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Open Friday and Saturday evenings. 6-10pm. The center is open to all area teens that wish to have a safe place to hang out. We have pool tables, volleyball, board games, group games, video games and music. Plus dances as scheduled. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
1102 Maple Avenue
in the former Christ the King Church basement, Maple Street.

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     2015 Northern Cambria graduate James Scott, 19, son of Jim and Tina (Black) Scott, fell through a roof at work on September 8th and suffered major trauma to his head and spine. James is currently in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. It is our understanding that he has already undergone a number of surgeries. His family needs your thoughts and prayers.
     A Facebook page has been set up to keep everyone updated on the latest. You can find it HERE.
     A number of fundraisers are also in the works to help with costs which are sure to be a burden to the family. If you are able to help in any way, please do so:
     • GoFundMe page HERE.
     • For those who would like to contribute to an account that is set up at a financial institution for James, you can drop off a donation at any Ameriserv Financial Bank Branch or mail it to "Just for James", 4206 Crawford Avenue Northern Cambria, PA 15714-1342.
     Thoughts and prayers go out to my family, keep fighting cuz!

Ebensburg to host 10th Annual Dickens of a Christmas
EBENSBURG — Christmas is just around the corner, and plans are well underway for Ebensburg’s tenth annual “Dickens of a Christmas”. The event will take place December 4th through December 6th 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, and the Courthouse will remain open all weekend for visitors. There will be a Light-up Ceremony at Kimball Park in the evening followed by a Cresson Lake Playhouse production of A Cresson Lake Christmas Spectacular. 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 breakfast and photos with Santa, self-guided tours of the former county prison, sleigh and carriage rides through town, 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 Spectacular will be a part of the Dickens celebration with three shows over the weekend at the courthouse. Other productions during the weekend will take place at the First United Church of Christ, Grace Church and Saint Francis University’s JFK Auditorium.
“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.
     The Young Peoples Community Center (YPCC) will once again host “Breakfast with Santa” at 8 am on Saturday morning, followed by children’s activities beginning at 2 pm which will include “Scrooge & Cookies”. Additionally, “Drop-N-Shop” will be back on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm which allows young children to be entertained at the YPCC while parents go shopping for the afternoon. The Historical Society will hold their Royal Luncheon once again on Saturday, in addition to their ever popular gingerbread contest.  The Ebensburg Library will again hold their Young Ladies Yuletide Tea for girls ages 5-10.
     “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 or call (814) 472-8780. 120615

NC Classes of 1966 contacting classmates
Class of 1966... Mark your calendars for July 16, 2016! Your class will hold their 50th reunion on July 16, 2016 at the Cambrian Hills Country Club. The invites were mailed out a few weeks ago. If you did not get one, email This is the big one, and a good turnout is expected!

Historical group forming
     If you are interested in helping our communities move forward by forming a historical group to share photos, stories, and memorabilia about Barnesboro, Spangler and the surrounding communities and historical events, please email Susq. Twp Supervisor Filkins at. susqtwp! Once we have 10 we will hold a get together on neutral ground at the township office. The goal here is to PRESERVE. The good memories of Barnesboro and Spangler and the little supporting communities but let all of us move forward. Although Filkins is a Township supervisor, she understands how important these communities and their memories are to everyone. However, please leave the negative comments for other forums. This will be for an ongoing celebration of the past and preserving the history.. 18 and over please. I promise you, this will not be a negative group!

Band seeking members

   The 46th PA Regiment Band is looking for new members. We are seeking, primarily musicians of brass and percussion instruments, but are willing to train those dedicated individuals who may have missed out on learning music the first time around. Contact Band President, Rick Long through their Facebook page for more information! The band performs concerts throughout the local community, as well as participating in living histories and battle reenactments across the Eastern United States. We perform exclusively on original instruments from the 19th Century, so this is an awesome opportunity for any musician interested in history! The 46th takes the field with instruments, as well as under arms. The 46th PA Regiment Band is a family friendly organization.

