The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 5, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Alex Shumaker of Punxsutawney may have made the loudest noise during Thunder in the Valley. The 8-year-old was guest drummer for the local rock band Inside Out. The self-taught percussionist has been onstage with Jefferson Starship and he emulates Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. “Make sure your shoes are tight enough,” Inside Out guitarist Jay Snyder said, “because they’re going to fly off. He’s good.” Alex has a promising future if he sticks with drums.

Laurel: A tribute to five Pennsylvania sailors has been placed in Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy. The five fallen warriors were among 74 crewmen who lost their lives when the ship they were aboard, USS Frank E. Evans, was sliced in two by an Australian ship in the South China Sea in 1969. The USS Frank D. Evans Association is placing monuments in each home state in honor of the crew.

Barb: Some people don’t know when to surrender. While attempting to arrest Jonathan Michael Timulak of Boswell, state police allege that he bit one trooper and kicked another. Timulak was stopped on suspicion of driving while in-toxicated. He was finally subdued and jailed. Police are available to serve and protect, not to be abused.

Laurel: Sam Lafferty’s emotions were probably sky-high after the Pittsburgh Penguins selected the right winger during the NHL Draft. Lafferty, who hails from Hollidaysburg, scored 95 points and 38 goals in three seasons at Deerfield Academy. He will play his collegiate hockey for Brown University. We hope to see him in CONSOL Energy Center soon.

Laurel: The Patton Youth Association will be able to make much-need improvements to its two athletic fields now that it has received a Fields for Kids matching grant. The money is from Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The youth group serves 145 children.

Laurel: Speaking of philanthropists, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has named eight new interns to its Youth Philanthropy Internship program. The interns will learn about philanthropy, community needs and the effective use of media during their eight-week learning session. Congratulations to Mikella Buncich, Ryan King, Dan Klein, Nathan Madison, Abi Paonessa, Jonathan Skufca, Liz Stiffler and Kaitlyn Thomas.

Barb: A Blair County businessman has been ordered to trial because he allegedly hid a camera in a company restroom to record employees. Police said Daniel Cowan of Hollidaysburg,

owner of Altoona Builders Exchange, acknowledged hiding the camera in a bag of pine cones in a rest-room. An employee notified police after seeing the camera.

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