The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 8, 2009

READERS' FORUM 6-9 | St. Patrick’s closing is a sad occasion

The end of this school year marks a sad occasion with the closure of St. Patrick’s School in Moxham.

Since 1891, St. Pat’s has played an important role in the education of many pupils, bringing employment and community involvement as well.

As a parent, I witnessed wonderful people who worked to ensure the school’s success. We hosted many breakfasts, dinners and other events to raise additional funding, and in turn the pupils learned the importance of community service.

We were blessed to have many St. Pat’s graduates return to volunteer their time or to donate in other ways.

Thanks to our community for its ongoing support of St. Pat’s. Many commented on how they will miss the Lenten fish fries and the many other dinners we hosted. We could not have been successful without them.

Special thanks to Monsignor Harold Biller for his overwhelming support in our organizing efforts. We are blessed to have him.

Principal Marge Sindleri worked tirelessly at all times. She is remarkable and we are forever grateful for her leadership and friendship.

Thanks to Mrs. Boyd for 27 years of support and helping to care for the children. She has been a blessing. And to the parents, teachers, staff and volunteers for donating time and talent when needed.

May God bless and reward all of you. We are and always will be St. Pat’s proud.

Susan Palov


Budget decisions hurt future generations

President Obama said Pennsylvanians cling to religion or guns due to economic depression. That’s true – we believe in God and have a long heritage of loving the outdoors. We love hunting, fishing and camping. We love the peace and tranquillity of the woods. Pennsylvania has 117 state parks, 2.1 million acres of state forests and 3,000 miles of access roads.

Forgotten heritage? Our parks have already suffered budget cuts. Rangers work part-time. Pools are open part-time due to lack of funds. The Republican-sponsored state Senate Bill 850 plans to cut $19 million from our parks.

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