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Pet Vets
By Roxanne Tuinstra

❝Have you ever wondered if a pot belly pig was the right pet for your family? Perhaps you debated the pros and cons of a Burmese python or toyed with the idea of buying a horse. All of your plans may seem great on the surface. But these trusted veterinarians have some other thoughts before you start building a stable in your backyard and some great advice for taking care of Fluffy long into his golden years.❞



Dr. Hamady: In the office and down on the farm

Dr. Brady Hamady, a 2001 Forest Hills graduate, came back home to open up his veterinary practice that focuses not only on small animals but also farm animals. “The community has embraced us and we have been going strong,” he says, adding that he has hired another doctor to this thriving rural practice and has over 12 technicians on staff.

“I love the business aspect of it which is one of the reasons why I wanted to open my own practice,” says Dr. Hamady. “I love that every day, there is something different. I love the emergency work and sometimes the hours can get pretty grueling with that, but I like the thrill of it and solving the problems and taking an issue and making it great again.” He is interested in the variety of going between farm animals and home pets that offer him a niche in the area. His office is equipped to see a variety of farm animals such as cows, pigs, horses, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, just to name a few.
“We have a facility on the side with two stalls so we can bring in farm animals or we can do ambulatory medicine where we go out onto the farm,” explains Dr. Hamady. “We have a truck that is fully equipped that can go out.”

Dr. Hamady says he odten recruits owners to help while he is on site because they are the most familiar with their own animals. He relies on the owner to help him piece together the puzzle of what is wrong. He will often walk the farm with the owner to observe the animal – is it with the herd or off on its own? Is the animal perking his ears or hanging his head? These questions and others aid in Dr. Hamady’s assessment as well as the owner’s own account of when the animal first became ill. “Being a very good observer is the number one key thing because our patients do not talk,” he says.

Back at the office, Dr. Hamady sees a variety of small animals. He pictures himself as a hybrid veterinarian – a cross between an old-time veterinarian that patches up animals, and a new-age vet that uses the most sophisticated technology. “We try to keep our medicines affordable and I think they like the experience they get here,” says Dr. Hamady. “We try to get to know our clients here and I think that is something we are good at, that I am good at reading the client.”

Dr. Hamady recognizes many of his clients are on a fixed income or budget, so he tries to keep that in mind when balancing the needs of the client and the needs of the animal. Other clients spare no expense when it comes to their animal and treat them as if they are another member of their family. “I think a lot of people come to us because we are practical.” His no-nonsense approach helps guide clients, especially when they are getting in over their heads.

Dr. Hamady was called to an Ebensburg residence in November of last year to help counsel a client who was having a difficult time keeping up her horses. He recalls the deplorable conditions of the stalls. “I definitely didn’t like what I saw when I got there,” recalls Dr. Hamady. He reeducated the client on proper horse care and emphasized what needed to be done immediately, but unfortunately, two horses died. The owner faced charges, including animal neglect and aggravated animal cruelty. “I think it was a classic case of people getting in over their heads,” he says and recommends those who find themselves in a similar situation, to reach out to their veterinarian or a rescue shelter to have their animal placed before any harm comes to them.

“That’s what we try to preach, that there’s help out there. And there’s a lot of people, especially in this area, that want to help you,” says Dr. Hamady. “They are in the rescue business. Had those people reached out again, those animals could have been saved. They were in over their head.” The biggest lesson he would like animal owners to take from the incident is to make sure they are aware of how much it takes to raise any animal, large or small.
“Before people go out and get, say, a pot belly pig is to ask ‘how is this pet different from a dog or a cat.’ Because there are differences,” says Dr. Hamady. “They are not going to be raised just like a dog or cat, which is what some people think.”

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Car Collectors
By Roger Gordon

❝Ethan Forry bought his first car when he was 12 years old. We're not talking about Hot Wheels. We're talking about a real car with real wheels! In fact, it was a classic car, which, in Pennsylvania, means that an automobile is at least 20 years old.❞



Ethan Forry bought his first car when he was 12 years old. We’re not talking about Hot Wheels. We’re talking about a real car with real wheels! In fact, it was a classic car, which, in Pennsylvania, means that an automobile is at least 20 years old.

“It was a dark green 1973 Plymouth Roadrunner, a two-door. I bought it off of eBay,” says Forry, a 27-year-old Johnstown resident who shares a love for classic cars with his wife Courtney. “A few months earlier, my brother, who was 16 at the time, had just gotten a classic car, also a ’73 Plymouth Roadrunner but teddy blue. I’d helped him a lot working on it, taking stuff apart, getting dirty. I loved it! I kind of caught the ‘bug’ then. I thought it would be cool if I got the same kind of car he had. I was very familiar with the car. I knew it inside and out.”

