Residents of Johnstown’s West End are planning a reunion – in cyberspace.

The Morrellville-Oakhurst Revitalization Association is proposing a Web site that will allow those who once called the West End home to list their names, former addresses and other information.

Current residents also can participate in the online community. It’s a chance to reminisce and swap stories, said Marie Mock, the association’s secretary/treasurer.

“I thought it would be a neat thing to do,” Mock said. “People say, ‘I grew up there. I remember this, I remember that.’ ”

The site,, is expected to be running in a few months.

Organizers are soliciting old photos of the West End for use on the site.

Mock is asking anyone with photos to contact her at 539-0181.

The association also is hoping to use the Web site as a fundraiser by incorporating some sort of donation feature.

“We’re going to keep going, finding new things to do,” Mock said. “And we can’t keep asking the same businesses for donations.”

Since reorganizing last year, the volunteer group has been active. Recent projects include installation of flower boxes and new landscaping.

The association also is leading an effort to revamp the Fairfield Avenue skate park. City officials have moved the park to another part of Bheam School playground.

Volunteers are raising money to build a children’s play area at the playground, and they also plan landscaping work.

“This will offer a dual purpose – create a sound barrier for the homes in the area and make the playground aesthetically appealing to the neighborhood,” Mock said.

The skate-park project likely will be completed next summer, Mock said.

Organizers are seeking volunteers as well as rakes and gas-powered trimmers. Gloves, bags, lunch and drinks will be provided, Mock said. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. in a parking area behind Greater Johnstown Middle School, 280 Decker Ave.

The Morrellville-Oakhurst Revitalization Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church, 246 Chandler Ave. Dan Kanuch, Johnstown Housing Authority executive director, is the scheduled speaker Sept. 5.

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