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Monday, July 9 2001

More news from Cambria County

The former Twin Rocks man who disappeared on Saturday, June 30, was found dead a week later on July 6 in a heavily wooded area at a former strip mine near the cemetery of SS. Timothy and Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Twin Rocks. Joseph Pisarcik, 50, who had been living in Ashford, W. Va., the subject of an intensive search the previous week as reported here, had been asphyxiated by hanging. The county coroner said he was declining to declare the death a suicide in respect to family members and friends of the victim. Pisarcik had reportedly been despondent over the death of his mother in his presence from an aneurysm on December 1. He had told family members he was on the way to visit her grave before his disappearance.

Another "new" (to me) development in Cambria County learned during my visit last week: Johnstown's Good Samaritan Hospital, known for most of its history as Mercy Hospital, has been acquired by Conemaugh Health Services and added to Conemaugh's Memorial Medical Center. An employee of the Center said that despite the enlarged facility, it is exceptionally busy, having developed specializations that have patients being brought into Johnstown from remote areas (even Pittsburgh) for treatment. The Good Samaritan name remains on the former Mercy portion of the medical center. Besides Conemaugh Memorial, Johnstown is also the home of another important medical center, the former Lee Hospital which is now UPMC Lee (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Lee). A headline during my visit indicated that Conemaugh was negotiating to take over the Hastings Hospital in the northern part of Cambria County.

Also: Ebensburg's Mountaineer-Herald, one of the county's oldest and most historic newspapers (dating from 1853) has been acquired by new owners after generations of ownership by Ebensburg's Thompson family. The new publisher, William C. Anderson, reportedly also owns another western Pennsylvania newspaper or papers. The Mountaineer-Herald, long known for its folksy small-town approach to journalism, now has full-color photographs on each week's front page. (This writer began his journalism career with the Mountaineer-Herald as Belsano correspondent in 1955 and later as Blacklick Valley correspondent, until 1960.)

Also under new ownership is the Mainline Newspapers, which includes the Nanty Glo Journal, and Sedloff Publications, Inc., the group's parent company. Gene Stepp, a longtime officer in the corporation, recently acquired ownership from Frank Noll who had been the publisher after buying out the company in the 1960s from the Sedloff Publications co-founders, Gerald Newman (Nanty Glo High School 1932) and Burt Aronoff (Herman Sedloff, the original publisher, had retired earlier).

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

You know you're from Oklahoma when:

1. It doesn't bother you to use an airport named for a man who died in an airplane crash.
2. You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Gotebo, Okemah and Chickasha.
3. You know the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door but by the availability of shade.
4. You understand the difference between 3.2 and 6 point and more than once you've made a beer run to another state.
5. A tornado-warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
6. You are 100 percent Oklahoman if you have ever had this conversation: "You wanna Coke?" "Yeah." "What kind?" "Dr. Pepper."
7. "Vacation" means going to the family reunion.
8. You've seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular.
9. You measure distance in minutes.
10. You use fix as a verb. Example: "I am fixin' to go to the store."

A few others:
You carry jumper cables in your car.
You only own three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
You think sexy lingerie is a tee shirt and boxer shorts.
The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page, but requires six pages for sports.
You find 90 degrees F "a little warm."
You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas.

Sent by Mike Harrison


A person's reputation is only what men think him to be;
his character is what God knows him to be.

Sent by Joyce (Cavanaugh) Hickman

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