The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 21, 2013

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Sacred Christmas music will waft from Westmont Presbyterian Church as the congregation offers the community its holiday gift. The concert, featuring the 35-voice chancel choir and the 25-member children’s choir, will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. We hope it fills everyone who listens with peace and goodwill.

Laurel: A Portage landmark is reopening under new ownership. Brian Feist, a former Cambria County Emergency Services director, is taking over the reins of Sassy Sisters Restaurant in Portage. Feist and his wife, Jan, are planning to reopen Jan. 8 with almost the exact menu that Sassy Sisters offered. “My wife and I decided it was a good fit,” Feist said. “We had a chance to buy a business that was successful.” We’re glad that a local business is being reopened and we wish Feist and his wife good luck with their venture.

Barb: A Windber woman is in hot water for trying to make an illegal withdrawal from a local bank. Police allege that a package of illegal drugs sent from Las Vegas was supposed to arrive at First Commonwealth Bank on Menoher Boulevard. A woman at the bank said the package, containing marijuana, was intended for her daughter, Devin Tori Constentine, 22, of First St. The suspicious package, however, was delivered to 1st Summit Bank, across the street. Constentine faces drug charges.

Laurel: Congratulations to Terri Gelormino, the first woman to bowl a 300 game in a United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned game at Richland Lanes. Gelormino had a little help from her family, more specifically her daughter, because she was 71⁄2 months pregnant with Olivia at the time. “I didn’t think that it would ever happen with me being pregnant, but I kept my mind straight,” Gelormino said. We wonder at what sport little Olivia will be skilled?

Laurel: The Rotary Club of Johnstown is reaching halfway around the world to offer aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The local club is funding a ShelterBox, which provides emergency shelter and living supplies, to a family devastated by the storm. “They’re (ShelterBox) similar to the Red Cross or Salvation Army, but they can get there quicker,” said Rotary member Donna Gambol. Every ShelterBox includes a tent and can include a cook stove, water filtration system and emergency food appropriate to the region. We appreciate the efforts of the local Rotary Club to ease the suffering of others.

Barb: Two trusted employees of a Nanty Glo business have been charged with stealing from the company. Audits by a local firm have determined that manager Kimberly Ann McCachren allegedly pocketed approximately $55,000 and another manager, Ronda Garver, made off with approximately $60,000 from Direct Value Outlet on William Penn Avenue. Both have been charged by Jackson Township police with theft by deception, conspiracy to commit theft, theft by unlawful taking

and receiving stolen property. The pair allegedly fabricated a false refund scheme.

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