The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 16, 2013

Readers' Forum 12 16 | Preserve the Moxham bus barns

JOHNSTOWN — The sights and sounds of the Cambria County Transit Authority buses pulling into and out of the car barns on Central Avenue, in the Moxham section of Johns-town, soon will be a thing of the past. This time next year, CamTran will no longer call Moxham its home.

With fewer passengers, due to the declining employment rate and less attractions in the city, why do we need a new facility?

But what’s done is done, and now the question is: What will become of the barns? Will they sit empty and rot away?

These buildings are eligible for historic registry and shouldn’t be torn down or changed on the outside.

A few thoughts: The north-side building would be the perfect place for the city garage and a police substation. For the south-side portion, there are many ideas such as an old-time roller-skating rink, a paintball court, a mini-mall, a trolley museum or a museum on Arthur James Moxham’s and Tom Johnson’s railway system, the two men who built Johnstown.

It would be a shame if the leaders of Cambria County do not step up to the plate and do a good deed for the Moxham neighborhood, which has stood by the barns from the very beginning.

As I sit and write these last few lines, I look out my window and see the Moxham bus pulling into the barn with an electronic destination sign reading “Moxham garage.” The countdown is on.

Randy R. Gajewski


Be thankful every day

The Christmas season is upon us as Thanksgiving flew by. Did you stop to thank God for all your blessings or did you forget and your thoughts were about shopping to get the best deals?

We need to stop every day, not just one day a year, to thank God for living in the great United States, with all its flaws.

Please stop and ponder and thank God for sending his dear son, Jesus Christ, who was born in the manger and who grew up to be the savior of the world.

Children need to be taught the true meaning of Christmas – Christ’s birth, Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and all. Many just know about Santa, elves and flying reindeer.

Instead of buying a bunch of stuff for everyone and going broke or charging purchases on credit cards, visit and just spend time together. Agree ahead of time not to buy gifts. Just being together

is more important. Older folks would rather have your presence than presents.

Don’t forget to tell people “merry Christmas,” with an emphasis on Christ. Smile and tell people thanks and that you appreciate them and say “I love you” to those near and dear.

May you have a very blessed and happy Christmas and a great 2014.

Please attend church every week.

Jean McClemens


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