Laurel: Hoping a visual message makes a more powerful impact than the spoken word, the Cambria County Crime Stoppers are exhibiting a wrecked vehicle throughout the county in an effort to get motorists to pledge not to text and drive. The first stop was Westmont Hilltop High School. “What we want to do is make this very visible and show this is what can happen when you text and drive,” said state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont. That should be a promise every one of us supports.
Laurel: We congratulate Emma Noonan of Johnstown for taking the reins of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. The Penn State grad will be responsible for exhibits, scheduling lectures and seminars and working hand-in-hand with the museum’s auxiliary. She leaves her post as activities director at Bottle Works in Johnstown.
Barb: There was one sour note during all the excitement of Hockeyville. Derick Keith Unger of Clarion Street, Johns-town, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Johnstown police officer who was trying to remove him from the War Memorial Arena for causing a disturbance during the celebration. Authorities said Unger refused to leave the door area used by the Zamboni. He purportedly struck an officer before he was handcuffed and removed from the building.
Laurel: A 24/7 gymnasium has its sights set on the region. Planet Fitness is remodeling space beside Gander Mountain along Galleria Drive. The
$3 million facility will feature 120 pieces of exercise equipment, a spa, hydro-massage beds and more. Bob Viani, a franchise co-owner, hopes to employ 21 people. Information is available at www.planetfitness.com.
Laurel: The Quemahoning Family Recreation Area will add amenities to make visitors’ stays that much more pleasant. A small variety store and a changing station have been planned for the recreation area’s main pavilion. Guests have mentioned a need for both facilities. The store will offer snacks, drinks and camping necessities. The changing room will serve those who don’t want to wear a bathing suit to and from the beach.
Barb: Keli Shayne Sullivan of Morgantown, West Virginia, was stopped along Route 281, seeking assistance, when police came to her aid. However, police charged her with driv-ing under the influence of a controlled substance with a
2-year-old child in the vehicle. Sullivan also is accused of endangering the welfare of children.
Laurel: Hoping to piggy-back on the progress of Route 219 south, Continental 1 members have renewed a push in the Ebensburg-Carrolltown area. They are hoping for support from the public, businesses and other interested parties who are willing to form an association in northern Cambria County. “Roads are the rivers of the town,” said Meg Lauerman, Continental 1 executive director. They bring workers, students and tourists, she noted.
Laurel: More than 100 aging tombstones have been restored by the crew at Richland Cemetery. The stones, some dating to the 1820s, are located in a corner tract near the Scalp Avenue access. Several of the markers were broken and others were toppled. The broken stones were made whole with steel pins and adhesive. We commend the workers for restoring the graves.
Barb: John Lewis Gerholt Sr. was denied in his bid to challenge his no-contest plea. The prisoner claims that he didn’t understand what he was pleading to and his attorneys were ineffective during his trial for killing his estranged wife Karen in the parking lot of a Bedford County McDonald’s, where she was employed. “He continues to profess his innocence even after entering his plea,” said Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins.
Laurel: It’s not often that a high school junior makes such an impression on the football field that he is courted by a Division I powerhouse, but that is what has happened to Collin Smith of Ligonier Valley. Smith has been contacted by Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the Michigan University Wolverines. Michigan sees the 6-foot, 194-pound standout as a safety.