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From Judy Rose, associate editor, July 4 2002 
Gazebo dedicated; beautification project
 

Approximately 30 people gathered at 8 p.m. last evening in balmy summer temperatures for a 30-minute ceremony to dedicate the Nanty Glo gazebo, a project of the Nanty Glo Beautification Committee.

The Project, which was in the works for three years, got its start with a $500 donation from the borough. The balance of the needed funding was raised through private donations and fundraisers. Remarks, praising the town and expressing thanks to all who helped support the project, were made by Tim Houser of Askew-Houser Funeral Home; Barbara Leidy, who cut the ceremonial ribbon; Nanty Glo Mayor Tim Cunningham; George Spade of the UMWA, who spoke on behalf of the coalminers, and Barbara Hakanen, who spoke on behalf of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Soeicty.

The Gazebo was built on-site by Amish craftsmen from Brush Valley, and is beautifully constructed of stained wood with a red/brown shingled roof. The landscaping and brickwork was done by prisoners from the Cambria County Jail.

Folk music was played by musician Richie Frye preceeding the dedication ceremony.

Members of the Beautification Committee are: Barbara Leidy, president and treasurer; Mary Dominick, secretary; Donna Kovach, Nonie Kovach, Patricia McMullen, Ruth Johnson, Renee Bracken, and Bill Martin.

Commemorative stones and bricks are available in the park area at $75 (engraving not included) for stones, and $30 for bricks, engraved. The stones are approximately 12 -14 inches in diameter. For further information, contact any member of the Committee.

Barbara Leidy, before cutting the ceremonial ribbon, said the gazebo is for all the public to use, enjoy, and respect. No bikes, roller blades, or roller skates are allowed; vandalism won't be tolerated. A sign on the structure states, "you are being photographed."


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