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The African American Heritage Society (AAHS) bids farewell to Rev. James Johnson and his wife, Dr. Shirley Johnson, and thanks them for making a difference at the First Cambria AME Zion Church and in the Johnstown community. What a difference they have made in the 12 years, serving the community.

President Donald Trump on June 16 unveiled a plan to make reforms in police departments and acknowledged for the first time the existence of “systemic racism.” He also promised to meet with some African American families whose relatives have been killed by police officers.

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When I was much younger, my mother worked for a rural United Methodist parish that had black pastor who served several churches in small, neighboring communities.

I’m pleased to read that Republican leaders in the White House and on Capitol Hill want to take a pause before enacting more coronavirus stimulus spending.

The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have been diagnosed…

With 2020 hindsight, a decade from now, we will want to look back not in anger and anxiety, but in relief and recognition that we struggled past the present precipice and worked for a better world.

This Week's Circulars


Michael Joseph, 11:00 a.m. Funeral mass celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber, committal All Faiths Chapel & Mausoleum, Richland Township. (Meek & Dalla Valle)

Alice Ada "Babe", Funeral Mass, 10 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nanty Glo.

William G., 67 of Johnstown. Friends received Tuesday 1p.m. up until the time of service at 3p.m. at Geisel Funeral Home- Johnstown. Please visit www.geiselfh.com for complete obituary.

MCCOMBIE[mdash] Imogene 93, Nicktown, passed away July 1, 2020, at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. Born August 12, 1926 in Nicktown, the daughter of George and Anna (Walch) Kritzer. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Edwin J. McCombie who died August 31, 1995; infant brother, John Henry …