The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 22, 2010

In brief: Ebensburg motorcyclist dies in wreck


EXPORT — An Ebensburg man was killed in a motorcycle-vehicle accident around 7:15 p.m. Sunday on Route 286, several miles northeast of the Westmoreland County town of Export.

He was identified as Jeremy Kirkpatrick, 27.

Washington Township police said Kirkpatrick’s motorcycle and a vehicle driven by Fred Vandenheuvel III, 18, of Export, were eastbound. Vandenheuvel slowed to make a left turn into a private driveway. Kirkpatrick failed to stop and took evasive action as Vandenheuvel was making the left turn, police said.

Both units collided in the westbound lane, the police report said.

Kirkpatrick was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

He was a 2001 graduate of Cambria Heights High School and a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineering Department. He was attending Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Dog finds pot on prison visitor, police say

SOMERSET – A Philadelphia man was charged Sunday after state police said he drove into the parking lot at State Correctional Institution-Somerset while in possession of marijuana.

David Crispo, 45, came to the prison about 11:30 a.m. to visit a relative. During a K-9 search, a small amount of pot was found, police said.

Delay expected this evening on Route 219

SOUTH FORK – Motorists traveling north and south on

Route 219 between Ebensburg and Johnstown will experience a delay about 6 p.m. today, PennDOT said.

The delay is necessary to allow the contractor to lift the bridge near the Portage/South Fork exit to perform repairs.

State police will assist in slowing traffic before it reaches the bridge. The work should take about 15 minutes to complete.

A second traffic delay will take place for the same reason about 6 p.m. Monday.

Work on the project consists of concrete patching, milling and resurfacing of the existing road, drainage and guiderail upgrades, and the rehabilitation of six dual structures between South Fork and New Germany.

Legislator seeks nominees for scholarship

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor, is seeking a worthy student from his legislative district to enroll at Valley Forge Military College.

The House recently recognized Valley Forge as Pennsylvania’s official military college and created a legislative appointment program there. The program allows each state representative to select a student for the freshman class.

For the 2010-11 academic year, a student seeking a legislative appointment must have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 and a high school grade-point average of 2.5. Candidates also should exhibit involvement in sports or other extracurricular activities, demonstrate leadership and be service-oriented.

Students chosen will receive a $9,000 scholarship.

To recommend a student, contact Burns’ office at 536-8400.

Burns said interested students can submit a short essay outlining their achievements and explaining why they want to be appointed to the program. The deadline is April 1.

Valley Forge is a two-year transfer college in Wayne.

Community sale to benefit Catholic school

NICKTOWN – The third annual Northern Cambria Catholic School’s community sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Catholic Hall, Nicktown.

Proceeds benefit the school.

Fundraiser to aid Forest Hills junior

ST. MICHAEL – A Forest Hills High School junior will hold a car wash and bake sale Saturday at St. Michael Volunteer Fire Company to raise money for a St. Michael teen who is battling a long-term illness.

Cassandra Zangaglia will hold the event from noon to 3 p.m.

The money raised will help to pay medical and related expenses for Ben Pavlosky, a junior at Forest Hills.

Rabies clinic available Saturday in Jerome

JEROME – The Jerome Sportsmen’s Association will sponsor a rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the clubhouse, 3220 Jerome Hill Road.

Shots will be administered by Dr. Ed Dull at a cost of $8 per animal.

Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in cages.

For more information, call 479-4905 or 479-7721.

Child advocacy group earns certification

Cambria County CASA-Beginnings recently was awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association.

The certification recognizes the agency’s compliance with national CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

Cambria’s CASA-Beginnings started in 1997 and has provided special training to 128 volunteers who have become the voice for more than 378 children and 180 families.

Paula Eppley-Newman is executive director of Beginnings Inc., 111 Market St., Johnstown.

Nationally, the CASA program has more than 68,000 volunteers serving more than 240,000 children through 1,018 programs.

For more information on the local program, call Vicki Wilson, CASA program director, at 539-1919 or e-mail her at vwilson@beginningsinc.org.