Baskets sought for homecoming raffle
EBENSBURG
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Organizers of the 9th annual Ebensburg Homecoming celebration to be held on Saturday, July 30th, are currently accepting baskets ($25 minimum) and items to be placed into baskets to be raffled off. “Last year our raffle was a hit,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “We are looking for already made up baskets and new items, gift certificates, etc. to be placed into baskets.” The raffle will be on display at First National Bank in Ebensburg starting on July 11th through July 30th. Chances will be sold inside the bank leading up to the event and also on July 30th during Homecoming activities. If you would like to donate a basket or a new item to be placed into a basket, please drop off your donation at First National Bank in Ebensburg by June 28th. For more information, please call Christine at 472-8414.

Book Recycling Event
EBENSBURG --
The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority will once again hold their annual book recycling event this year. Items collected include textbooks, hard back books, soft cover books, encyclopedias, manuals, etc. The event will be held on Friday, June 24, 8am to 6pm & Saturday, June 25, 9am to 12 noon at the parking lot behind Laurel Crest Manor, Ebensburg. Book Recycling is free to the public. For more information on this event, contact the Solid Waste Authority at (814) 472-2109 or visit their website.

Join Homer's Army in June
-- Homer's Army - Rock Musicians would like to invite you to join them at these June shows:
-- Thunder in the Valley - 2 shows!! Friday, June 24th at Scooter’s in Tire Hill – We will be playing outside on the deck welcoming all of the revelers from 10-1; Saturday, June 25th Homer’s Army is the headliner at the Blair/Somerset County A.B.A.T.E. Thunder Party at Greenhouse Park. This is the BIG ONE!! Over 7000 people all ramped up and ready to PARTY!! Our concert starts at 8pm.
-- Check out our web site at http://www.homersarmy.com  for more details and be sure and sign our guestbook!

Spring mixer June 23
-- You are cordially invited to attend the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance 2005 Spring Business Mixer, Thursday, June 23, 5 o'clock p.m. Cambrian Hills Country Club, Municipal Road, Hastings.
-- Special guests of honor will include: Congressman Bill Shuster's Office, Bill Frank; Cambria County Commissioners, PJ Stevens; Bill Harris-Milan Gjurich. Hors d'ourves and refreshments. $5 donation per person at door. RSVP appreciated by Tuesday, June 21, filk@surfshop.net, 814-743-5274, or log-on to www.northerncambria.com, follow the NCABA link.
-- Special thanks to these corporate sponsors: AmeriServ Financial, 4206 Crawford Ave., N. Cambria, (814) 948-4021; HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, 2005 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, 1-800-873-4220.

"Wheels & Wings" t-shirts now available
EBENSBURG --
Don't Miss Ebensburg's newest event "Wheels & Wings" happening on Thursday, June 23rd from 5pm-9pm in downtown Ebensburg! This car, truck & motorcycle show combined with a Wing Off and live entertainment from "Billy and the Inmates" is a new addition to Johnstown's Thunder in the Valley events. Awards will be given in over 20 classes and for the "Best of Show." Local restaurants will be serving wings and competing for the title of "Best Wings." This event is Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit us online at www.ebensburgmainstreet.com.
-- T-shirts for “Wheels & Wings” are now available. T-shirts are $8 each and can be purchased at The Castle Pub restaurant, First National Bank in Ebensburg, Northwest Saving Bank in Ebensburg, High Street Emporium and O’Donnell Photography and Graphic Design. T-shirts can also be purchased for $10 each on the day of the event.

