The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

November 10, 2012

In brief: Woman killed in crash on Route 160

CENTRAL CITY — A Windber motorist died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday in Ogle Township, state police in Somerset said.

Teresa Marie Fleck, 49, was driving a Pontiac G5 on state Route 160 just north of Central City when she lost control on a curve and hit two trees, troopers said.

Fleck was pronounced dead at the scene by Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller.

State police were assisted by Central City and Windber fire companies and Northern ambulance.

Donations sought for community dinner

Community leaders are looking for donations for the annual Christmas dinner to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 at Christ Centered Community Church, 531 Somerset St. in Johnstown.

To donate or for additional information, contact the Rev. Sylvia King at 244-2737 or the Rev. Reginald Floyd at 361-2393. Volunteers are needed for preparation and tear-down assistance.

The event is free and open to the public.

Program provides gifts for seniors

Area residents are invited to participate in an initiative to get Christmas gifts into the hands of senior citizens living in personal care facilities – many of whom do not have family or visitors.

“Presents for Patients” is a division of St. Barnabas Charities in Pennsylvania. The program matches a resident with a donor who receives information on the resident and his or her wish list. The donor is asked to purchase one of the gifts on the list and bring it to the resident.  

Several personal care homes in the region participate in the program, including Harmony House in Johnstown, Rebekah Manors in Ebensburg and Portage and Cambria Care Center in Ebensburg.

For additional information call (724) 444-5521 or go to

Smoking-cessation strategies offered

Information about strategies and help available for kicking the tobacco habit will be distributed during a Great American Smokeout exhibit Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center’s main campus.

The public event, which also targets hospital employees, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s Atrium area.

Materials will be provided by the American Cancer Society, Conemaugh employee wellness and cardiac services departments. There will also be free food, chair massages and prizes.

Beginning Jan. 1, Conemaugh Health System hospitals will implement tobacco-free employee work shifts. This means that employees are not permitted to use tobacco products of any kind from the time they report to work until their shift is over.

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