Railroaders Museum lists events
ALTOONA -- Thomas the Tank Engine Play Day is planned for Saturday, March 26 from 10a.m.-4p.m. at the Railroaders Memorial Museum. Activities will include: Thomas interactive activities in the Thomas & Friends Play Room, Dennie Huber the Clown balloon-twisting, Track the Bunny scavenger hunt for goodies and prizes in the Museum, Easter egg cookie decorating, arts and crafts, Thomas movies all day in the Museum theatre, face-painting, live story book readings and photos with the Easter Bunny ($1 for each picture). Admission is $3 for kids ages 5-17, $5 for adults and UNDER 5 IS ALWAYS FREE!!!!
-- 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-opens 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!

Cheerleading tryout registrations
SOUTH FORK -- Cobra All-Star Cheerleading will be holding try-out registrations on Saturday, March 26, from 2-3:30pm. The Cobra All-Star Cheerleading and Tumbling program is located at the Cambria Martial Arts Academy, 209 Grant St, South Fork. All-Star Cheerleading Try-outs are open to boys and girls who will be in grades K-9 for the 2005-2006 school year. For more information, refer to our website at www.cobracheerleading.com.

Last day for hockey signups
HASTINGS -- The Hastings Area Hockey Association will hold its annual signups for players ages 4 to 15 at the Hastings Borough Office on Sunday, March 13th from 1-4pm. The cost is $15 per person. Any player who hasn’t turned in their jersey from last year is to return them at the signup. Any player who has not returned their jersey will not be issued one for this season, until it has been returned. Players must have helmets and shin guards to play. Any questions can be answered at the signups. Games are played, mostly on Sunday’s. With at least one practice scheduled per week. Anyone interested in helping is more than welcome. We need coaches, referees, scorekeepers and concession stand workers.

Welcome to the neighborhood!
--We'd like to welcome Numidia Raceway to our online community! Please visit their site and see what they have in store for this season.
-- Would you like to join our community? Just drop us a line. Everyone from the Northern Cambria Pennsylvania area and nearby surrounding communities is invited to join. Be sure to include yourself or your group, organization or business. It's FREE and easy - all you need to do is ask!! Want to see who else is already in our community? Visit our links page today! Want to keep in touch with friends and relatives in or out of the area? We can add your e-mail address, or website link! Just E-mail us and let us know you want added!
-- While you are at it, be sure to add us to your media list, the one that you pull out when you, or your business, club, family, organization, or school has news to spread. The list of radio, TV, and newspaper contacts that help you spread the word. Why not add the new media... the Internet! Add NorthernCambria.com We can help. Just e-mail us! Get the word out to your community! Don't have news, but have something to say? Send that along too to "What's Your Beef?"!

Ebensburg to host "Wheels & Wings" during Thunder
EBENSBURG -- The excitement has begun in downtown Ebensburg as preparations for “Wheels & Wings” are underway.
-- On Thursday, June 23rd, a wing fling and car show will take over the town with hopes of attracting not only people from all over the region, but also bike enthusiasts in town for Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally.
-- “We held our first committee meeting today to put our heads together and discuss how Ebensburg will get involved this year with one of the region’s premiere events,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “I have been in close contact with the Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau to make sure that our event will add something new to the events that they already have to offer. They have greeted us with open arms to get involved.”
-- Although many details still need to be discussed, the Wheels & Wings committee has begun looking for restaurants interested in taking part in the wing fling and car clubs/owners interested in taking part in the car show. Interested parties should contact Christine Strugala at (814) 472-8414 or cstrugala@ebensburgpa.com.
-- The event will begin with car registration and wings starting at 5pm. At least one band will perform and awards will be given for the Best Wings and also for the cars taking part in the car show based on different classes.
-- Watch for more details to be announced soon on our web site at www.ebensburgpa.com and www.ebensburgmainstreet.com!

Join Homer's Army
-- HOMER'S ARMY - Rock Musicians invites you to hear them play. They will appear as follows:
Sunday, March 6th, 2005 - Project Lifeboat Benefit Concert, The Bavarian Hall, Altoona, PA, 1pm til 8pm. Read all about it at:  http://www.projectlifeboat.com
-- For directions or information, email:  homersarmy@homerski.com, john@homerski.com or call (814) 948-7254.

Hockey signups
HASTINGS -- The Hastings Area Hockey Association will hold its annual signups for players ages 4 to 15 at the Hastings Borough Office on Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm, and Sunday, March 13th from 1-4pm. The cost is $15 per person. Any player who hasn’t turned in their jersey from last year is to return them at the signup. Any player who has not returned their jersey will not be issued one for this season, until it has been returned. Players must have helmets and shin guards to play. Any questions can be answered at the signups. Games are played, mostly on Sunday’s. With at least one practice scheduled per week. Anyone interested in helping is more than welcome. We need coaches, referees, scorekeepers and concession stand workers.