Railroaders Museum lists events
ALTOONA -- In order to generate a lot more excitement for riding trains to or from Altoona in 2005 (way before RailFest 2005 that is scheduled for Sept. 23, 24, 25 this year), the Railroaders Memorial Museum has put together (with some great partners) 2 opportunities in June 2005 to either ride on a train from Pittsburgh to Altoona or to ride from Altoona to Pittsburgh - both around the historic Horseshoe Curve!
-- The 2 trips are weekend-long trips and have been planned to offer great things to do if you're coming to Altoona or if you're on the one that goes to Pittsburgh.
-- The Altoona to Pittsburgh trip is scheduled for June 4 and 5, 2005. The Pittsburgh to Altoona trip is scheduled for June 25 and 26, 2005.
-- The Altoona to Pittsburgh trip leaves by motorcoach bus from the Railroaders Memorial Museum and arrives in Pittsburgh in the afternoon.  A stop at the Carnegie Science Museum is scheduled for the afternoon as well as a stop at the Sports Works.  There is an overnight accommodation at the Ramada Plaza Suites, a Pittsburgh Pirate baseball game (block seating for the group going), and then on Sunday morning a train ride back from Pittsburgh to Altoona~around the historic Horseshoe Curve (to the AMTRAK station on 10th Avenue behind the Museum). Taxes and baggage handling are included and there will be a tour coordinator along as well to make the trip go smoothly.  This weekend is $170 per adult (based upon double occupancy) and $99 per child.
-- The Pittsburgh to Altoona trip leaves by train on Saturday June 25th from Pittsburgh's downtown train station and goes around the historic Horseshoe Curve to Altoona's AMTRAK station.  A shuttle will pick the group up at the station and take them to check-in at the Ramada of Altoona for the overnight stay.  Guests will attend an Altoona Curve baseball game (the AA Pittsburgh Pirates Affiliate) Saturday evening.  Shuttle to and from all venue is included.  Sunday morning breakfast is included (full breakfast buffet), and a shuttle bus will pick up guests at the Ramada and shuttle them to the Railroaders Memorial Museum.  Bus will depart Museum and make a stop at the Horseshoe Curve visitors center and National Historic Landmark on the way back to Pittsburgh.  This weekend is $149 per adult (based upon double occupancy) and $89 per child.
-- Both trips require a small deposit for space guarantee.  Reservations can be made through Ketrow-Rothrauff Travel (our travel agency partner) or if you have questions, call the museum for all the details before you make your reservations.
-- These trips are going to be a blast for anyone of all ages.  Railroad heritage and PA's baseball heritage with the Pirates and the Curve (named for the Horseshoe Curve), along with a great night's sleep and all the fun of both cities~Get on board for the fun!!
-- Don't forget the Museum re-opened officially for the 2005 season on Saturday, April 2 at 9a.m. and the Curve re-opens that day at 10a.m.  Think about having your special group, family & friends or your special event at the Museum or Horseshoe Curve this year (birthday parties in the Thomas Room, special meetings in our 4th floor conference room or use our lobby and theatre for a business networking event).
-- Call the museum at (814) 946.0834 ext. 238 or at 1-888-4ALTOONA ext. 238 for more information or with any questions! Hope to see you on the fun train!

NCABA upcoming events
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The Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance is planning these upcoming special events: Business Mixer, Thursday, June 23, 5 p.m., Cambrian Hills Country Club, Hastings. Handicapped Accessible. Look for more information soon. Please note the date change due to schedule conflict. Congressman Murtha, Congressman Shuster, State Representative Haluska, Commissioner Stevens, Commissioner Gjurich and Commissioner Harris have been invited, we are waiting for confirmation on their attendance. Anyone interested in a corporate sponsorship of the mixer or has questions are to contact Fran Filkins at 814-743-5274 or filk@surfshop.net. Four business sponsors would be great! The First NCABA Golf Tournament, Friday, July 15, Cambrian Hills Golf Course. For more information to enter/sponsor a team or to make a donation contact: Tim Whited 948-7880 or alstire@adelphia.net. There are plans to hold a special meeting at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Ebensburg in the near future. This will be discussed at the May 18 meeting. If unable to attend, please look for more information. Please visit our website: www.northerncambria.com and follow the NCABA link!

"Wheels & Wings" t-shirts now available
EBENSBURG --
T-shirts for Ebensburg’s newest event, “Wheels & Wings” are now available. On Thursday evening (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.), June 23rd, a car, truck and motorcycle show combined with a wing off will take over downtown Ebensburg; this event is a new addition to Johnstown’s Thunder In The Valley events. “The committee is working very hard to promote this new event,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “T-shirts are on sale at five locations in Ebensburg.” T-shirts are $8 each and can be purchased at The Castle Pub restaurant, First National Bank in Ebensburg, Northwest Saving Bank in Ebensburg, High Street Emporium and O’Donnell Photography and Graphic Design. T-shirts can also be purchased for $10 each on the day of the event.

