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June 7, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: If all goes according to plans, veterans soon will be receiving discounts on goods and services in Cambria County. The Department of Veterans Services is soliciting businesses to participate. Tom Caulfield, a veterans’ advocate, said the discount program would be an economic boost for businesses.

Laurel: Senior citizen centers in Cambria and Somerset counties received some good news recently. The Windber center has secured a $58,619 state grant to upgrade and purchase exercise equipment. And the Northern Cambria center landed an $86,640 grant to develop a parking lot on county-owned land adjacent to the center.

Laurel: While we’re on the topic of seniors, checks will be made available to seniors so they can purchase fresh, locally grown produce. The program is a coordinated effort of the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Forms will be available at county senior centers and at the Area Agency on Aging, 110 Franklin St., Johnstown.

Barb: What kind of heartless individual would let a 3-year-old wander out of sight and into the middle of a street. Apparently Robin Sabo of the West End section of Johnstown fits that bill. An intoxicated Sabo was charged with child endangerment when officers, who were searching for her, found her walking near Beatrice and Harold avenues. The tot was following about 30 feet behind and in the middle of the street. A candidate for mother of the year she is not.

Barb: A Nanty Glo man has been charged with endangering and sexually exploiting children after he allegedly filmed a child having inappropriate contact with a dog and posted the recording on the Internet. Christopher Sones is scheduled for arraignment later this month.

Laurel: One of Johnstown’s most recognized landmarks now can be seen live on the Internet. Johnstown Area Heritage Association has trained a Web camera on the Stone Bridge, allowing people to view the iconic structure throughout the year, especially when its light scheme changes. The Web address is Check it out, and tell your friends.

Laurel: The next high-tech breakthrough in the world just might be credited to a Ferndale Area student. Last week, third- and fourth-graders put classroom theory on solar power and renewable energy to the test. They created various solar ovens to bake s’mores, popcorn and cookies and compared their results. “It’s science and technology at its finest,” Rachelle Hrabosky, a fourth-grade teacher, said about the project.

Barb: Apparently, heroin dealers in the Pittsburgh area have become so brazen that they displayed T-shirts reading “Bricks R Us.” A large number of drug deals were completed in the open in the Monroeville section of Pittsburgh. Most of the arrogant dealers were rounded up by law enforcement personnel. Maybe while they are in jail they could wear shirts with the slogan “Stupid R Us.”

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Controlling folks moving into city housing.
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