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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Customers shocked by electric bills
When a third-party power generation supplier tempted Robin Hagins with a low rate in 2012, it was too good to pass up.
Then, this winter, temperatures plummeted. And the Upper Yoder Township woman’s electric bill seemed to rise just as fast.
Judge lays out plan to fill council seat
Anyone interested in filling the vacant seat on Johnstown City Council needs to send a resume to Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany.
JAHA seeks funds for train station upgrade
Johnstown Area Heritage Association has a plan in place to improve the city’s train station.
It now needs money to do the work.
Old library film documents postwar life in city
Cambria County Library has made a historic discovery and is sharing it with the public.
“Help Yourself,” a 23-minute informational film made in 1950 about what was then Cambria Free Library, is now available for borrowing on DVD.
Burglary suspect charged
A Johnstown man was jailed Thursday after police said he broke into a storage trailer at an Adams Township business and made off with $4,000 in items that he then sold for $212.
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Petitions oppose sewer line tests
More than 500 signatures have been collected on a petition that asks Johnstown City Council to eliminate the pressure test mandate associated with the municipality’s ongoing sewer renovation project.
Cambria leaders look for ways to simplify development
The Cambria County commissioners on Thursday reaffirmed a commitment they’ve made in the past, that economic development that brings jobs to the area remains their first priority.
Critz pins hopes on being best in the West
Mark Critz calls the Democratic Party’s lieutenant governor primary a “geographic race.”
And it appears he will be the best-known candidate from southwestern Pennsylvania when nominating petitions are filed.
West Hills rec panel organizes
With more than $150,000 in total assets remaining from its predecessor, the new West Hills Recreation Commission Ltd. will have a head start when it organizes on Monday.
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