Preparing for Heritage Days
CRESSON -- With October still months away, planning is well underway for Cresson Area Heritage Days set for October 1 & 2. Events are to include crafts, food entertainment, car show and more. To learn more about Heritage Days, visit their website!

It's reunion time!
-- Northern Cambria Class of 1990 will be holding their 15th year
class reunion on Saturday, October 1st at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg.  Notices have been sent out, so if you have not received yours or have any information on these classmates:  Karina Chernisky, Mary Jane Farabaugh, Brad Kollar, Melanie Kutsick, Ann Lutch, Edwin McFarland, Jeff Miller, Erin O'Brien, Danielle Perrone, Deanna Smarsh, Kelly (Stossel) McMullen, Jeff Symosky, Bryan Varner, Matt Zunner please contact Lorrie (Sodmont) Lombardo at 948-4882 or
-- 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.

Schedule announced for Potatofest
The 14 annual PotatoFest celebration will be held next Saturday, September 24th from 9am-5pm in downtown Ebensburg! Enjoy over 100 food and craft vendors, live entertainment on two stages, kid’s activities and more! The community festival will take place along High & Center Streets and in the Cambria County Memorial Park. Catch a Free Shuttle to PotatoFest from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech (Rt. 422) or Lake Rowena! New this year, a potato-peeling contest will be held from 11am-Noon in the parking lot of First National Bank! Jack Michaels from 96 Key, a celebrity from Fox 8/abc 23, Mayor Charles Moyer and Cambria County Commissioner Milan Gjurich will face-off in a celebrity contest! Others will also have chance to compete in the contest; there will be sign-ups prior to the 11am celebrity contest. The Ebensburg Womans Club is currently accepting entries for the first annual Miss Tater/Mr. Tot contest. Winners of the contest will be announced on September 24th during PotatoFest. For additional information, please visit the festival’s web site at, email or call (814) 472-8414. PotatoFest is Free and open to the public. PotatoFest is sponsored by: First National Bank, St. Francis University, 96 Key, Fox 8/abc 23.
-- Corporate sponsors include: Giant Eagle of Ebensburg, Conemaugh Health System, Portage National Bank, O’Donnell Photography and Graphic Design, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., Colver Power Project, McAneny Brothers, Inc., Century 21 Strayer & Associates, The Long Barn, Inc., Laidlaw, Keystone Insurers Group, Falcon Partners and McDonald’s of Ebensburg, Portage & Cresson.

Potatofest Entertainment Schedule:

Also, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (8:00 a.m. - ?) – Central Cambria H.S.; Bingo (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Classic Clowns (11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.); Potato Sack Races & Kid’s Games (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) (Sponsored by Penns Woods Council / Boy Scouts of America); Kid’s Potato Patch (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) ($3.00/child sponsored by Ebensburg Presbyterian Church); Quilt Show (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at Lakeside Community Church (Sponsored by Lakeside Quilters).

RailFest 2005
Get on board for RailFest 2005 - in partnership with the area's first-ever Autumn in the Alleghenies! RailFest excursion tickets available on the historic Nittany & Bald Eagle line from Tyrone, and new this year on the Everett Railroad from Hollidaysburg's Canal Basin Park. Coach excursion tickets still available for multiple times on Saturday, Sept. 24 or Sunday, Sept. 25. Take both and make it a weekend in the Railroad City!
-- Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Railroaders Memorial Museum with sponsors Hoss's, Wolf's Furniture, FOX 8/ABC 23, and EADS Group of Altoona and Somerset in the Railroad City! Rare mileage excursions on the Everett Railroad and Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Saturday and Sunday. Reserve your seat for freight loads of fun before we sell out! Excursion tickets are $20 each for coach seating on either excursion. RailFest 2005 admission included for the weekend if you purchase an excursion. Special weekend train tour to Altoona from Pittsburgh is also available. This trip in from Pittsburgh, which arrives via the historic Horseshoe Curve, includes an overnight stay and local transportation provided by the Museum, as well as a shortline excursion on Saturday and Sunday before taking the AMTRAK train back to Pittsburgh. Call 1.888.4ALTOONA, ext. 238 for more details or email: Also enjoy "Autumn in the Alleghenies" events throughout the area, including DelGrosso's HarvestFest, Ebensburg's PotatoFest, Tyrone's All Aboard Tyrone fest! Gallitzin's Tunnelfest, the Rau collection at the SAMA-Altoona art museum, a pig roast and concerts in the Museum yard Friday evening (tickets available for $8.50 each now or the evening of the meal), activities such as model railroad displays in Memorial Hall and more! Call for more information - 1.888.4ALTOONA, ext. 221 or 814.946.0834 or email
-- Click here to download a schedule of events and activities for Autumn in the Alleghenies.
-- Click here to download a ticket order form for Railfest.

