1 The Good Times Member Western Pa. Ski Council February 2016 Club Mixer /Meeting at The Haven Thursday, February 18 at 7pm We are right in the middle of our winter season and are hoping Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter!! (YEA or NAY?!) THINK SNOW!! Our February Mixer/Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm at the Haven. Located at 117 Langhorne Avenue (at the bottom of Southmont Blvd), the Haven has been a favorite Johnstown neighborhood bar for many years. Dates to Remember. President s Message Hi Ski Club Members Well it looks like we are in the middle of winter. The temperature has plunged and snow is on the ground and hopefully members are taking advantage of the ski discounts the club receives from the local ski areas. For the non skiers, there are a lot of activities planned for February. Some of the highlights for February will be Wine Pairing at Press Bistro, Ladies Night at the Back Door Café, - Hey Guys - Men s Night at the Boulevard Grill, Rock and Glow Bowling and the annual Chinese Dinner. Please be aware of the RSVP dates. Officers continue to plan activities and would like any and all ideas from the membership. Remember if any member has questions concerning the operation of the club they are very welcome to attend a board meeting, just simply ask any officer. The board works hard at trying to stay on budget but some costs continue to rise. Right now we are working on details for the Spring Party; so don t forget to mark April 16th on your calendar. Well it is time to go play in the snow. Ski you later, Terry Feb 4: Zumba Toning Class Geistown Country Club Feb 4-6: Holiday Valley, NY Bus Trip Feb 5: Feb 7: Happy Hour Phoenix Cross-Country Outing: Cancelled Feb 11: Wine & Food Pairing The PRESS (RSVP by 2/3) Feb 11: Zumba Toning Class Geistown Country Club Feb 13: Chillin for Charity Quemahoning Recreation Area Feb 17: Ladies Night Out Back Door Café (RSVP by 2/12) Feb 17: Guy s Night Out Boulevard Grill (RSVP by 2/10) Feb 18: Mixer/Meeting The Haven Feb 20: Rock & Glow Bowling Westmont Lanes (RSVP by 2/15) Feb 21: Club Buffet Dinner Szechuan (downtown) (RSVP by 2/19) Feb 21: WPSC Mountain Challenge Blue Knob Feb 27: Blues Gathering VOMA (RSVP by 2/17) Mar 19: Tomahawks Hockey Game [New Date] War Memorial April 16: Spring Party [SAVE the DATE]
2 The Good Times Ski Discounts. All Skiers and Boarders, check out the attached flyer on page 8 for all the updated information on our ski discounts (Discounts are subject to change). Blue Knob: show your ski club membership card and ID. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: $25 open to close. Hidden Valley: show your ski club membership card and ID. Wednesday: $24 open to close. Seven Springs: 1. Like2Ski Sunday Twilight: $45 (12:30pm- 9pm). Contact Colleen Ley by her 2. Holiday Monday Day: $45. Contact Colleen Ley by her 3. Monday Twilight: 1/2 lift ticket price, $28 plus 1% Amusement tax, 1pm-9pm. Must have 7 Springs voucher. Call Terry Mikula ( ) or Annette Kamzik ( ) for voucher. NEW FOR at Seven Springs: 4. Thursday Night: (February 4, 11, 18) : $ (4pm-10pm). Contact Cathy Vore-Visconti ( or no later than 10am on that Thursday. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ April 16, 2016 Our Annual Spring Party (End-of-the-Ski Season Bash) will be on Saturday April 16. Join us for light fare, music, and loads of fun! Stay tuned for more details. Thursday, February 4 at 7pm Zumba Toning Class at Geistown Country Club Join us again in February for Zumba classes on the first and second Thursdays. Club member Althea Stephenson is welcoming club members to her new Zumba Classes at 7pm at Geistown Country Club (800 Scalp Ave beside the Corner Coffee Shop Bel Air Plaza in Richland). This month, Althea will be teaching us her Zumba Toning class. The class uses lightweight Toning Sticks to enhance sense of rhythm and coordination, while toning target zones. She will have a discount price of $5 for club members (gals and guys, too). Friday, February 5 at 5 pm Happy Hour at The Phoenix Our February Happy Hour will be held on Friday, February 5 at 5pm at The