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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.
Boyhood interest blossoms into lifetime endeavor
George Griffith is what you might call a flower guru.
Griffith, the co-owner – along with his partner, Tom O’Brien – of the Flower Barn in Westmont, has been passionate about all flowers and plants since he was a child, but it’s the picturesque water lilies and ponds at his summer home outside of Ligonier that bring him the most joy.
Retiring pastor bids farewell to her congregation
The Rev. Eleanor Abarno retired as pastor of First Lutheran Church in downtown Johnstown on June 30, after serving the congregation for more than six years.
Staying involved: Even retired, teacher remains active as coach, adviser
Mindy Leonard enjoyed watching her students succeed during her many years as an educator, student council adviser and coach for the high school girls’ volleyball team in the Shade-Central City School District.
Even though she retired as a teacher at the end of the last school term with 33 years of service, she will continue to teach students about democracy, leadership and teamwork as student council adviser.
Leonard also will remain as the head coach for girls’ volleyball.
Doctor studies to become battlefield tour guide
Southmont resident Dr. Rick Schroeder is a self-proclaimed history buff, and his interest in the Civil War has led him to work toward becoming a licensed tour guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Civil War buffs help to preserve Johnstown’s past
With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address being celebrated in just over a week, Randy and Chris Beisel of Richland Township are eager to share their collection of Civil War memorabilia with other enthusiasts.
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