The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 20, 2013

Local & State News in Brief | 9/21/2013


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Weight limits to drop on 5 area bridges

Effective Tuesday, PennDOT will lower the weight limit on five bridges in Somerset County in an effort to slow their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain.

The bridges affected are on:

Vehicles exceeding the new weight limit must use an alternate route.

Bridge posting information is available on the PennDOT District 9 website: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district9.nsf.

Bishop to deliver state House invocation

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will deliver the invocation on the floor of the state House of Representatives at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, extended the invitation.

Bartchak will be in Harrisburg to attend the annual board of governors meeting of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He will meet with various state lawmakers and tour the Capitol prior to the meeting.

Live coverage of session will be available on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

United will rededicate elementary school

United School District will rededicate its elementary school at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria/gym.

Following the ceremony, community members can participate in a guided tour, reminisce at United Elementary’s “Memory Lane” display and listen to the tunes of the Elementary Faculty Band.

The school resulted from con­solidation of four elementary schools – Armagh, Brush Valley, Garfield and Wehrum – and was dedicated on Dec. 9, 1973.

The elementary campus serves about 600 students from Pre-K Counts to sixth grade.

Safety conference scheduled in city

The 11th annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

The event will be hosted by Johnstown Area Regional Industries and Cambria/Som­erset County Safety Consortium.

Registration and breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. in the ballroom, followed by the opening session, “The Impact of Safety and How Lives Can Be Changed Forever,” from 8:30 to 9:15.

The keynote presentation “Emergency Response and Crime Prevention,” which will cover the state of crime in Cambria County and highlight the recent Drug and Crime Commission’s findings in Johns­town, will be presented from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the ballroom.

The closing session, “How to Survive a School or Workplace Shooting,” will be held from 2:40 to 3:40 in the ballroom.

The cost to register is $75 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

If a company registers three or more employees, the cost is $60 per person.

For more information, call 262-8366 or email dbalog@jari.com.

CTC earns recognition for marketing

Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s communications and marketing team efforts have been recognized for the eighth straight year by a national association of marketing professionals.

“The fact that our communications and marketing materials continue to be recognized nationally is a true testament to the creativity and talent of our in-house graphic designers, writers, photographers and other team members,” said Mary Bevan, CTC’s director of corporate communications and brand marketing.

CTC’s 25th anniversary campaign and its 2012 annual report were among projects recognized by HERMES Creative Awards, Bevan said.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals began the awards in the mid-1990s as a means to honor outstanding achievement and service to the communication profession, its website shows.

Investigation renewed in missing DA case

BELLEFONTE – Police are investigating a tip that a missing prosecutor connected to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case was killed and dumped in a mine shaft.

Bellefonte police Detective Matthew Rickard said the tip regarding the 2005 disappearance of Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar is being investigated and the FBI is involved.

Gricar decided not to charge Sandusky in 1998 after a boy’s mother complained to State College police about abuse.

Gricar was declared dead this year at his daughter’s request.

The Altoona Mirror reported Friday that Gricar’s nephew said he takes the new claim with a grain of salt because there have been so many false leads over the years.

Sandusky was convicted last year of child sexual abuse but says he’s innocent.

PSU trustees approve $750M in borrowing

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s board of trustees approved $750 million in new borrowing for capital improvements Friday at a relatively low-key meeting that was countered by protesters who remain unhappy with the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

The borrowing package, which will help finance a five-year capital plan, includes $30 million to help the university’s cash-strapped athletic department cover the cost of NCAA sanctions imposed because of the scandal.

The trustees, meeting in the university-owned Penn Stater hotel, capped their nearly three-hour meeting with a review that showed the school has implemented nearly all of the more than 100 reforms recommended last year in a damning report by former FBI director Louis Freeh.