The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 9, 2014

Help Cambria celebrate a milestone | Events on tap for 210th anniversary

JOHNSTOWN — It’s going to have to be a pretty large cake to hold 210 candles.

That is how many fire sticks it will take to mark Cambria County’s birthday.

A story in our Tuesday editions by reporter Kathy Mellott outlined the gifts that county leaders have in store for visitors and residents:

-- Tours of the courthouse, which is located on South Center Street.

-- Guest speakers.

-- A video showing the history of the county.

“We are inviting everybody up to Ebensburg to see their courthouse,” President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder said.

Ebensburg, almost centrally located, was chosen as the county seat in a census showdown with Johns-town. In 1804, Ebensburg’s population stood at 150 while Johnstown only had 60 residents. Also in the running for the county hub were Munster and Beulah.

This year’s bash won’t be as elaborate as the county’s bicentennial affair was in 2004. That soiree lasted six months, kicking off with a bicentennial torch being passed through the county and ending with a community firemen’s parade.

The courthouse tours, conducted from 3 to 6 p.m. March 26, will provide residents who don’t normally come to the courthouse the chance to see the inside of the ornate county seat, where county business is conducted and court proceedings are held.

“This will allow the general public to come and take a look at the courthouse,” Commissioner Mark Wissinger said. “It really is very impressive.”

Added Commissioner Thomas Chernisky: “It’s going to be a nice birthday celebration and it will give the residents of the county the chance to see and learn a little bit more about their courthouse.”

So circle the date on your calendar and make plans to help Cambria County observe another milestone.

You can even wear your party hat if you like.

If you go

What: Cambria County’s 210th birthday celebration.

Where: Cambria County Courthouse, in the 200 block of South Center Street.

When: 3 to 6 p.m. March 26.

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