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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.
Veteran worker keeps school campus in good repair
What started as a temporary job for Bob Strittmatter turned into something a lot more permanent. Facing a layoff, he accepted a job as a custodian at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School on Jan. 15, 1982, and has bee nthere ever since.
Student wants to bridge arts, underprivileged kids
At 21, Jei-laya Hassan is studying and planning for her dream. She plans to start her own nonprofit organization that would take every facet of the arts to underprivileged children.
Website lets sportsmen share information, experiences
Did you ever wish you could go fly-fishing on the Bighorn River in Montana?
You will be able to do so vicariously this summer through Wild Adrenaline, a Nicktown-based website.
Gifted at her craft: Retired teacher honored for her career in education
If you ask Barbara Penrod what she liked most about teaching, she’ll tell you it was the students and the fact that they were always challenging her.
Quilt maker helps to keep troops, veterans covered
Millions of Americans will display the nation’s colors on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
But for Pat Wilson of Oakland, patches of red, white and blue comprise a patriotic symbol that honors military service personnel year-round.
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