an occasional newsletter of the Nanty Glo Home Page
January 25 2001

New class page online: Vintondale '55
 NGHS Class of '50 reunion photo added
Looking for family-tree help
New membership categories for Museum/Historical Society

Creative ways to supplement the parental "allowance"

The need to get creative to make dollars for rollerskating parties and four bits for the movies was a major motivation in my turning to writing as a fund raising activity, which story is told elsewhere on the Home Page.

Seventh-grade English teacher Fleming Manseau suggested to the class that one of us could write up Belsano, Twin Rocks, or Cardiff news items for either the Nanty Glo Journal or the Ebensburg Mountaineer-Herald. I chose the latter because my parents usually shopped at the Ebensburg A&P for food at the time, on one of which trips I was able to visit the paper's office and ask the editor, Mr. Dave Thompson, if I could have that job for Belsano. He agreed.

I would be paid seven cents per column inch, which was probably about 25 words, and was the "going rate" for "correspondence columns" in weekly papers at the time. I had to learn to type (not that the paper required it, but it was something I felt I had to be "professional"), buy a typewriter (an Underwood portable that I still have), and work three or four hours a week for $1.50...but that was enough for both a skating party and a movie each week.

I averaged far less than one movie a week, so it left over some quarters for cards and/or gifts on family birthdays, Christmas, and such. I don't remember how I raised the $80 or so it cost for the typewriter, but think Mom may have paid for it on the pretext that she would also use it. If she bought it as a gift, it was by far the largest "gift" I'd ever received till that point; in fact, my whole year's budget for school clothes wouldn't have been that big (probably closer, excluding shoes, to half that at Sears mail order). I wrote news items for the Ebensburg paper for about five years, from age 13 to 18 (long after I'd also started writing the teen column for the Journal and the other Sedloff newspapers).

My writing didn't improve much from the experience, because I got no critique of it, but after several years I at least learned to spell more carefully (and that's the key to good spelling...if there's any doubt, check it out!).

Tomorrow, I'll turn to the 4-H Club as a source of income for farm-country kids (including yours truly).

If the following item of the day is a joke, it will be indicated by happy face icons ; if an inspirational item. by book icons .

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A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blond female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it, then slammed it shut and stormed back in the house. A little later, she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, and again opened it, and slammed it shut again.

Angrily, back into the house she went. As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came out again, marched to the mailbox, opened it, and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, "Is something wrong?" To which she replied, "There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps saying, 'YOU'VE GOT MAIL.'"

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