The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

July 25, 2010

Readers' Forum 7-25 | Curtain call for Arcadia executive director

— It was with mixed emotions that I recently resigned as executive director of the Arcadia Theater to pursue another professional opportunity.

My decade of working at the Arcadia has been a true privilege.

The theater’s board of directors has always supported me with enthusiasm and confidence, and I am grateful. 

Thank you to the many volunteers who donate their time for the betterment of the theater, especially “my” box office ladies.

Always there to preserve the integrity of the Arcadia’s building is Dan and Robert. Thank you.  

I especially want to thank Frank and  Barb Cunsolo for their friendship and support throughout the years. Frank has been my mentor and avid advocate, of which I am most appreciative. I will miss working alongside Frank and benefiting from his knowledge, wisdom and humor.

Barb’s kindness is contagious and she is always willing to lend an ear.

With the help of the board of directors, volunteers and the Greater Johnstown area communities, the Arcadia Theater has become recognized as a regional performing arts theater. Our sponsors have shown tremendous confidence in the Arcadia, and a great part of our success can also be attributed to them.

Over the years, sponsor contacts became friendships that I will always respect and cherish.

I encourage and hope that all of our patrons, sponsors and communities continue to support and enjoy the “magic” of the Arcadia Theater for many years to come.

Denise Mihalick

Arcadia Theater, Windber

Officials on mission to rid city of blight

In response to Karen West’s  letter of July 18, “City councilwoman criticized”:

The writer took Councilwoman Marie Mock’s comments out of context. Mock’s comments referred to homeowners who have the means to clean up and fix their homes, but don’t.

Recently, Marie and I saw some really disgusting properties strewn with garbage, and with discarded mattresses and furniture in their yards and on their porches.

We know this in not prevalent to a particular neighborhood, but it is the cry from all over the city.

If you are just collecting rent and have no interest in the property otherwise, sell it.

If you are a renter, take pride in where you live. Just because you do not own the home doesn’t mean you should not pick up after yourself.

I am surprised that West does not welcome this attitude.

Most folks who fall into this category neither watch the news nor read a newspaper. But to those of you who do, there is relief in sight.

On July 8, council members and (city officials) Kristen Denne and Jim White attended a special meeting regarding blight. Three new code officers and city administrators will start to enforce current codes.

Johnstown residents will see im-provements.

We ask state Rep. Bryan Barbin and state Sen. John Wozniak to do whatever is necessary to push additional legislation that will further improve the ability for municipalities to attack blight.

To Karen West, I, too, would welcome a phone call (535-2499) if she has concerns about her property.  

Rose Howarth

Johnstown Councilwoman

West End Improvement Group

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