Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Flashlight Drags, Ebensburg Airport

Quickly becoming one of the premier summer events in Cambria County is the flashlight drags held at the Ebensburg Municipal Airport in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Racers from several counties in the Southcentral Pennsylvania area converge on the airport to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of grass roots drag racing. It's a "run what you brung" event with completely street legal cars. For more information, complete rules and regulations visit the flashlight drag website at http://www.flashlightdrags.com/ Shown here are only a few of the pictures that I shot during the event. Not all pictures have captions. They are more or less self-explanatory.

First fan.

First racer.

Ford Mustang

Driver's Meeting.

Cars on display.

Lots of motorcycles show up, both metric and standard.

Smok'm if you've got 'em.

Lighten up the tires.

Hot Hot Hot



Local boy makes good


This bike out of Hopewell, Bedford County, is home built based on a 1200.

Head to head racing.

Mike Novella of Northern Cambria shows the power of his Yamaha R6.

Cobra vs. Pontiac

Old vs. New. This is grass roots racing at it's best.

Heads up racing.

This Jeep isn't any competition for the rice rocket.

Yamaha gets out first.


Dodge Dart Swinger vs. Plymouth

Plymouth vs. Dodge Dart Swinger.

The Honda Hawk shows all kind of power.

Harley power has nothing for the Yamaha.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

We're All Americans

These four photographs are from an American Legion League baseball playoff game between the Bedford, PA Hurricanes and the Saints of Saint Michaels, PA. The first two shots are shown in order and cover a time span of 1.04 seconds, between when the ball left the pitcher's hand and reached the plate.

This swing was somewhat controversial as to whether it was a ball or a strike. The on field umpire called it a ball, the umpires who occupy the bleachers were yelling for a strike. You be the judge.

Obviously, this ball player is out. No controversy here.

Bedford runner is out at second. That will teach you to steal.

This is the 10th Annual Native American Pow-Wow held at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, PA, Blair County. It was nice to see old acquaintances and make new ones. We don't usually identify children who appear on the blog, so you'll notice many of the captions are basic.

Jeff Bailey - Lakota / Sac and Fox

Chief Quiet Hawk

Native American Woman

Young Dancer

Keith Sharphead - Cree, Canada

Katrina Big Mountain - Cree, Saskatchewan

John Pingree - Wind River, Wyoming

Lady dancers


Young Dancer

Louis Fratoso, New Jersey, Lenni Lenape

Young Dancer

Young Dancer

Opening ceremony for the Native American Pow-Wow held at DelGrosso's Amusement Park. As you can see, there was a large crowd on hand on Saturday.

Once again, it's time for the Hastings Volunteer Fire Department Duck Race. This is one of the company's major fundraisers and it is well suppported by the whole community.

Hastings Volunteer Fire Department Duck Herders. Every year Brubaker Creek is dammed up so, hopefully, sufficient water will float our ducks. If that doesn't work we have a tanker truck standing by that can dump enough water into the creek to make sure that the little duckies will have enough water to reach their final destination which is about two blocks from the start.

A crowd gathers on a bridge about half way to the finish line.

At the end of the race, the first nine ducks are pulled out. They, as well as the owner of the last duck across the line, win a cash prize.

A Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Historical Marker was placed on the Burbaker Lane Walking Trail to commemorate the UMWA-Distric 2 Labor Chautauquas held in Hastings in 1925.

Hastings Mayor Sam Grillo, master of ceremonies.

Frances Rhoa, Hastings Public Library Director. Much of the research done by James Watta of the PA Labor Center at IUP was done in the library.

Charles Fox, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision

The actual unveiling.