The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 10, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-10 | Thanks to all, cruise-in was successful

JOHNSTOWN — On behalf of all the club members, I would like to express our thanks to those who attended the cruise-in on June 28. It was sponsored by Flood City Region of  the Antique Auto Club of America and held on the grounds of the University Park Church of God in Richland Township.

Being a small organization, we didn’t quite know what to expect, since this was Thunder in the Valley weekend with a lot of activities going on. We were pleasantly surprised to have more than 60 cars driving in for the evening.

The food was devoured, the weather was perfect and all attending seemed to enjoy themselves.

It was nice to see people sitting under the trees talking and reminiscing. It reminded me of days gone by when neighbors would gather on front porches for a cold drinks while sharing stories and solving the world’s problems.

Your patronage was greatly appreciated and we hope to see you again at 6 p.m. July 26.

Mary Alice Mihalko

Secretary of Flood City Region

of the Antique Auto Club of America

Facts inaccurate about charter schools

In reference to the Readers’ Forum letter by Sam Contakos on June 16, “Cyber, charter schools not worth money,” he might want to get his facts correct before submitting inaccurate information.

I am a former private-school teacher. I have experience in home schooling and in public, private, Christian, charter and cyber schools.

I have sons who have been home-schooled, private-schooled, Christian-schooled and cyber-schooled.

My students have tested well-above average, proficient and advanced in Terra Novas, PSSAs, PSATs, SATs and ACTs.

Since I left my teaching position, I tutor and I am an instructional coach for many cyber school students.

Many of them were not doing well in brick-and-mortar public schools, and they often were put in special classes. These same students have started taking college classes at Penn State, Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah Christian College and Valley Forge Christian College in their junior years of high school.

My youngest son, a student at Commonwealth Connections Academy, will probably graduate this year with at least 45 college credits from local colleges, if not an associate degree.

I helped instruct 12 charter school students in grades 10-12. All but two students received proficient or above on their PSSAs and Keystone testing. Some of the ninth- and 10th-graders scored perfect on sections of the college board PSATs. The test is given to 11th graders nationally.

Dawn D. Monelli

Monelli Educational Services

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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