The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 8, 2014

In brief: 2 people killed in Somerset Co. crash

Ruth Rice

ROCKWOOD — Roger Dale Hay, 61, and an unidentifed 25-year-old individual were pronounced dead at the scene by Somerset

County Coroner Wallace Miller.

Hay was driving a red GMC Sierra in the southbound lane of Copper Kettle Highway when a purple Subaru Outback, operated by Amy Michelle Oblack, 25, left the westbound lane of Cross Road and entered his lane of travel, according to a report from state police Trooper Patrick B. Hauser.

The unidentifed individual was riding with Oblack, who suffered major injuries.

Hay’s passenger, Glennes Ann Miller, 61, also suffered major injuries.

Touching incident at Wal-Mart alleged

SOMERSET – State police are investigating an incident of inappropriate touching that occurred Friday night at the Wal-Mart on North Center Avenue in  Somerset Township.

A juvenile said an unknown white male, described as being in his 40s, approximately 6 feet tall with a chubby build, touched him multiple times in or near the electronics section of the store.

The suspect possibly has a speech impediment and a possible abnormality or disability to his right hand.

Tax/rent rebate applications available

Applications are now available for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Individuals can receive a maximum standard rebate of $650. Qualifying homeowners can get a supplemental rebate up to $975.

The program, funded by the state Lottery and bolstered by casino revenue, benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and individuals with disabilities age 18 and older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded.

Applications can be obtained by visiting www.revenue.state. or calling 888-222-9190.

They are also available from state representatives and senators.

Rothfus schedules Somerset hours

SOMERSET – U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, has scheduled mobile office hours for Somerset County on Thursday and March 27.

Both are set to take place from 9 a.m. until noon in the Somerset County Office Building’s fifth floor conference room, located at 300 N. Center Ave., Suite 540, in Somerset.

Members of Rothfus’ staff will be on hand to assist constituents with issues dealing with the federal government.

Allied Artists seeking works for exhibition

Allied Artists of Johnstown is accepting art for its 2014 Juried Spring Exhibition, which will be on display April 7 through May 3 at AmeriServ Financial Bank, 216 Franklin St. in downtown Johnstown.

Both Allied Artists members and nonmembers may submit entries from 10 a.m. to noon April 5 at the downtown AmeriServ branch.

Anyone planning to enter works must be 18 years of age or older.

An entry fee is required for submission of up to three works per artist.

An additional membership fee to Allied Artists will be charged to nonmembers, but nonmembers whose works are accepted by the juror for exhibition will become members of Allied Artists of Johnstown.

Submitted works will be juried by Charles “Bud” Gibbons, professor of fine arts at Penn State’s New Kensington campus.

To receive a prospectus and entry form, call 421-1525 or email

Cancer society seeking drivers

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for the Road to Recovery transportation program in Cambria County. The program provides free transportation to cancer-related medical appointments.

Drivers are required to have a car, safe driving skills and be available as little as one morning or afternoon a month.

For more information, call 695-9232 or 800-227-2345 to volunteer or schedule rides.

Penn Highlands holding open houses

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has scheduled a series of spring open houses for prospective students.

They include:

• 4 to 7 p.m. March 13 at the Huntingdon Center, 6311 Margy Drive; 643-6200.

• 4 to 7 p.m. April 17 at the Blair Center, lower level next to Macy’s in the Logan Valley Mall, Altoona; 201-2700.

• 5 to 7 p.m. May 12 at the Somerset Center, 315 Georgian Place; 443-2500.

Information will be provided about the educational possibilities offered, including degree programs, transfer options and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, also will be presented.

Camp PARC will hold annual basket party

Camp PARC will hold its annual basket party March 16 at the John Bracken Hall of Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department,

1942 Kring St., Tire Hill.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

A preview night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

People may purchase their raffle tickets that evening and place them in the bags.

There will be an additional charge of $3 for preview night.

Tickets for the basket party are $7, and dessert and beverage will be provided.

Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

Information: 410-5343 or