Relief Effort for Hurricane Victims Receives Tremendous Support
What started as an email brainstorming session has turned in to a well-supported relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
-- Watching news broadcasts of the horrendous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and feeling unable to do much to help from thousands of miles away, members of the Northern Cambria Parent-Teacher-Student Organization started to email each other suggesting that the group organize an event to raise money for the victims. After several ideas were considered, they decided upon a Because We Care Basket Raffle.
-- “The response is tremendous,” said the NC PTSO interim president Cate Planisky-Himes. “We emailed our members and all of the teachers of our district asking them to put together baskets for a raffle. They must have thought the idea was great because the word spread fast within our community and we have many people and businesses outside of the school donating baskets and prize items as well.”
As of Monday morning – just one week after the initial email – nearly 60 baskets were donated with more being promised by the end of the week in time for the public display at the Contres-Greer Social Hall this Sunday, September 18, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
-- “It started just as an event that would take place during Open House this week at the schools, but when we saw the overwhelming outside interest, we decided to take it into the community and invited the community to participate.”
-- The baskets will be on display at the Elementary-Middle School Auditorium for all three evenings of Open House. Initially, it was proposed to move the baskets to the high school building for Open House there Wednesday evening, but because of the overwhelming turnout of donated baskets, moving them back and forth between the schools would be too much for the limited number of PTSO volunteers. Parents and teachers are welcomed to buy chances from 6 to 8 p.m. during Open House Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 13, 14, and 15, at the EMS Auditorium. The community is invited to participate during the public display on Sunday. Chances will cost $6 for 25, or $10 for 50.
-- Baskets can still be donated up until Saturday and arrangements for pick-up or delivery can be made by calling 814-951-0105.

Affordable apartment locator now online
-- The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has developed a Web-based apartment listing service to help consumers find affordable rental housing in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Affordable Apartment Locator registry will make otherwise hard to find information about affordable apartments, vacancies and accessibility features available on the Internet. Providing the most current information about apartment availability will be a great marketing tool for owners and property managers and will offer a tremendous benefit to consumers searching for apartments.
Please look here for more details on registering apartments. If you have and questions or comments please contact us at or (717) 780-1856.

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 or call Christine Strugala at (814) 472-8414.
-- Ebensburg PotatoFest is sponsored by the Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership.

Apartment owners/managers: Katrina housing assistance needed
-- PHFA is collecting information to assist evacuees from Hurricane Katrina that are arriving in Pennsylvania.
-- If you can help, please send information regarding current vacancies as soon as possible! The following information should be sent to your PHFA Housing Management Representative or Kathy Esworthy (non-PHFA developments): bedroom size, accessible features, specify subsidies if available, and rents that apply to the vacant units.
-- Since time is of the essence, please provide this information to PHFA by noon on Thursday, September 8th. If we have not received your information by that time, PHFA staff will begin to call properties.
-- If you have not already done so, please immediately log on to PHFA's Apartment Locator Registry at to update your listing. This crisis has underscored the incredible value of this tool to help identify resources which might be available to provide emergency assistance in the Commonwealth. If you are interested in listing your non-PHFA developments on the Apartment Locator, please email for instructions on how to proceed. The Apartment Locator is available at For those of you who have updated your information on the Apartment Locator Registry we thank you for your continued participation.

Blood Mobile
NORTHERN CAMBRIA -- A blood mobile will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 1-6 at the Prince of Peace Church basement. The blood mobile is sponsored by Heathers Hair Gallery. Please help, blood supplies are still low all types are needed. Everyone welcome.

