The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 17, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-17 | Innocent principal needs to be defended


JOHNSTOWN — Moxham a vibrant, beautiful neighborhood

Living in Moxham is also about community and connection. Pedestrian-friendly and centrally located, it is truly green living. Beautiful churches exist here that host community dinners, festivals, pancake breakfasts, a farmers market and indoor and outdoor concerts. These churches want to engage in service to address the many needs that exist in our community.

Moxham is a vibrant neighborhood that hosts a number of businesses, many of which have been here for years, including the beautiful row on Village Street where friends meet at the café for fellowship, food and fun.

On any given summer day or evening, you can hear the ice-cream truck, see kids selling lemonade, double-Dutch jump roping, people tubing down the river, hula hoopers hooping at the cafe, Bo Moore’s guitar students and hikers and bikers on the James Mayer Trail.

People from all walks of life live here in Moxham. Artists and urban homesteaders live here. Families live here. Natural biodiversity is here and collaborating with the Greater Johnstown School District with urban gardening projects.

Moxham Renaissance every year hosts a beautiful Christmas celebration and invites the whole region.

This is a beautiful neighborhood filled with caring neighbors who look out for each other and have a deep love for the unique character and flavor of this city neighborhood. I love living here.

Rachel Allen


Trivialized gas odor resulted in tragedy

On March 12, a knock at the door revealed the gas company letting everyone in the neighborhood know that our service was shut down due to water in the gas line.

A representative came into my home and shut off all gas-powered utilities that would be affected.

After a long, hard day of working overtime, the employees of the gas company returned to my door around 7 p.m. to turn my utilities back on. When they did so, we had a very strong odor of gas throughout my home. I was told not to be concerned about.

Approximately 30 minutes later, our family pet, a beautiful lovebird that we had for about three years, was lying dead in his cage.

Was this safe? Should we have left our home? I now know that I would have handled this situation differently. Anytime a harmful odor is present, keep yourself, your family and your pets safe until all is clear to return.

DeAnna Distefano


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