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Spreading school spirit: 2 Bishop Carroll leaders motivate student body
Haley Krug and Brandon Martinazzi are the definition of school pride.
Filmmaker at home in Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel
A listing on eBay for a 32-room hotel in Windber brought Blair Murphy to the area from Los Angeles in 2001, shortly before 9/11.
“I was looking for a place to get away from the big city, along with a buddy of mine,” said Murphy, 48. “We wanted a big space to use for artistic projects. We bid on the hotel and a couple weeks later, we moved in. It was in the middle of nowhere before Flight 93.”
In the Spotlight | Ladies who love to share their knowledge of headwear
The typical dress code for Marsha McDowell and Pat Holifield includes pheasant feather hats and bonnets. And they love to tell the stories behind them.
For the past 15 years, the pair, known as The Hat Ladies, have been conducting programs to educate people about the stunning hats that women of Johnstown have worn since 1901.
Lutheran church strives to feed hungry flocks
The Rev. Ken Kelly wants to make sure people in the local community aren’t going hungry.
The pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 711 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, plans to start a new program that will feed those in the community who might be struggling to put food on the table.
Bagpiper adds touch of grace to funerals, parades
When the bagpipes are played as part of a funeral or memorial service, it can evoke deep-seated emotions. It’s something that Duane Mohney, 75, of Ebensburg, has experienced time and time again during his 40-plus years of playing the pipes.
In the Spotlight | The man who uncovers local history with a shovel
Larry Mikula is someone who likes to dig up the past.
Music man strums many tunes
When Sam Coco of Richland Township plays with his band Hard Rok, KoKo and Joe, he always tells the audience that the band members are not as short in person as they are in the nostalgic Christmas cartoon about three elves that airs every year on WJAC-TV.
Community minded: Recent grad will continue service projects in college
Kiersten Szczur is taking the values she learned in high school to college.
Building strength: Gym owner wants to make a difference in kids’ lives
To call Fitness Weights and Aerobics simply a gym would be an understatement.
Woodvale man creates miniature incline from scrap
It’s no exaggeration to say that Herbert F. Beas is the MacGyver of Woodvale.
Just like the resourceful television hero, Beas solves problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with using his own ingenuity and creativity.
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