Blood drive
NORTHERN CAMBRIA -- The American Legion Auxilary Post 508 will be sponsoring a blood drive to be held Tuesday, March 8th from 12-6pm at the Prince of Peace Church basement. Please plan to attend and give the "gift of life".

Railroaders Museum lists March events
ALTOONA
-- On Saturday, March 12th at 7pm we'll host Ghost Hunting in the Museum. The event is $30 per person and includes the ghost-hunting activities, instruction, presentation with the Ghost Research Foundation, as well as the goodies. Email prdirector@railroadcity.com if you want more details or want to reserve your place. (Not recommended for children under 12!)
-- On Saturday, March 19th at 10am, Forever Broadcasting stations will be on-site with their annual Eggstravaganza in the Museum's Memorial Hall (in case of inclement weather) or in our entrance corridor if the weather happens to be spring-like and nice. The event is free and open to the public (but get here early to line up for the goodies and freebies!), and if you want to visit the Museum that day there will be a special admission price for anyone who comes for the Eggstravaganza. Call 941-9800 (Forever Broadcasting) or the Museum at: 814-946-0834 ext. 238 if you want to learn more.
-- On Saturday, March 26th at 10am, the Museum is hosting Thomas the Tank Engine Play Day and Easter activities (Track the Bunny & more!) in the Master Mechanics Building. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children (5-17) and under 5 is always free!  There will be tons of kids activities, and hopefully the weather will be nice enough for outdoor fun.  Everyone is welcome!  Email me if you want to get more information.

Business Alliance always looking for new members
-- The next scheduled meeting of the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance is Wed., March 16, watch for more information.
-- Monthly meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Check the
website for more information on locations and times. Future guest speakers to include: Free Assistance for Employee Related Injuries, Business Security Issues, Local and Regional Political Leaders. Visit the NCABA website to learn more about this worthwhile group and how you can become a member.

Cheerleading tryout registrations
SOUTH FORK -- Cobra All-Star Cheerleading will be holding try-out registrations on Saturday, March 26, from 2-3:30pm. The Cobra All-Star Cheerleading and Tumbling program is located at the Cambria Martial Arts
Academy, 209 Grant St, South Fork. All-Star Cheerleading Try-outs are open to boys and girls who will be in grades K-9 for the 2005-2006 school year. For more information, refer to our website at www.cobracheerleading.com.

MS Walk
HOLLIDAYSBURG -- 2005 Hollidaysburg MS Walk will be held on April 17, at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School from 2-4pm. Register online or learn more at www.nationalmssociety.org
-- Every hour of every day, someone hears the words, "You have multiple sclerosis." They enter a time of unpredictability when they wonder each morning if they will see, if their legs will work, if they can pick up their child. This is why my team is going to walk. When thousands of people walk together in the MS Walk®, awareness is generated of the many programs and events provided by the National MS Society's nationwide network of chapters. Husbands walk for their wives, kids walk for their dads, co-workers walk for their cubicle neighbor, all proudly wearing an "I’m Walking For..." sticker on their shirt. Each one is raising money so that local National MS Society offices can provide literature, support groups, and education programs. So that we can continue to fund cutting edge research into the cause and cure. Research that has developed 5 therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Research that will continue, until in the end, 2 hours pass when no one is diagnosed, then a day, then a week, until the day when no one is diagnosed, and the cure is found. This is why we walk.
-- This information was submitted by Marci, who has MS. "I want people out there to know about MS and how it is and how us MS'ers live with MS I have made a site for MS and my life with MS." Please visit Marci's site at www.ms4life.com, If you would like to help sponsor Marci, visit her National MS page. Help Find A Cure For MS!

Art show applications now available
EBENSBURG -- Applications for “Art in Bloom - The 7th Annual Ebensburg Spring Art Show” are now available. Scheduled for April 23rd and 24th at the Cambria County Courthouse, the show is open to all artists, both amateur and professional.
-- The categories for entries are: Painting (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor), Drawing (Charcoal, Pencil, Pen & Ink), Photography/Computer Generated and Digital Art and 3-Dimensional (Sculpture, Fiber Art, Ceramics). The entry fee is $5.00 for each work entered.
-- Applications are now available online at www.ebensburgmainstreet.com or call (814) 472-8414. The application deadline is Monday, April 11th.
-- This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance

Swimming schedule
NORTHERN CAMBRIA -- Northern Cambria Parks and Recreation has set the swimming schedule January thru April 2005 at the Northern Cambria Elementary-Middle School as follows: Open Swim - Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 6-8pm; Family Night - Wednesdays 6-8pm; Adult Aerobics - Thursdays 5:30-7pm and 7-8:30pm; Pool Rentals - Sundays 1-3pm, 3-5pm and 5-7pm. For more information on rentals call Paul at 948-6457.

