Ebensburg received business improvement funding
EBENSBURG -- The Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership would like to announce receipt of a New Communities Facade Improvement Grant in the amount of $30,000. The grant is designed to encourage commercial property owners and tenants to improve the appearance of their businesses through structural facade rehabilitation and restoration.
-- Owners and tenants of commercial, industrial, and non-owner occupied residential investment properties, are eligible for funding. In addition, they must be members of the main street partnership and physically located in the state designated central business district. Funding will be provided in the form of a matching grant in an amount not to exceed $2,500. Each applicant is required to contribute a cash match equal to the amount provided by the Partnership.
-- Projects financed under the Facade Improvement Grant Program are limited to the following activities:

-- Furthermore, all projects funded under the Facade Improvement Grant Program will:

-- In order to apply for funding, a project description, picture and quote must be submitted to the Facade Design Committee for consideration, prior to the start of construction. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Ebensburg Area Business Commission Design Committee on a first-come first-serve basis. New projects and applicants will be given first priority. Once approved, matching grants will be awarded in an amount not to exceed $2,500 per applicant. The Main Street Partnership receives this funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
-- See more program guidelines here.

Downtown Ebensburg business expands
EBENSBURG -- Studio 111 Family Hair Styling, located at 111 South Center Street, has announced that they will hire an additional full-time employee and offer new services.
-- “Since we opened in October of last year, we have been extremely busy,” said Mona Myatt, Owner. “Our location and reputation have really helped us to prosper.”
-- The beauty salon will now offer nail services, which will include manicures and acrylic nails. Walk-ins are welcome and tanning services are available.
-- Furthermore, Cathy Weaver, of Carrolltown, has been added to the Studio111 team. She has over ten years of experience in the field.
-- “We are striving to provide better and longer hours for our customers,” said Myatt. “With the addition of Cathy, we will be able to achieve this.”
-- Studio 111 is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evenings are available by appointment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please call (814) 471-0220 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Volunteers to be recognized for efforts
New business to fill downtown vacancy
EBENSBURG -- Two local businesses, Express Yourself and the Pages & Light used bookstore, are teaming up to open a store in downtown Ebensburg. Express Yourself is a gift shop currently located in the Georgian Mall in Somerset. They will open their second location with the Pages & Light used bookstore, formerly located in Boswell and Westmont. Express Yourself – Pages & Light will open in the former dollar store, 126 West High Street.
-- “Many of our customers are located in central Pennsylvania,” said Dale Cunningham, owner of Express Yourself. “Having a second location, and partnering with Pages & Light, will allow our customers to visit more frequently and allow us to better serve the community.”
-- The store will feature Russian ornaments, Jim Shore – Heartwood Creek, Painted Ponies, Cat and Dog collectibles, fine jewelry, decorative country items, and a wide variety of Christmas items. A large assortment of high-end greeting cards will be sold for only $1, as well as, discounted Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies, and Boyd’s Bears. A gourmet line of chocolates will also be offered.
-- “When buying for the shop, we seek out merchandise that is not readily available in the area,” said Cunningham.
-- The store will also include Pages & Light, a used bookstore that will eventually house over 23,000 books of all genres, as well as, vinyl records, CD’s, and videotapes.
-- “In the future, we would like to add a sitting area for customers to enjoy while reading,” said Tammy Yoder, co-owner of Pages & Light. “We are planning to also add fax and copy services for the public to utilize.”

Flood City Brass Welcomes New Member
JOHNSTOWN -- The Flood City Brass, an 8 piece horn band based in Johnstown are happy to announce the addition of John Homerski Jr. as their new Drummer / Vocalist.
-- John is a Northern Cambria native and  has been playing drums since high school, when he was a member of the legendary Northern Cambria High School “Twisting Tigers” marching band.in the late ‘60’s.  He is a graduate of the US Armed Forces School of Music and a 9 year veteran of the US Army Bands.  As a professional musician, for most of the past 40 years John has led and performed in many popular groups, including Homer’s Army, The Topkats, Payday, and Fantasy Airlift,  and has shared the stage with such notables as Manhattan Transfer, Lou Christie, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, and Little Anthony.
-- Jim Bilitski, the band’s leader said, “We are very fortunate to have found a musician with John’s experience and talent to join our band.  Our repertoire is extremely diverse, and we are able to rely on John’s musical maturity to make this band fire on all 8 cylinders”.
-- With the addition of John, here’s the current lineup of the Flood City Brass: Tom Pavic - Lead Vocalist and Frontman; Josh Covert - Guitars, Horns, and Vocals; Luis Gonzalez - Keyboards and Vocals; John Homerski Jr. - Percussion and Vocals; Kyle Reasbeck - Bass Guitar and Vocals; Dan Perich - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Vocals; Jen Shuty - Saxophones; Jim Bilitski - Band Leader, Arranger, Trombone, Saxophones, Guitars, and Vocals. Ryan Lantzy of Laurel Highlands Sound and Light - Sound and Lighting Engineer.
-- The Flood City Brass’ song lists covers songs from the 1930's all the way to the 2000's.  Some of their “signature” songs feature a strong horn section such as those made popular by Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Blues Brothers, Glenn Miller, and Frank Sinatra.
-- You can experience the band live at the St. Rochus Picnic in the Tanneryville area on October 1st, or at the Ft Ligonier Days celebration at Ligonier on October 13th., or at the Roxbury Bandshell on October 22, 2006.
-- Please visit the FCB website at http://www.floodcitybrass.com for current schedules and other info regarding the band.