All Aboard for country music fun with the Railroaders Memorial Museum
ALTOONA -- National country act SHENANDOAH will perform a concert to benefit the Museum on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005.  Concert will be held at Burgi's Roundhouse on the Back Nine.  Entertainment and activities all day, beginning with bands, mechanical bull riding, and a show by Midnight Rodeo. Tickets for the all-day event are $20. All proceeds benefit the Museum, so get your boot-scooting boogie dingoes out and get ready to dance!  Call 1.888.4ALTOONA for more information or email

Cambria County fair this week
-- The Cambria County Fair runs Labor Day thru September 10th. Check their page to see what they have in store for this year.

Volunteers needed for Ebensburg's annual Potatofest celebration
Organizers of the 14 th annual Ebensburg PotatoFest celebration are looking for interested individuals to help with this year’s festival on Saturday, September 24th from 9am-5pm in downtown Ebensburg! Workers are needed to help cook sweet potato fries and serve apple dumplings, as well as, assist in several other tents. In it’s 14 th year, PotatoFest draws thousands to the small historic town of Ebensburg. Crafters and food vendors line the downtown streets and fill the Cambria County Memorial Park. Along with live entertainment on two stages, there will be a potato-peeling contest, Miss Tator Tot contest, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, kid’s games and more! If you would like to help, please contact Christine Strugala at (814) 472-8414 or! For more information, please visit our web site at!

Silent Basket Auction to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina
-- As we here in Northern Cambria and the surrounding communities fell back into the routine of another school year, our fellow Americans in the southern part of our nation have had their lives ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina. Seeing the devastation and desparation caused by this tremendous natural disaster, one can't help feel completely helpless. But we can help.
-- That is why the members of the Northern Cambria Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (NC PTSO) have decide to organize a Silent Basket Auction with all proceeds going to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Although this fundraiser is being organized by the NC PTSO, it will it hoped to be a Northern Cambria Schoolwide Effort.
-- To make this a succesful event, we are asking everyone to help our efforts by donating and/or preparing a basket. We are hoping to have the baskets displayed during Open House (Sept. 13-15) and also at a location in town for the general public later that weekend. Drawing will be held the evening of Sunday, Sept. 18. We are also looking into donating our proceeds to an organization that will match our funds, therefore doubling our contributions. (Plans are still being fine tuned, but we wanted to provide you with enough time to prepare baskets. When details are finalized, it will be sent along and publicized.)
Baskets can be donated on behalf of yourself, your sports team, academic group, civic organization, church group, business, workplace, or in memory of a loved one... Make as many as you like. If you would like to just donate money... we can prepare several Money or Lottery Ticket Baskets with monies collected.
-- If you are willing to prepare a basket, please email or call 951-0105 to be notified of further details, such as drop off location, as they develop. Baskets should be prepared by Monday, Sept. 12. (prepare a container for it as well.) PLEASE  INFORM EVERYONE YOU KNOW OF THIS SPECIAL EFFORT.
-- For those who may not know how this works, baskets packed with various items are displayed with a corresponding container placed in front of it. People are invited to buy a whole bunch of tickets, like those ones bought for 50/50 at football games. They then drop their tickets into the container for the basket that they would like to win. At the end of the event, a winner is drawn for each basket. The winners will be notified afterwards.
-- If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, please email or call 951-0105.

Indiana County fair this week
-- This week marks the 143rd Indiana County Fair. Check their website to see what's going on. The weather may not be looking 'fair', but there is plenty to do. Come on out! The Indiana County Fair runs through September 3.
-- And don't forget, the Cambria County Fair runs Labor Day thru September 10th. Check their page to see what they have in store for this year.

Attention: All Businesses
-- The Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance will hold their next monthly meeting Thursday, September 1, 12 noon at The Park Avenue Pub, 404 Park Avenue, Patton, PA. RSVPs are greatly appreciated!!! There are many events happening! Please contact: Donna Zerbee 948-4021, Chuck Contres 948-6363 or Fran Filkins Please try and join us! The NCABA is working hard to enhance your business! Look for the next news letter to be faxed or e-mailed next week.