The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 18, 2013

In brief: Route 30 detour scheduled Sunday evening

The Tribune-Democrat

STOYSTOWN — Traffic on Route 30 at the Route 281 bridge in Quemahoning Township and Stoystown will be detoured for about eight hours beginning Sunday evening, PennDOT said.

Workers will prepare to build a new bridge by demolishing the existing bridge.

The contractor plans to reduce Route 30 to a single lane around 6 p.m. before closing the roadway around 8 p.m.

The $2.8 milton project includes a new single-span, concrete structure, replacement of pipes under Route 281, guide rail upgrades and an epoxy overlay on the bridge.

All work except for the epoxy overlay is expected to be finished by late October.

Patton resident pleads to firearm charge

A Patton resident will be sentenced Sept. 3 in federal court in Johnstown for possession of an illegal firearm, prosecutors said.

John B. Zollinhofer, 41, of the 600 block of Magee Avenue, pleaded guilty this week to one count of possessing a firearm by a user of controlled substances, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Prosecutors said Zollinhofer was caught with the weapon in September 2011. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail for the crime but guidelines are also dependent on any criminal history.

Paper shredding, drug collection available

Cambria County Crime Stoppers will hold its biannual Shred-It Day on Saturday at Hornick Auto Sales, 2355 Bedford St. in Geistown.

Burgmeier Shredding and Hauling will have a truck in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents can bring old papers for shredding. A donation of $5 for every box of records will go to Crime Stoppers.

The Cambria County Drug Task Force also will accept unused prescription drugs at that time.

Other sponsors of the event are state Sen. John Wozniak and Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan.

Crusher 5K Run-Walk registrations due

The 2013 Crusher Challenge 5K FunD Run or Walk will be held at 10 a.m. April 27 at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown.

Advance registration is $20 by Saturday or $25 until race day.

The first 200 entries will receive a free T-shirt.

Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The registration fee includes a post race picnic. Non-race participants will be admitted to the picnic for $5.

Runner awards will be presented to men and women in six age groups. The top three men and women walkers also will receive awards.

Proceeds will benefit student programming.

For more information or to register, go to

Bridge, concrete canoe competitions on tap

The Pitt-Johnstown student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host the 2013 ASCE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference this weekend.

Events will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the UPJ campus and from 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Quemahoning Reservoir at the Summer’s Best Two Weeks facility. Lunch and dinner will be available.

The conference includes the ASCE/American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Bridge Competition and ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, in which about 300 students from 14 colleges and universities will compete with a total of five canoes and 12 bridges.

Teams who win the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions will advance to their respective national competitions.

The construction events provide students with a practical application of the engineering principles learned in the classroom. The programs also help students to develop team and project management skills.

1st Lift for Life to raise funds for nonprofit

LORETTO – Members of the St. Francis University football team and the new chapter of Uplifting Athletes will conduct the initial Lift for Life fundraiser.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday as the athletes perform strongman-type lifts on the football field in Loretto. There will be raffles, prizes, a dunk tank and live radio broadcast.

The event will raise money for childhood apraxia through CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America).

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Psychology conference slated at UPJ

Keynote speaker Derek Leben, Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor of philosophy, will speak on “Experimental Philosophy: Tales from the Front Lines” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the 16th annual Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blackington Hall on the UPJ campus in Richland Township.

The conference was founded in 1998, providing a forum for undergraduate students in psychology programs from across the tri-state region to present their research to fellow students and faculty members.

For more information, call 269-7293 or email mullenni@

University offers open house

LORETTO – St. Francis University will host an open house for students and their families on Saturday.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the JFK Student Center.

The day will begin with an academic and activities fair in which prospective students will be able to speak to faculty representatives about more than 30 programs in business, sciences, health sciences, education and the humanities. New programs including the public health major, the gaming/new media production concentration recently added to the computer science degree and the American sign language minor will be featured.

Participants also can find out about extracurricular activities, 22 NCAA Division I athletics teams, and a range of study abroad programs including study at the university’s campus in Ambialet, France.

Financial aid representatives will answer questions and talk about scholarships and grants available.

For more information or to register for the open house,

call 866-DIAL-SFU, email or visit

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