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Pet Therapy Day to honor dog

Submitted photo. Christine Fogle, organizer of Pet Therapy Day and owner of Golden Girls Pet Therapy, poses with her late mixed breed rescue dog, Josiah.
Submitted photo.
Christine Fogle, organizer of Pet Therapy Day and owner of Golden Girls Pet Therapy, poses with her late mixed breed rescue dog, Josiah.
Submitted photo. This year’s Community Pet Therapy Day is being held in memory of late pet therapy dog Josiah Fogle, who passed away this April.
Submitted photo.
This year’s Community Pet Therapy Day is being held in memory of late pet therapy dog Josiah Fogle, who passed away this April.

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The 10th annual Community Pet Therapy Day is scheduled for July 12 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

This year, the event will be held in honor of late pet therapy dog Josiah Fogle, who passed away on April 21. Josiah, a mixed breed rescue dog, visited many hospital patients throughout the area over the years with his owner, Christine Fogle of Johnstown. Fogle, owner of Golden Girls Pet Therapy, continues to provide pet therapy with her golden retriever, Gracie. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. 

“We are accepting donations in Josiah’s memory at the Golden Girls Pet Therapy Table and we are hoping to take orders for a T-shirt that will be made in his memory,” said Fogle, who also serves as organizer of Pet Therapy Day. “All proceeds will then be donated in his memory to God’s Animals, a group that saves those who can’t speak for themselves.”

Fogle said that Josiah was a special dog who touched many lives and brought smiles to many faces.

“I want people to know that he was an abused rescue dog that was timid and nervous when I got him,” Fogle said. “He went from that to winning a national award for pet therapy with a lot of love and attention. He was a favorite in many people’s eyes. He inspired people and taught people that anything is possible.

“He did change lives and even helped with the training of other therapy dogs. He was my heart dog and a momma’s boy. When he looked at you, you could see into his soul and there was never one time when he looked at me that I didn’t see pure love.”

This year’s Pet Therapy Day will commence with a prayer and Blessing of the Pets by Steven Hoover at 1:30 p.m. A pet parade will follow, and Sweet Frog mascot, Scoop, will make a special guest appearance.

Local band Painted by Millions are returning to provide live entertainment once again this year; they are scheduled to perform from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Entertainment will also be provided by Johnstown resident Eric Shawley and his border collie, Beagan, who has mastered a number of impressive dog tricks.

Children’s activities begin at 1 p.m. and include a children’s reading program, “Tales with Tails,” which will give them a chance to read to pet therapy dogs; pony rides with Best of Friends Pony Rides and an opportunity to make crafts with members of the local non profit Project Street Kids.

Throughout the duration of Pet Therapy Day, attendees can purchase chances to win gift baskets; drawings for the baskets and 50/50 will begin promptly at 4 p.m. In addition, more than 30 vendors will be on the grounds offering an array of gift items for pets and their owners.

“There is something for everyone,” Fogle said. “It really involves the community; even those who don’t have a pet enjoy themselves and feel welcome. It really feels likes it is about family.”

Pet Therapy Day is open to the public free of charge, and dogs are more than welcome to accompany their owners. Over the past nine years, Fogle has watched Pet Therapy Day grow from a small event to a large, well-received community fundraiser.

“The first year I had it, we had about 60 people attend with maybe 30 dogs,” Fogle said. “Last year we had about 300 people with well over 125 dogs.”

Proceeds from Pet Therapy Day benefit local animal groups. Attendees are invited to bring pet food donations that will be donated to the local pet food pantry.

“We need your support so we can make a difference in the lives of these precious animals,” Fogle said. “I would like to set the bar high again this year and raise at least $4,000. We can only do that with the help of our wonderful community.”

Fogle said that Pet Therapy Day serves another important purpose: educating the public about the benefits of pet therapy and the role that family pets play in our lives.

