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Good Morning Nanty Glo!
Tuesday, July 10 2001


Though my visit to Pennsylvania last week seemed too short, it was in retrospect well worth the effort. I didn't realize when I entered a bid on Priceline for a flight that I felt I could afford that it would effectively cost me a day of visiting time if it left San Jose in the evening Saturday (rather than earlier that day) and arrived in Baltimore on Sunday morning that would virtually kill Sunday for any vacation/touring/visiting time, but that's what happened. Still, I arrived in Johnstown in the mid-afternoon Sunday, just as the hardest rain storm I'd seen in years hit the Flood-Free City, and had a good visit with John and Theresa Golias despite being dead tired after a whole night of flying followed by most of that day driving on in.

A lot of people helped me feel at home despite the fact that I haven't resided in Pennsylvania since 1964 and my only family left in the area is an aunt by marriage in Altoona. Besides the Goliases, they include:

  • Trudy Myers who arranged my stay near Belsano, hosted by her aunt, June Miller, who truly has the gift of hospitality
  • David and Pat Caldwell, met through the Page, who had me over for an evening in Nanty Glo
  • Barb and Rich Hakanen who invited me to join them, with their grandchildren, for fireworks on the Third (I guess it's a Johnstown thing) at the Galleria. Barb, who chairs the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society, also provided a private showing of some of the history treasures the public got to see at the society's exhibition several months back.
  • Brandon Williamson, the Nanty Glo (Springfield) young man who is the web wizard for Sheetz, who gave up part of his Fourth of July holiday to spend some time getting acquainted face to face after email-corresponding for several years
  • Judy and Hobe Rose, Valley natives who are new friends met through the Page who now live in Revloc and hosted me for my last evening (and Judy sent me off with a "lunch" that was still providing sustenance well after my arrival back in California)
  • Shirley and Dave Rhoades, also local natives who've spent most of their lives in State College, who drove down to be with us at the Roses'
  • Bernice Silbaugh, who organized a "card shower" that had friends of the Page send me notes that were received at the Roses' get-together, and all those who participated in that. Bernice also generously sent a box of sugar-free candy from Mid's Candies in Ebensburg which was the first real candy I've eaten in the year and a half since being diagnosed diabetic.

I'm still feeling the afterglow, and have a mountain of work for the Page to catch up on, including a page for the Nanty Glo Moose, retirement tribute to Betty Nedrich, addition to the travel section of photos of the newly dedicated Staple Bend Tunnel park and trail, new photos of beautiful downtown Vintondale, and others that I probably won't remember till I replay the digital photo tape.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Good news

A college drama group presented a play in which one character would stand on a trapdoor and announce, "I descend into hell!" A stagehand below would then pull a rope, the trapdoor would open, and the character would plunge through.

The play was well received.

When the actor playing the part became ill, another actor who was quite overweight took his place. When the new actor announced, "I descend into hell!" the stagehand pulled the rope, and the actor began his plunge, but became hopelessly stuck. No amount of tugging on the rope could make him descend.

One student in the balcony jumped up and yelled: "Hallelujah! Hell is full!"

Sent by Trudy Myers

How to plant a garden!

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PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS: 1. Peace of mind 2. Peace of heart 3. Peace of soul

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 1. Squash gossip 2. Squash indifference 3. Squash grumbling 4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE: 1. Lettuce be faithful 2. Lettuce be kind 3. Lettuce be patient 4. Lettuce really love one another

NO GARDEN WITHOUT TURNIPS: 1. Turnip for meetings 2. Turnip for service 3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME: 1. Thyme for each other 2. Thyme for family 3. Thyme for friends 4. Thyme for yourself.



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Sent by Mike Harrison
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