Memorial Day events
EBENSBURG --
Memorial Day events in Ebensburg will begin at
10am with a parade starting at Central Cambria Middle School on Highland Ave. and proceeding through town and ending at Veteran's Park next to the old jail followed by a memorial day service. Download a copy of the program to follow here.

All aboard!
ALTOONA --
All Aboard for Scooby Doo and BBQ at the Railroaders Memorial Museum on Sunday, May 22. Bring your goods and goodies for the free opportunity to participate in our community yard sale and Railroadiana and train-lovers merchandise in the Museum parking lot. Try out pit BBQ or take it to go! Bring out your family pet for the first-ever "Pets on Parade" for pet prizes and goodies. Meet Monica's Heart's greyhounds and the lovable critters of the Humane Society. Call 814.946.0834 ext. 221 for more information or to register your non-profit or group table for the community yard sale.

Garden Club to hold May Mart celebration
INDIANA -- The Indiana Garden Club will hold its 30th annual May Mart celebration on May 20th 10am - 7pm and May 21st 9am - 6pm. The celebration will be held at the Indiana County Fairgrounds, Indiana PA. There will be nurseries offering annuals, perennials, and shrubs. We will have entertainment, gardening demos, and educational displays. The children will enjoy "Kids Korner" and pony rides by the local 4H. We are expecting over 100 craft and food vendors. Admission and parking are FREE. The park is handicap accessible. For more information visit: www.indianagardenclub.com

Deadline set for brick campaign
EBENSBURG
-- Don’t miss your chance to purchase a personalized brick to be placed in Ebensburg’s Gazebo Park in the center of town! A deadline of May 20, 2005 has been set. “This is an opportunity for everyone to help personalize the park,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “It has deteriorated over the years and we feel it is time to fix it up, especially with our Streetscape project set to get underway soon.” Gazebo Park was erected in 1995 with personalized bricks and beautiful landscaping. It has helped to make downtown Ebensburg an attractive place to work, shop and visit. In an effort to restore the park, the Borough is replacing the existing bricks and selling new ones to help defray the cost. The original bricks that are currently in the park will be replaced at no charge. Personalized bricks are available in two sizes and prices: 4’x8’ with up to three lines of engraving for $50 and 12’x12’ with up to four lines of engraving for $100. Engravings on the smaller bricks may be no more than 12 letters long per line, including spaces between words. A maximum of 14 letters per line, including spaces, may be requested for larger bricks. Interested individuals can obtain an order form on the Borough’s website at www.ebensburgpa.com or by calling (814) 472-8414. Additional improvements to Gazebo Park will include re-wiring the park so that the outlets are more conveniently located, replacing some of the lights, planters and shrubs, as well as, taking down the deteriorated fence around the park to help open the corner up. Borough Council has authorized advertising for bids for the rehabilitation of the park and purchase of replacement bricks.

Volunteers sought for borough events
EBENSBURG --
The Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership are in need of volunteers to help with many events and projects throughout the year. “We are looking for dedicated workers to help with our Art In Bloom art show, Wheels & Wings, Homecoming, PotatoFest and our Christmas events,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and meet new friends.” A Volunteer Night will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm in the Community Room of the Ebensburg Borough Building, 300 West High Street. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call (814) 472-8414 or email cstrugala@ebensburgpa.com.

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.

Mother's Day Buffet
ALTOONA -- The Mothers Garden at the Railroaders Memorial Museum is about to bloom....with the 3rd annual Mother's Day Buffet slated for Sunday, the 8th of May, 2005. Make your mom feel special the Pennsylvania Railroad way. Buffet meal includes all-you-can-eat gourmet carving stations by Michael's Cafe, gifts and goodies for moms, a flower planted in her honor in the Mothers Garden, entertainment and more. Call 814.946.0834 ext. 226 to reserve your tickets now. All Aboard for Honoring Moms!