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December 23, 2013

VIDEO | Singers provide joy to hospital patients

JOHNSTOWN — It can be difficult sometimes for hospital patients to feel the holiday spirit.

Dealing with health concerns, late-night checkups, medical tests and a steady diet of pills can wear on their minds when they would rather be at home, sharing special times with loved ones.

So, on Monday, Billy’s Boys Barbershop Quartet visited Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, bringing a message of cheer through song for those forced to spend the season in a hospital bed.

“I recognize that being here may not be someone’s best investment of their time or what they want to do with their time,” said Owen P. Standley, a member of Billy’s Boys. “They would rather be home on Christmas, so I thought I’d do something really nice to kind of brighten their spirits while they’re here.”

The group, consisting of Standley, Philip Parlock II, Floyd Rousell III and Mathias Oldham, handed out flowers and performed a variety of carols for patients and hospital workers.

“It’s really just to bring about Christmas spirit,” Standley said.

Standley described the impetus for the visit, saying, “It kind of stems (from me being) with the Rotary Club of Johnstown. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing some random acts of kindness throughout the community. Whatever pocket change you have, it kind of goes into this little bucket and then we assign someone to do something nice. It was my turn, and I decided to sing Christmas carols and pass out some flowers.”

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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