FOOD & DRINK
A Tour of Taste: 6 Unmissable Pizza Stores in Johnstown
This article presents a tour of six exceptional pizza stores located in Johnstown. Have you had the pleasure of tasting their delicious offerings yet? If yes, we would love to hear about your experiences. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
A Slice of Windber: The Top 3 Pizza Stores in Town
In this article, we're exploring three remarkable pizza stores located in Windber. Have you had the opportunity to visit any of these places yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
How Derrick Knopsnyder brought his live comedy special to Somerset County
SOMERSET ― When comedian and Somerset County native Derrick Knopsnyder was invited to film a live comedy special, he knew exactly where it should be filmed – in the same place he got his start in comedy. So Knopsnyder’s live comedy special, “Everywhere but Famous,” is taking place...
Annual Ebensburg Potatofest is Back!
Ebensburg's Annual Potatofest is set to return this fall, showcasing the borough's most loved vegetable in a variety of food and craft items. The town is expected to be active with food stalls, arts and crafts exhibitions, and children's activities. Wine tasting will be available, along with a new addition this year: an axe throwing competition. The event will also feature live music to entertain visitors. The Potatofest serves as the largest fundraising event for local institutions, making it not just a fun day out for attendees but also a critical gathering for the community. The event is a great way to kick off the fall season.
Cambria County church to bless pets of any species
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Johnstown church has announced that they’ll be blessing pets and holding a bake sale in October. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (located at 335 Locust Street) will be hosting the ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the church courtyard. The event will take place […]
New gardens on view at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Michael Strueber can be found in one of two places at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art: sitting in a rocking chair on the porch, sipping coffee with just a dash of cream, or in one of the site’s seven gardens, elbow deep in soil. Director emeritus of SAMA,...
Who is Rachel Petersen? Local author writes supernatural novel inspired by outdoors experience
JOHNSTOWN ― A Cambria County man with ties to Somerset County has published a supernatural novel that was inspired by a single tombstone he discovered while deer hunting in the woods. "The Legend of Rachel Petersen" (revised edition) by J.T. Baroni is an updated version of a fiction novel...
Six Flags Great Adventure Brings Back Popular Kids Boo Fest in Jackson, NJ
It's always something parents of younger children are looking for in October, Halloween events that the little ones can go to that won't leave them having nightmares til Christmas lol Let's face it there are lots of spooky things going on for Halloween but there are just a bit too much for our little ones. So when we find an option for the family, we wanna share it with our parents out there.
Westmoreland airport officials target Sunshine State tourists
As the clock ticks down toward a court date that could decide the fate of JetBlue’s proposed purchase of Spirit Airlines, local airport leaders are hoping to lure some Florida residents to the Laurel Highlands. Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo last week announced his plan to...
Aldi, O’Reilly Auto Parts given final approval in Jackson Twp.
JACKSON TWP — Supervisors gave final approval for a new Aldi, O’Reilly Auto Parts and restaurant Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of the planned Jackson Village shopping center. “Phase 1 is Aldi, phase 1A is O’Reilly Auto Parts, and we don’t know what restaurant yet,” said Nikki Colton,...
Chip Minemyer: Burkert's gift: Strategic planning beyond 'walls of a museum'
Chip Minemyer, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Sep. 22—In April 1991, just two years after the Johnstown flood centennial and 12 years into Richard Burkert's time in Johnstown, the local heritage association released a strategic plan with goals to preserve the region's historical assets and grow cultural tourism. And guess...
Johnstown airport leaders endorse SkyWest jet service extension
Sep. 20—JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Jet service at John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport is expected to continue without interruption after leaders on Tuesday recommended SkyWest Airlines be awarded a new, two-year federally subsidized contract. Under its proposal, SkyWest will receive $6,887,013 during 2024 and $7,369,104 in 2025 to...
Grub Shack in Johnstown officially opens with ribbon cutting ceremony
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Grub Shack in Johnstown had their official ribbon cutting on Sept. 18, opening their doors to the downtown community. Grub Shack, located at 145 Franklin Street, is a new local restaurant that offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches and breakfast foods. The County Commissioner thanked Val Lamb, the owner, […]
Johnstown Slavic Fest 2023: A Vibrant Celeb. of Tradition and Fellowship
The 2023 Johnstown Slavic Festival was a delightful showcase of tradition and fellowship, focusing on music, food, and celebration. Studio 814's host led the event, sampling unique dishes, engaging with attendees, and diving into the lively atmosphere that encapsulated Slavic culture.
Chefs are being auctioned off in Cambria County, here’s why
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) – Local foodies are raising funds to improve the lives of students before they head to college. The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation, in partnership with the 1889 Foundation, is hosting a reinvigorated Chef Auction on Oct. 11 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Confrence Center in downtown Johnstown. The event will begin […]
Bandshell Bark back after rain delay
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) – It’s a dogs day out! Bandshell Bark returns to Roxbury Park after a minor set-back. The 15th Annual Bandshell Bark will take place Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roxbury Bandshell in Johnstown. Pups and their people are invited to strut their stuff down the Red Carpet followed […]
Here's how a group of musicians are supporting a local high school music program
BOSWELL ― A group of the region’s best musicians and singers are giving a concert this weekend to benefit the North Star High School marching and concert band. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Star High School auditorium, 400 Ohio St. In Boswell. Tickets will be sold at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices and more information can be found at the concert’s event page on Facebook.
Jackson Twp. Welcomes New K-9 Officer
Jackson Township is welcoming a new four-legged officer to their police force. Earlier this month, the township announced that they have a new K-9 officer named Canyon. The one-year-old is a Belgian Malinois, who is certified in canine patrol, tracking, and narcotics detection. He was sworn-in by District Judge Amy...
16-Year-Old Asher Fieni's Rendition of 'Life By The Drop' Captivates Audiences
Asher Fieni, a talented 16-year-old musician, recently impressed audiences with his cover of 'Life By The Drop', a famous song by Stevie Ray Vaughan. The performance, which showcased his strong vocals and blues influence, was aired at WTAJ Studio 814.
The best local places to get a burger in Central Pennsylvania, Yelp shows
ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — What can you say about a good burger? After all, they practically sell themselves. An icon of American culture, the burger is a staple for most fast food joints and a must-have for many people when they light up their grill all summer. We took a dive into Yelp reviews and […]