Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy officials said Thursday that the agency is offering an emergency shelter for the disabled in times of need.

The shelter – at UCP, 119 Jari Drive in Richland Township – is the first for the handicapped to be offered under the direction of the federal Emergency Management Agency. It will be open to the public during emergencies in the region.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Marjorie Theys at 262-9600, ext. 407, or e-mail sgilmore@alucp.org.



Band benefit to aid memorial fund

The Pony Club Lounge will host a benefit show for Aaron Borodach on Saturday featuring local bands Shades of June, Inside Out and Pivot.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the first band taking the stage at 8:30. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Aaron Borodach Memorial Fund. Borodach, of Richland Township, died July 9 as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation but is unable to attend the benefit show, may do so by sending the donation to: The Aaron Borodach Memorial Fund, c/o Somerset Trust, Attn: Diane, 1416 Scalp Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15904.



Knoll in Md. hospital for cancer treatment

HARRISBURG – Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll has been in a Baltimore hospital for days getting intensive treatment for cancer, Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday.

Rendell said Knoll has been in the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center for 10 days to two weeks. He said there is no prognosis.

“I think the doctors feel that’s the best setting for her to get the kind of intensive treatment she needs,” Rendell said at a news conference on an unrelated topic.

The hospital has referred questions about Knoll to the governor’s office.

Knoll, 78, revealed in an August letter on her Web site that she had been diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.



Jeweler receives thanks for dog funds

EBENSBURG – Eyes shining and tail wagging, Alli couldn’t wait for the Cambria Township supervisors to present a thank-you plaque to Fran Decker, a jewelry store owner who donated the funds to purchase and train the young police dog.

Bringing up the rear at Monday’s meeting was township police Officer James McGough, now Alli’s partner.

Alli, with wagging tail, and McGough, with words, thanked the supervisors and Decker Diamond Jewelers for providing the canine addition to the police force.

Alli graduated in the spring from six weeks of police canine training in Ohio and is doing continued training once a week in Johnstown.



Cambria Township hires officer worker

EBENSBURG – Cambria Township supervisors have hired Susan Mazenko as a part-time office worker at the rate of $9 per hour.

They previously hired another person who declined the position.



Pharmacists will answer med queries

As part of National Hospital and Health System Pharmacy Week, hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at Memorial Medical Center’s Main Campus Atrium.

The pharmacists and technicians will answer questions and speak to people about many issues regarding medications, including the intended outcome of a medication and any possible reactions or side effects, how medications should be stored, what foods or activities to avoid and what to do if you miss a dose.

Information and tools to help people better track their medication usage will be available.



Web site provides law enforcement info

EBENSBURG – The District Attorney’s Office has a Web site that provides information on various law-enforcement-related subjects as well as Internet links, DA Patrick Kiniry said Wednesday.

The site – cambriacountyda.org – provides access to Cambria County’s criminal court calendar that shows when proceedings are scheduled and hotlines of agencies for quick reference.

Links are provided to the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System, SAVIN, and to Victim Services Inc. and the Women’s Help Center.

A hotline to the county’s drug task force also is on the site.

Kiniry said no taxpayer money is involved.



Singer to present program at IUP

INDIANA – Singer, songwriter and lecturer Meredith Levande will present a program titled “Women, Pop Music and Pornography” at IUP.

The program, part of the university’s Six O’Clock Series, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building’s Ohio Room.

The program is free to the community, and parking on campus is free after 5 p.m.

Information: Center for Student Life, (724) 357-4799.



Johnstown alumni conduct member drive

The Greater Johnstown High School Alumni Association is conducting its annual membership drive.

In honor of the 1958 undefeated Johnstown football team, a life membership in the Association is $58 throughOct. 31.

The association, a volunteer organization of graduates and friends of Johnstown Central High School and its successor, Greater Johnstown High School, is committed to projecting the tradition and the pride of their high school years into a viable support arm for today’s students.

Individuals who join receive a membership card, an alumni lapel pin and the quarterly newsletter GJHS Alumni News.

Those wishing to join can contact the association at 533-5601, ext. 1001, or e-mail alumni@gjsd.net.



Altoona police arrest man in gorilla suit

ALTOONA – An Altoona man who went to buy cigarettes in a gorilla suit now is accused of receiving stolen property.

Altoona police say they noticed 20-year-old Brian Hoover walking down the city’s Sixth Avenue just after midnight Wednesday dressed as an ape. When they stopped Hoover, police discovered he was wanted for receiving stolen property. He was charged and released on bond.

Police say Hoover told them he had gone to the convenience store in disguise because his girlfriend had bet him he wouldn’t do it.

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