans as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a breakfast at Cambria Heights Elementary School on Nov. 22. Photo by Amber Stich.

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