"Wheels & Wings" registration forms now available
EBENSBURG -- Registration forms for Ebensburg’s newest event, “Wheels & Wings” are now available. On Thursday evening, June 23rd, a wing fling, car, motorcycle and truck show will take over downtown Ebensburg; this event is a new addition to Johnstown’s Thunder In The Valley events already planned. “The Wheels and Wings committee has been working with the Greater Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau to get involved with this premiere event,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “They suggested that we host a car show and wing fling because this is something that they have wanted to add, but just haven’t had the space.” Local restaurants will be taking part in the wing fling and everyone is welcome to take part in the car show. Pre-registration forms are available here or on the Borough’s web site at www.ebensburgpa.com (click on the calendar of events) and also at www.ebensburgmainstreet.com. In addition, you may email cstrugala@ebensburgpa.com or call (814) 472-8414. Registration before June 10th is $5 per vehicle or $6 on the day of the show. “Wheels & Wings” will begin with vehicle registration and wings starting at 5 p.m. “Billy & The Inmates” will perform from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and awards will be given to over twenty classes of vehicles. An award will also be given to the participating restaurant with the Best Wings!

Club to hold event
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The Mountain Top Track and Field Club will hold the Mountain Top Invitational, Saturady, June 11. Registration is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. Mountain Top is a member of the US Track and Field Assocation and The Three Rivers Associations. The meet is mainly for ages 5 to 18 but older athletes have competed in years past. If you not an athletes but enjoy track and field this is a great opportunity to watch the young area athletes.

Upcoming PennDel AHMA educational programs
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Dear Owners, Agents, Managers: Please download the attached .pdf format brochures #1-May 18, #2-June 9 - for upcoming educational programs offered by the PennDel AHMA Group. On Wednesday, May 18th, there will be a presentation by PHFA on the new Pennsylvania Affordable Apartment Locator. That afternoon, PMAM will give a presentation on Preparing for a Successful Management Review. On Thursday, June 9th, there will be a 1/2 day seminar on Preparing for a Successful REAC Inspection. All of these programs offer invaluable training opportunities and the costs incurred are an allowable project operating expense. For more information call PennDel AHMA at 856-786-2183; or visit their website at http://www.penndelahma.org/

Charlene's to "Raise a Ruckus"
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Charlene's School of Dance will hold it's recital, "Raise a Ruckus" Friday, June 10 and Sunday June 12.

Boyer Candy sponsors movie at museum
ALTOONA
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Boyer Candy has sweetened the pot at the Railroaders Memorial Museum by sponsoring the first FREE movie in the Museum yard.  "The Incredibles" will appear on the Museum's outdoor big screen on Friday evening, June 10th when the sun goes down! Movie is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and a craving for Boyer chocolate, goodies, popcorn and more! All Aboard for FREE movie fun at the Railroaders Memorial Museum!

Great Patton Yard Sale
PATTON --
The 13th Annual Great Patton Yard Sale & Craft Show will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 8am-4pm (rain or shine). For more information contact Rose at 674-2205.

Cambria to hold first household hazardous waste collection
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Cambria County to hold first HHW collection on June 4, 2005 from 9am to 2pm. For more information on this event, contact the Solid Waste Authority at (814) 472-2109 or visit their website.

Seminar on identity theft and fraud
EBENSBURG -- The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership and Portage National Bank have teamed up to present a seminar on "Identity Theft and Fraud" to all members of the partnership. It will be held this Thursday, June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. in the Community Room of the Ebensburg Borough Building (300 West High Street). This seminar will focus on how personal information is obtained by con artists and how it is used in Identity Theft; Phishing Scams; 419 or Nigerian Scams; telephone scams; issues credit card users need to be aware of; what you can do to protect yourself; and what to do if you become a victim. The focus is on increasing public awareness. Education is our first line of defense. Lynne Doyle, Vice President/Compliance Officer of Portage National Bank, will be the featured speaker.

Meeting reminder
-- The next meeting of the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance is scheduled for June 1. The meeting will be held at The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (old Ames location) in Ebensburg, at 8 a.m. The topic of discussion will be Route 219. If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP as soon as possible to one of the following: Barb Kirby – 814-948-8400, e-mail: KirbyB@fnb-corp.com; Fran Filkins – 814-244-1159, e-mail filk@surfshop.net; or Donna Zerbee – 814-948-4021, e-mail dzerbee@ameriservfinancial.com