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January 15, 2013

IN BRIEF | Union, care homes begin contract talks

— Union, care homes begin contract talks

Contract talks began Tuesday for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania members employed by four local facilities.

Presbyterian Home of Greater Johnstown in Upper Yoder Township and Golden Living Center homes in Hastings, Richland and Meyersdale are among 80 facilities statewide bargaining to renew contracts set to expire this year, Service Employees International Union officials said.  

About 150 negotiating committee members from across the state traveled to Harrisburg to meet with industry representatives.

Hoganas donates $10G to city fire department

In a sign of appreciation, North American Hoganas presented the Johns­town Fire Department a $10,000 donation on Friday.

The department extinguished a fire earlier last week at the company’s plant on Bridge Street in the city’s Moxham neighborhood.

Registrations due for kindergarten event

A kindergarten transition family event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Laurel Valley Elementary School, 137 Education Lane, New Florence, and R.K. Mellon Elementary School, 559 Bell St., Ligonier.

Parents should register by Thursday by calling the school where their child will attended kindergarten in the fall.

Parents will receive a school tour, an overview of school routines and staff introductions. Kindergarten registration forms will be available, and staff members will be present to answer questions. While the parent presentation takes place, preschool children will rotate through four fun centers geared toward motor skills. After the parent tour, families will be reunited in the cafeteria for pizza and refreshments.

For more information, call 724-235-2723, Laurel Valley Elementary, or 724-238-5663, R.K. Mellon Elementary.

Police charge suspect in copper theft

A Johnstown man was charged Monday in connection with the theft of $500 of scrap copper from a property in Lower Yoder Township, authorities said.

West Hills Regional police charged David Chance Osborne, 27, of the 800 block of Wood Street, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property.

Police alleged that Osborne stole the copper from a location along St. Clair Road on Dec. 16 and 17, then sold it to a scrap metal dealer. Osborne confessed to taking the copper and then selling it, police said.

He will answer the charges before District Judge John Barron of Upper Yoder Township.

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