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JONAL ENTRY 1234 | JUNE 21 2012

As mentioned in the previous post, my main job here in Nanty Glo is interviewing locals present and past to get their stories. If, as the classic TV show claimed, "there are three million stories in the naked city," there must be a dozen or two dozen thousand stories in Blacklick Valley. Those stories are one item the historical society wants to preserve for posterity. Please call (814 749-3279) or come in to sit down with me in front of a nonthreatening video camera and tell us your recollections. No pressure; no leading or embarrassing questions; just what you want to share (or, if you're much like me, what you can remember or imagine).


Hangouts. Today's everyday scene seen in our town Nanty Glo is two venerable hangouts of days long passed. The building on the left, now so covered by ivy as to be almost invisible, is the former Sparky Millward's garage, which was my home away from home most evenings from approximately 7 to 9 p.m. week nights from the spring of my junior year of high school to the end of my sophomore year of college. Sparky's son Dick was the hub of a youth gang of the time, of which I was a member along with Louie Scansaroli, Stewart Wertz, Dave and Sam Campbell, John Golias, and sometimes Mike Shutak and others. The building to the right was Mitchells', a teen hangout with pop, a jukebox, a pinball machine or two, which I believe had already closed before we had begun spending our evenings with Dick and the others while he worked his way through St. Francis at his dad's Amoco station.

Today's video clip:


This short video clip presents some history of the Commons buildings that most Valley residents probably do not know. Click the > on the video to launch. After the video launches, double-click the screen to play it at full-screen. If your browser cannot open the video in this format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

If you're planning to attend the Historical Society Basket Party on Saturday, you can preview the baskets at the Liberty Cafe. In fact, if you can't make it on Saturday, you can put your "bids" in early and may win the basket or money tree card of your choice at Saturday's drawings.

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