The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

October 6, 2013

Person of the Week: Walking the walk: Sunday school teacher shines a light on Camp PARC

JOHNSTOWN — Chrissy Troxell and her fellow volunteers have a track record of raising plenty of money to benefit Camp PARC, a weeklong summer camp for adults and children with special needs.

Over the past three years, they have raised about $60,000 through the Laps of Light walk.

This year’s walk is scheduled Sunday afternoon at Conemaugh Township Area High School Memorial Stadium, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.

Troxell, who also is a volunteer at Camp PARC, started the event six years ago as a way to teach a Bible lesson.

A Sunday school teacher at St. David’s Lutheran Church in Davidsville, Troxell said the best way to teach her grades 4, 5 and 6 students about the importance of helping others was to actually do so.

Troxell said she and her students then organized the first walk, which raised $3,000 for Camp PARC.

“The students loved it,” she said.

The excitement over the event has grown, she said. Thanks to the increasing number of people and sponsors who are helping the students and the walkers, the amount of money raised has increased, said Troxell, who for the sixth consecutive year is chairwoman of the event.

Many of her students have become volunteers at Camp PARC, which stands for People Always Responding with Compassion.

“It’s inspiring,” she said about seeing her students involved with helping.

“These children are our future. If they are this excited (about community service) when they are young, imagine what they will accomplish when they are adults.”

Troxell said the camp directors, Ted and Judy Risch, and the Risches’ daughter, Sarah Wallace, do a fabulous job of leading the camp each year.

All the volunteers, including the children, also do a fantastic job at the weeklong event, she said.

“I am honored to be with this group of people,” Troxell said, adding that her three children are among those volunteers.

For Sunday’s walk, the gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 4:30. The final laps, will take place after sunset and are called the Laps of Light because walkers will carry lighted candles.

A variety of activities and food prepared by Thomahawk grocery in Davidsville will be available. People can register for the event at campparc.org. Boss Frog from Froggy 95 will be the master of ceremonies.

The cost to walk is $10 for an adult and $5 for a child.

A T-shirt promoting the event will be given to each walker.

People can register the day of the event for an additional $5.

Last year the event attracted 650 walkers, she said.

Troxell said her husband, Bob, and parents, Al and Kathy Carnahan of Soap Hollow, have been a big help in organizing the walk.

Sponsors for the event are The Shirt Shop n’ More, Hollsopple; Sheetz; UPMC; Stacy and Paul Wheeler, Somerset area; Somerset Trust Co.; Martella’s Pharmacies; CPV Graphics, Boswell; George E. Mason Funeral Home, Davidsville; Jerome Polish Falcons; and McIlwain Bus Lines, Johnstown.

For her efforts at leading the event, Troxell, a Soap Hollow resident, is the Person of the Week.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • amd 31 New filtration system targets mine water

    Orange stones surround a black plastic discharge pipe at the Rock Tunnel abandoned mine drainage site.
    There is a rusty tint to some nearby water and mud, too.
    Soon, though, a new filtration system, consisting of shallow vegetative wetlands, a settling basin, concrete trough, buried limestone and aeration component, is expected to help return those elements back to their natural appearances.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richland to weigh speed study

    A group of Theatre Drive residents has convinced Richland Township’s supervisors to look into the costs of a special traffic study weighing whether their residential neighborhood’s current 35 mph speed limit should be reduced.

    July 30, 2014

  • Border battle lingers: Adams Twp. wants court to become involved

    Adams Township officials are asking the Cambria County court to once again become involved in its long-running boundary line dispute with Richland Township.

    July 30, 2014

  • FRANK BURNS 31 Officials urge creation of crime watch groups

    State Rep. Frank Burns told the crowd about the night his life changed forever.
    After leaving a AAABA game, the then-16-year-old Burns was surrounded by three males, “dancing” around him like boxers and taunting him.
    They attacked and he was on the ground. He took a powerful kick to the face.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Injured officer back on duty

    Two people were injured in a three-car accident Tuesday evening when a truck failed to yield to a Johnstown police officer who was rushing to assist another patrol car, police said.

    July 30, 2014

  • Grimm, Michael Child rapist to report to jail Monday; medical concern cited

    A Johnstown man set to pick a jury today on charges he sexually abused two boys, entered a guilty plea in Cambria County court Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIFT JOHNSTOWN ‘They got it done’: Lift Johnstown recognizes pair for trailhead work

    Rob McCombie and Steve Coy showed up Wednesday at a Path of the Flood Trail spur in East Conemaugh dressed like they were ready to get to work.
    Instead, a group of community advocates were waiting there to thank them for the hard work they’ve already put in.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local News in Brief | Philly man arrested for selling heroin

    July 30, 2014

  • Conemaugh Valley board tackles security, pupils’ instruction time

    The Conemaugh Valley school board on Wednesday agreed to improve security at the high school and increase instructional time and add art classes at the elementary school.

    July 30, 2014

  • Wine tasting, picnic will aid animals

    Briar Valley Winery and Bedford County Humane Society are hosting Yappy Hour 2014 at the vineyard grounds on Stein Road in Everett.

    July 30, 2014

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads