The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 27, 2013

Laurels and barbs

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Johnstown’s Stone Bridge was lit recently with green, white and red lights – the colors of the Italian flag – in memory of beloved restaurateur Ignazio Panebianco, who lost his decade-long battle with brain tumors. Panebianco, a native of Italy, was owner of Numero Uno in Westmont. It was a touching tribute by Johnstown Area Heritage Association, which administers the lights.

Laurel: A popular obstacle course that tests the limits of adventure seekers and fitness enthusiasts added another twist. Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s inaugural Mud on the Mountain in the Dark will be held during the dark of night. The physically strenuous event will begin at 9 p.m. Aug. 17. “We are always looking for ways to up the ante on adventure and excitement,” said Alex Moser, Seven Springs’ marketing director. The contest, which until now has been held during the daylight, has attracted as many as 3,789 participants. The course is 6.42 miles in length and contains 20 obstacles. Feeling adventurous?

Barb: A Bethlehem-area woman will face trial for allegedly assaulting a garbage man because he didn’t pick up her trash. According to court records, Sarah Hart didn’t have her garbage at curbside at the appropriate time on May 15. Authorities allege she then brought it to the driveway and ordered the trash hauler to pick it up with his teeth. “You drive a garbage truck and I drive a Range Rover,” she told the hauler. She then broke one of his teeth when she hit him in the face, police said. Who does she think she is?

Laurel: Congratulations to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, which has been recognized for its affordability by the U.S. Department of Education. The college ranks 28th in the nation for the lowest net price of two-year public schools and first in the same category in the state, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics. “This recognition is a testament to ... our institution’s commitment to providing an affordable education,” college President Walter Asonevich said. Penn Highlands serves about 2,000 students at its four campuses.

Laurel: Baseball and softball players have another indoor facility in which to perfect their skills. Les Gaunt and Mark Hrivnak opened Fielderz Choice recently in the West End section of Johnstown. “It was something that was needed in this area,” Gaunt said. The facility features live batting practice, a pitching machine and other baseball aids. It hosts a plyometics class and hopes to offer Zumba soon.

Barb: A Confluence man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, disorderly conduct and other traffic citations. An everyday occurrence, you say? Except William Dale Bisel Jr.’s blood-alcohol level was 0.454 percent. Bisel Jr., 38, was stopped by police after he was spotted drinking as he followed a firemen’s parade in Berlin. He allegedly told police that he had downed six beers. He also told police he had to meet someone at the end of the parade route. Glad that meeting was intercepted.

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