The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 7, 2013

In brief: Arson blamed for Nicktown blaze

The Tribune-Democrat

NICKTOWN — A state police fire marshal has determined that the fire that damaged a two-story home on Killen School Road near Nicktown on Monday morning was intentionally set.

The home is owned by Scott Finnigan, 50, Nicktown, and Theresa Finnigan, 46, Alverda, the report said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire out quickly, according to the Nicktown fire company. The home sustained mainly heat and smoke damage.

Inmate dies of natural causes

SOMERSET – An inmate at the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands died Sunday.

Patrick L. Yates, 67, died of natural causes at Somerset Hospital as the result of health issues, state police in Somerset said.

Celtic Workshop set for Sunday

A Celtic Workshop student performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Charmaine Aurandt, Annette Bernazzoli, Linda Greble, Maria Mackall, Janice and Ray McGreehan and Joy and Bill Thwing will be featured.

Information: 255-6515.

Spirit and Excellence results

The following are results of the 27th annual Windber Area Spirit and Excellence indoor contest, which was held March 2:

Middle school guard: Johnstown, first; Central Mountain, second.

Novice A guard: Elk County Catholic, first; Forest Hills, second; Homer-Center, third.

Intermediate A guard: Arundel High, first; Westmont Hilltop, second; Tyrone, third; Central Mountain, fourth.

A guard: St. Mary’s, first; Johnstown, second.

Independent A guard: Penn State Eclipse, first.

Scholastic Novice A percussion: Elk County Catholic, first; Westmont Hilltop, second; Homer-Center, third; Johnstown, fourth.

Independent Novice A percussion: Synergetic Percussion Ensemble, first.

Scholastic Intermediate A percussion: St. Mary’s, first.

Scholastic middle school dance: Central Mountain, first.

Independent junior dance: Fusion XI, first.

Independent Novice A dance: Fusion XI, first; Wolf’s Performing Arts, second.

Scholastic A dance: Tyrone, first; Central Mountain, second.

Scholastic open dance: St. Mary’s, first.

Independent world dance: Fusion XI, first.

Independent cadet twirler: Forest Hills Rangerettes, silver.

Scholastic middle school twirler; Central Mountain, first; Forest Hills, second.

Scholastic Novice A twirler: Central Mountain, first; Glendale, second; Forest Hills, third.

Independent Novice A twirler: Wolf’s Twirlers, first.

Scholastic A twirler: Tyrone, first.

Independent A twirler: Kidnetix TNT Twirlers, first.

Scholastic open twirler: Central Mountain, first.

Sign language classes offered

Baby Signs, a series of classes parents and caregivers can attend with babies to learn how to communicate through the use of simple sign language, will be offered at the Learning Lamp.

The program is backed by research funded by the National Institutes of Health that shows that babies who sign are less frustrated when trying to communicate.

The first three classes in the series introduce parents and babies to some simple signs, as well as the most necessary signs parents and babies should know in order to communicate. The introductory classes are free and run every Friday from March 15 through 29.  

The second group of classes in the series teaches the signs for mealtime, bedtime and bath time, among others. These classes start April 12 and run every Friday until April 26.  Each class costs $10. Registration for all three is $25.

The last three classes focus on the signs for getting dressed, playing with pets and visiting the park. Classes start May 10 and are held every Friday through May 24. Each of the three classes costs $10. Registration for all three is $25.

The time for each class is 10 to 11 a.m.

The Learning Lamp’s Kristi Emerick, who teaches the classes, is the only agency-certified Baby Signs instructor in Pennsylvania.

For more information or to register, call 262-0732.

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