Art studio to open in downtown Ebensburg
EBENSBURG -- An Ebensburg couple is set to bring out the artist in all of us with the opening of an art studio in the downtown central business district.
-- Seymour’s Creative Legacy Art Studio will be located at 218 West High Street, above the Ebensburg Music Mart.
-- “We were born and raised here, and have been very excited watching the downtown revitalization efforts,” said Paul Seymour, owner. “We feel it’s an exciting time to get involved in the business community and feel that the area will be receptive to what we have to offer.”
--- The art studio will offer classes in decorative painting, and sell painting supplies, painted art pieces, and commissioned works.
-- “We have been studying this type of painting for years, but always had to drive to Lancaster, PA to do so,” continued Seymour. “We are looking forward to spreading our enthusiasm locally for an art form that has been rooted in centuries of tradition, and comes to us from our ancestors of European descent.”
-- The art studio officially opened its doors with an open house on Friday, September 15.
-- Seymour’s Creative Legacy Art Studio will be open Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5pm, Thursdays from 3:3pm-9pm, Saturdays from 9am-1pm, and by appointment.
-- Online orders and information can be found at www.creativelegacyartstudio.com or by calling the studio at (814) 243-8292.

New addition to the site
-- Be sure to check out the latest addition to the site, our message board, NorthernCambria.com Message Board.
-- Among other things, you can find a community events calendar, talk about our communities, or take a look at photos our members have are posting. Are you looking to buy, sell or trade? List your services? Or trying to find a place to rent? We have spots for those as well! Just want to find local folks to talk to, start a topic of your own at "Wolf's Corner" or "Teen Center" and discuss whatever you'd like!
-- We're still working on this, so things may change, but feel free to check it out, and say HI! If you think of a main topic we could add, or would like your town listed in "Our Towns" let us know!

Cruise on in
-- Check out our car show listing at the Car Corner for more great upcoming shows!
-- If you know of an event, please let us know so we can list it here!!

 

EBENSBURG -- The Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership will host their 3rd annual Volunteer Recognition Night this Wednesday, October 11th from 6-9 p.m.
-- “This is an opportunity for us to say thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers,” said Christine Strugala, Community Development Director. “We host many events throughout the year and are very lucky to have a dedicated community of volunteers.”
-- The event will take place in the Community Room of the Ebensburg Borough Building, 300 West High Street. Volunteers will be presented with a recognition pin and light refreshments will be provided.
-- Although this event is not open to the public, the Borough is always seeking volunteers. Ebensburg’s current events include the annual Art In Bloom spring art show in April, Wheels & Wings in June, Homecoming in July, PotatoFest in September and a new event this year, Dickens of a Christmas, in December. Additional volunteers are needed to help with these events.
-- If you are interested in volunteering for any of the Borough’s events, please contact the Ebensburg Borough Office at (814) 472-8780.

 

 

Upcoming activities
Here are some upcoming activities we've heard of, sorry - we have no additional information on these events:
-- “MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT”, Thursday, Oct. 26. This will be a night to introduce NCABA members to the candidates running for the 73rd District State Representative. Candidates are State Representative Gary Haluska and Brian Tibbott. Details will follow. The event will be held at Cambria Hills Country Club. The event is being sponsored by the NCABA Economic Development Committee. For questions, contact Fran Filkins at 244-1159 or filk@surfshop.net. If you would like to sponsor the night, please contact Fran.NCABA NEWSLETTER – Anything special going on with your business or community?...please submit info to Fran Filkins at filk@surfshop.net or fax 814-472-7062.

 


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October hauntings at the Railroaders Memorial Museum
ALTOONA -- Join the Ghost Hunt on Friday, October 20th from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.
-- Visit the Haunted Museum on Friday, October 27th & Saturday, October 28th from 5-9 p.m. Admission is FREE with the donation of a non-perishable food item.
-- For more information check our website: www.railroadcity.com