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January 16, 2014

Readers' Forum 1-16 | Life's lessons from dad

JOHNSTOWN — I have learned so much from my dad. Lessons that shape the choices I make. I choose to smile and find something to laugh about every day. I choose to not put myself down, to be confident and OK with who I am. I choose to dream big and do everything I can to make that dream come true. I choose to care deeply for others and give what I have to those who may need it more.

My father is so much more than a father. He is a caring, loving, gentle, funny, hard-working man. A man with a terminal illness. A man who is faced with his own mortality on a daily basis. If that doesn’t take strength and courage, then I don’t know what does.

Because of my dad, I have most importantly learned that life is wonderful. I have learned that life is full of amazing people who genuinely care. I have learned that life isn’t always fair but that the relationships you make will get you through. I have learned that my life would be empty if it weren’t for the family and friends I share it with.

We will never ever get back this moment, so I choose to live, laugh and love every chance I get. I owe it to my dad – we all owe it to someone – to be grateful for everything we have and to enjoy every passing moment that we are alive.

Thank you, dad. I love you. No one fights alone.

Jennifer Mahon


Lower Yoder on top of snow removal

The residents of Lower Yoder Township are blessed indeed in at least one respect: During weather emergencies, the township’s snow-clearance system is superb.

The system is activated immediately when the first snowflake falls and remains tirelessly on the job, around the clock, until all the snow is removed from the roadways.

There have actually been times when I’ve missed the weather forecasts during the evening or the late news and have learned of a snowstorm in the middle of the night simply by the sound of the Lower Yoder Township snowplows clearing the streets outside my home. My hat is off to the township’s dedicated personnel.

In a related topic, and as you might have already guessed, I live in Lower Yoder Township. My home is located about 200 feet outside the city limits.

Having said that, I also should point out a discernable difference between the snow removal procedures in Johnstown and Lower Yoder Township. Occasionally, there have been times when out-of-town guests have been visiting and have noticed that at precisely the city line the road conditions deteriorate, noticeably and dramatically.

It’s recently been pointed out to me, however, that while the city’s snow-removal system is quite a bit slower than the systems in either Lower Yoder Township or the outlying neighborhoods, the city’s system is remarkably efficient in its own way and doesn’t just pave paths through the snow – it removes all traces of snow entirely.

The snow-clearance system in the City of Johnstown is called “summer.”    

Carl Schultz


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