Phoenix. Located at 200 Broad Street in Cambria City section of town, the Phoenix has been a favorite Johnstown neighborhood bar for many years. Save room for their fantastic homemade dessert! Join club members that evening and compare ski stories. No need to call. We will have the Seven Springs Monday Twilight discount vouchers available. See you there. The Good Times is published monthly and distributed to members of the Greater Johnstown Athletic Ski Club. P.O. Box 937 Johnstown, PA Items in this newsletter are subject to change. President Terry Mikula Editor/Mailing Committee Chair Barbara Visnovsky For membership application, call Annette Kamzik
3 Sunday, February 7 Cross-Country Outing - Cancelled Group Leader AJ Stumpo is still recovering from his back injury; so he must cancel the Cross-Country Outing for this month. If anyone would like to lead a cross-country or a snowshoeing outing whether it is at our local golf course or at Laurel Mountain, please notify President Terry ( ) asap. We will then send out an e-blast with the details. Thursday, February 11 at 7pm Zumba Toning Class at Geistown Country Club Join Althea again this month for the Zumba class on Thursday, February 11 at 7pm at Geistown Country Club (beside Corner Coffee Shop in Bel Air Plaza in Richland). Refer February 4th Zumba Class on page 2 for more info. Thursday, February 11 at 6pm Wine & Food Pairing at The PRESS RSVP by Wednesday, February 3 Last year s Wine& Food Pairing was very successful. So we are doing it again on Thursday, February 11 at 6pm at The PRESS (downtown across from the Post Office). We will experience and learn the type of food to pair with certain wines. There will be light Italian food to go with the five wines. Cost will be $30 per person (tip is NOT included, so please tip if you are happy with the service). Payment is due the night of the event.. Limited seating, so call Officer Cindy Formica by Wednesday, February 3 to reserve your spot or for more information. Paid ad Saturday, February 13 starting at 9am Quemahoning-Chillin -for-charity Trustee Lenore Beck is looking for sponsors for her icy plunge at Chillin for Charity on Saturday, February 13 at the Quemahoning-Chillin -for-charity Winter Festival & Arctic Splash at the Quemahoning Dam. Her charity is for The Ethel Fund (The Ethel Fund provides assistance to family pets with catastrophic veterinary needs in Cambria and Somerset Counties). Come and enjoy the day with music (YUM and Sam Coco) and food. At 1pm, then watch Lenore take the Plunge. If you would like to sponsor Lenore taking the Plunge for her charity, contact her at Your sponsorship would be very much appreciated! Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm Ladies Night Out at Back Door Café RSVP by February 12 Ladies, join club member Susan Eget on Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm at the Back Door Café, located at 402 Chestnut Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. You actually enter thru the back door, which is on 4th Avenue. Specials will be offered on wine and those great cosmos, and the food is terrific. With seating limited, be sure to call Susan at by February 12 to reserve your seat. Have a night out and join us! Sorry guys, this event is for ladies only. But you are in luck, see below. Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm Guy's Night Out at The Boulevard Grill RSVP by Wednesday, February 10 Why should the gals be the only ones to have their special night out?? Gentlemen, join Trustee Bruce McPherson for our first Guy s Night Out at 6pm at The Boulevard Grill on Southmont Blvd. With the Battle of the Sexes, we will see who has the bigger attendance (the gals or the guys)! Call Bruce at by February 10 to let him know you will attending. Sorry gals, this event is for guys only, Thursday, February 18 at 7pm Club Mixer /Meeting at The Haven Mark your calendar now for our Monthly Mixer/ Meeting on February 18 at 7pm at The Haven located at 117 Langhorne Avenue (at the bottom of Southmont Blvd. We will have the Seven Springs Monday Twilight discount vouchers. Refer to page 1 for more information.
