These days, weddings are not always held in the family church and receptions in the local firehall.

Author Mindy Gulden Crawford says there are nearly 3,500 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania. She chooses to highlight her favorites in Historic Pennsylvania A Tour of the State’s Top 100 National Landmarks, a 174-page paperback printed…

On a recent afternoon inside his office, Michael Bodolosky sits at his desk in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. He tells the story of a man who made it a point to request Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” every time he attended a J…

Other than a cup of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire, there may be no better way to warm up on a cold, winter day than to plan a summer vacation.

Every decade has movies that, in a way, eventually come to represent it. The 90s had Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, The Matrix. The 80s had The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The 70s invented the summer blockbuster with Jaws and Star Wars. You can go all the way b…

Planning a wedding? Start here! Join us at Johnstown Bridal Showcase to meet with wedding experts, find your style and plan your big day.


Have you heard? Johnstown is coming back. And people who once lived here are coming home to enjoy the city and its surrounding area and all it has to offer. From its close proximity to work to simple living to family life, they all have found coming home to Johnstown was the right choice for them.

Mattel rolled out its very first Barbie in 1959. She was leggy with an unrealistically small waist and an ample bosom. She had a ponytail (blonde or brunette) and a black-and-white stripped swimsuit. Oh, and let's not forget the sunglasses and heels!

Picture this: an architectural engineering major and his roommate in their college dorm room at Penn State University, the engineering major helping the music major with assignments from classes such as Music Theory and Ear Training.


Terence Kauffman is a father, an artist and a local business owner. His business, Kink'D Ink Studio & Piercing Shop, is located in Windber. His numerous wall art creations can be seen around Johnstown.

In 1981, Valarie Stetz and her family traveled to Europe. In Munich, Germany, they came upon a Christmas market – the first of many they’d see during their vacation.


Seth Hull quit college, having lost interest in the field of criminology, and was, by his own account, “skating along, not really doing anything improving my life.”

On a well-lit stage, the conductor of a symphony orchestra readies his baton. He takes in the panoramic view of the musicians surrounding him. They wait for his cue, prepared to translate the black musical notes on the white pages in front of them into sounds. Into music.

Dr. Vincent Vena is a medical doctor with subspecialty training in orthopedic surgery. His wife, Dr. Johanna Vena (VMD), is a veterinarian and the owner of Cambria Veterinary Care in Johnstown. The couple has three children; Aubrey, 23, studying at the University of Pennsylvania to be a vete…

There are some teachers we will never forget – teachers who recognized our talents, took us under their wings, encouraged us to pursue our dreams.


Johnstown's Masonic Temple is hoppin’ right now. Situated along Valley Pike in the “Eighth Ward” section of the city, the building is home to two local chapters of the Freemasons of Pennsylvania. Its sizable rooms are popular for a variety of family gatherings and corporate functions and it'…

Most people would probably not confuse Johnstown with Atlantic City or Las Vegas, but next month the city plays host the a national beauty pageant. The Miss Pennsylvania USA and Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA pageants will be held Nov. 2 and 3 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.

“At the end of the day, making a connection with the people is what it’s all about. So, when people are up and dancing to our music, it’s like … ‘Yes! We’re doing the thing!’”


Avid movie goers, as well as those who treat themselves to shows only once in a while, can count on Richland Cinemas Owner, Ed Troll to be on the forefront of whatever new gizmo takes them away from their troubles and into a marvelous world of light and sound.

One of Johnstown’s most-recognized musicians, David DiStefano.

Johnstown Magazine has been updating the progress of the Hill triplets and the Swanson triplets since the girls were infants. The two sets of triplet girls were born less than six weeks apart in 2017.

Although 23-year-old Nick Romano, an avid sports enthusiast, has always pushed himself to the limit, the last two and a half years have been more challenging than he could have ever imagined. On Dec. 21, 2016, the Richland Township resident fell from a chair lift at Seven Springs Mountain Re…

The summer I turned 16 was the first time I thought about taking my own life. The season was thick and sticky, and I spent most of my time in a sweltering bedroom scribbling into a notebook. My best friend had left after school let out for a vacation in North Carolina, one that was extended …

Detective Mark Britton, has been involved with fundraising for Johnstown Police Department since his early days as a patrolman. “The motorcycles were in pretty bad shape,” he says of his first fundraising efforts. “I started a campaign to raise money to get the bikes painted and updated.

Cambria City is a little treasure chest of a neighborhood in Johnstown. It is here you will find art galleries, restaurants, architecturally stunning churches, a floral shop, a huge indoor and outdoor children’s play center, museums, and even a few buildings that survived the devastating 188…

There are a great number of churches in the Johnstown area, and while they may go about their services, events and outreach a bit differently, they all put a lot of time and effort into their worship. Some have both a contemporary and traditional service, others mix the two into one service,…

Last year, over the Fourth of July holiday, Terrie O’Leary and her husband were enjoying breakfast with friends at Pamela’s Diner in Pittsburgh. “One of them mentioned they were working through a bucket list,” O’Leary says. “I asked, ‘What do you get if you complete the list?’ The answer was…

Jessica Satava is the new executive director of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, now in its 91st season. She started her new position with JSO Aug. 1. Satava and her husband, Joe, recently moved to Johnstown from Baltimore. 

It’s the 75th anniversary of the All American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) tournament in Johnstown. A tradition since 1945, 16 teams from far and near will descend upon Johnstown this month to play in day and night games all around the city and its surrounding community. A special sl…

    On a recent weekday afternoon at 140 Gazebo Place in downtown Johnstown, Meredith Redd spooned black tea leaves into a tea infuser and set a timer for two minutes.

In 1862, in the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, setting the groundwork that freed millions of enslaved African-Americans. Almost 3 years later, on June 19, 1865 a Union general stood on a balcony in occupied Galveston and announced to …

Wil Fine considers himself a big fan — and a loyal follower — of Johnstown’s local music scene. 

Jarrod and Amelia Bunk planned to leave Johnstown. They bought an old 1980s RV and put their house on the market. Some traveling – with plenty of time for Jarrod to practice his photography art – was in their future. And Jarrod had some job possibilities elsewhere in the country.

Thomas C. Chernisky is President Commissioner of Cambria County. He grew up in Patton and now resides in Geistown and is the father of two daughters, Taylor and Megan.

There are many types of therapy animals: therapy dogs, emotional support animals, and service dogs. These are not all the same; however, there are many special canines who are contributing to our community in different ways. 

Southmont Borough is celebrating its centennial this month. Established June 2, 1919, the borough's first residents were farmers. These days, it is home to more then 2,200 people who enjoy nearly 12 miles of lovely tree-lined streets and attractive homes on its one square mile.

Getting a great meal at an amazing restaurant is a big reason people come downtown, but these days it's more than interesting cuisine that's attracting visitors. Johnstown is quickly becoming a place where there are fun things to do.

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