The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 1, 2009

IN BRIEF | Somerset man dies in motorcycle crash


BERLIN – A Somerset man was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 219 in Brothersvalley Township.

Lawrence S. Younkin, 61, who was operating the motorcycle, died as a result of his injuries at Somerset Hospital, state police said.

Younkin was northbound and negotiating a right-hand curve when the motorcycle went out of control, crossed the road and struck the guardrail, police said.



8-vehicle wreck

injures 4 people

PORTAGE – Four people were injured in a chain-reaction collision involving eight vehicles on Portage Street at the intersection with Main Street about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The four were transported to the hospital by medical personnel from Portage and surrounding towns.

Portage Borough police Officer Don Wyar said the eight vehicles were northbound on Portage Street, Route 53. Six were stopped at a red light and the seventh was approaching slowly when the last vehicle, which had lost its brakes, struck it, starting a chain reaction.

The names of the drivers and the injured were not immediately available.



Boater identified,

search continues

ADDISON – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released the name of a man whose body has yet to be recovered after a boating accident Monday at Youghiogheny River Lake.

He was identified as Richard Makovich, 47, of Perryopolis, Fayette County.

Makovich and his mother were on a 16-foot aluminum boat when it apparently hit a wave and they fell into the water about 1 p.m. Rescuers were able to get to 69-year-old Constance Makovich quickly but were unable to find her son.

Dive teams from Somerset County and neighboring counties as well as from Maryland and West Virginia have been searching for the man in the area of the Mason-Dixon Line since the accident.

The fish commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a cadaver dog from Westmoreland County, plus a local resident with a boat equipped with side-searching sonar and a local marina have been assisting, said Gary Compton, chief of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department. Helicopters from the Army Reserve and Maryland State Police assisted by searching from the air, he said.

The search was halted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to allow divers, who are exhausted, to get some rest, Compton said.

The search will resume at 5:30 a.m. today, he said.



Ebensburg considers

code of ethics

EBENSBURG – Council members are considering adopting the borough’s first code of ethics for elected and appointed officials.

Borough Manager Dan Penatzer said the suggestion was not prompted by any single incident or by any reason to suspect any borough officials of acting unethically. It would be what he calls “a purely proactive measure.”

The code would outline the types of activities that are deemed to be wrong, and that all officials and employees should strive to avoid, he said.



Concert tonight

will raise funds for ministry

Westmont Family Counseling Ministries will host an evening of “toe-tapping” music at 7:30 tonight in the fellowship hall of Westmont Presbyterian Church, 601 Luzerne St. White Noise and Song Works will perform a wide variety of music.

The concert is being held to raise money for the ministry, which provides professional counseling to anyone regardless of his or her ability to pay.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Information: 536-0798 or 536-0796.



Dinner will aid soldier

injured in Iraq

PORTAGE – A benefit dinner is planned in support of a Portage soldier recovering from a February grenade attack in Iraq that cost him his right arm and leg.

Army Spc. Keith Maul, 21, is a graduate of Portage Area High School and member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 56th Stryker Brigade.

A dinner benefiting Maul and his wife, Meghan, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church,

906 Caldwell Ave., Portage.

The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cole slaw, rolls, cake, coffee, tea and punch.

Suggested donations are adults, $8; children ages 4-12, $4; and children 3 and younger, free. Meals may be eat-in or take-out.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Gail at 736-4304 or Ruth at 736-4208.

The event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans No. 30718.



Victims Remembered

receives $1,500 grant

CRESSON – A $1,500 grant from the Sisters of Mercy and the Healthy Community Initiatives Committee was presented to Rita Rose Marcinek, president of Victims Remembered.

The grant, awarded at a luncheon held Aug. 5 at Mount Aloysius College, will go toward updating the Victims Remembered computer system and expanding its library.

The organization was created in 1997. Its mission is to create public awareness of the ongoing needs of victims of crime, tragedy, violence and personal loss and to help victims heal.



Elks lodge donates

cruise-in funds

The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Johnstown Lodge No. 17, donated more than $1,000 collected at its first cruise-in fundraiser to the Pennsylvania State Elks Association’s main charity, the Elks Home Service Program.

This program supports a group of 25 nurses who provide assistance and guidance for people suffering from cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. Carol Przybocki, Elks Home Service nurse for Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair counties, distributed information about the program at the cruise-in.

The Aug. 23 event, which was organized by Ray Egnot, drew

53 cars to the Elks’ facility at 330 Teaberry Lane in Geistown.