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December 10, 2012

In Brief | 12/11/12

Shuster will relocate Somerset office

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, is closing his Somerset County district office Thursday due to redistricting.

The location of a new Somerset office is being finalized and will be announced soon.

The current office is located at 118 W. Main St., in Somerset Borough.

With redistricting, Shuster will lose Somerset Borough but still represent parts of southern and central Somerset County.

In the meantime, constituents who need Shuster’s assistance can call his Indiana office at (724) 463-0516.

Nursing assistant classes offered

Johnstown Area Regional Industries is hosting two nursing assistant classes for unemployed and underemployed workers in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Classes, which begin Feb. 11, will be offered at no cost, on a first-come first-served basis to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements. Individuals will be responsible for the fee to cover prerequisite background checks and physicals.

The classes will be conducted by the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center and the Somerset County Technology Center. The program is designed to provide students with skills needed to obtain a position in health care agencies that employ nursing assistants.

It can be completed in six to eight weeks.

The program is supported by the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative.

Orientations will be held on Jan. 9 and 10, with the registration deadline Dec. 21.

For more information and registration, contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development director, at 262-8366 or dbalog@jari.com.

Cancer society seeking driver coordinator

The American Cancer Society is actively seeking a volunteer driver coordinator for the Road to Recovery transportation program in Cambria County.

The program provides free transportation to cancer-related medical appointments using volunteer drivers.

A driver coordinator is needed to arrange rides for patients enrolled in the program.

Requirements for a volunteer driver coordinator include consistent access to the Internet and an ability to use email, good organizational skills and strong telephone communication skills. The driver coordinator can perform tasks from home.

In the last three months, the American Cancer Society has received 65 requests for free transportation in the county.

For additional information, call 695-9232.

Mount’s Pink Out raises $2,032

The Mount Aloysius Pink Out effort was aimed at promoting better health for women through early detection of breast cancer, urging baseline and annual mammograms and breast self-exam. The effort also raised $2,032 to support Windber Medical Center’s Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

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    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

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    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

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  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
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