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The Hope Fire Co fund drive is underway. All residents living in Hope's coverage area will be receiving a letter asking for a monetary donation to help us continue to protect your lives and property. So at this time of giving please try to remember your friends and neighbors that are willing to risk their lives for you. We at Hope Fire Co. Take it seriously to maintain a first class department in this community. So again please remember us. Thank you from the members at Station 50.
Ebensburg to host 8th Annual Dickens of a Christmas
EBENSBURG -- Christmas is just around the corner, and plans are well underway for Ebensburg’s eighth annual “Dickens of a Christmas”. The event will take place December 6th through December 8th in various locations across the county seat. This Victorian event encompasses the true spirit of Christmas and will take you back in time to experience an old-fashioned holiday.
-- Events kickoff on Friday with special activities at the Cambria County Courthouse during the day. County employees will decorate the row offices in the theme of a Victorian-era Christmas carol, and the Courthouse will remain open all weekend for visitors. There will be a Light-up Ceremony in the evening followed by a Cresson Lake Playhouse performance of A Cresson Lake Christmas, a Victorian Strings Concert at the historic Noon-Collins Inn, and a Hat Fashion Show & Tea with The Hat Ladies of Johnstown. Borough Manager Dan Penatzer encourages visitors to come to Ebensburg to see an outstanding display of Christmas decorations. “If you haven’t seen downtown Ebensburg at Christmas, you need to,” said Penatzer. “Families will enjoy walking through downtown streets looking at decorated windows and extensive decorations in three parks.” A display of large lighted characters depicting the “12 Days of Christmas” in Veterans Park is a children’s favorite. Burning cresset fire baskets will be set afire and glow again in Penn Eben Park and Kimball Park.
-- On Saturday, three craft shows, ice sculptures, and the annual Christmas Parade take center stage. Other activities include tours of the former county prison, sleigh and carriage rides through town, Victorian Teas, children’s activities and so much more. Businesses are also encouraged to decorate their storefronts and offer special Victorian menus.
-- The Cresson Lake Playhouse’s holiday production of A Cresson Lake Christmas will be a part of the Dickens celebration with three shows over the weekend at the courthouse. Other productions during the weekend include the Christmas Cantata at First United Church of Christ.
-- “It is truly something special to see our local businesses, community groups and residents come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.” said Danea Koss, Ebensburg’s community development director, “It’s also a great opportunity for people to see so much of what Ebensburg has to offer”, said Koss.
-- Back by popular demand, will be the world-famous Puppen Meister Marionettes presenting their “Country Christmas” Holiday Jamboree at the Young Peoples Community Center at various times over the weekend and the One Stop Christmas Shop Vendor Fair sponsored by Wolf’s Performing Arts at The Studio. “Christmas Trees for a Cause” will also return with an old-fashioned sale of Christmas trees from a parking lot lit with overhead colored lights. Proceeds will benefit the Ebensburg Cambria Library. Finally, the YPCC Sparklers 2nd annual Jingle 4K and Candy Cane Fun Run are scheduled to begin in Penn Eben Park on Saturday at 4 p.m.
-- The Young Peoples Community Center will again host a “Drop-N-Shop” that allows young children to be entertained while parents go shopping for the afternoon. The Historical Society’s gingerbread contest and Mrs. Buck’s Sweet Shoppe will also return this year, as well as a Young Ladies Tea for girls ages 5-10 hosted by the Ebensburg Library.
-- This year’s Dickens of a Christmas will close on Sunday afternoon with a returning favorite, a self-guided Holiday Home Tour of several beautifully decorated historic properties in Downtown Ebensburg. Tickets are now on sale for this event and can be purchased at the Ebensburg Borough Office for $15.00 per person. “We make sure that we have something for all ages during the Dickens Weekend.” said Penatzer. “It’s become a great family event, and I don’t know of a better way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.” A complete schedule of events can be found atwww.EbensburgDickens.com or call (814) 472-8780.
Centennial History Book second printing available
NORTHERN CAMBRIA -- The Barnesboro Centennial History Book, originally published in 1994, has been reprinted. If you missed out on the original run, you're in luck! The second printing is now available. The original printing of 2,000 copies in 1994 sold out in 1996. The Susquehanna Historical Society of Northern Cambria decided last year to use funds they have saved to have a reprint of the book done.
-- A limited number of books have been reprinted and have been divided and donated to the Northern Cambria Public Library and Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria as a long-term fundraiser for those organizations. 100% of the proceeds from book sales will stay with these two non-profit groups.
-- The books are $40.00 each if picked up and $40.00 each plus $6.00 shipping and handling if ordered by mail.
-- You may choose which non-profit you wish to support. If you wish to support the fire company, order from Hope Fire Company, PO Box 1217, Northern Cambria, PA 15714 or pick up your copy at Charlson's Furniture (on behalf of the Fire Company). If you would like to support the library, pick up or order your book from Northern Cambria Public Library, 1030 Philadelphia Avenue, Northern Cambria, PA. -- Books are beautiful hardbound books with old photos and history of Barnesboro with sections on businesses, churches, people influential to our town and more. Will make a great addition to your bookshelf, or a great gift.
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