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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State Lottery officials say less means more for seniors.
Portage ambulance aid will add portable CPR device, other tools
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Paint Township considers offering part of building for rent
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Old Rockwood hotel will soon be history
The historic – but dilapidated – Merchants Hotel in Rockwood is expected to be razed soon.
On Tuesday, Somerset County’s three commissioners unanimously agreed to a demolition plan for the building, which was constructed in the 1880s. The arrangement calls for a private citizen, William Nair, to tear down the structure at 703 Main St. in exchange for being allowed to keep any salvageable materials.
ATV blast ready to roll at Rock Run
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