The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Michele Bender

Michele Bender
  • Bender_Michele.JPG Judge Judy’s tough in any language

    In her relentless effort to “correct and serve,” Judge Judy Scheindlin is “on the road” promoting her new program, “Hot Bench.”

    February 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele.JPG Twelve days of Christmas

    “Ms. Bender? Are you awake?”
    The guy sounded cute. I opened one eye.               
    “I’m Dr. S. I’ll be your brain surgeon.”

    January 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender MICHELE M. BENDER | Shop until you drop

    Is it my imagination, or have advertisers dialed back the Christmas hype this season?

    December 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele.JPG A sonnet? Doggone it!

    I’m a gal of many talents,
    Though lots of folks don’t know it.

    November 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele.JPG MICHELE M. BENDER | Not another ‘for sale’ sign

    I suspect that goblins fly over Johnstown at night sprinkling “For Sale” sign seeds. Weather doesn’t seem to hamper the growth process; signs are popping out everywhere.

    November 9, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele.JPG Clear the aisles! I’m back in the saddle again

    Study this face carefully. If you ever … EVER … see me in your checkout line (with my walker or an electric cart), RUN … do not walk … RUN the other way.

    October 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele MICHELE M. BENDER | What lurks in your closet?

    Ladies wrote this summer reminding me that the struggle for brand-name dominance in fashion began in the ’60s and ’70s. Everyone knew that Audrey wore Givenchy. Brooke posed provocatively in magazines wearing “only her Calvins.”

    October 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • MICHELE M. BENDER | Warm and fuzzy

    Well, “we had us” a summer! Probably not the one most people waited for, but chilly temps won’t stop customers in relentless pursuit of that last pierogi, funnel cake or halupki.

    September 28, 2013

  • Michele Bender MICHELE M. BENDER | Geezer justice rules

    My car, Bailey Bender (a PT Cruiser), will celebrate his 10th birthday on Sept. 13. I’ve named almost every car I’ve ever owned.

    August 31, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bender_Michele.JPG Hearts, souls and rock ’n’ roll

    When it comes to music, Johns­towners have passion! In July, I asked folks to select their favorite rock ’n’ roll love song. Your feedback overwhelmed me.

    August 17, 2013 1 Photo


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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