4 Saturday, February 20 at 9:30pm Rock n Glow Bowling at Westmont Lanes RSVP by Monday, February 15 Want another indoor sport? Annual King & Queen Bowling Tournament will be held at Westmont Lanes on Saturday, February 20 from 10pm to 12:30am (Yes, that is the correct time.). Eight bowlers are needed to reserve two lanes. Join Trustee Bob Rauch for a fun night of rock and glow bowling and to compete for the opportunity to hold the Alley King or Queen trophy for a year a 25 year Ski Club Tradition!. Debbie Facciani and Bob Rauch currently hold the Top Female and Top Male Bowling Pin trophies from last year. Call Trustee Bob Rauch ( ) to sign up by Monday, February 15. Sunday, February 21 at 5:30pm Club Buffet Dinner at Szechuan Restaurant RSVP by Friday, February 19 Most club members know that when it is February, it is time for our Annual Dinner at the Szechuan Chinese Restaurant.. The restaurant is located at 124 main Street in downtown Johnstown. Join club member Annette Kamzik for this event on Sunday, February 21 at 5:30pm with buffet starting at 6pm. Cost is $12/person includes tax and gratuity, ($7.50 for children ages 6-12). CASH ONLY! Exact change appreciated!! Cash bar. Sign up is required by calling Annette at by February 19. Limited seating. Always a fun time with ski club members! Sunday, February 21 at 10:30am WPSC Mountain Challenge at Blue Knob RSVP by Feb 20 for discount entry fee WPSC along with Allegheny Ski and Sports Club ( will once again sponsor the Mountain Challenge NASTAR race on Sunday, February 21, at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. This is a fun race for all ages and abilities for skiers and snowboarders. Entry fee is $15 by 4pm on Saturday, Feb 20, or $25 after 4pm. Registration is 8:30-9:45am on Sunday near the ticket window. Entry fee includes the NASTAR fee and an Awards Party at 3:30pm in Mueller s Pub. Club race participants can buy a lift ticket for $30 with their club membership card. Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm Blues Gathering at VOMA RSVP by Tuesday, February 17 Come and enjoy a celebration of the blues with performances by local and regional musicians as part of the Blues series at Venue of Merging Arts (VOMA) located at 307 Chestnut Street in Cambria City. Cost is $10. BYOB and bring your own snacks. Door opens at 7pm. Since the event sells out, we have reserved 20 seats. Contact Trustee Gil Demos at by February 17 to RSVP your seat. Payment is due at that time (make checks out to VOMA.) Thursday, March 3 at 7pm Zumba Toning Class at Geistown Country Club Join Althea again this month for the Zumba class on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm at Geistown Country Club (beside Corner Coffee Shop in Bel Air Plaza in Richland). Refer to February 4th Zumba Class for more info on page 2. Friday, March 4 at 5pm Happy Hour at The Press Bistro Our March Happy Hour will be held on Friday, March 7 at 5pm at The Press Bistro. The Press is located at 110 Franklin Street (Central Park Complex) and across from Central Park. Join fellow club members and ease into the weekend at this Happy Hour. We will be selling tickets for the Spring Fling. Hopefully, we will still be talking about March skiing. Saturday, March 5 Group Ski Day at WISP Resort, MD RSVP by Saturday, February 27 Join President Terry for a group ski day at WISP Resort in Maryland. Drive yourself or car pool 1 1/2 hour to ski for the day. Group price for 20 or more is $49 to ski from 9am to 5pm. Meet at Home Depot at 7am for a scenic drive down Rt 219 to WISP Resort, MD. RSVP to Terry ( ) by Feb 27 if you are interested in joining the group.
5 Sunday, March 6 Cross-Country Outing Hopefully the snow will be good for us to go cross-country On March 6. More information in the next newsletter. Sunday, March 6 at 5pm Club Dinner (Italian Feast) at Rizzo s of Windber RSVP by Friday, March 4 Club dinner is at Rizzo s for their Italian Feast Dinner. Join group leader Cindy Formica for a family-style dinner. Total price is $21.50 per person which includes tip and tax. Here are the details: you must sign up and pre-pay by Friday, March 4. This is non-refundable. Rizzo s will be making the feast for that number of people who RSVP and pre-pay to Cindy. Cindy will take the first 35 people who sign up. Come to the March Happy Hour at The Press on Friday and pay Cindy there. For more info and/or to RSVP (with payment), call Cindy at by Friday, March 4. We will be in one of their private rooms. Rizzo s is located at 2200 Graham Avenue in Windber (across from St. Anthony s Catholic Church). Saturday, March 19 at 6:30pm Tomahawk Hockey Game at War Memorial Rescheduled New Date Group Tomahawk Hockey game scheduled for January 23 which was cancelled due to the weather is rescheduled for Saturday, March 19. ALL tickets need to be returned to group leader Gil Demos ASAP so new tickets for the March 19 game can be reissued. If you have a conflict with the new date, contact Gil at for more information concerning your ticket. Tickets can be returned to Gil or Terry Mikula ( ) Our seats will still be in the lounge box. Reminder: No food will be served in the boxes. You may purchase food at the War Memorial. No outside food or drinks are allowed in the boxes. There is a cash bar that serves beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Please honor these rules for Gil. Saturday, July 9 Bus Trip to Pittsburgh for PNC Tour & Pirate Baseball Game RSVP by Saturday, April 2 The club has organized a bus trip to Pittsburgh for a tour of PNC Baseball Park and a Pirate Baseball Game for Saturday, July 9. The trip is $95. RSVP is Saturday, April 2 with a deposit of $50. For all the info, check out page 9 in this newsletter, or contact President Terry at ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did you know Since we are members of the Western Pa Ski Council (WPSC), check out page 7 or go to for other ski club s 2016 ski trips. To help clubs fill their trips, they open their trips to members of other WPSC clubs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did you know We have a brand new ski/board discount at Seven Springs. It is for three Thursday nights discount in February: Thursday Night: (February 4, 11, 18) : $ (4pm-10pm). Contact Cathy Vore-Visconti ( or no later than 10am on that Thursday. Refer to page 8 for all our ski/board discounts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Are you a GJASC member of our Facebook page? If not, then like us! Check us out on Facebook. You can communicate with other members, check out latest events, and view photos. We want at least 125 Likes by the Spring Party.
