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July 3, 2014

Local News in Brief | Shuster announces separation from wife

— U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hol­lidaysburg, announced Thursday that he and his wife, Rebecca, are separating.

“This is a very difficult decision for our family, but one that we have reached together amicably,” the 9th district congressman said in a statement emailed to reporters. “We will always share a bond with each other through parenting our two wonderful children whom we love and support unconditionally.”

The Shusters have been married 27 years.

The 9th district includes parts of Cambria and Somerset counties. Shuster has been in office since 2001 after winning election to the seat vacated by the retirement of his father, Bud Shuster of Everett.

Blue Knob pool opens after renovations

The newly renovated swimming pool at Blue Knob State Park near Pavia was reopened Thursday.

Renovations include facility modifications for the handicapped, construction of a filter building, updates to the control system and fencing, an expanded parking area and installation of a new deck and liner.

Parents are reminded that children younger than 10 must be supervised by an adult.

The pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until late August.

UPJ Advisory Board honors Sherri Rae

The Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board recently presented its 17th Service to Community Award to Sherri Rae, director of the university’s Office of Student Life and the RealWorld Action Program.

The award was established to recognize students, faculty and staff who have contributed to the quality of life in the region.

Nominees were evaluated  based on criteria including volunteerism and service that has significant impact or enduring effect.

 Rae offers her time to several community organizations including Special Olympics, Goodwill GoodGuides, the YWCA’s Rise and Shine Girls Mentoring Program, Cuddles for Kids Toy Drive and Children and Youth Services’ Gift Drive. She holds board appointments with the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies and the Cambria-Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program.

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