The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 15, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-15 | Golf clubs dedicated to helping school teams

Submitted by Readers

— As a second-year high school golf coach blessed with good players and fortunate enough to advance to the state championships this year, I’ve come to appreciate what many do not see in this process – the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of several local golf clubs to make all this possible.

I therefore wish to publicly recognize the following golf courses for their participation in the playoff events, which ultimately culminated with the state championships at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York: Summit Country Club in Cresson for hosting the sectional tournament; Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg for hosting the districts; and Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville for hosting the regionals.

The high school playoffs are not only disruptive to these clubs’ membership but also costly financially as each club donates their course, free of charge, for the 1-2 day event. To the clubs, their staffs, members and governing boards – thank you so much for your generosity, for providing top-notch and challenging venues, and for being so gracious and accommodating to the players, coaches and family members who participated in this year’s events.

Tom Aurandt

Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg

Essential for nation to rebuild its values

With the presidential election and endless campaigning over, calls for political reconciliation are starting to be heard.

While this election cycle had many divisive issues present, simply running backward on our beliefs to achieve bipartisanship is not always in the best interest.

Some issues are so fundamental to a healthy society and a successful American future that retreating from our ideals should not be an option.

The respect and sanctity of human life, fiscal responsibility both in personal and government affairs and freedom of religion (including freedom from government meddling) are all affairs that have been polluted by the needs and selfishness of individuals, rather than the values on which our country was built.

Compromises must be made at times, but not when they will lead to negative consequences. For many, this will be a trying time due to being ostracized because of our beliefs and not following the “new way” of society and the elected political class.

May we all have the fortitude to stand up for what is right and good.

Christopher Farabaugh


Heather’s Cup aids Ellyana’s health battle

There’s truly a sense of community and caring in our area. Last weekend was living proof.

The fourth annual Heather’s Cup was held at Chestnut Ridge High School on Nov. 4 in honor of Heather Miller, a beautiful young girl who passed away in 2010 from Ewings sarcoma.

Heather’s Cup is held each year to raise money for Heather’s Haven and a local child and family in need.

Our daughter, Ellyana, was the local child who benefited from this year’s event, and it is important for community members to know just how much we appreciate and commend their efforts.

Eight youth football teams participated in the tournament and were excellent, respectable representations of the families we have in our area. Special thanks to the teams from Chestnut Ridge, Ferndale Area, Westmont, Northern Bedford, Meyersdale Area, Everett Area, Hollidaysburg Area and Tussey Mountain.

Food, money, gift baskets, time and much more were donated by schools, businesses, churches, groups and families far and wide. Everyone made us feel welcome and supported – the prayer circle was beyond words and left us absolutely speechless.

As we continue to seek medical treatment for Elly’s cardiac, GI and vision problems, we know she has a team of well-wishers around her. We just can’t thank you enough for your support and prayers.

This event means more to us than you will ever know.

In Heather’s memory, we are reminded of one important thing: FROG – Fully Rely on God!

Nicole, Eric and Elly Dull


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