The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 2, 2013

Readers' Forum 4-2 | A good start toward transparency


— Wishing Tomahawks best on quest

Congratulations to the Johnstown Tomahawks on making the NAHL playoffs in their first season in the War Memorial Arena.

It was my honor to broadcast the games on Fast Hockey for the Tomahawks early in the season. I was impressed with the commitment of the front office and coaching staff and the professionalism and kindness of the Tomahawks' organization. I wish them nothing but the best, on and off the ice.

I’ve had many experiences as a member of the sports media as a writer and broadcaster, covering everything from major sports, including a stint covering the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers for The Tribune-Democrat, to the high schools.

The Tomahawks continued to provide joys and wonderful experiences for me, from covering Mario Lemieux’s appearance on opening day to calling a game with Bob Grove to working in the same press box as Jim Carr of “Slap Shot” fame while associating with top-notch sportswriters such as Mike Mastovich.

I spent February calling baseball games in the Texas Winter League and look forward to returning to Harlingen in May to call the games of the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings minor league baseball team this season.

But I have always believed western Pennsylvania was the best sports area in the country. To be able to be the play-by-play announcer of one of the region’s teams was a dream come true, and I want to wish the best to the Tomahawks in their quest for the Robertson Cup.

Marky Billson


City View was a special place

I have been a resident of Johnstown since 1982, when my husband was transferred here from another Pennsylvania town.

When we had out-of-town visitors, we always took them to lunch at City View and were proud to show off our special town.

Now I can take them to one of our special fast-food stops to show off our “special town.”

Thanks a lot, “el cheapo” Johnstown.

Barbara Weidner


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