January election set to fill Hess’ seat
HARRISBURG – A special election will be held Jan. 28 to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives created by the death of Rep. Dick Hess of Bedford earlier this month.
House Speaker Sam Smith announced this week that Hess’ district offices will remain open to help constituents.
The district consists of Fulton County and parts of Bedford and Huntingdon counties. The political parties will select candidates for the vacancy.
The 74-year-old Hess was a 14-term Republican and chairman of the Transportation Committee when he died
Sept. 6 from complications that arose after leg surgery.
Johnstown man faces federal drug charge
A federal grand jury has indicted a Johnstown man on a charge of distributing heroin, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.
The indictment names Quinn Abdul Baxter, 23, of the 500 block of Linden Avenue.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Baxter distributed less than 100 grams of heroin on Nov. 7, 2012.
If convicted, he would face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or both.
City man pleads to drug, weapon charges
A Johnstown man pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Johnstown to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, said U.S. Attorney David J Hickton.
Che Rose, 27, of the 400 block of Ebensburg Road, pleaded guilty to two counts before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
According to information presented to the court, Rose possessed less than five grams of cocaine base, commonly known as crack, with the intent to distribute.
On the same date, Rose, who had been convicted in 2005 in Cambria County on a drug act violation, unlawfully possessed a revolver.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 6.
Community dinner offered in Windber
A community dinner made possible by Windber Area Community Kitchen will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.
The menu will feature baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, chocolate pudding, assorted desserts and coffee or punch.
Salon opens in Westwood
A salon has opened in the site of a former dental office in Lower Yoder Township.
Upper Cuts Hair Studio’s founders hope to reach out to those in the area who might
not be able to make a trip to the shop, located at 1746 Lyter Drive in Westwood.
“We offer hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, perms, tanning and makeup,” said Joe Solich, a co-owner. “And we also offer in-home care by appointment.”
The newly opened business is reaching out to area hospitals, nursing and care homes to promote the service, said Solich, who has 25 years of experience in the salon field.
James Clevenger and Keith Hipp are also business partners in the venture, he said.
The salon has opened an Upper Cuts Hair Studio page on Facebook that offers additional information and special promotions.
Upper Cuts can reached at 255-4884.
Flu shots available for veterans
James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center will hold a drive-thru flu shot clinic for veterans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the outpatient clinic located at 1425 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
Veterans who are not enrolled for VA heath care should bring proof of veteran status such as a DD214 (discharge form).
Stamp expert to speak at club’s banquet
Johnstown Stamp Club will hold its 36th annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Perkins Restaurant, 535 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.
The guest speaker will be Mercer Bristow, director of expertizing at the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, who will describe methods used to authenticate postage stamps.
Special awards will be presented by Charles Holtzman Jr. and the club’s president, the Rev. John Brancho.
January election set to fill Hess’ seat
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Breast cancer breakthrough: Windber researchers study genetic changes in fat cells
Scientists at Windber Research Institute have discovered genetic changes that could help promote the growth of breast cancer tumors.
Proposed helicopter swap may impact local Guard unit
Politicians from across the country, including U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. from Pennsylvania, are analyzing how proposed Defense Department budget cuts and realignments could affect Army National Guard units in their states.
‘Elvis’ to rock Arcadia
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Community can share Passover meal
Few meals can match the symbolism and ceremony associated with a Jewish seder dinner. The Johnstown congregation has made it a practice for more than a decade to open the seder to the public, and the dinner has grown to be quite popular with the non-Jewish community.
Munching at movies can benefit cancer society
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Marathon will trace path of 1889 flood
The Johnstown Area Heritage Association is seeking participants for its Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon and 5K race.
Educator to receive NOW award
The Johnstown chapter of the National Organization for Women plans to honor a prominent local educator and musician at its annual banquet March 27.
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BILL EGGERT | Going home can sometimes be only walking distance
One of the most popular topics during my eight years of writing this column is the one of looking into the past of the Johnstown (and my areas of Moxham and Richland) of my childhood. A lot of baby boomers relate to these time trips with a sense of nostalgia, remembering a kinder, simpler, more innocent era. Or at least that is the way we remember our childhood, looking through those rose-colored glasses.
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