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Fifth and sixth-grade students at DuBois Christian Schools recently completed a unit and lab where they studied earthquakes and their effect on building structures. Their lab challenge was to build a two-story building using a foam base, fettuccine noodles and marshmallows. The structure needed to be able to withstand 8 "earthquake shakes." Chase Kaiser (left) and Ella Shenkle (right) were able to succeeded at their task the first time. All the students enjoyed the hands on learning experience ... and the marshmallows.

Local students complete studies at IUP Academy of Culinary Arts

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The following local students have completed academic requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts. Students graduate from the program following completion of an externship.

Debora Cline, Hepler Lane, Summerville, daughter of Leroy and Nancy Hepler of Summerville, is a 1977 graduate of Brookville Area High School. She is a culinary dean’s list student and was recognized for perfect attendance. She is completing her externship with Aramark Dining Services at IUP.

Morgan Poulos, Alexander Street, Brockway, son of Nick Poulos of DuBois, and Judy Morris of Brockway, is a 2014 graduate of Brockway Area High School. He is completing his externship at the Oglebay Resort, West Virginia.

The Academy, located in Punxsutawney, is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation, the maximum accreditation possible for culinary programs in the United States. IUP’s 16-month accelerated program includes study for 12 months and a paid externship during the final semester. Students can also extend their study with a two-semester baking and pastry arts program, which includes a paid externship.

All Academy students – 100 percent – are offered externship positions; 85 percent are offered positions in four- or five-start and diamond properties. Qualified students also can study abroad at the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland for six months and do an externship in Switzerland.

For more information about the Academy of Culinary Arts, visit

DuBois Hose Co. ladies auxiliary

DuBOIS — The ladies auxiliary of the J.E. DuBois Hose Co. met Aug. 20 in the social room of the fire hall with 13 members present.

President Tina Nowak opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. The Community Days booth was a success. President Nowak thanked everyone for all their hard work and dedication.

The ladies will be putting on another meatloaf fundraiser dinner. It will be on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the social room of the J. E. DuBois Hose Co. on First St. The meal is smoked or plain meatloaf. The cost will be $8 and takeout is available. Tickets will be available after the Sept. 17 meeting from any auxiliary member or Third Ward Firemen.

There is a Lantern Walk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, which will begin and end at the Third Ward fire hall. It is centered around the history of the East Side. The auxiliary is planning on having different things available from 5-10:30 p.m. that night for visitors to enjoy.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in becoming a member is also welcome.

South Hills launches new schedule

STATE COLLEGE – South Hills School of Business & Technology announces its Fall 2018 Drone class schedule which features three new classes: Photography, Surveying/Mapping and Learn to Fly for Fun. FAA Part 107 Certifications and Discover Drones for Teens classes are also included in the fall lineup.

For more information and class schedules, visit or call Jeff Stachowski at 814-234-7755.

Free blood pressure screening

DuBOIS – A free blood pressure screening will be held from 2:45-4:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, in the DuBois Community Medical Building.

Hosted by the nurses of Penn Highlands DuBois, the screening will take place in conjunction with the Penn Highlands Community Pharmacy on the third Monday of each month.

When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats. But the good news is that it sometimes can be controlled with lifestyle changes – good diet, exercise and not using tobacco.