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Vol. 121 No. 18

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Since 1893


Sidney McConnell, Katarina Krug, and Diane Smith have a great time at Northern Cambria Middle School’s Mini-THON. Photo by Megan Riner.

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Heights to hold alumni band night 36 Pages

By Megan Riner

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By Megan Riner

Memorial Day means parades. Parades mean marching bands. Cambria Heights marching band director Michael Kokus had approached superintendent Michael Strasser with a dilemma: five towns within the school district — Hastings, Carrolltown, Patton, Saint Benedict, and Bakerton — had asked the marching band to play in their parades. Five towns, but only one band. Because it is physically impossible to be in five places at once, Strasser came up with a solution to appease all of the towns. In the future, the band director will dictate the start times for the parades that way the band has enough time to get from one town to the next. For example, the Patton parade may start at 9 a.m., then the Carrolltown parade would begin at 9:30 a.m., and so on. At the April 22 meeting, the school board made a motion to allow the administration and the band director to set the schedule for the Memorial Day parades in the communities that require the presence of the marching band. Senior Brad O’Hara, who participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition in Pittsburgh recently, presented his project to the board on Tuesday. Brad was offered scholarship money to Mount Aloysius for his research on how the pH of


Frank Burns (right) presents a commendation in honor of Cambria County Fire School’s 60th anniversary to Steve Unger (left) and Dean Smith, two of the original founders of the fire school. Photo by Megan Riner.

Burns tours fire school, presents commendation

Calling all Cambria Heights marching band alumni. Break out your tuba and dust off your clarinets. Cambria Heights wants you to participate in the inaugural alumni band night Friday, Sept. 12, during the homecoming football game. All former members of the marching band, including instruments, majorettes, and color guard, are invited to join the current band members in their pregame performance and play “peptunes” in the stands that evening. After being approached by several former band members who have seen alumni nights in other school districts, marching band director Michael Kokus decided to create an alumni night at Cambria Heights. “I think that it is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Kokus.


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In honor of the Cambria County Fire School’s 60th anniversary, state Representative Frank Burns presented a commendation and visited some of the classes on the last day of training Sunday, April 27. SEE COMMENDATION, PAGE 4A

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Jennifer Shero and Dylan Adams attend the Grand March before Cambria Heights prom on Friday, April 25. Photo by Megan Riner.

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