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JONAL ENTRY 1240 | JULY 8 2012

Last week a sign for the Liberty Cafe arrived from the sign company and it was added in stages to the building at 929 Roberts Street. The plywood base for the new sign was put up on Monday, the laminate new sign was glued and added on Tuesday, and by Friday the original Nanty Glo News Stand sign was repainted and added.

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I remember going to Deitrich's Hardware in this building with my parents as a child, as most local folks of my generation probably can. Deitrich's was succeeded by Hawksworth's Hardware (the same business under new ownership). Then after a time of non-occupancy, about the time I was graduating from high school (a year before, 1959, my fact-checker reports), the building was taken over by Milford "Slim" Emery who remodeled it and moved the Nanty Glo News Stand across the street and turned it into a modern soda shop along with the center for newspaper distribution for Nanty Glo.

The original Nanty Glo News Stand sign was relettered to renew it after years of fading and added as the last piece of the new signage.

Now the Historical Society has again remodeled the building after another period of non-use. Returned to much the same look it had in the News Stand years, it now features scores of historical records and artifacts that customers can peruse while they have a milkshake, a hot sausage or chilli-dog lunch, muffin or pastry and coffee breakfast, or late evening soft drink while eating pizza from Marlene's across the alley. Now staffed by all volunteer workers, all proceeds from the cafe benefit the completion of the Libertry Museum around the corner on Shoemaker Street. A grand opening is planned once permanent state certification has been received. And it is again the place to get local newspapers and magazines.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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