The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 28, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-28 | New-school pact showed sound judgment

— My wife and I are graduates of the Conemaugh Valley School District and chose to raise our children here. When we heard the district had decided to opt for a stabilization agreement we were pleased.

This ensures that trained, drug-free and competent people will construct the new elementary school.

The school board used sound judgment and kept the best interests of their constituents in mind by following this path.

This helps to guarantee that the new school will be a high-quality product.

I, and my family, would like to thank board members for their decision.

Bob Kist

Mineral Point

Parade puts Patton  in Christmas spirit

The air was thick with anticipation. People were lined along the street, the fire whistle blew and the children held their ears at the sound.

Soon, we could hear the Cambria Heights High School band playing beautiful renditions of traditional Christmas songs complete with twirling candy canes.

The floats were creative – a gingerbread house and the chipmunks. There was the majorette group, and even a batch of walking Girl Scout cookies. We can’t forget the roar of the tractors, which always fascinates the little ones.

Next, came the fire trucks and, all the while, the excited children were waiting for the very special guest who was to come.

All of a sudden, following the DelGrosso bear, Buddy, there he was, the man of the hour. You guessed it: Santa.

This is a little glimpse into the light-up night in Patton. This must have seemed like a small event to many, but the children of Patton always get excited when it is time to see Santa and his elves, who never disappoint and enjoy their jobs immensely. Santa hands out bags full of surprises, items provided through donations from  townsfolk.

Yes, we live in small-town America, where we can enjoy the feel of the community celebrating the Christmas season in the most joyful way of all.

Thank you to all of the people who made this happen again this year. You are true examples of the real meaning of Christmas.

Joan Kordish


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