The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 11, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Pass law to help mistreated animals

This is in response to Brenda Mathis’ letter on Sept. 8, “Pet in need of helping hand.” I, too, have gotten “the runaround” by police and the humane society. They say their hands are tied. How sad that a law has to be passed to stop this horrendous treatment of dogs.

Pa. H.B. 1254 was introduced April 17, 2009. It is still sitting in the judiciary committee. Take a few minutes to let your representatives know how you feel about this bill.

This bill would limit the amount of hours a dog can be tied up outside within a 24-hour period. Also, it would require that the dog be taken in when a weather advisory is issued. This is a start.

Tamira Thayne, founder of Dogs Deserve Better says, “these dogs are dying out there, piece by piece, hour by hour.”

So many suffering dogs need your intervention.

A. Lee Fenimore   


Another good season of summer concerts

Thank you once again citizens of Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties for supporting the AmeriServ Free Summer concerts at the Roxbury Bandshell. The hundreds of performers were excellent and we appreciate their time and talent as we listened, laughed, danced and cheered our way through the Sunday concerts.

Thanks go to Holy Cross National Catholic Church, which provided delicious picnic foods for our enjoyment. Many thanks to AmeriServ for once again sponsoring our 2013 summer concert season and CTC for sponsoring T-shirts for each and every one of our performers.

The city of Johnstown has been very cooperative and we acknowledge its ongoing support.

The hardworking alliance committee assured a successful concert each and every week and its commitment is impressive to say the least. The alliance collaborated with the veterans monument committee and restored the FDR Monument and pavilion this past year, which only enhances our wonderful park.

Our mission is to preserve the history, tradition and cultural value of the Johns-town community by restoring the Roxbury Bandshell to its original beauty, and we are slowly and meticulously working toward that goal. But, most importantly, thank you, the weekly concertgoers and contributors who have made this entire project possible.

See you at the Bandshell Bark and Wang Dang Doodle this weekend and don’t forget to save the date for the free Christmas Concert on Dec. 8. Feel proud that we have an original “house of rock” built during FDR’s administration and the last in the country. Standing 55 feet high in the Johnstown skyline, we honor our own “Queen of the Park.”

Mary P. Borkow

Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance

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