The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 16, 2013

Laurels and barbs

— Laurel: An emerging project might have the recipe for success. The Greater Prospect Co-Op will have students in Greater Johnstown High School’s culinary arts program create fresh meals to sell in the co-op’s store. The project also will allow high school business academy students to learn about keeping financial records, organizing workers and other tasks associated with management positions.

Barb: Downtown Johns-town took another hit last week, as the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 526 Main St. closed. Just a few weeks after the downtown got another lunch option in Rocco’s Submarine Sandwiches, which is located at 345 Main St., it loses one with the closing of KFC. It’s almost enough to make us lose our appetite.

Laurel: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center could play a role in the future of cardiac care. The Johnstown hospital is one of 500 medical facilities around the world participating in a study that looks at treatment options for the primary type of coronary artery disease. Dr. Robert Stenberg, one of the study’s leaders, said that it’s an honor for Memorial to be included in the effort. We agree.

Barb: Criminals owe the state an estimated $780 million in restitution, according to a task force report. A story by The Associated Press says that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency lists 47 ways that the state could address the problem. They include garnishing paychecks and suspending state-issued licenses. Why did it require a study, which was paid for by a $90,000 federal grant, to come up with those common-sense ideas?

Laurel: Bedford County’s Chestnut Ridge became just the second District 5 squad to win a medal at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships. The Lions capped an impressive dual-meet season by placing fourth in the state and now sport a 24-3 record. Congratulations to coach Greg Lazor’s team on a fine season.

Barb: David James Prushnok of Indiana County must not know the old saying of “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The 21-year-old is accused of attempting to steal $392.91 in merchandise by taking it to the service desk of a Walmart store in White Township without purchasing it. The amazing part is that police said Prushnok had successfully pulled off a similar theft of $296.71 a day earlier.

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