Broken tank helps to douse fire
The Johnstown Fire Department received some unlikely assistance in extinguishing a fire Thursday afternoon.
A fire was reported in the second story of a building in the 700 block of Somerset Street in the Kernville section shortly before 1 p.m.
A space heater apparently started the fire, which then spread to a nearby cabinet, Chief Anthony Kovacic said. A fish tank on the cabinet eventually broke, pouring water onto the flames, he said.
Firefighters had the incident contained within a few minutes.
No smoke or fire damage was visible on the outside of the building.
Sheetz sends aid to Sandy victims
Sheetz Inc. has sent refrigerated trucks to assist the American Red Cross in distributing food to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the company said Thursday.
In an effort to help those devastated by the storm, the convenience restaurant chain also will collect monetary donations for the American Red Cross through Dec. 16 at all Sheetz locations.
Sheetz donated the use of three 48-foot refrigerated distribution trucks and drivers to assist the Red Cross in delivering meals to storm victims in Toms River, East Rutherford and Middletown, N.J. The drivers left for the Red Cross emergency kitchens on Saturday and will stay on site for a minimum of three weeks, with the potential to stay longer if necessary.
“Sheetz has a tradition of helping the American Red Cross whenever it’s been necessary,” Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing, said. “We respect and admire the work that they do in these situations. Their efforts are monumental and that is why we help when we can.”
Broken tank helps to douse fire
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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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