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September 17, 2011

In brief: Items being collected for time capsule

— Alternative Community Resource Program and 56 & Runnin’ are sponsoring the collection of items for a time capsule to be buried in Sandyvale Memorial Gardens.

The time capsule will be buried at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and is to be unearthed in 30 years.

Anyone wishing to have items included in the time capsule can bring those items to ACRP, 726 Franklin St.

A $5 donation is requested for items small enough to fit in a sandwich bag. Larger items require a $10 donation.

Funds raised will go to Catholic Charities of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and for continued improvements to Sandyvale Memorial Gardens.

For additional information, contact Lamar Porcher at or Apryle Babish at

PITT-nic in the Park set for Wednesday

Pitt-Johnstown has invited the entire Johnstown community to kick off the 2011 Homecoming celebration with its fifth annual PITT-nic in the Park.  

The free event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.  

There will be free hot dogs, prizes and entertainment by radio personalities from 96 KEY. PJ, the university mascot, will be on hand to distribute balloons to children.

For more information, go to

Author to speak at St. Francis

LORETTO – A Campus Community Lecture will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the JFK Auditorium on the campus of St. Francis University.

“Diversity and the Workplace. Changing Agents: Innovators, Leadership and Diversity Management” will be presented by Leah Hollis.

Hollis is author of the book “Unequal Opportunity: Fired Without Cause, Filing With the EEOC.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from Pitt and a doctorate in education administration from Boston University, where she was a Martin Luther King Fellow.

She furthered her professional training at Harvard, Stanford and Cornell universities and has taught at Northwestern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.

Hollis has spoken nationally and regionally on race, gender, ethnicity and access concerns.

She also is co-author of “Saga of the Johnstown Schools: Echoes from the Halls” with her mother, Clea Hollis.

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    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

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    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

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  • Homicides linked to center

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