The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 28, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-28 | Crochet group thankful for donations

JOHNSTOWN — Recently, the Cambria County Public Library in Johnstown made a plea to area residents for yarn to be donated to the Hooked on Crochet group.

When it comes to donations, Johnstown truly proves to itself that we are the Friendly City. The response to the newspaper article was overwhelming.

Bags and boxes of yarn have been donated. The group will turn the beautiful yarn into handmade items that will benefit many individuals in Johnstown and surrounding areas.

Without the help from so many kind citizens and groups, our mission to provide crocheted lap-size afghans, chemo-caps, comfort shawls and afghans to Conemaugh hospice and hospital, area oncologists and the United Way of the Laurel Highlands would absolutely come to a halt.

We cannot even begin to thank you enough for the kindness you have shown in the yarn donations received to date. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough, but please know it is truly appreciated and comes from our hearts.

Mary Jane Kleinosky

Hooked on Crochet, Johnstown

Remembering Latin singer after 19 years

It has been 19 years since Selena Quintanilla-Perez was murdered by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar.

Selena was a talented singer and performer. She had stage presence and charisma. She began singing at her father’s restaurant, then went traveling on the road.

In 1987, she won the Tejano Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. In 1993, she won a Grammy for “Live, Selena.”

Selena went from performing for 10 couples to more than 60,000 at the height of her popularity. In appreciation for the fans’ support over the years, Selena performed several free concerts.

Selena was as wonderful a person offstage as she was on. She urged kids to stay in school and off drugs. Selena reportedly paid for an elderly woman’s meal and anonymously bought her a small cake to take home because she felt bad for her.

Selena’s voice didn’t need to be double-tracked. Selena became famous because of her music, not because of any antics on or offstage.

Most of today’s so-called artists and performers couldn’t hold a candle to Selena.

She will always be the queen of Tejano music.

Christina Sabo


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