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Saturday, December 29 2001 

'New' historic photo of mines | Waneva Kupchella obituary
Historic yearbook, scrapbook, given to Museum Society
Christmas index | The guestbook is back |
'New' book cover on How Green Was My Valley page
Someone looking for you?/Looking for Someone?| Deaths


David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Murtha speaks out on redistricting

Amidst much speculation over the future boundaries of the 12th Congressional District and the possibility of U.S. Representative John P. Murth resigning, Rep. Murtha has finally broken his silence. He has no thoughts of resigning and he didn't see the need of commenting until the political in-fighting calmed and wiser heads prevailed. A joint House Senate Conference Committee is now considering several different plans but are leaning toward one that will allow Murtha to retain much of his power base in Somerset, Cambria and Indiana Counties. It is believed that the final plan will shift the population center of the 12th District to Westmoreland County from Johnstown but will retain Somerset and Indiana Counties.

The Bush Administration pressured Pennsylvania Legislators to redistrict in a manner that would pit Democrats against one another and give Republicans a better chance of gaining seats in the next election. Several local donors to the GOP and a Republican Committeewoman from Indiana pointed out to other state Republicans that they stood a good chance of losing local projects without the influence of Mr. Murtha, who is the 9th ranking member of the House and the ranking member of the Defense Appropriation Committee.

Town meeting

The Blacklick Valley Sewer and Water Authority held a poorly attended meeting in Belsano to discuss the possibility of a water rate increase. Customers from Vintondale, Twin Rocks, and Blacklick Township were eligible to attend the meeting. The Authority has been operating at a deficit for several years and plans to increase some rates in order to have a larger income. Those already paying a base rate of $28 will not see an increase. Those now paying $22.50 will face a new base rate of $28.

However, both groups will see a change from 4000 to 3000 gallons of water covered by the base rate and the charge for each 1000 gallons used above the base may raise from $5.50 to as much as $7. The authority also announced that all the paperwork is completed and the pending water and sewer projects will soon be put up for bids.

Nanty Glo Water Authority

The Nanty Glo Water Authority has agreed to provide material and install water lines to several structures for the Nanty Glo Youth Baseball Organization. The Authority also agreed to help the Recreation Authority to reclaim an area where all municipal authorities have dumped construction debris.


Winter gave the Blacklick Valley its first accumulation of snow during this final full week of 2001. A dusting arrived on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and light snow showers continued so the area now has several inches of snow and a picture-postcard look.

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Real Newspaper Headlines (it says here; last of series)

- New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
- Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
- Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
- Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
- Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing
- Air Head Fired
- Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
- Sex Education Delayed, Teachers Request Training

—Sent by Anita Llewellyn

Christmas message

Christmas is a time of wonder and joy, of generosity and peace, that brings family and friends together in celebration and song. We sing old hymns and familiar carols, we show love for others in the giving of gifts, and we observe the hallowed traditions that make the season special.

This year in the midst of extraordinary times, our nation has shown the world that though there is great evil, there is a greater good. Americans have given of themselves, sacrificing to help others and showing the spirit of love and sharing that is so much a part of the Christmas season.

According to the Gospel of Luke, two thousand years ago, the savior of mankind came into the world. Christians believe that Jesus' birth was the incarnation of God on earth, opening the door to new hope and eternal life. At Christmastime, Christians celebrate God's love revealed to the world through Christ. And the message of Jesus is one that all Americans can embrace this holiday season—to love one another.

This Christmas, we remember those who are without their loved ones. They continue to be in our hearts and prayers. May they experience peace, and may they find hope.

And as we again celebrate Christ's birth, may the glorious light of God's goodness and love shine forth from our land.

Laura joins me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God's blessings of peace be upon us and upon the world."

—President George W. Bush
Sent by Mike Harrison

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