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Courtesy photo On Dec. 5, PennCrest Bank participated in the 14th annual Spirit of Christmas Parade in downtown Altoona. Frosty the Snowman joined PennCrest BANK and was a big hit with all, especially the kids. ABOVE Frosty the Snowman (Anna Zettle) is joined by (from left) Erica Kopera, Linda DeAngelis, Chelsea Hammel, Wendy Nagle and Jamie Chverchko.

Applicants sought for Art in Bloom

EBENSBURG — Applications for Ebensburg’s 22nd Annual Art in Bloom Spring Art Show, scheduled for April 25 and 26 at the Cambria County Courthouse are being accepted.

Applications may be submitted electronically through the www.ebensburgmainstreet.com website, or hard copies may be mailed or dropped off at the borough office.

Art will be featured in several categories: Painting, drawing, traditional photography, dimensional and mixed media. Monetary awards will be given for each of the five categories as well as for Best of Show, People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Mayor’s Overall Favorite and Mayor’s Honorable Mention.

Professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter. The entry fee for the show is $10 for each work entered with a maximum of two works by each individual. The deadline for submitting applications is April 3. Artists may contact the borough office with any questions at 472-8414.

Rabies clinic, grooming event May 3

PATTON — A rabies clinic and dog/cat grooming event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at Patton Fire Hall on Magee Avenue.

The cost is $15 for a rabies shot, $20 for distemper/parvo and $10 for grooming (ears/nails).

These are new prices from previous events, and only cash will be accepted.

Dogs and cats must be on a leash or in carriers. Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old to receive a rabies shot.

Proceeds will benefit the Patton Volunteer Fire Company.

Cambria Elementary recognized

EBENSBURG — The Central Cambria School District announced that Cambria Elementary School was honored Jan. 27 at the PA Title 1 Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh, the school having earned the title of Distinguished Title 1 School.

The honor is reserved for the top 5% of PA Title 1 schools in academic achievement and/or growth for the previous two academic years. Cambria Elementary is one of only 94 honorees out of the more than 2,000 eligible Title 1 schools in Pennsylvania.

Attending the event and accepting the award on behalf of the Central Cambria School District were teachers Lisa Pablic, Jody Beyer and Nicole Martin in addition to Cambria Elementary Principal Jenn Mesoras, CCSD Assistant Superintendent Tricia Murin and Superintendent Jason Moore.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Distinguished Title 1 School. Our teachers and support staff, work really hard every day, and while they don’t do their jobs for awards or recognition, this accomplishment is worthy of celebration,” Mesoras said.

“We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors that is incredibly responsive to student needs. A few years ago, we presented data to the Board that showed that our students at Cambria Elementary could use additional reading support, and the Board unanimously voted to add an additional certified reading specialist,” Moore said.

“A great school requires great leadership like what Mrs. Mesoras provides. It also requires dedicated teachers and support staff who share a common vision and passion for helping students. We are also fortunate to have engaged and supportive parents who entrust us with the education and safety of their children, an honor that is never taken lightly. I’m thankful that I get to be part of this great school district, and we are dedicated to getting better every single day.”

Week of Young Child set for April 25

Penn State Altoona will host the “Week of the Young Child” Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 in the Adler Gymnasium.

This yearly event is coordinated by the Week of the Young Child Committee and the United Way of Blair County’s Family Resource Center.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children from newborn through age 8.

The purpose of the WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families.

The WOYC is a time to plan how the community can better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

The Week of the Young Child Committee is looking for early education programs, agencies and businesses concerned with the health, education and welfare of young children and their families to participate and help sponsor the event.

Those interested may contact the Family Resource Center at United Way at 315-5567, ext. 405.

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