The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 12, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-12 | Cast, crew put on uplifting entertainment

JOHNSTOWN — Kudos to the Conemaugh Township Area High School Music Department on its outstanding production recently of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Everyone, from the co-directors, orchestra and vocalists, choreographer, set construction crew, sound and light technicians – and especially the student cast, orchestra and stage crew – did a fantastic job. I can only imagine the work it took by each and every person involved to put this musical together.

The acting, with spot-on accents, the singing and the dance numbers were simply wonderful. (A special shout out to the bottle dancers.)

Had I not known I was in a high school auditorium, I would have thought I was on Broadway.

Thank you for a beautiful, uplifting evening of entertainment.  

Carol Fris


FEMA should explain regulations

When I bought my home in 1998 along St. Clair Run, the deciding factor for me was not having to purchase flood insurance.

My home was removed from the flood zone due to the extensive flood prevention work – St. Clair Run was dredged, widened and sloped – done by the Army Corps of Engineers. What has changed in the past 16 years?

After the 1977 Johnstown Flood, the Army Corps of Engineers did preventive flood control work throughout our city – St. Clair Run, Sam’s Run and the Stonycreek and Conemaugh rivers to name a few – and declared our city flood free.

How can we be in a high risk area when the water from the Quemahoning Reservoir is released into our city for white-water rafting – even when it is raining.

None of this makes sense.

I am demanding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency hold a town hall meeting to explain why we need flood insurance – if they have the courage to show up.

I encourage other homeowners to do the same.

Mary Ann Kozak


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