“It also is a family friendly day for people of any age,” Fogle said. “You have a chance to enjoy the day with your own pets. You will not be disappointed. Bring your family and friends, bring your lawn chairs and spend the day with us.” 

Community center invites artists

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is hosting its inaugural “Artists on the Lawn” event June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event is designed to give artists an outdoor venue in which they can create and demonstrate their art in public. “Artists on the Lawn” will also give artists an opportunity to meet one another and give community members a unique glimpse into their creative processes. 

One aspect of the event involves workshop stations tailored for both children and adults. These interactive stations will allow attendees to talk to the artists and learn more about the methods and techniques they typically use.

“I think the public is going to really enjoy the opportunity to meet artists, to ask questions and see the creative process up close,” said Lorie E.G. Singer, executive director of the arts center.

“Artists on the Lawn” is purposely taking place during Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley weekend because organizers want to offer families from both in and out of town an opportunity to meet local artists.

“We are really excited about this event,” said Singer. “This is an amazing opportunity for artists and art makers to meet in a creative environment and do what they love to do.”
Angela Godin, assistant director of the arts center, agreed.

“I think it’s truly special to be able to pay homage to our artists of the past and present in this classic experience, but with a new spin,” Godin said.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located in the Westmont section of Johnstown at 1217 Menoher Blvd. For more information about “Artists on the Lawn,” call 814-255-5615 or visit the art center’s official website at www.caccc.org.

Arts center introduces first car show

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is hosting its inaugural Classic Car Show on June 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“A classic car can be a work of art,” Executive Director Lorie E.G. Singer said. “This is a great chance for the community to see these masterpieces in a beautiful and family-friendly environment.”

Classic car owners may register their cars for the show for a fee. They may do so the day of the show beginning at 10 a.m. in front of the Goldhaber-Fend Building. The first 50 registered cars will receive a dash plaque courtesy of the arts center.

“There are so many kinds of art, and classic cars are just another, with their various colors and designs from interior to exterior, it’s truly an amazing sight,” Assistant Director Angela Godin said. “The time and detail to create the results can be years, much like any other art medium. We are excited to see the diverse styles of classic cars and hope the community enjoys the experience.”

Food, music, a 50/50 raffle and a children’s coloring contest round out this weekend’s event. The coloring contest is to take place at 2 p.m. inside the arts center. In case of inclement weather, the Classic Car Show will take place June 13 instead.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located along Menoher Boulevard. For more information, call 814-255-651 or visit www.caccc.org online.

Arts center hosting book, ‘attic’ sales

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is hosting a used book sale from May 7 to May 9.

Located along Menoher Boulevard in the Westmont, arts center will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. The books, which are gently
read and were donated by community members, cover a wide variety of topics.

“I think what people enjoy is that we get a wide variety of books,” Community Arts Center of Cambria County Executive Director Lorie E.G. Singer said. 

“We have kid’s books, mysteries, books about different places in the world . . . we really have something for everyone, and we have a lot. This may actually have been the most books we’ve ever gotten. We’ve been putting out a call for books through social media, and there are a lot of folks who know we do this every year. We’re just really grateful that people think about us and donate.”

An “attic sale” is also scheduled to take place in conjunction with the book sale. The attic sale will give shoppers an opportunity to purchase items belonging to the arts center, including craft items, Christmas decorations and items that had previously been displayed in the galleries.

“We had all kinds of things donated to us and things that we buy, and as much as we love them, we simply don’t have the space to continue to keep them,” Singer said. “We have an overabundance,and we want to share our good fortune and unique items with everyone.”

Singer encouraged community members to attend the book and attic sale.

“Coming in and making these purchases goes a long way toward supporting our educational programs,” Singer said. 

“It also helps us get through day to day, too. We’ve had such an overwhelming response from the community and it all comes back to helping us accomplish our goals. Hopefully they are the community’s goals, too, because we try to take the lead from them in terms of what they’re looking for from us.”