The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 12, 2010

Laurels and barbs

Laurel: High school sports teammates usually remain friends long after their playing days are over. But no one should doubt that “Meatball” and “Hero” have probably bonded for life. After all, Jesse McQuillan (nickname “Hero”) is being credited with possibly saving the life of Corbin Nulton, who was choking on – what else? – a meatball (thus, the new nickname). The two are members of the Westmont Hilltop wrestling team and the life-threatening situation occurred while they were hanging out after a recent practice. Corbin began choking while eating a meatball hoagie and Jesse successfully administered the Heimlich maneuver. The buddies are laughing about the matter now – and hopefully will for many years to come.

Barb: Pity the poor bus driver. A CamTran driver refused to allow a 20-year-old woman a free ride after noticing that her pass had expired. In retaliation, the woman reportedly hit the driver with a snowball. She and an 18-year-old companion apparently are the only ones “hurt,” thankfully. Both face several charges, including disorderly conduct and harassment. We’d also ban the woman from using CamTran services.

Laurel: Forest Hills elementary pupils know that every penny counts. For the sixth consecutive school year, Forest Hills placed first in the Million Pennies Campaign of the Cambria/Somerset Division of Easter Seals. The Sidman school collected $2,410 in this year’s effort, conducted from Nov. 1 through mid-December. Way to go, Rangers!

Laurel: Speaking of awesome, the Cambria County Bar Association was hoping to start a wonderful tradition – Lawyers With A Heart. As part of the program, about 40 lawyers on Feb. 5 stayed away from their offices and the courthouse and spent volunteer hours serving food, painting walls, cleaning or organizing activities at human service agencies throughout the county. Both younger and older members – and judges, too – participated. It should be pointed out that members of the association volunteer in other projects throughout the year, too. Thank you.

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