The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 19, 2013

Local News in Brief | McCort sets meetings for principal search

The Tribune-Democrat

— The Bishop McCort board of trustees will hold three forums for parents and alumni to discuss qualities and qualifications they would like to see in the next McCort principal. 

Meetings will be moderated by representatives from McPherson & Jacobson, the executive search firm chosen to assist with the selection process.

Meetings will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Holiday Inn­ – Downtown meeting rooms.

“The board is committed to ensuring the McCort family has a voice in this important process,” board spokesman Matthew Beynon said.

D.A. Gardill will continue to serve as acting principal until a new principal is appointed.

Former principal Ken Salem was placed on administrative leave in March and voluntarily removed himself from the school’s staff in June. Although there has been no explanation given for Salem’s removal, the action came as the McCort community was rocked by former students’ claims they they had been molested by Brother Stephen Baker.

The meetings next week are limited to parents of McCort students and alumni, Beynon stressed.

“The meetings are closed to the press,” he said.

Burglars remove safe from Jenner eatery

BOSWELL – Burglars netted more than $12,000 in cash, checks and gift cards during a weekend break-in at Lamonica’s Restaurant and Bar on Somerset Pike.

State police reported someone came in through an unlocked window just before

1 a.m. Saturday and removed a large safe from the Jenner Township eatery. The safe was taken out through a rear door and placed in a vehicle, the report said.

Anyone with information may call Somerset state police.

1 taken to hospital after vehicles collide

One man was taken to Memorial Medical Center late Sunday after two vehicles collided along Scalp Avenue in Richland Township.

A Richland police spokesman said a report was not complete late Monday, but the investigative officer identified the injured man as Rickie Reed.

His vehicle collided with one driven by William Carnell at 10:54 p.m. in the 1100 block of Scalp Avenue.

Motorcyclist hurt in Lower Yoder crash

A Lower Yoder Township man was taken to Memorial Medical Center after the motorcycle he was driving struck the side of an Upper Yoder Township police cruiser near Sheetz on Goucher Street.

The cruiser, operated by Upper Yoder Officer Justin Arcurio, 29, was turning left into the convenience store when it crossed into the path of the motorcycle operated by Joseph Cernic, 31, of Hemlock Street, West Hills police Chief Andrew Havas said.

Although there are conflicting reports from witnesses about visibility of the motorcyclist at the time of the crash, Havas said he does not expect charges will be filed.

“The Upper Yoder officer did not see the motorcycle going the other way when he turned,” Havas said.

A nursing supervisor said Cernic was no longer a patient at Memorial on Monday.

Job fair for vets slated for Thursday

Veterans Leadership Program/Veteran Community Initiatives will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Hiram G. Andrews Center, 727 Goucher St. in Upper Yoder Township.

Job seekers should be seated by 9 a.m.

Among those participating are SCI-Laurel Highlands, Lowe’s, Riggs Industries, Mission Critical Solutions, Safari Contract Cleaners, Goodwill Industries and Geneva College.

The event is being held to assist veterans in their job search efforts.

For more information, call 255-7209.

Lecture and lunch program continues

“Conversations with the Curator: A Lecture-and-Lunch Series for Art Lovers and Collectors” will continue at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The program will include a 45-minute talk by museum curator for visual arts V. Scott Dimond, as well as a box lunch and informal question-and-answer period.

The lecture, “A World of Wealth and Well-Being: Symbol and Story in Chinese Folk Art” will be given in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China.”

Dimond will give an overview of this unique art form and discuss selected textiles in the exhibition, touching on the meaning of their subjects as well as the symbolic language inherent in their many incidental details.

“These lectures are intended to be informative, yet informal and fun,” said Dimond. “There will be plenty of things to look at, as well as some show-and-tell and opportunities for conversation.”

The cost for the program is $25, which includes lunch.

Reservations should be made by Sept. 9.

Information: 472-3920 or