The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 3, 2013

Local News in Brief | Crash cuts Internet, landline services

— Internet and landline services for Verizon customers in the Ashville, Patton and Loretto areas were disrupted Tuesday when a car struck a Verizon telephone equipment cabinet at Schoolhouse Drive and Route 36 in Patton.

Voice and Internet services for 225 lines were lost when the cabinet was downed, according to Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski.

Services are expected to be restored by Friday evening, he said.

Technicians replaced the cabinet on Wednesday and are awaiting a “cross-connect” box expected to arrive today from Massachusetts.

Seminar to explain games of chance law

 NORTHERN CAMBRIA – State Rep. Gary Haluska,

D-Patton, will host a seminar  this evening on Pennsylvania’s small games of chance law for area volunteer fire companies, veterans and fraternal clubs, and other nonprofit organizations.

The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. at Hope fire hall, 1023 Philadelphia Ave.

This is the second small games of chance seminar Haluska has hosted for clubs in the region.

It will feature a presentation by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, which is charged with enforcing the state’s small games of chance law.

Litter cleanup scheduled Saturday

The Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team and Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association will conduct their annual litter cleanup Saturday in partnership with the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the pull-off along Route 160 between Windber and Elton, where Little Paint Creek passes under the road.  

Litter will be removed from along Berwick Road and portions of state Route 160 in Richland Township.

Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants, and dress for the weather.

Safety vests, gloves, trash bags and light refreshments will be provided.  

For more information, call 444-2669 or email

Blood screening offered in Windber

WINDBER – The Windber Business & Professional Women’s Club and Windber Medical Center will conduct a multiphasic blood screening from 7 to 10 a.m. April 13 in the WindberPlace Building located on the medical center’s campus at 600 Somerset Ave.

The cost is $30. Additional tests offered include PSA for $20 and hemoglobin A1C for $20.

A 12- to 14-hour fast is recommended.

Free colorectal cancer screening kits and pulmonary lung screenings will be available.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 467-3961.

Walk-ins are welcome.

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