The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

March 29, 2013

In brief: Ruptured gas meter forces evacuation

WINDBER — Apartments and businesses in a four-block area of the borough were forced to evacuate Thursday night after a motorist backed into a building and ruptured a gas meter, fire officials said.

A vehicle struck the building at 1332 Graham Ave. around 11 p.m., Windber fire Chief Craig Cicon said. The building houses several businesses that were closed at the time, he said.

“We started evacuating everything downwind,” the chief said. “Everything was closed in the center of town, so it made our job a little easier.”

Patrons at Sheetz and a couple of bars, and tenants in apartments above Patti’s Restaurant were evacuated for about two hours until the gas company shut off the flow of gas, Cicon said.

Firefighters had to stop a Norfolk Southern train from passing through town to prevent sparks from igniting the natural gas, Cicon said.

No injuries were reported.

Seven Springs extends season

SEVEN SPRINGS – Seven Springs Mountain Resort will stay open for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing through April 7.

This weekend, the resort will feature more than 37 slopes and trails and more than 70 terrain park features.

Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Snow tubing will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For information, visit

Hidden Valley stays open longer

SOMERSET – Hidden Valley Resort will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and Friday through April 7. The schedule and rates are as follows:

Valley Side slopes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Ski/board tickets are $25 for adults or juniors with free ski/board rentals and a free beginner group lesson included.

Slopes will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday through April 7. Ski/board tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for juniors. Equipment rentals are $15 for adults or juniors.

For detailed information on rates, hours, season passes and lodging packages, visit

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