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The coronavirus pandemic has many of us wishing we had home-grown vegetables at our fingertips. Or, if not fresh, frozen or preserved veggies would be most welcome.   

Philip Faranda, owner and operator of Faranda's Farm in Hollsopple, has been growing garlic for over a decade. Every year, he hosts a garlic festival at the farm. “Everyone has a stinking good time,” he says.

JSO is now hosting a series of playlists as a way to continue to connect with the audience and to provide a measure of comfort during these difficult days.


Johnstown Magazine is devoting this page to you – our deserving high school seniors. This gallery is made up of photos submitted by you and your families. We hope these photos remind us all of our most important asset – our amazing, talented and beautiful young people.

Last month, while discussing ideas for Dueling Spoons, Caroline and I decided we both have recipe boxes full of recipes we have never made. Wouldn’t it be fun to pick a random number and make that recipe in the box? We decided on 30 and counted back until we came to our 30th recipe.

As the sun shines overhead and flowers bloom underfoot, it’s refreshing to see so many people out and about in Johnstown, enjoying spring’s warm temperatures.

Matthew R. Sroka was born and raised in Johnstown and is a 2002 graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Vincent College then went on to Temple University where he earned his D.M.D. He is a member of the American Dental Association as well a…

I tried explaining to my mother why I am fascinated with the movie musical Cats, based on the Broadway musical of the same name.

Bob Hancock, a life-long resident of this region, believes we live in one of the nicest spots on earth.

You need not go far in any direction from Johnstown to find a first-class museum. From the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville to the Lincoln Highway Experience halfway between Latrobe and Ligonier to the Johnstown Flood Museum, these museums offer educational experiences that are unmatched.

Tony Piskurich, a lifelong resident of Johnstown, didn't have many tangible ways to remember his parents – George and Olga Piskurich. The couple died in the early morning hours of July 20, 1977, when Laurel Run Dam collapsed, nearly destroying the Tannerville section of the city. All that re…

There may be no better location for an oldies concert than Cochran Auditorium in Greater Johnstown High School.

Jeremy Shearer is co-owner with his wife, Jennifer, of Press Bistro in downtown Johnstown where they are “trying to develop a great restaurant and community scene for downtown Johnstown.”

“Homeschooling gives us time to discuss a lot of important things – life issues, character issues,” Michelle says. “Things just come up in conversation that we just kind of go with it. It really does give you a lot of quality time with your children to be able to discuss important things in life.”

A new exhibit by Zone Patcher gives a different perspective to the people behind the art.

Drug and alcohol education and prevention, summer youth programs, emergency home weatherization, Head Start, and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program are some of the programs offered through the Community Action Partnership of Cambia County. They help some of the most at-ri…

Pat Pecora took over the fledgling wrestling team at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1976, a few months after earning his degree at West Liberty College. 
The veteran coach never left the program he has molded into a perennial top contender in the NCAA's Division II.

For the September 2018 issue of Johnstown Magazine, I reviewed Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary about the life and influence of Fred Rogers. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is another Mr. Rogers movie, this time a major studio release starring Tom Hanks as the man himself.

Vince Lovenduski of Upper Yoder Township was a popular figure at Starbucks in Richland Towship. As manager for 10 years, he knew most of his regular customers by name and most knew him as well.

Jill Gontkovic fondly recalls singing karaoke with her sister, Leah Freidhoff, in their parents’ basement. The scene is an easy one to picture: two teenagers holding microphones, giggling a little as lines of lyrics slide up and onto their television screen.

While it may seem that the only games people play these days are electronic ones, millions of adults, kids and families alike play games of all sorts – unplugged. According to the website Ranker, an online voting community that ranks everything from movies to sports, the best board game of a…

The Johnstown region is quickly becoming known for its amazing outdoor amenities and the many festivals and events taking place in and around the city. While most opportunities take place during the summer months, plenty of activities await the adventurous during the winter months as well.

Vote for the Best Of Johnstown! You know what makes this city such a great place to live, so go ahead and vote! Last day to vote is April 17. Results appear in the June 2020 Johnstown Magazine.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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Johnstown Magazine is a positive and forward-thinking monthly publication for the people of our region. Focusing on lifestyle pieces, biographies, food and drink and more, we cover the Greater Johnstown area and the residents that make it unique.