6 And a Good Time was had by All.. Zumba class at Geistown Country Club on first and second Thursdays in January: A few club members have been attending club member Althea Stephenson s Zumba classes. Her classes are high energy and a fun work-out, and the one hour class flies by! Hope to see you at her February classes. Refer to page 2 for more information....thanks to Althea for offering these classes to the club! Club Group Picture at Christmas Tree in Central Park on Friday, January 8: Even though it was raining hard, 18 hardy members braved the wet conditions and showed up for the photo. When it was time for the photo, there was only a very light drizzle so we barely got wet. Exactly at 5pm, the lights and music came on. It was a beautiful sight! Special thanks to club member Judy Crookston for taking the photo and to her valuable assistant (husband Denny). Thanks to the following members who came downtown for the photo shoot: Judy Adams, Annette and Nick Ballow, Ron Brown, Denny and Judy Crookston, Gil Demos, Patty Hoover, Annette Kamzik, Betty and Bruce McPherson, Ida and Terry Mikula, Andrea Policicchio, Jan Skovensky, Bob Snoby, Joyce Spangler, and Tom Washinsky....Thanks to Vice-President Annette Kamzik for organizing the photo shoot and submitting the article. Happy Hour at Freight Station Friday, January 8: We had another big crowd at our Friday Happy Hour. After the Group Picture, the gang went over to the Freight Station and met up with 12 members already wetting their whistles. WPSC s Learn-to-Ski/Board at Seven Springs on Sunday, January 10: Rainy afternoon did not stop a few beginner skiers for the Learn-to-Ski/Board lesson. The lesson was a savings of $80 which included a 2 hr lesson, rental equipment, helmet, and limited access lift ticket. WPSC would like to thank Snowsports School Director JB Brier for offering this program this season. Westmont Indoor Golf at Westmont Square on Friday, January 15:: Eight golfers and two caddies enjoyed golf and catered buffet at Westmont Indoor Golf. Two foursomes chose to play at Banff Springs Golf Course in Canada, one of many courses to choose from on their simulators. Awesome buffet followed by fierce competition. (Good time had by all)...thanks to Trustee Bob Rauch for organizing this new event and submitting the article. Club Mixer/Meeting at TnC s on Thursday, January 21: Our first winter Mixer/Meeting was held at TNC s Lounge. It was another great turn-out with nearly 40 members attending, enjoying good food and good conversations. Annette Kamzik was very lucky that night. Thanks to Terry and Chuck, owners of TNC s, for their great hospitality. Tomahawks Hockey Game at War Memorial on Saturday, January 23: The Hockey Game was cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas. We are rescheduling it for March 19. See Page 5 for more information. ALL tickets need to be returned to group leader Gil Demos ASAP so new tickets for the March 19 game can be reissued. Club Dinner at El Jalisco on Sunday, January24: There were 28 members and friends feasting at our annual Mexican dinner. With great service, good food, that beautiful décor, and fine margaritas, everyone had an enjoyable time. We even got to celebrate club member Barb Young s birthday. [Barb: You don t look a day over 38!]...Thanks to Secretary Sue Eget for arranging this event again this year.
