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July 16, 2014

In brief: Ferndale police caution residents

JOHNSTOWN — Ferndale police are warning residents to be aware of individuals posing as utility company workers in the borough.

Chief Arthur Boring said some residents have reported visitors asking about their home and if they have any pets.

Legitimate utility company workers will have an identification and official safety vest, Boring said.

He urges residents to contact police immediately if contacted by someone asking suspicious questions.

“They should call right now, so we can get these people,” Boring said, adding that the queries could be a ploy to target homes for burglars.

CASA, bikers partner for poker run

Cambria/Somerset County CASA-Beginnings and the Laurel Highlands Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse will partner for the I AM for the Child Charity Poker Run, which will be held Aug. 2.

The run will begin at Jim & Jimmies at 3900 Somerset Pike and travel through Windber, Bedford County, Somerset County and back to Jim & Jimmies, for a total of around 100 miles traveled.

Organizers are seeking donations of gift certificates and gift cards as well as monetary or in-kind donations to be used as door prizes for participants.

Information: 539-1919.

Johnstown classes schedule reunions

• Johnstown High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th class reunion Aug. 8 at the Boulevard Grille, Aug. 9 at Sunnehanna Country Club and Aug. 10th brunch and memorial service at Anthony’s Restaurant.

Reservations by calling Sarah Heinlein at 536-3134.

• Johnstown High School class of 1949 will hold its 65th class reunion Aug. 9 at Laurel View Village’s Oakwood Restaurant, Davidsville. Any interested class member who has not been previously contacted can call 255-5076 for more information.

Road tour will make stop in Bedford Co.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Furthur Down the Road Tour will make a stop Aug. 11 at the Wills Mountain Festival Grounds, located on US 220 South in Bedford County.

Furthur Bus, with the Merry Pranksters and special guests, is on a cross-country tour.

In the summer of 1964, author Ken Kesey  and his friends, took their famous bus ride across America with a plan.

Flush with the proceeds from Kesey’s award-winning novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” they acquired a school bus, audio and video equipment, colorful shirts and buckets of day-glo paint. They decorated the bus in proto-hippy icons, strapped speakers on the roof, and convinced beatnik hero, Neal Cassady, to drive.

Fans can visit this piece of living history, the psychedelic, fully restored, 1947 International Harvester School Bus, and meet the Merry Pranksters.

Regional and national bands will offer live, ’60s-era inspired music throughout the day on the main stage.

Handmade crafts and local food vendors will be on site.

Fans also can enjoy a special, late-night screening of Ken Kesey’s long-awaited film, “Magic Trip,” documenting Futhur’s historic, 1964 cross-country adventure.

For tickets and information, visit www.wmfest.com.

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