The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 15, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Westmont Borough and its zoning hearing board apparently have seen the sign. Earlier this week, the two entities agreed to allow CVS Pharmacy to proceed with plans for a drugstore at Menoher Boulevard and Goucher Street, provided the pharmacy agrees to a smaller sign. It’s the first movement by the borough in the sensitive issue.

Laurel: Pitt-Johnstown’s baseball team reached out with a touching gesture when it signed an ailing

4-year-old to the team. The symbolic action is part of Team IMPACT, a Boston-based foundation that pairs sick children with college athletic teams to enhance the lives of children through camaraderie, respect and support of the players. Brandon Miller, son of Jill Miller of Johnstown, is battling Chiari Malformation, a brain ailment that causes bodily pain.

Laurel: High school seniors with an interest in community affairs, journalism and current events can apply for a philanthropy internship through Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The paid program is scheduled for June 16 to Aug. 8. Participants will learn how to identify and rectify concerns within the community.

Barb: Two scams draw our ire. A Westmoreland County woman has been accused of taking merchandise from sales racks at Hidden Valley Ski Shop, scanning it into a register, then rescanning the merchandise to make it appear it was returned for reimbursement. Police said the would-be thief was tripped up by surveillance video. And a retired Air National Guard officer and civilian contractor apparently tried to bilk the Air National Guard of nearly $300,000 in a no-show job scheme. According to a federal prosecutor, retired Col. Gerard Mangis of Shaler Township helped Robert St. Clair of Bel Air, Md., get a no-show job at a Guard unit in Pittsburgh. In return St. Clair, who worked for the National Guard Bureau in Maryland allegedly helped Mangis get paid for shifts he didn’t work.

Laurel: Local businesswoman and lawyer Jeanne Wolford McKelvey of Salix will receive Pitt-Johns-town’s Distinguished Alumni Award. It is the highest honor bestowed by Pitt-Johnstown on its alumni. McKelvey, who graduated in 1965, will be honored at the annual Alumni Association Gala on

March 29.

Laurel: Education is the theme of this laurel. Two Pitt-Johnstown students, Lynette Connacher and Suzanne Normile, have been named recipients of the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. Connacher will study South Africa’s political history, regional medical practices and use of native plants at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Normile will study community development and social justice at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. And local teacher and musician Elizabeth Good of Hollsopple will be presented the Ellen D. Hoffman Person of the Year award by the Johnstown chapter, National Organization for Women. She will be feted at the chapter’s annual banquet March 27.

Barb: Seventeen years and $18 million dollars later and still there is no National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem. Stephen Donches resigned recently as CEO of the venue after a grand jury investigation accused him of negligence and mismanagement. The grand jury recommended that Donches step down or be fired and suggested the organization sue him.

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