The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 4, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-4 | Families thankful for prayers, love

JOHNSTOWN — The Lichty and Freiwald families express their deepest gratitude to everyone in the local community, and those beyond the borders of the valley, who offered unbelievable support both emotionally and spiritually with their prayers and the outpouring of generous donations.

It is truly amazing to us the amount of support we are experiencing in the days following the tragic accident resulting in the loss of our two beautiful “angels,” Ryleigh and Mikayla.

To so many members of the local community and those abroad who took a moment to pay their respects, we say thank you.

We want to offer special words of appreciation to the police, fire and emergency services departments, and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and its staff for their outstanding service and care.

We cannot express enough thanks to the Hindman family for their thoughtful service and professional guidance at such a vulnerable time. To the special friends (you know who you are) who have given so much time and service to see that the burden of our everyday needs are met, we love you and thank you.

Words cannot fully express how grateful we are for the kind thoughts, prayers and displays of love. They will never be forgotten.

We will be facing challenging days ahead. As we face each new day after such a devastating tragedy, we ask for continued support, prayers and the grace we need to move forward in our healing process.

Lichty and Freiwald families


Just cheering players, not taunting anyone

I just wanted to share my feelings about going to ball games to support our young athletes. Never did I ever imagine it was a crime to support our local boys, particularly those in the Johnstown Colt League.

I have been a fan of all sports for many years, yelling words of encouragement and support whether my allegiance would be for the Vikings of Shanksville or PNA Pony League, and now the Clippers team in the Colt League.

All the boys, their coaches and parents appreciate me cheering. I have been given nicknames such as Aunt Jean the Viking, the Polish Hurricane and now, the Jolly Clipper.

I love all the kids, and it is all in fun.

Kudos to those who play and to their families as well.

Never have I ever tried to tick off anyone or taunt any of the players. It is in fun. My voice is loud and carries. If I used profanity, or argued the decisions made by the umpires, I could see why there would be reason for concern, because that would be unruly behavior and unsportsmanlike. But I don't. I just cheer loudly for my boys. And don’t say I am taunting the other teams. I am appalled.

I know I have the support of the parents, the players and their coaches. I will be back to support those boys in full voice and spirit.

Good luck to all the teams.

Jean Hulda


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