The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 27, 2013

Laurels and barbs

The Tribune-Democrat

— Laurel: More than a decade after 9/11 there is still plenty of healing left to be done in Shanksville. Six hundred volunteers turned out for the National Park Foundation’s reforestation effort, “Plant a Tree at Flight 93.” They were scheduled to plant about 35,000 saplings as part of a project that will add 150,000 trees to the reclaimed mine site where Flight 93 crashed in 2001. The project will help heal the ground around the crash site. Hopefully, it can help heal some of the emotional scars left by the crash as well.

Laurel: Johnstown residents got good news last week as Carlos Gunby, the city’s finance director, announced that a spring cleanup will be held for city dwellers from June 3-7. The really good news is that there will be no fee for curbside pickup. A disagreement over contract language had put that part in doubt. Advanced Disposal had raised the possibility of charging residents a $40 fee.

Barb: Talk about being in a heap of trouble. A Johns-town man was lodged in the Cambria County Prison last week after an alleged theft and scuffle at an 8th Ward supermarket. That was followed by a getaway crash, a foot pursuit by and tussle with police and the confiscation of a backpack full of marijuana. In a criminal complaint, Trevor Madison, 24, of the West End, is charged with robbery, simple assault, retail theft, receiving stolen property and drug possession. According to the police, Madison’s night of horrors started when he allegedly stole pork chops and steaks from the Osborne Street BiLo. The value was put at $17.

Laurel: A local businessman made sure that Pittsburgh Penguins were able to show their support for the people of Boston after two bombings rocked that city. Stan Haberkorn of Richland Plastics designed and developed a decal with a simple “Boston 617” and a black outline of the city’s skyline silhouetted against an American flag. The Penguins wore the stickers on their helmets, and the design was featured on the video screen at Consol Energy Center.

Laurel: Pitt-Johnstown’s student engineers had smooth sailing at the Quemahoning Reservoir on Sunday, as they beat out students from four other mid-Atlantic schools in a concrete canoe competition. The UPJ students will advance to the University of Illinois for the national competition on June 20. It’s the sixth time in seven years the Mountain Cats have advanced to the national event.

Barb: A guard at SCI-Somerset allegedly took more than a lunch box with him when he went to work. Donald M. Lynch of Fort Loudon, Franklin County, faces three counts of supplying contraband and one count of using a cellphone for criminal activity. Lynch is accused of smuggling drugs, pornographic materials and other contraband to inmates at the prison. If convicted, Lynch could end up on the other side of the prison bars.

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