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Vintondale Homecoming Today

Saturday, August 31 2002


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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Festival weekend

Most of you probably think of this as Labor Day Weekend but in Cambria County it is fast becoming Festival Weekend with a flurry of celebrations marking the official end of the summer season. Of course, the longest lasting and largest is the Cambria County Fair, which begins this weekend, and ends next weekend. Many of the farmers, animal raisers, and creative persons look forward to the Fair as a showplace for their work while others love the fair for its carnival atmosphere and the big name entertainers and other attractions that fill the grandstands each evening.

Next in size is the Johnstown Folk Festival, which began last night in the Cambria City section of Johnstown and continues through Labor Day. This festival is best known for the large variety of ethnic foods available and the abundance of entertainment and crafts for all. Also, in Johnstown along Menoher Blvd. in the Westmont section is the Log House Festival, which raises money for and brings attention to local artists. These two Johnstown-based festivals compliment each other by providing entertainment, food, and activities for the many visitors who come from across the United States and from other countries.

The Forest Hills Festival takes place in St. Michael, just east of the Sidman Vintondale Homecomingexit of Route 219. Craftsmen from near and far demonstrate their skill and offer their wares for sell. There is also an abundance of good food and a few rides for children. The Forest Hills Festival is a fund raising event for the St. Michael fire company. Within the Blacklick Valley is the Vintondale Homecoming (photo), which also offers food, entertainment, and a chance for old and new citizens to get reacquainted. It runs through today and tomorrow (but not Monday).

School days

School began this week, August 27, for Blacklick Valley, Bishop Carroll, Central Cambria and most of the other schools in the county. Now that class schedules are set and nerves are settled, thoughts for many turn to football. Last night, the Central Cambria Red Devils hosted the Bishop Carroll Huskies. The Huskies had trouble holding onto the ball at the start of the game but their defense held the Red Devils to 7 points while the Huskies offense finally scored 20 points. This afternoon, Blacklick Valley host Shade.

The Rest of the Story

An earlier article noted the paving of the lot next to St. Mary's school on Roberts Street. Now, the rest of the story is out. Conemaugh Health Systems has leased the lot for 10 years and has paved the lot for parking for clients of the Ebandjief Clinic. The Clinic has exclusive rights to use the lot during weekday hours and St. Mary's Church can use the space evenings and weekends. Conemaugh agrees to maintain the paved surface during the term of the lease. As a side bar to the previous entry, it should be noted that Conemaugh has been under pressure for some time to provide parking and better handicap access to the Ebandjief Clinic. Many had hoped the solution was found when Conemaugh leased the former Acme Building at the foot of Lloyd Street. Apparently those hopes are dashed with the news of the parking lot lease and improvements, and rumors of expanding the Ebandjief Clinic.


Entering Texas

The following list of rules apply to each person as they enter Texas:

  • Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.
  • Remember where you came from - so you can go back. We're not particular, you can even go back a different way . . . just go back.
  • Let's get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it's red. We may even stop when it's yellow.
  • It's called a "gravel road." I drive a pickup truck because I need to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Truth is not determined by majority vote.

Doug Gwyn

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