JOHNSTOWN — “After reading some of the short articles and viewing some of the Christmas memorabilia, I was inspired to send you this picture of a Santa which was painted by Henry E. Becker, a well-known sign painter,” wrote John Mavrodis of Johnstown. “I worked for Becker as a youngster delivering signs and other printed materials throughout the city on my bicycle. This painting was requested by a jeweler for a Christmas promotion in 1968. Becker became enraged when the jeweler never picked up the poster, and it sat in the shop for several years. One day, as I was cleaning the shop, I asked him what he was going to do with this Santa and if he had no plans for him I expressed my desire to have it. In his most abrupt and gruff manner he told me to ‘take the damn thing,’ so that it would not remind him of the jeweler. I then asked him to sign the painting and it has been with me ever since. It has traveled with me from Johnstown to Boston to New York City and back to Johnstown. This painting is a watercolor on a piece of showcard. I have many stories to recall working in the shop which was known as Becker Signs and fond remembrances of the painter who was a master in his art.”
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‘I thought I was going to die’
Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.
Firefighters practice river rescues
Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall
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Sewer work will tie up traffic
This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.
USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport
The USS Somerset is home.
The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.
Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat
A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.
Vizza voted deputy mayor
The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.
Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities
A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.
Sculptor’s work to be raffled off
The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.
Birthday remembrance bash provides aid to region
It’s been four years since Johnstown resident Gary Lamer died of complications from pneumonia, but his memory lives on through an annual party that gives back in a big way.
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