Investigation proceeds into Johnstown blaze
A state police fire marshal is continuing his investigation into the cause of a fire Monday afternoon that destroyed two homes and damaged two others on the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Johnstown.
The fire left four people homeless. A total of seven people resided in the two damaged houses. The Keystone Chapter of the Red Cross has offered its assistance to the occupants of the four houses.
Firefighters on Monday were able to salvage a precious item that survived the blaze that destroyed the residence of Shawn Liptak, his fiance, Erin Lozanoff, and their 18-month-old daughter, Leah. Firefighters found a camera that contained photographs of Leah when she was a newborn, said Johnstown Assistant Fire Chief Tom Horner. The camera was still in working condition and the photos were not damaged, he said.
Firefighters respond to tractor-trailer fire
HEILWOOD – Numerous fire companies from Cambria County joined their counterparts in Indiana County in dousing a fire that started in a tractor-trailer early Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place on Route 422 in Pine Township.
The road was closed in both directions until 4 p.m.
State police are investigating the incident.
Sports medicine workshop available
PITTSBURGH – A workshop for high school students interested in careers in sports medicine will be held July 31-Aug. 2 at The Ellis School in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh.
Hosted by UPMC Sports Medicine, the annual Student Athletic Training Aide Workshop includes instruction on the basic skills and knowledge necessary for careers in sports medicine. It will include lectures and practice with athletic training techniques and procedures.
“This is a great outlet for any high school student to grab hands-on experience and get to know the athletic-training profession,” coordinator Rob McCabe said.
The cost of participation is $55 if paid by July 13, or $65 after that date.
Registration and information is available from UPMC Center for Sports Medicine at (412) 432-3770.
Investigation proceeds into Johnstown blaze
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Independents, minor-party members locked out of primary election
More than 1 million registered voters in Pennsylvania will be barred from casting a ballot today because the state only allows registered Democrats and Republicans to participate in the primary election.
Permit path cleared: Construction soon on Rt. 219 project
The final permit is on the way for a Somerset-to-Meyersdale Route 219 improvement project to begin.
It’s a years-in-the-making step that will allow the estimated $300 million plan to be advertised for bids in the coming weeks – and if all goes well, move it to construction this fall, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Monday.
Emergency response team hones skills at training camp
Almost certainly, no Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team members will ever be called upon to create a small bridge out of two pieces of wood and rope, use the newfangled walkway to get a group of individuals from one point to another, pick up an object at the end of the course and then figure out a way back to the starting point.
But the skills SERT officers gain by participating in drills like those – leadership, teamwork, trust and creativity – can be invaluable when they are serving and protecting the community.
Fun Day event to spotlight YMCA expansion
The Y logo may be seen from the sky June 15 when Greater Johnstown YMCA community members get together to form a logo comprised of people at a Community Fun Day.
Agency will provide produce vouchers to eligible seniors
Income-eligible residents ages 60 and older will have a chance to stock up a bit on locally grown produce through a voucher program offered in Cambria and Somerset counties this year.
Poverty simulation slated for today
Annamarie Pihs experienced firsthand the kind of harsh economic times she will be helping educate Johnstown community leaders about during today’s Walk a Day in My Shoes: Understanding Poverty event at Greater Johnstown High School.
In Brief | 27 students escape injury in bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township.
State police investigating school bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township. The Cambria Heights school bus was carrying 27 students when the driver apparently blacked out and sheared off a pine tree between the Chest Spring and Patton areas, schools superintendent Michael Strasser said. None of the high school or elementary students was hurt, he said. The students were triaged at the scene and released to their parents, Strasser said.
The driver was taken to Altoona Regional Hospital, he said.
Study: Hospitals’ finances are healthy
Hospitals across the region maintained financial health last year, a new state report shows.
But leaders say the continued strength required constant scrutiny and creative programming to identify new opportunities in a dynamic industry.
Local politicians will feel impact of redistricting
This time next year, as primary election day draws near, two close friends and colleagues likely will find themselves in a face-off, each in the hopes of holding his job in the state House.
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