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July 14, 2014

Local briefs 7/15/2014

Motorcycle crash injures Fayette woman  

A Fayette County woman is in serious condition after a motorcycle crash Saturday in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County.

Township police said Rhonda Morris, 57, of Mill Run, was riding along Somerset Pike about 3 p.m. and was following two other motorcycles that unexpectedly turned into the parking lot of Jim & Jimmies Bar & Grill.

Morris wrecked while trying to avoid the two bikes, police said.

She was taken by Conemaugh EMS to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where a hospital spokeswoman said Morris was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon.

St. Therese festival opens Thursday

The 67th annual St. Therese Church Festival will open Thursday and continue through Sunday in the church parking lot along the upper section of Decker Avenue.

Festivalgoers will have a chance to enjoy ethnic foods, and a spaghetti dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church hall.

Attendees also will have a chance to participate in games, chances and giveaways.

Reduced-price carnival ride tickets will be available on Thursday and during a matinee from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Festival grounds will open at 7 p.m. Thursday and close at 10:30 each night except for Thursday, when closing will be at 10.

A fireworks show will be held at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A raffle with a first prize of $1,000 will be held before the fireworks show.

Bikers organization schedules benefit run

Somerset County Alliance of Bikers Aimed toward Education (ABATE) will hold its seventh annual Freedom Isn’t Free Run on Saturday.

The run will begin at 1 p.m. at Scooters Bar, 185 Tire Hill Road, Johnstown. Signups begin 11 a.m. and continue until the ride leaves.

Donation is $10 per person.

The 100-mile ride will benefit BIKEPAC, an organization that fights for the rights of motorcyclists.

Bishop McCort plans all-school reunion events

Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown will conduct an all-school reunion July 25-27.

Alumni will gather for food, music and fun from 5 to 10 p.m. July 25 at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.

The school will conduct its annual golf outing honoring alumni Pete Duranko and Dave Seidel on July 26. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Tom’s Run at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort in Blairsville. Proceeds will benefit the Pete Duranko and Dave Seidel Scholarship funds and the school.

On July 27, a Mass will be held at noon at Visitation Church, 1127 McKinley Ave. in Johnstown.

Brunch will follow at the high school cafeteria. Brunch is by RSVP only at 248-3885.

For more details, go to, call Tina Repak-Mirilovich at 248-3876 or email


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