The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 12, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Concurrent Technologies Corp. has been recognized for its commitment to veterans. CTC has been ranked as the 11th best business nationally to hire returning veterans. Twenty-two percent of CTC’s workforce is veterans, according to Military Times. More than 50 percent of all new hires this past year had military experience.

Laurel: Altar boys from across the country recently gathered at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown’s West End neighborhood for the 75th annual Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA’s Altar Boys Retreat. Young men ages 8 to 18 gathered for fun and spiritual strengthening. “These are our future priests,” said the Rev. Robert Buczak. The diocese also hosted its first young ladies’ retreat, held at the cathedral.

Barb: A scam that snagged about 16 truckers was busted by Pennsylvania State Police. It involved commercial truck drivers who needed physical exams to keep their drivers’ licenses. A billboard at a central Pennsylvania truck stop advertised low-cost checkups. A California trucker who scheduled an appointment was examined by Joann Wingate of Carlisle, a chiropractor with forged credentials. The trucker became suspicious after California authorities alerted him to irregularities in his paperwork. He notified state police, who uncovered the ruse.

Laurel: A Somerset County business is benefiting from the Marcellus Shale gas boom. J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers is outfitting 11 commercial dump trucks to run on compressed natural gas, extracted from the Marcellus Shale deposits. The work order came from MJF Materials, a New Jersey-based company. J&J has hired 30 new employees to install the natural gas fuel systems.

 Laurel: Sherri Rae, director of Pitt-Johnstown’s Office of Student Life and the RealWorld Action Program, was honored recently with the Service to Community Award. The citation, presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board, recognizes students, faculty and staff who have contributed to the quality of life in the region. Rae volunteers with Special Olympics, Goodwill GoodGuides, the YWCA’s Rise and Shine Girls Mentoring Program, Cuddles for Kids Toy Drive and Children and Youth Services’ Gift Drive.

Laurel: A retired school police officer was feted for his role in capturing a 16-year-old student who was charged in a stabbing rampage in April. William “Buzz” Yakshe received the Regional Exceptional Service Award given by the National Association of School Resources Officers. Yakshe subdued Alex Hribal following his assault on 20 classmates at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.

Barb: Two Cambria County women have been sentenced to probation for committing welfare fraud. The Office of the Inspector General contends that Courtney J. Petrore of Conemaugh accepted more than $18,000 in medical assistance benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. She must pay full restitution along with court costs, fines and fees. And Jawanna L. Phillips of Johnstown allegedly received $1,950 in cash-assistance benefits. She also must pay full restitution, court costs, fees and fines.

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