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December 12, 2013

Bell ringing could return to The Galleria

JOHNSTOWN — The jingle of holiday bells may soon return to The Johnstown Galleria.

Merchant complaints about constant loud ringing by some Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign workers temporarily silenced the Christmas tradition last week.

Mall management and the Salvation Army advisory board are discussing a solution, said Maj. Joseph Pawlowski of the Johnstown Salvation Army.

“It is in the hands of the (local) advisory board of the Salvation Army,” Pawlowski said. “The advisory board is working with the mall management to resolve any differences that might exist.”

Galleria management never asked that the bells be silenced, mall manager Monica Peterman stressed.

“Recently we fielded complaints from our tenants about the loudness of the bells,” Peterman said. “We requested to the Salvation Army that they ring the bells lighter as a courtesy to our tenants.

“Never did we request that the bells be silenced. We fully understand the importance of the bells and what they represent to the Salvation Army, and encourage their use.”

Pawlowski would not discuss the situation that ended bell-ringing at The Galleria.

Asked about those tending the red kettles who told shoppers it was The Galleria management who silenced the bells, Pawlowski said, “People say a lot of things.”

Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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