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Setting The Pace
Being around drug and alcohol influences is never easy. When you're a kid and around those influences, it's especially difficult. That's why local teacher Jennifer Romano, along with her high school students, got together and produced this book, "Setting the Pace: Testimonials by Normal Kids."

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Wedding Elegance
After two decades, one local business has finally moved to a new location. Wedding Elegance by Joelle opened its 20,000 square-foot warehouse along Village Street in downtown Johnstown.

Joelle Hadix started the business in 1994 and she says she didn't think this was an industry she would be working in.

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Charity Riders
Although some people view biker culture in a negative light, one southwestern Pennsylvania group is doing its part to challenge the stereotypes.

The Charity Riders are a group of people who aim at helping others in need, specifically children. The group is mainly comprised of bikers, but there are some who do whatever they can to help no matter what type of vehicle they drive.

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Festival of the Nativity
The Christmas season is often referred to as "the season of giving," and one local church did just that.

Once again, Johnstown's First Presbyterian Church members gave the community a gift. For the 30th year, they held their annual Festival of the Nativity.

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Let the River Swell
The mention of "heavy metal" probably brings to mind long-haired, middle-aged "headbangers" screaming into a microphone. While this is true for many bands, Let the River Swell is an exception.

The Johnstown-born band formed in September 2012 when all the band members just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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Great Music for A Great City
For two decades, Johnstown's hills have been alive with the sound of music - thanks to the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra's (JSO) Opera Festival. Last year, the organization celebrated the event's 21st anniversary.

The opera festival started in 1991 when the Pittsburgh Opera and the symphony performed in the Johnstown area. Since then, JSO took over, and the event has gained popularity in Johnstown and the surrounding regions.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul - Inspiration for Writers
Chicken Soup for the Soul books are collections of inspirational stories on relatable topics, ranging from being a dog-lover to being a devout NASCAR fan. One of the collection's newest additions is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers.

Writing, for those actively doing it or considering it as a career, can be challenging. Several authors write about those challenges in this collection of 101 stories - including one local author.

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Adopt-A-Highway
If you cruise is along a clean highway, chances are you can thank a volunteer with Pennsylvania’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

It’s all part of a national program for adopting and beautifying highways in America
that began in Texas in 1985. Pennsylvania adopted the program soon after when many people requested it, according to PennDOT District 9 community relations manager Tara Henry.

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The YMCA's Bulking Up
Since 1869, the Greater Johnstown Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) has had a large presence in the local area. What started as a one-room library in downtown Johnstown is now large and in charge in their most recent location along Johnstown's Haynes Street. Over the years, the organization has undergone several location changes and renovations. Now, they're gearing up for one more.

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