The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 5, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-5 | Goodwill noting week, job fair participant

— Times are tough, without a doubt. People in our community and throughout the nation are struggling to find and keep good jobs. Even in these tough times, though, Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley has reason to celebrate.

May 5-11 is National Goodwill Industries Week and we are commemorating the effective work that we are doing to help put people to work throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.

Since 1951, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada have marked the first full week of May as Goodwill Industries Week, a commemoration that celebrates new jobs created and lives changed. By selling your donations in stores and online, including gently used clothing and household goods, Goodwill Industries funds job training, placement programs and youth services such as mentoring. Last year, people in our local community who were struggling to find and keep good jobs benefited from your donations.

Your donations to Goodwill Industries help people who lack education or work experience, assist those with employment barriers, and aid others who are having a hard time finding job opportunities.

This year, in celebration of Goodwill week, Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley is participating in the 2013 Cambria County Job Fair on May 7 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center from 2 to 6 p.m. This hiring event is being held simultaneously with many Goodwill agencies across the country to serve those who may be unemployed or underemployed.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Phyllis J. Bandstra

President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley

Cutting Penn Highlands funds harms students

After hearing Cambria County Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder’s Swiss cheese-like logic on cutting a large amount of funds from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, I am dismayed and disappointed in our county leadership.

Increasing the cost of an education and limiting educational options for area youth are not strategies for retaining our population or attracting young professionals.

While investment in the International Economic Development Zone is a worthwhile endeavor, I would much prefer to keep those funds in our community college. Penn Highlands’ raising tuition may cost us jobs and population in the long-term.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at another Republican dumping money into business at the cost of education. But I thought that residents of Cambria County had more sense than to rob our youth at the cost of doing business with foreigners.

Wes Bowser



Prayers requested in abduction of bishops

I have been trying to get more information on how our Orthodox bishops are doing. I needed to let people know of this horrible abduction.

Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo both were abducted on April 22 while they were traveling on a road between Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) and the north Syrian city of Aleppo.

The driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling was killed in the attack.

Your prayers are requested.

Marlene Matolyak


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