2005 Northern Cambria Lottery Calendar still available
NORTHERN CAMBRIA
-- If you haven't gotten your 2005 Lottery calendar yet, be sure to order yours today! Win prizes every day of 2005! Each calendar is numbered, and if your number matches the PA Daily Lottery number drawn at 7:00pm on any day of the year, you win the prize listed for that date. Imagine if your number comes up more than once!! New This Year: Winners of the Photo Contest Supply New Photos to Enjoy! Over 300 Trivia Items About the Area...When Did Go-Go Girls Appear in Town? What Happened When Daylight Savings Time First Started? Were There Really Goats at the Goat Farm? Donation: $25 (mail orders add shipping and handling charges of $1.50). Get Your Copy Today! Available at the Borough Office (814) 948-8230. Mary Ellen Tibbott (814) 948-8860, or contact us here at the website. Proceeds Benefit the Northern Cambria Civic Club for decorating town for the holidays. If all goes well, snowflakes will line the streets from one end of town to the other!

HELP!
-- We've had some requests for help from visitors to the site. Unfortunately, we weren't able to help them, but thought that another visitor may be able to. If you can help any of these people, please send us your information and we will be sure to forward it to them. Thanks for your help!
-- Yearbooks / Area History and Information - We at the site are looking for area yearbooks and histories and information on area communities. We have had many requests for these. If you know where they can be acquired, please contact us.
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Centennial History of Barnesboro - I read somewhere about a book, "Centennial History of Barnesboro" printed in 1994. Do you have any idea who I might be able to contact regarding purchasing this book? Thank you, Janet. (This is a request we have gotten many times. If you know where any of these hard to find books can be located, please let us know.)

Class reunions
-- Byrnes Family & Friends Reunion -- Hello Everyone! In a card this recent Christmas, Kathy, daughter of Jerome and Judith Byrnes of Slidell, Louisiana brought up the idea of a Byrnes Family and Friends Reunion this summer. Although it's only been 25 years since the last, it seems to be a great idea. The pavilion at the Barnesboro Pool has been reserved for the Byrnes Family & Friends Reunion on July 9, 2005! For those with new maps, Barnesboro is centered on, and overlaps the northern part of the Borough of Northern Cambria, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Additional information is (will be) available soon through http://www.neterm.net. You can also call Ed at (248) 651-3859 or (248) 941-4212. This message is early so that everyone wanting to be at the Barnesboro Pool on July 16th, 2005 can schedule as necessary. I believe we all look forward to seeing one another! The best, Ed Byrnes - Son of Edward J. Byrnes and the late Dorthymae Byrnes, all former residents of Barnesboro.
-- Central Cambria Class of 1990 Reunion - The class is planning a 15 year reunion for 2005. For more information contact Leigh Ann at 472-5507, or Tina at 472-6101.
-- Is your class planning a reunion? Is your family planning a reunion? Are you reuniting some other group? Be sure to let us know so we can help you get the word out.

Potatofest applications available
EBENSBURG -- Attention food and craft vendors! Vendor applications for this year’s Ebensburg PotatoFest are now available. As was previously released, in an effort to EVENTUALLY become a juried show, the date of the 14th annual Ebensburg PotatoFest has been changed to September 24, 2005.
-- “This is a community festival,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “In its fourteenth year, the date change signifies a step in the right direction, looking to attract more craft vendors.” Although more crafters are being sought, a select group of resellers will still be selected to take part in the festival. In addition, food vendors are always a welcomed addition.
-- Applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis. The registration deadline is August 15, 2005. Interested vendors can download an application and festival guidelines from the PotatoFest web site at www.potatofest.com or call Christine Strugala at (814) 472-8414.
-- Ebensburg PotatoFest is sponsored by the Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership.

Overcoming language barriers
-- We received the following story from Christine, one of our regular contributors to the site. We thought it was a nice story and wondered if any of our visitors could help with their project.
--Christine writes, "
In December of 2004, I received a letter from a gentleman from France. Written in complete French, I attempted to translate it (I took French in school). We thought that it would be a great class project to try to translate the letter and possibly send a response back in French to this gentleman.  Dana Hurley Schweitzer, Central Cambria High School French teacher, agreed to translate this letter with her French three and four classes. The gentleman is looking for information on the town of Coupon, because that is where his grandfather lived for many years. Anyway, I have now decided to have the classes work on writing a response letter back to him in French. This is a perfect example of how to overcome barriers and help each other. The project is also a wonderful way to get our youth involved in current issues and the day-to-day obstacles in a work environment.
-- If you have any information that can help them with their project, please let us know and we can get you in touch with Christine.