Faulty valve blamed for rail car fuel leak
A faulty valve on a rail car is being blamed for leaking a few hundred gallons of diesel fuel along the Norfolk Southern tracks in East Conemaugh on Monday, authorities said.
A car was hauling about 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel when the valve began to leak shortly after 1 p.m.
Ronald Springer, executive director of Cambria County Emergency Services, said firefighters from East Conemaugh and Johnstown used absorbent material to contain the spill.
A company was being brought in to elevate the rail car to prevent more leakage, he said.
Springer called the incident a “low level” hazardous material response.
Program offers help for grieving students
St. Francis University in Loretto will present “One Stitch at a Time: Understanding the Needs of Grieving Children and Young Adults, and Learning How to Help” from 6 to 7:30 this evening at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, Rooms 213 and 214.
Allison Stockley, the bereavement manager for Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch, a center that assists grieving children and their families, will speak about the challenges facing college students experiencing the death of a loved one and how friends, faculty and staff can better support these individuals.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 472-3293 or email email@example.com.
Training available for hospice volunteers
Home Nursing Agency is offering hospice volunteer training for Cambria County at the Healing Patch, 118 Ebony Road, beginning Thursday.
The first training session will be offered from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Participants can choose the time that suits them.
Opportunities for hospice volunteers include visits with patients, office work and bereavement support for families. Hospice volunteers provide support, relief and companionship for patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses and their families. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, free flu shots and other benefits.
An application and screening process must be completed before training. The application is available online at www.homenursingagency.com.
For more information, call (800) 445-6262, ext. 2656, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries due for Ebensburg Christmas parade
Organizers of Ebensburg’s annual Christmas parade are seeking participants for this year’s downtown event, scheduled at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.
The theme for the parade is “Christmas Carols.”
The parade is part of the borough’s Dickens of a Christmas event that will run from Dec. 6 to 8.
Parade entries must be submitted by Friday. Entry forms and information can be found at www.EbensburgDickens.com or by calling 472-8780.
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