JOHNSTOWN — “Our Christmas tradition didn’t start decades ago like the other families who have sent in their pictures,” wrote Sharon and Bob Zimmerman of Armagh. “Our tradition started just 18 years ago on March 4, 1995, when our youngest son, Todd, was killed by a drunk driver. The following epiphany in January of 1996, Todd’s Catechism class presented us with this manger set in his memory. Nothing has touched our hearts more than this gift from the children's donations at Holy Family Church in Seward. Our family always felt terrible for the children that had to go through losing their friend, our son. To all the families who have lost a child and know how hard the holidays can be, keep your faith and God will take care of the rest. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.”
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Flowers' color doesn't have to fade
Those pots of bright yellow daffodils, Easter lilies and hyacinths gracing the home this weekend do not have to end up in the trash bin when the blooms start to fade.
Refinancing could lower Richland School District's debt by $2.2M
When Richland School District borrowed funds for its high school project a decade ago, board members circled “2014” on their calendars as a likely first option to refinance the debt.
Pipeline to carry shale byproducts
An 8-inch transmission line crossing Pennsylvania, including four municipalities in Cambria County, is being repurposed to carry some of the by-products from Marcellus and Utica shale production.
Vets courts gain support
Signs of success are mostly anecdotal in Pennsylvania’s special courts for veterans, but judicial officials and lawmakers are so convinced of the program, they’re lobbying to expand it.
Person of the Week: ‘I wanted to help’: Teen uses birthday to show love for children, animals
Anastasia Machik’s love for children and animals inspired her to forgo her birthday gifts for the sake of the two.
Students taking steps to call attention to child abuse
An upcoming community walk will help raise awareness of child abuse.
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Halfway house inmates can ease back into society
Prison life can be a time warp.
When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.
Crime board took aim at house
Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.
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