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Saturday, July 28 2001

David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Affiliation The governing boards of Miners Hospital in Hastings and Conemaugh Health Systems have each voted unanimously to join in an agreement of affiliation. This agreement will help Miners financially by allowing them to take advantage of the mass, purchasing power wielded by the larger Conemaugh organization. It will also benefit the citizens of northern Cambria County by giving them more direct access to services Conemaugh Health Systems has to offer. It benefits the Johnstown-headquartered organization by extending its influence into an area formerly occupied by Altoona Hospital. Miners recently ended a 3-year, financially unsuccessful affiliation with the Altoona Hospital.

1889 Club The National Park Service announced that it is considering the acquisition of the 1889 Club and the surrounding cottages in St. Michael. The 1889 Club is the original clubhouse for the Pittsburgh magnates who built the South Fork Dam that eventually collapsed and caused the Johnstown Flood of 1889. This property is now owned by a non-profit historical committee, which doesn't have the funds to make necessary repairs and improvements. The National Park Service already owns and operates a museum and visitor centor at the breast site of the former South Fork Dam. Should the Park Service go through with the proposed acquisition and use federal money to make improvements, this would add significantly to the already popular tourist attraction. The first public hearing on the proposal was held on July 25.

Weather The hot topic of conversation in the Valley this past week was the weather. Like much of the rest of the nation, the Blacklick Valley sweated through three days with temperatures around 90 degrees and humidity numbers to match. Many residents sought relief in public and private pools and streams. Then on Thursday and Friday, the temperature struggled to reach 70 degrees.

Sprucing Up The parking lot around the firehall and the area at the gate to the Ghost Town Trail were paved at the end of last week. The borough's Beautification Committee petitioned PennDot to paint the ironwork on the bridge over Blacklick Creek. PennDot couldn't get the job finished in time but they did contribute the paint. Members of the Beautification Committee scraped off rust and peeling paint. Borough employees will do the painting. The community is sprucing-up in anticipation of the Central District Firemen's Convention scheduled for August 16-18. A carnival will set up around the firehall beginning August 15. The large, convention parade will march through the community on August 18.

Playground (see photos) Volunteers have constructed a playground on the site of the former Wagner School at the corner of Davis and Cambria Streets. An advance math group came up with the idea about 5 years ago and named the playground in honor of former mayor Arthur C. Price, Sr. As seen in these photos, the neighborhood children are already making good use of the equipment.

Martha Stewart's way vs. "my way"
(collect all 19)

Martha's way #13: When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. My Way: The only kind of corn I buy comes in a can.

Martha's way #14: To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away. My way: Eat, cook, or use the egg anyway. If you feel bad later, you will know it wasn't fresh.

Martha's way #15: Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. My way: Martha, dear, the only reason this works is because you can't rub a lime on your forehead without getting lime juice in your eye, and then the problem isn't the headache anymore, it is because you have a greater problem.

Sent by Bonnie Turner

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