The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 25, 2013

Local & state briefs | Police beefing up patrols

EBENSBURG — State police in Ebensburg are reminding the public to be safe over the New Year’s Day holiday.

The barracks’ officers say they’ll be increasing highway patrols, traffic enforcement and DUI checkpoints beginning New Year’s Eve.

Hastings info sought

With Hastings celebrating its 125th birthday in August, the Hastings History Committee is asking for final submissions of photos or information for a book of history over the last 25 years.

The goal is to include as many businesses, organizations and people as possible in the book, which will be an addendum a book published in 1989 covering the first 100 years of the borough.

The committee is working with a group of Cambria Heights High School students, and time is needed for the students to format the information.

Forms are available at the Hastings Public Library, Hastings post office service lobby or Marion Center Bank.

For more information, call Susan Sibert of Hastings at 247-6680 or Kathy O’Rourke of St. Boniface at 247-6334.

A quasquicentennial birthday party will be held in conjunction with the Hastings Volunteer Fire Company’s 100th charter anniversary and the hosting of the 121st Convention of the Western Pennsylvania Fireman’s Association.

Emergency classes set

A Somerset County Community Emergency Response Team basic training class is scheduled to take place on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Somerset County Office Building Annex RTC Room, 300 N. Center Ave., Somerset. Attendance all three days is required.

The training teaches the public about basic disaster response and preparedness.

It consists of disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. After the training, CERT members are better able to assist others following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Training is funded entirely by a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. It is being coordinated through the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services. Registrations are being accepted by calling 445-1515 or emailing Joel Landis, training officer, at

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