JOHNSTOWN — “Our Christmas tradition didn’t start decades ago like the other families who have sent in their pictures,” wrote Sharon and Bob Zimmerman of Armagh. “Our tradition started just 18 years ago on March 4, 1995, when our youngest son, Todd, was killed by a drunk driver. The following epiphany in January of 1996, Todd’s Catechism class presented us with this manger set in his memory. Nothing has touched our hearts more than this gift from the children's donations at Holy Family Church in Seward. Our family always felt terrible for the children that had to go through losing their friend, our son. To all the families who have lost a child and know how hard the holidays can be, keep your faith and God will take care of the rest. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.”
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Windber school board OKs 1 mill tax increase
The average taxpayer in Windber Area School District, with a property assessed at $21,000, will see his tax bill rise by $22 next year.
Feds raid doctor’s office, home
Federal authorities raided the home and office of a Cambria County family physician who specializes in pain management and carried away boxes of medical and financial records on Tuesday.
Authority approves nightspot at airport
Fans of country-western and classic rock music will have a nightspot catering to them when two veteran restaurant owners open their new endeavor in John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport terminal building.
Poverty hits home at role-playing event
Eunice Ussar lives alone in her modest Johnstown home. With no family and few friends, the 85-year-old widow has only her two cats for companionship.
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Game officials: Bald eagle killed in Cambria County
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to determine who fatally shot a bald eagle in western Pennsylvania earlier this month.
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.
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