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December 12, 2012

Local News in Brief | Local camp among 3 facing sex abuse suit

SOMERSET — Three women have sued a Virginia church and two summer camp nonprofits – including one in Somerset County – for alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of a camp worker.

They contend the worker was not properly screened despite past complaints of similar misconduct.

The camp worker is not named as a defendant by the women, who were 13 to 17 years old when they allegedly were abused from 2003 to 2005 at events they say were coordinated by nonprofits Summer’s Best Two Weeks and Christian Camps of Pittsburgh Inc., and the Vienna Presbyterian Church of Vienna, Va.

A church official did not immediately return a call for comment on the lawsuit reported Tuesday by the Daily American of Somerset, which is where the lawsuit was filed.

An attorney for the camp groups also didn’t immediately return a call.

Stone Bridge lighting extended

The Johnstown Stone Bridge’s lighting schedule will be an hour longer through the New Year so that more people can enjoy the lights during the holidays.

The bridge also is lighted earlier as days become shorter.

The lights will be on from 5 to 9 p.m. daily beginning with a 30-minute light show before going to the evening’s colors:

  • Through Dec. 15: Hanukkah (blue and white)
  • Dec. 16-29: Christmas (red and green)
  • Dec. 30-Jan. 2: New Year's (animated rainbows). The lights will stay on late on New Year’s Eve

The light displays are administered by the Johns­town Area Heritage Association.

For more information, go to www.jaha.org and click on “Stone Bridge.”

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