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April 27, 2013

Coming events 4-28-2013

High school summit focuses on diversity

LORETTO – St. Francis University and the NAACP Johns­town Unit are sponsoring the sixth annual High School Diversity Summit that will be held Tuesday at the university campus.

The summit, titled “Leadership and Diversity,” is about living and working effectively in a multicultural society. It is open to all high school administrators and student leaders in grades nine to 11.

The summit will begin at 8 a.m. and will include morning and afternoon sessions.

Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be the keynote speaker.

Kellem was born with a rare disorder that causes his bones to break easily. He has undergone more than 10 operations and experienced many broken bones. Kellem does not dwell on the setbacks from the disorder but instead concentrates his positive attitude.

The second session will challenge participants on preconceived ideas and beliefs about multicultural issues.

 The $40 cost to attend the summit includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For questions, registration or other information, contact the St. Francis Counseling Center at 472-3211 or or visit­sity-summit-2013/.

Workshop to address child abuse prevention

The Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals Inc. and the Cambria County Children and Youth Service are offering the 33rd annual Child Abuse Prevention Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pitt-Johnstown Student Union Building.

The speakers include Jackie Bernard, Blair County chief deputy district attorney, speaking on “Pennsylvania’s Response to Child Abuse in the Wake of Jerry Sandusky” and Cynthia King, who serves on the governor’s Sex Offender Assessment Board in Pennsylvania, speaking on “Adolescents with Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors,” “Non-Offending Moms in Intrafamilial Sex Abuse Cases” and “Helping Children Heal.”

The registration fee is $65.

Any health care professional or foster parent wanting to attend the workshop can

register at, email Joni Hoffman at or call 269-2939.

Birthday bash benefit planned at 2 locations

The third annual Gary Lamer Birthday Remembrance Bash will be held Friday at The Crow’s Nest in Tire Hill and Saturday at the Woodside Bar and Grill in Belmont.

The event was started by Katie Lamer following the death of her husband, who passed away on March 2, 2011, at age 32 due to complications from pneumonia.

The Crow’s Nest bash will begin at 9:30 p.m. The cost is a $5 donation.

The event at the Woodside Bar and Grill will begin at noon. The cost is a $10 donation.

T-shirts and memorial lanterns will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the first event will be used to create scholarships for students at Forest Hills High School, Gary Lamer’s alma mater.

Money from the second event will go to a local school’s music program.

The contest is open to any school in Cambria and Somerset counties. Schools are asked to submit videos and letters telling why they deserve the money. A minimum of $500 will be awarded.

The materials must be submitted by May 24 and can be emailed to or sent to 265 Sell St., Johnstown, Pa. 15905.

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