Now for the $64,000 questions: How does a 12-year-old afford to buy a car, let alone a classic car? And how does a pre-teen convince his parents to allow him to make such a large purchase?

“It was a tough sell,” Forry says. “I had my brother pulling for me, though. My dad was willing to make it happen if I could convince my mother to allow me to do it.” Somehow he managed to talk Mom into it.

“My dad said he’d pay for the transportation of the car by trailer if I paid for the car,” Forry continues. “Well, I had some savings, and combined with some money that my great-grandfather had left me when he passed away, I had enough to pay for it. So my dad and I drove to eastern Pennsylvania to get it.”
Just what does a 12-year-old boy do with an automobile? “Even though my mom wasn’t very fond of it, I’d drive it around the driveway,” he says with a laugh.

Two years later, when he was the ripe, old age of 14, Forry, who grew up in Somerset, decided the time was right to sell his Roadrunner. “I wanted something different,” he says. “I found another classic car that really appealed to me. It was a bright red 1978 Dodge Lil Red Express short-bed pickup truck. I found it online from a guy in Joliet, Illinois. The deal my dad made with me this time was that I had to pay for both the car and the transportation to get it. I made enough money from selling the Roadrunner to do it. I fixed it up real nice, completely restored it.”

When Forry was 17, he bought another Plymouth Roadrunner, this one a spitfire orange, two-door 1976 model. Considering he purchased it from his great-uncle, he got quite a deal on it. “Besides the ’76 Roadrunner, he also had a 1970 Roadrunner,” says Forry. “He was getting up in age, and his health was kind of going south, so it was an unfortunate circumstance in that sense. He wanted the cars to stay in the family, so I drove to his house and bought the ’76 one. Some of the previous owners had done some work on it, but it’s mostly original.”

When Ethan and Courtney were dating in 2011, she bought a two-door 1970 AMC Javelin. “She saw it come up for sale, but it was just way out of her price range,” Forry says. “Eventually, it came up on eBay and she snapped it up and we went to Kentucky to get it. Courtney liked that it had a red corduroy interior. The other thing is that AMCs are pretty unique. You don’t see them a whole lot.”

Ethan and Courtney’s love for classic cars runs so deep that their 2015 wedding was actually themed after them. “For the wedding logo,” Ethan says, “we basically took the insignia off the door of my truck and kind of modified it to our wedding date and our last name. The logo was on the invitations. Classic car enthusiasts knew right away that ‘Hey, that’s the logo from your truck!’

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Wooly's Neighborhood Celtic Pub
Bringing a touch of Ireland to Johnstown's West End

❝For the past two years, Dan and Kathleen Wallace have brought a touch of Ireland and Scotland to Johnstown's West End. The couple opened Wooly's Neighborhood Celtic Pub, 256 Strayer Street, in late 2015. Decorations associated with those countries adorn the walls: swords, pictures, clothing, and more.❞



For the past two years, Dan and Kathleen Wallace have brought a touch of Ireland and Scotland to Johnstown's West End.

The couple opened Wooly's Neighborhood Celtic Pub, 256 Strayer Street, in late 2015.
Decorations associated with those countries adorn the walls: swords, pictures, clothing, and more. Guinness and Harp are always on tap. The bar area is colored in green light. And the Saint Patrick's time of year is always a big party … that lasts for days.
It is all part of a celebration of Celtic culture.

“My background is Scottish,” Dan Wallace says. “We wanted to have kind of a theme down here in Morrellville, so we decided to have an Irish theme, a Celtic theme to make it fun. It's been a lot of fun with decorating and having that theme, and people coming in with that background and having that heritage. We've had people here from Ireland and Scotland. We get them from all around. They come here just because it's a Celtic bar.”
Even the name Wooly’s is based off a historic pronunciation of Dan Wallace's surname – possibly spelled “Wallis” – that evolved into “Wallace.” And, as he learned after opening the pub, “woolly” is also an Irish term for sheep, which he calls “a nice quirk.”
Local bands, the Irish Pretenders and Celtic-inspired Tree, perform at Wooly's, as do other acts from a wide range of genres, including folk, rock, and blues, on Saturday nights. The pub hosts open mic nights on Fridays.

Wooly's serves a variety of drinks and fresh-made foods, including burgers, French fries, and soups. Looking to keep the bar constantly evolving, the Wallaces recently added Irish coffee and Irish stew to the menu. “The food is one of the things that's a nice draw, so we try to put out the best food that I can possibly put out,” Dan Wallace says. “That was always my goal.”

They also gained some inspiration – and new ideas to help enhance the ambiance – during a visit to Ireland. “It was really about the feel of the bars (in Ireland),” Kathleen Wallace says. “We wanted to make sure that our pub was comparative to an Irish pub.”

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