Burglar grabs safes from Green Gables
State police in Somerset are asking the public’s help in finding the person or person who burglarized Green Gables restaurant in Jenner Township on Thursday.
Someone forced entry into the restaurant along Route 985 and made off with two safes and money, troopers said.
Anyone with information on the theft can contact state police at 445-4104.
Dump truck crashes in Meyersdale
A dump truck driver suffered minor injuries Friday when he crashed his truck in Meyersdale, authorities said.
Ryan Paul Dunmeyer, 23, of Meyersdale, lost control of his 1988 International Eagle truck at Main and Grant streets and the truck rolled onto its left side, state police in Somerset said.
Troopers did not say what caused the crash.
Senior center’s fund donated to library
With the shuttering of the Nanty Glo Senior Center early this year, the money remaining in a fund used to help sustain the center is being donated to the local library.
Cambria County President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder on Friday presented a check for $839 to the Nanty Glo Public Library, located in the 900 block of Roberts Street.
The library was chosen because it is a facility the seniors use, he said.
The center was shut at the end of January because of high operating costs and the close proximity of other senior centers, officials said at the time.
Square dancers give $1G to food charity
Track II Square Dance Club of Salix donated $1,040 to Food for Families, a subsidiary of St. Vincent De Paul in Johnstown.
The funds were raised by the members with the help and support of area businesses.
The money was presented to Jim Sestrich, director of Food for Families, at the club’s regular Wednesday night square dance.
Sestrich spoke to the club’s members about his organization’s appreciation for all donations and its continuing need for private financial assistance in light of recent government funding cutbacks.
Flu shots available for seniors
St. Francis University’s DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness has partnered with Maxim Health to offer seasonal influenza vaccinations for senior citizens.
Immunizations will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 on the Loretto campus in the DiSepio Institute building.
The vaccines are free for senior citizens with any of the following insurances: Freedom Blue PPO, Security Blue, Medicare Part B or Aetna.
An insurance card must be presented at the time of the injection.
For all other seniors, the cost is $30 for the flu vaccine and $75 for the pneumonia vaccine.
Those interested should register by Sept. 15 by calling 472-2783 or emailing email@example.com.
Restaurants offering Food for Thought
Meyersdale Public Library has entered into a partnership with area restaurants that will benefit the library’s project of creating a new accessible front entrance by installing automatic doors.
Each participating restaurant will host a Food for Thought event on a designated Thursday and donate a portion of its profits after tips and taxes to the library fundraiser.
Restaurants and their participation dates are as follows: The White House, Sept. 12; Java Cafe, Sept. 19; GI Day Room, Sept. 26; Albright’s Pizza & Subs, Oct. 10; Subway, Oct. 17; Missy’s Cafe, Oct. 24; Donges Restaurant, Oct. 31; and Morguen Toole Co., Nov. 7.
Cement mixer firm cutting 10-15 jobs
An Indiana County company that makes mobile concrete mixers and other equipment is moving its manufacturing operation to Iowa, resulting in the loss of 10 to 15 jobs.
Officials with Elkin Hi-Tech of Indiana told the Indiana Gazette that the work is being moved to Indianola, Iowa, where the company’s parent, Multi-Tech Inc., is based.
The operation will be combined there with two affiliated companies, International Mobile Mixers and Cemen Tech.
Frank Holuta, Elkin’s senior vice president and general manager, said the company is making the move because the Iowa facility is larger and more modern, and has overhead cranes and other specialized equipment.
The plant in Indiana will be sold, but the company plans to maintain and expand its customer support center there.
Robber ’splits’ with loot during festival
Police said robber split with some cash after robbing a bank during Latrobe’s festival celebrating its place in history as the home of the banana split.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the robber targeted a Citizens Bank in the small Westmoreland County city shortly after 11 a.m.
That’s about when officials were set to dedicate a historic marker at a former pharmacy nearby, crediting apprentice pharmacist David Strickler with creating the first banana split in 1904.
Dole, the fruit company, and nearby St. Vincent College were teaming with the city to celebrate the event.
Police didn’t say how much money the robber took, but said there were no injuries in the robbery.
The celebration will end Sunday afternoon with a free public banana split bar on the St. Vincent campus.
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The local arts community is getting a funding boost.
Cambria County commissioners said Wednesday they will restore funding to the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. The funding had been cut in half last year.
Atlantic Broadband boosting Web speeds
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Church Nativities bring Christmas story to life
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Bid acceptance nears for Forest Hills school
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Police investigate vandalism reports in Portage Twp.
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