The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 26, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-26 | Make it a point to attend Thunder

— Hats off to another year of great times and fantastic music of Thunder in the Valley.

Thanks to all the people who gave their time to put on such a wonderful weekend, especially the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which initiated all the activities that took place in Johnstown.

This is a good rally with great music, and you can’t beat the price (free), so I encourage all who have never been there to consider it next year and help to keep it alive by going downtown and participate in the festivities.

Keep up the great work .

Jeff Blough


Upstreaming Thunder a reconnect to home

I was born and raised in Johnstown, in a section called Walnut Grove.

I lived in Johnstown until a few years ago, when, because of health problems,  my husband and I moved to Florida to live with our daughter.

I had been so homesick, until I found Thunder in the Valley by upstreaming on the computer. It was so nice to see parts of home again. It took away a little of the homesickness.

And I never miss reading The Tribune-Democrat on the Internet.

Ken and Shirley Kelley

Province, Fla.

Thunder a pox upon Johnstown

The past couple of years I wrote to The Tribune-Democrat on Thunder in the Valley being an eyesore for the city. It lowers our values and brings undesirables into the city and the surrounding areas. But now it hit home.

On Wednesday before it started, I went downtown to the Tribune to pay on my ad. I pulled onto a side street. There were no orange cones, no ropes, no “No Parking” signs, just plain bags over the meters. You could not even park at the free spot in front of the Tribune’s doors. It was blocked by a van taking items to the park.

I parked at a meter, because the ad had to be paid. I did see a meter maid across the street, who could have told me not to park there or I would get a ticket.

I got a $25 ticket for being in the Tribune only five minutes. I bet if I had a motorcycle, I would have just gotten a warning.

No one tried to help me. It is sad. I have  lived here all my life and have always paid my taxes. I used to be proud to say I was from Johnstown. Right now, I am not. When you put a disgraceful event in front of your hometown people, it is wrong.

Renee A. Hale


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