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September 5, 2011

Local briefs 9/6/2011

Welding scholarship established by JWFI

The owners of JWF Industries – Bill, John and Tom Polacek – have established a memorial scholarship to honor their late father, John J. Polacek Sr.

The elder John Polacek founded what is now JWF Industries in 1958 on the back of his pickup truck. When he passed away in 1987, his son Bill  bought the company from his mother.

Since then, the family-run business has grown into a large welding, fabricating, machining and powder coating company with more than 450 employees and is celebrating its 24th anniversary as a top employer in the tri-county region.

In partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, the first John J. Polacek Sr. Memorial Scholarship will be available to new and currently enrolled students in the welding technology program. Two years of full-time tuition will be awarded (worth $8,470 for Cambria County residents) for an undetermined amount of recipients.

This annual scholarship is designed to encourage students of all ages to continue their education and pursue an associate’s degree in welding technology.

All surrounding county residents are eligible.

The application and required documents are due by Nov. 1.

For more information, go to

Walk for Life seeks participants

BEDFORD – Precious Life of Bedford County will hold its annual Walk for Life on Sept. 17.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Bedford High School, 330 E. John St., and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

Walkers will follow a two-mile route through town.

For more information or pledge forms to raise money, call 276-3085 or 494-0069.

UPJ offers SAT preparation series

JOHNSTOWN – Registrations are being accepted for Pitt-Johnstown’s SAT Super Series, an academic review for the tests that assess academic readiness for college.

A preliminary session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13. Participants in this session will complete an abbreviated version of the SAT to identify areas that might need attention in order to improve their score.

A mathematics review will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

Victoria Czarnek, Pitt-Johnstown instructor of mathematics, will review arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.

A writing and critical reading review will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22.

Lance Harshbarger will review the written essay, sentence completion, vocabulary and critical reading.

The Pitt PowerPrice is $159 for the series or $85 per course.

An on-campus lunch will be provided for all Saturday participants.

To qualify for the PowerPrice, registrations and payments must be received by noon Wednesday.

To register, call the Pitt-Johnstown Community Education and Outreach Office at 269-2099 or visit its website at

Child safety seat checks available

MUNDYS CORNER – State police in Ebensburg will conduct a free child safety seat checkup on Sept. 20.

Certified seat technicians will offer car seat inspections and assist with installation. An evaluation of each seat for possible recalls will be conducted.

The checks will take place in the parking lot of the Cambria County Christian School,

561 Pike Road, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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