JOHNSTOWN — “After reading some of the short articles and viewing some of the Christmas memorabilia, I was inspired to send you this picture of a Santa which was painted by Henry E. Becker, a well-known sign painter,” wrote John Mavrodis of Johnstown. “I worked for Becker as a youngster delivering signs and other printed materials throughout the city on my bicycle. This painting was requested by a jeweler for a Christmas promotion in 1968. Becker became enraged when the jeweler never picked up the poster, and it sat in the shop for several years. One day, as I was cleaning the shop, I asked him what he was going to do with this Santa and if he had no plans for him I expressed my desire to have it. In his most abrupt and gruff manner he told me to ‘take the damn thing,’ so that it would not remind him of the jeweler. I then asked him to sign the painting and it has been with me ever since. It has traveled with me from Johnstown to Boston to New York City and back to Johnstown. This painting is a watercolor on a piece of showcard. I have many stories to recall working in the shop which was known as Becker Signs and fond remembrances of the painter who was a master in his art.”
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Assaults prompt prison lockdown
State Correctional Institution-Somerset is expected to resume normal operations today after being in lockdown since Thursday, authorities said.
Little local reaction to Scouts’ gay vote
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Blacklick Valley district eyes geothermal system
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City police charge suspect in Solomon Homes stabbing
The weeklong search for the person who allegedly stabbed a man inside a Johnstown public housing complex ended Friday when the suspect surrendered to police.
Rebid on operations center saved $42G, CamTran says
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Somerset prison in lockdown
SCI-Somerset is in lockdown for the second day after two correction officers were assaulted by inmates, authorities said.
Hitting the road: More holiday drivers expected this year
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Tie race hinged on missed chance
One vote might stop Jeffory McKenzie from becoming a Summit Township supervisor – his own.
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