The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-20 | AKC not a supporter of puppy mills


JOHNSTOWN — ‘Aladdin Jr.’ a fun, wonderful event

We hear and see so many sad and negative things happening in our schools, but I would like to inform the public of a wonderful, fun event that occurred at the Richland Elementary School.

On March 8 and 9, pupils performed the play “Aladdin Jr.” The fourth-grade, fifth-grade and sixth-grade pupils, their teachers and stage crew put in hours of work and practice to give relatives and friends three fantastic performances.

Thanks to everyone who had a part in making costumes, scenery, music and, wow, even a magic carpet moving across the stage.

Thanks to all who attended to support the Richland Elementary pupils.

Judith L. Weaver


Signs of spring clouded by reality

Behold! Blessed Easter is upon us. Wonderful spring has arrived. The promise of redemption and renewal. Birds are singing and I saw a cute little chipmunk pop up from his hole. Isn’t this inspiring?

Redeeming factors after a cold, miserable winter. Then I made the stupid mistake of opening my front door and facing cold, hard reality:

-- Rosebud Coal Co. operating with complete impunity.

-- Filthy coal trucks, trains idling and running all night and weekends.

-- No street cleaners, although they were promised on a daily basis by Rosebud.

-- No curbs.

-- Your parking options are a filthy area between road and street, covered in mud when wet and coal dust and dirt when dry.

-- No help from Windber Borough Council because I guess you can’t complain when you receive money from Rosebud.

-- No help from Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Surface Mining, PennDOT or state police – after all, it’s just Railroad Street.

Happy Easter and spring to all.

Anna Roy


Pope’s big heart

This is why Pope Francis has only one lung. He has such a big heart that the Lord had to remove one lung to make room for his heart.

Bill Dubyak


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