Never-Enuff adds webcam in Ebensburg
Never-Enuff Internet & Computer Services has once again expanded their webcam coverage. Mike's Auto in Ebensburg has joined as a webcam sponsor, giving you a view of Lake Rowena (available during daylight hours). You can view the webcam by clicking HERE or by using the permanent link at the right of this page.
   Thanks to our partnership with Never-Enuff Internet & Computer Services you are now able to connect to all of their area webcams by using the links at the right of this page. Future plans include more cameras in our area communities. In the past, the webcams have been a very popular feature to and we have been very happy to be a part of helping you see what is going on in our area. We've heard from folks from Ohio and Florida in addition to other places who have enjoyed viewing the cams and seeing what is going on 'back home'.
   If you know of a business or organization that might like to consider helping place more webcams in our area, have them contact the folks at Never-Enuff to see what they might be able to arrange.
   Help support our local communities! Be sure to patronize the webcam sponsors and let them know you appreciate the webcams.

Centennial History Book second printing available

                    Centennial History Book
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.

Upcoming Area Events:

Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • 2nd Annual Hastings Craft Show Fundraiser for the Hastings Pool, Hastings Memorial Building. 10am-4pm. 60 craft tables. Basker auction with over 60 baskets. A large bake sale with cinnamon rolls, gobs, cookies, etc. Many hot food items including Gibby's Wings, Sharkey's meatball sandwiches, & walking tacos, etc. Local youth group performances by The Dance Den, Le Dance Academie, Davis Dance Center, & Jammin Jewels. See their flyer HERE.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
  • Child Safety Seat Check, Kaza Fire Equipment, 155 Lovell Avenue, Ebensburg. 3:30-7pm. The Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting a free Child Safety Seat Check. Certified Child Passenger Technicians will conduct car seat inspections and assistance with proper installation.
Friday, November 27, 2015
  • Northern Cambria Light Up Night. 6-10pm. Plans are to close the street in front of the park and have some family friendly activities, including Santa's Workshop. Come on out and get into the Christmas spirit with family and friends.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Annual Christmas Parade, Northern Cambria North Baseball Complex. 1pm. Hope Fire Company, Barnesboro American Legion and Barnesboro Slovak Club are hosting the annual Christmas Parade! Line up will begin at 11:30am at the north baseball fields. We would like to invite you, your team, or members to participate with a float, marching unit or any other parade entry. Santa will be distributing treats and greeting the children immediately following the parade at the Barnesboro American Legion on Maple Avenue in Northern Cambria. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Any questions or to enter your parade entry please contact Mike Hassen at 814-659-9563 or Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter. After all, Christmas is for kids!!
Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Teen Lock In, Coal Country Hangout Youth Center, 1102 Maple Ave, Northern Cambria. 7pm. Lock-in 7th thru 12th grade. An overnight social event for teens, where no one goes in and no one goes out. Spiritual discussion, group games, music, volleyball, group video games, and Food. Pizza in evening, breakfast the next morning. Permission forms are required and will be available at the teen center, NC schools and several local churches. A $5.00 admission fee to cover expenses. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow in the event we are able to get some sleep. Toothbrush and comfy clothes. Snacks to share are welcomed.
December 4-6, 2015
  • 10th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Ebensburg
December 5
  • Visit with Santa, Susquehanna Township. 10am-2pm. Adults: Basket Raffle. Kids: Santa Arrives from 11am-1 pm, Free: soft drinks, food, snacks, crafts and fun! Free: pictures with Santa and you pick up at a later date. Remember: this event is open to EVERYONE FROM EVERY COMMUNITY! For more information: 814-948-5735, where you can submit an electronic email form or email the secretary at All proceeds are turned back into events for the community parks in Allport and Emeigh.
July 16, 2016
  • Class of 1966 50th year reunion. Mark your calendar. The class of 1966 will hold their 50th reunion on July 16, 2016 at the Cambrian Hills Country Club. The invites were mailed out a few weeks ago. If you did not get one, email This is the big one so we expect a good turnout!

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