7 2016 WPSC CHRONOLOGICAL TRIP LISTING WEEKLONG TRIPS: YEAR DATE DESTINATION CLUB TRIP LEADER PHONE 2016 Jan Mayrhofen, Austria WSC Jeff Driscoll Jan Feb 3 Trip Extension to Paris, France WSC Jeff Driscoll Feb Mar. 5 Mount Bachelor SVSC Doug Harry MULTI-DAY TRIP: YEAR DATE DESTINATION CLUB TRIP LEADER PHONE 2016 Feb. 4-6 Holiday Valley, New York JSC Cindy Formica Feb Lake Placid, NY WSC Brian Hinchcliffe WEEKEND TRIPS: YEAR DATE DESTINATION CLUB TRIP LEADER PHONE 2016 Feb. 5-7 Holiday Valley SVSC Michaelene Matton Feb Bristol Mountain / Inn on the Lake Resort WSC Pat Kearney Mar Holiday Valley / Seneca Casino Resort WSC Stephanie Uber May Niagara Falls Wineries and Casino WSC Stephanie Uber DAY SKI TRIPS: YEAR DATE DESTINATION CLUB TRIP LEADER PHONE 2016 Jan. 13 Holiday Valley, NY GTSC Mary Kane Jan. 18 Holimont, NY SVSC Dave Gill Jan. 20 Kissing Bridge, NY GTSC Mary Kane Jan. 23 Kissing Bridge, NY SVSC Camille Chiodo Jan. 27 Holimont, NY GTSC Mary Kane Feb. 3 Holiday Valley, NY GTSC Mary Kane Feb. 15 Holimont, NY SVSC Helmut Schumacher Feb. 17 Kissing Bridge, NY GTSC Mary Kane Feb. 20 Kissing Bridge, NY SVSC John Sherretts Feb. 24 Holimont, NY GTSC Mary Kane Mar. 2 Kissing Bridge, NY GTSC Mary Kane Mar. 9 Holiday Valley, NY GTSC Mary Kane Mar. 13 Holiday Valley, NY SVSC Jane Reese Mar. 16 Holiday Valley, NY GTSC Mary Kane Mar. 23 Best Conditions GTSC Mary Kane GTSC = Good Times Ski Club JSC = Johnstown Ski Club SVSC = Shenango Valley Ski Club WSC = Warren Ski Club
8 LIFT TICKET & SKI DISCOUNTS FOR JOHNSTOWN SKI CLUB MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES Blue Knob Ski Resort Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday $25 Open to Close Lift Ticket Need to show Ski Club Membership Card and ID at Ticket Sales. Hidden Valley Ski Resort Wednesday - $24 Open to Close Lift ticket Need to show Ski Club Membership Card and ID at Ticket Sales Window Seven Springs Mt. Resort Monday Twilight - $28 1 pm 9 pm. - Holiday Mondays $40.50 (1pm 10pm) Need Voucher Present voucher at Ticket Sales. Does not include 1% Amusement Tax. Voucher needed for each Monday Twilight Session. Please Note: Vouchers will be available from Terry Mikula ( ) or Annette Kamzik ( ) Like2Ski Sunday Twilight Session(12:30pm 9pm) & Holiday Monday Day Session: Lift Ticket: $45 Rentals: Skis $25, Snowboards $30; Lessons: $20 Contact Colleen Ley. Please use her Meet in the Seven Springs ski lodge to the right of the cafeteria by the guest service area. Look for the Like2Ski sign. Cash or checks only. FYI - with your group lift ticket you get FREE ski/board check. Thursday Twilight (February 4. 11, 18) (4pm-10pm) Lift Ticket: $23.25 Rentals: Skis $16, Snowboards $20; Lessons: $15.15 Snow Tubing: $20.20 Contact Cathy Vore-Visconti at or no later than 10am on Thursdays to make arrangements. Check out for discounts at PA ski resorts including $5-off coupon on adult Midweek Lift Ticket at local resorts in Pennsylvania. Rev1/25/2016 Subject to change
9 PNC PARK TOUR & PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS CHICAGO CUBS GAME SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016 $95.00 $50.00 Deposit with RSVP by APRIL 2 Paid in Full by May 7 Details: Roundtrip transportation from Johnstown to Pittsburgh on Saturday July 9, 2016 Departing from Home Depot at 7:30am. PNC Park Tour at 10:00am, Tour takes approximately 2 hours and is about 1 ½ MILES WALKING. The tour will take you through all areas of this magnificent ballpark. It will combine baseball facts and Pirates fun to make the tour exciting. Some of the attractions you may visit will be: Pirates Clubhouse, Pirates Dugout and Warning Track, Batting Cages, Pittsburgh Baseball Club, Pop s Plaza and the Press Box. Lunch will be at your expense at Bettis restaurant or somewhere of your choice. At 1:30pm Bus will take you to Casino or Strip District or you may walk downtown on your own. Bus will pick you up at 5:30pm from Casino or Strip for trip back to Stadium. Game time is at 7:00pm, Tickets include all you can eat at Ball Park, Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Popcorn, etc. and Soda. Bus will Depart after Ball Game. Only 35 Tickets Available - After March 17, Open to Anyone. Bus leaves Home Depot 7:30AM PNC Park Tour at 10:00AM Lunch 12:00 to 1:30PM at your expense Free time, Casino, or Strip District 1:30 to 5:30PM Game Time 7:00PM All you can Eat Dinner Ticket Depart for Home Approx. 10:00PM After Game Make Checks Payable to: Terry Mikula 119 Thora St Johnstown PA 15904
10 Next Event: Meeting/Mixer at The Haven February 18 at 7pm Greater Johnstown Athletic Ski Club PO Box 937 Johnstown, PA Address correction requested