Lightning damages 2 Richland Twp. homes
Lightning from a thunderstorm damaged two homes in the 200 block of Coldren Street in Richland Township late Wednesday afternoon.
Lightning hit the first home, splintering a roof joist, then jumped to a home at the rear of the property, starting a stove on fire, said Richland Assistant Fire Chief Tim Shaffer.
Firefighters extinguished the stove fire, he said.
Que release valve problem solved
A torque adjustment apparently was all that was needed to get the Quehmahoning Reservoir’s whitewater release valve back in order. A Somerset County contractor determined that settings needed to be adjusted on mechanisms used to open and close the valve, Cambria Somerset Authority Manager Earl Waddell said Wednesday.
Waddell said the valve has been tested since with no issues.
The valve stopped working Saturday during a multiphase process required to close it. The problem forced the authority to cancel a planned whitewater release the following day.
Casting foundry closing at month’s end
WHEMCO plans to close its Johnstown Specialty Castings plant at the end of the month. The company is a worldwide supplier of heavy industrial metal parts for power plants and shipbuilding.
WHEMCO announced in March that the plant would close later this year and laid off 36 out of more than 100 workers. Other workers have been laid off since, and about 40 remain who are working to close the plant.
Company officials said the plant’s work is being moved to another, more efficient, plant in Midland, Beaver County. WHEMCO and the Harvard Investment Group of Florida bought the plant from the former Johnstown Corp. in September 2005.
Ex-workers steal $16G with bogus returns
INDIANA – Two former workers at a Lowe’s home improvement store were guilty of creating many unhappy returns for their employer, state police said.
The accused are Joseph Chunkala, 21, of Penn Run, and David Cochran, 21, of Indiana.
Troopers from the Indiana barracks allege the men stole more than $16,000 by faking return receipts at the White Township store and pocketing the cash. Since February, the two allegedly created roughly 80 bogus return receipts, which they used to generate refunds worth $16,349, which police said the men pocketed.
The men were each arraigned on a charge of theft Wednesday.
Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday.
Lightning damages 2 Richland Twp. homes
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High-tech help: Geistown tackles stormwater runoff problems
How can computer mapping technology help Geistown Borough to solve its trouble with stormwater runoff?
That’s the question being answered as borough officials chart catch basins with the help of Cambria County Geographical Information Systems and Pitt-Johnstown’s geography department.
App aids pregnant women
It is no secret that good prenatal, postnatal and newborn medical care promotes healthy babies.
But studies show pregnant women who are eligible for Medicaid insurance often don’t know how to access the medical care they need during pregnancy.
Controversy arises over college plan
A community college planned in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania would open the doors of higher education to students in an 11-county area, but it’s also stirring controversy about who pays the bills.
Visitors sweet on maple Taste & Tour
Sunday’s late winter scene at Baer Bros. Maple Camp was one that has been a tradition here for nearly a century.
Couple minister through cursillo, visiting inmates
Nicholas and Mercedes Smith are spreading the Catholic faith by listening. By hearing the word of the Lord, they can spread that message by ministering to others.
Event to showcase women’s interests
From the practical to the fanciful, this will be a girls’ day out.
The eighth annual Women’s Showcase and Basket Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Singing comics give voice to new style
The power of the human voice will be evident when Vox Audio appears at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township. Without prerecorded tracks or instruments, the group’s five vocalists use only their voices to create texture, rhythm, bass, and even trumpet and electric guitar.
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Cambria officials fear loss of judge
As officials work toward reducing employee numbers in anticipation of a change in the county’s class designation, Cambria’s declining population should have minimal if any immediate impact on the number of judges on the bench of the court of common pleas.
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