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Coronavirus pandemic wipes out several Johnstown activities

Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Amy Praught discusses an issue at the Common Council meeting Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Traditional downtown holiday activities in December will be mostly silent this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Vern Jackson announced at Monday night’s Common Council meeting at City Hall that there will be no tree lighting ceremony, holiday parade, or Colonial Stroll this year in Johnstown. He said city crews are still, however, trying to make the downtown area festive.

“The park has started to be decorated for the holidays,” he said.

The mayor said many of the downtown merchants may still be lit up at night and have longer hours for the holidays.

In other council discussion, 3rd Ward Councilwoman Amy Praught brought up clarification of a memo from city Internal Control Officer Darryl Purinton regarding purchasing and vendors.

Fourth Ward Councilman Max Spritzer asked why the Johnstown Fire Department didn’t provide a monthly report on ambulance service calls.

“I didn’t get anything the last few days,” Jackson said.

The mayor also acknowledged the recent passing of longtime, former City Court Judge Thomas Walsh. A moment of silence was observed for Walsh, who Jackson called a “good judge, nice guy and a good lawyer.”

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