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Cambria American Legion Invites Community to Memorial Day Celebration

Although public patriotic celebrations have been limited in the last few years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cambria American Legion Post 432 invites the public to join us on Monday, May 30, to honor the courageous military men and women who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.  This year’s ceremony will commence at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Flag Memorial in the Veterans’ Memorial Hall parking lot (1000 Main Street).  Randy Schwalbe will provide the audio system, Karina Tiwana will lead the color guard, and Jana Reed, a Lieutenant Colonel. in the Air Force Reserve, will speak. 

     Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May and is a time to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.  Originally called Decoration Day following the American Civil War, it was established to honor the fallen soldiers for both the Union and the Confederate armies.  Over time, it was expanded to honor all of our fallen veterans.   

     Following the memorial service, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 432 will prepare and provide hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone who attends.  Food is free to all veterans, and a donation of $7 is suggested for non-veterans.

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HART’S Pawsitive Training Team Wins $2000 Award

The Cat Pawsitive Training Team of the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) recently put together two videos to submit to the Fourth Annual Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Contest.  HART volunteers are excited to report that one of the submissions, the “Bloopers” video, took third place and won $2,000 out of hundreds of entries.  The prize money will help a lot of cats and kittens in HART’s care.

     One of the cats enrolled in this year’s Cat Pawsitive Training Program was Phil.  He was enrolled to help him learn more “pawsitive” interactions with both cats and people.  Phil came to the shelter from the streets with a broken tail that needed to be amputated.  Once he healed and entered our main shelter, Phil started to pretend that he was a bobcat and made his “bobcat moves” on any people or cats in his vicinity. 

     Now that Phil is learning new “moves” through his Cat Pawsitive training, he feels much less inclined to show off his wildcat side.  He has become a sweet, affectionate cat and has been a joy to work with.  Thank you to the HART Cat Pawsitive Training Team for many hours of training and to “Phil the Bobcat” for his excellent high-fiving skills.  Watch the HART video by searching at for the phrase Greater Goods Charities Feline High-Five.

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Cambria Rotary’s Grand Raffle

After over two years of being stuck at home, are you ready to get away?  Cambria Rotary is holding their Grand Raffle right now and the winner has their choice of 8 fun travel experiences.  Each trip includes lodging and round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S.  Trip options include:  Charleston Luxury Getaway, 3-night stay in a deluxe room at the Belmont Charleston Place Hotel, Daily breakfast for 2, 2.5-hour private Charleston history and photo walking tour for 2, Dinner for 2 at Charleston Grill; Costa Rica Getaway, 5-night stay at Los Suenos Marriott (Playa Herruduro) or JW Marriott Guanacaste (Tamarindo), Daily breakfast for 2;  Explore Key West, 3-night stay at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel; New York Long Weekend, 3-night weekend stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott of comparable hotel, 2 tickets to One Broadway show of your choice, $200 gift card towards dining at your choice of participating New York City restaurants; Fairmont Bermuda, 4-night stay in a standard Fairmont room at your choice of Fairmont resorts in Bermuda, Daily breakfast for 2; Fairmonts in Jasper & Calgary, 3-night stay in a junior suite at the Fairmont Park Lodge in Jasper National Park, 2-night stay in a standard guest room at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, Daily breakfast for 2;  New Orleans Jazz & Dining, 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, Jazz Brunch or 3-course dinner with wine pairing for 2 at Commander’s Palace Restaurant, Behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World; New York Broadway, 3-night weekend stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott of comparable hotel, 2 tickets to 2 Broadway shows of your choice. 

In addition, we will be awarding $1,000 to the second-place winner and $500 for third place.  Proceeds from the raffle will allow us to continue funding projects such as Feed the Needy, Polio Eradication, Disaster Relief, Basic education & Literacy, Scholarships, Promote Peace, Sustainable Clean Water and so much more. 

Tickets are $50 each and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are available through a Cambria Rotary Club member or at Viva  Winners will be selected at the Rotary Chamber Mixer on June 1.  Winners need not be present to win.