The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 14, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Hospitals in the Greater Johnstown area provided a vital shot in the arm to the region. According to a report by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Conemaugh Health System contributed $938 million into the area’s economy in 2012. Its community benefit was listed at $8.9 million. Windber Medical Center contributed a healthy

$79 million, and its community benefit was $2.4 million. The association noted that Conemaugh’s 4,500 employees and Windber’s 471 workers have a “ripple effect” on the area’s economy, saying they shop and dine locally and rely on area services for their needs.

 Laurel: To all those who blew out a flip-flop, stepped on a pop-top, a live concert featuring Jimmy Buffett will be shown Thursday at the Silver Drive-In in Richland Township and the Hi-Way Drive-In in Carrolltown. The show will be aired from the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Texas, and will be broadcast to 83 digital-format drive-ins across the country. Don’t miss it, all you Parrotheads.

Barb: This is not the way to get a hot meal and a shower. A Nanty Glo man was jailed after police said he allegedly called for an ambulance because he was hungry and dirty. Police also said this was not the first time that 60-year-old Robert Snedden Jr. has pulled off the stunt. Perhaps the three-squares he will get in jail will quell his appetite.

Laurel: Students, athletes and teachers from Greater Johnstown High School along with the staff from state Rep. Bryan Barbin’s office spruced up the two racquetball courts at Roxbury Park. It was done in memory of Jimmy Kist, a teacher in the school district and a well-known racquetball player, despite having to deal with polio. A lasting tribute to a man who overcame many obstacles.

Laurel: A historic marker was unveiled to honor an angel who arrived in Johnstown after the devastating 1889 flood. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, arrived with doctors and nurses on June 5, 1889, and is credited with establishing feeding stations, shelter and medical care to more than 25,000 survivors. The plaque is along Johns Street near the river walking path. Make sure to check out another addition to Johnstown’s historic past.

Laurel: Windber Area Visioning Experience gussied up the ballroom at Windber Recreation Park. The group donated $8,500 toward the project at the nearly century-old venue. WAVE sponsors summertime record hops at the ballroom. “Whether it’s for dances or weddings, it’s in our heart to keep it around for future generations,” Noretta Haydu, a WAVE member, said of the project.

Barb: This is getting to be repetitious. Once again, we are writing about some heartless individuals who took about 30 brass flag holders from veterans’ grave sites in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Beaverdale. Police said the thefts allegedly occurred just before Memorial Day. From under what rock are these miscreants crawling?

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