Laurel: Hats off to the employees of the Greater Johnstown Water Authority and the city. The workers braved below-zero temperatures to repair waterline breaks last week in Cambria City and the West End section of Johnstown.
Laurel: Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory recently shipped about
3,000 stockings filled with supplies to service members overseas. It was the ninth year for the Stockings for Soldiers program. “The community gets behind this and supports the cause,” said Bill Hindman, president and owner of the funeral homes.
Barb: Two Bedford County residents are accused of operating a methamphetamine lab near Hopewell. Nicholas Andrew Lazor, 24, and Billie Jo Leroy, 48, were charged after state police say they discovered an active “one pot” meth lab in a home in Broad Top Township.
Laurel: The Johnstown Cinderella Project collected more than 70 gowns as well as shoes, jewelry and accessories at the annual American Red Cross Lifesaver’s Ball at Richland Township Fire Department. The American Red Cross received 47 pints of blood at the event. The Cinderella Project will offer the dresses to girls and women. Try-on days will be held March 10 and 17 at the Greater Johnstown YWCA.
Laurel: Milestones were reached in the basketball court and wrestling mat during the past week. Pitt-Johnstown’s Olivia McCabe, a Portage graduate, became the 37th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with a 19-point effort against Gannon. Jess Kovatch, a junior at St. Francis, had a school-record 10 3-pointers during a 39-point game against St. Francis-Brooklyn. And North Star’s wrestling squad pinned down the program’s 700th victory at the Line Mountain Duals.
Laurel: The former Gander Mountain store in Richland Township is scheduled to reopen by the end of May as Gander Outdoors. The Richland location, which closed in August, was one of more than 100 to shut during the summer. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and Good Sam, bought the rights and assets of the Gander Mountain chain at a bankruptcy auction.
Laurel: Cambria County District Judge Susan Gindlesperger and Sheriff Bob Kolar were sworn in to their positions during a ceremony at the county courthouse in Ebensburg. Gindlesperger replaces the retired John Barron. Kolar was first elected sheriff in 1997. In Somerset County, former county Solicitor Dan Rullo, now a Court of Common Pleas judge, was among the elected officials to be sworn in.
Barb: State police said a wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed a woman in Bedford Township. Police said Ryan Karns, 34, of Altoona was passing vehicles in a no-passing zone on Route 220. As he attempted to re-enter his lane, Karns’ pickup hit a vehicle that was driven by Jennifer Kania, police said. Kania was pronounced dead at the scene.
Laurel: Tom Haberkorn has led an effort to collect artwork to fill empty wall space at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Johnstown. Haberkorn compiled 22 photos and built frames for them to be hung at the clinic. “I want to make it something that they can feel comfortable with when they come here,” he said.
Laurel: To the life of Art Dorrington, the first black player to sign an NHL contract who spent two seasons in the 1950s with the Johnstown Jets, died Dec. 29 at the age of 87. Dorrington was known as the “Jackie Robinson of Hockey” for being the first black professional player in the United States.