4-year-old shoots

2-year-old, police say

PLUMVILLE – A 2-year-old toddler was shot in the thigh about 3 p.m. Thursday by a 4-year-old, but the injury was not considered life-threatening, state police in Indiana said.

Police said the boy was taken by his mother to Indiana Regional Medical Center, and was expected to be transported to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The accidental shooting took place at the boys’ home along Main Street in Plumville.

The boys had been playing with a loaded handgun when it discharged.

Police said no charges would be filed.

Troopers said no further information would be released.

Somerset to get

$15G grant

SOMERSET – Somerset Borough was awarded a $15,470 grant to demolish and remove a railroad trestle, grade the slope banks, remove sediment bars and place riprap, the state said Thursday.

The trestle is near the CSX railroad yard along South Center Avenue.

Gov. Ed Rendell announced nearly $500,000 in grants statewide to help municipalities improve operations at

17 flood protection projects in 15 counties, but explained that the statewide need for such funding far exceeds what is available.

The state release gave no details of the borough project.

Also, Curwensville Borough in Clearfield County received $8,190 to remove sediment and $33,810 to buy specialized equipment for maintaining vegetative growth.

Salvation Army seeks

more toy donations

The Johnstown Salvation Army is looking for a few more families to purchase a toy or clothing for a needy child this Christmas season.

To select a girl or boy: Stop in at The Salvation Army, 576 Vine St.; e-mail a request to Cindy_Porter@USE.SalvationArmy.org, or fax a request to 536-4785. Gifts are needed by Dec. 10.

Please do not wrap.

The Salvation Army said 1,500 children will be receiving gifts and clothing this Christmas.

IUP hosting

AIDS Day event

INDIANA – In observation of World AIDS Day on Saturday, to support those living with HIV/AIDS and in memory of those who have died from this disease, AWARE peer educators are sponsoring an IUP human red ribbon event.

The event will be held at noon today in the Oak Grove on campus. Participation is open to all. Persons interested in forming the ribbon should come to the Oak Grove wear a red shirt.

Anyone who cannot attend but who want to see the ribbon may access the Oak Grove Cam at www.iup.edu/virtual_tour/grovecam.htm at 12:10 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Malinda Cowles, associate director, IUP Center for Student Life, Health Education and Advocacy:

(724) 357-4799.

Charitable organization gets high marks

The Council on Foundations based in Washington, D.C., has informed the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies that the organization meets the nation’s highest philanthropic standard for quality, integrity and accountability.

The National Standard for U.S. Community Foundations Program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration.

“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Steve Gunderson, Council on Foundations CEO.

Mike Kane, Community Foundation’s president, said the recognition is important because when people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up an annuity they are putting their trust in the foundation.

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for local needs or recommend individual grants.

Police probe

slashed tires

SOMERSET – Borough police are looking for whoever slashed tires on a Dodge pickup and Ford sedan about 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

The incident occurred in the

800 block of East Main Street. The vehicles belonged to Cheryl Roger and George Hollingshead.

Greater Johnstown

Class of ‘83 reunion set

The Greater Johnstown High School Class of 1983 will hold its 25th year reunion the weekend of Oct. 3. Organizers are seeking current contact information for class members.

If you are a 1983 graduate or can provide contact information for a class member, please contact Lisa Rager Dailey at ldailey@atlanticbb.net or call 266-5601.

Annual turf

conference set

Penn State Extension’s Cambria County Extension Office will hold its annual December Turf and Ornamental Update Program from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Imperial Room in Ebensburg.

Topics include: Turf Insect Problems and Pesticide Product Performance, Mite Pests of Evergreens, Broadlead Weed Control in Turf, Making Your Own Pesticide Spill Kit and Personal Protective Equipment, PDA’s PA Plants Website and Emerald Ash Borer and Key Concepts in Implementing a Landscape IPM Program.

Registration before Dec. 7 is $40 and $50 after that date. Fee includes morning refreshments, publications and a steak luncheon meal.

Pesticide credits will be awarded.

For information or to register call 940-5989.

PennDOT releases

winter driving guide

PennDOT has released a new winter driving guide and the creation of an online traveler information section.

The new winter driving guide is available at www.state.pa.us and through PennDOT district offices.

The guide provides winter driving tips and includes a list of what should be included in a simple emergency travel kit.

The new online site provides a variety of useful tools, including current weather-related travel conditions and closures, and is updated every 15 minutes for all state interstates.

The site also provides links to PennDOT traffic cameras, roadway weather information systems and real-time weather conditions. To view the site go to www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “traveler information.”

Another new customer information service that PennDOT offers is an interstate road conditions hotline. Callers can get updated information every 15 minutes on all interstates by calling (888) 783-6783 (in-state calls) or (717) 783-5186 (out of state).

Contractor, council

reach deal on road work

EBENSBURG – Water and sewer work left one borough street in poor condition, and a settlement has been reached with the contractor to correct the surface of Elderwood Drive.

Council approved that arrangement on Monday. The borough will receive $3,300, which will help fund the refurbishment work. A problem area on Manor Drive also will be corrected.

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