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Sunday, March 4 2001

Other teachers (sixth in a series on Valley teachers)

Though I've covered all the teachers I remember whom I had for public school classes, I also remember three other Valley educators who stand out by way of nonclassroom contact.

First of these is Zoltan Antol who had, literally, generations of Blacklick Valley students in his classes. A Vintondale resident, he taught in Vintondale High School for many years, then transferred to Nanty Glo-Vintondale and even Blacklick Valley, if I remember correctly. I've forgotten even what subject(s) he taught, but I knew him as one of my father's best friends. When we Kennedys lived in Vintondale, Mr. Antol and Dad got acquainted because of their shared passion for hunting, and Mr. Antol was one of the few people who would occasionally visit our house and stay for a while (even after we moved to Blacklick Township). His refined speech compared with most Valley men's, and his general gentlemanly conduct impressed me from my earliest years, and I've always regarded him a role model. He also had my two oldest brothers in classes at Vintondale High School, and I never heard a disparaging word about him from any of my family members. So he deserves a nod in this series as both a gentleman and a scholar. Now retired and living in Florida, I heard from him this past Christmas. (Click here for a photo.)

The second educator whom I never had for courses but made a major impression on me was the late Charles Mower who (if I remember correctly the history of Vintondale by Denise Weber), was the principal of Vintondale High School (or both of the schools in Vintondale?—I've forgotten) for the whole history of the school(s), except for a stint in the military during World War II! Beginning his career in the Valley first as the principal of Blacklick Township High School, he transferred to Vintondale when its school opened and stayed on through its active life and also was an administrator in the joint school district after it became Nanty Glo-Vintondale in 1957. I knew Mr. Mower as a faithful member and the Sunday school superintendent of Vintondale's First Baptist Church for many years (in which Sunday school I was a teacher for several years in my youth). Some of the pillars of that church had been under him as faculty and staff members of the schools and, again, I never heard anything other than appreciation expressed for him, and Mrs. Weber conveys the same general impression in her book. He is and always will be a major figure in the history of Vintondale.

The third on this short list is Mrs. Frances Mentch who, I believe, was the home economics teacher at Nanty Glo and Nanty Glo-Vintondale High Schools, and perhaps afterward at Blacklick Valley. I knew her only through contact when I was editor of the Nanty Glo Journal (1962-64), but she impressed me greatly as someone selflessly concerned for education and her students, and the whole community.

Finally, though I've already exhausted the list of three, Mr. Mario Creany, Nanty Glo-Vintondale guidance counselor and (I'm sure) more, though I met him only on one memorable occasion, also impressed me as one of the many "good guys" in our schools. I interviewed him for a feature on guidance counseling in my "Teen Events" column, and he was very helpful and impressed me as someone I could benefit by knowing better.

I hope that these recognitions will encourage others of you to send in your plaudits and anecdotes, either to the list directly or to me personally, for addition in this space. (Feel free to share one memory that comes to mind, without having to try to review your whole list of teachers.)

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Rim shots

• It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.

• A husband is someone who takes out the trash and gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.

• My next house will have no kitchen, just vending machines.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Lenten prayer

O Almighty Lord, who have made all created things in wisdom, and by your inexpressible providence and great goodness have brought us to these all-holy days, for the purification of body and soul, for the controlling of carnal passions, and for the hope of the Resurrection; who, during the forty days did give into the hands of your servant Moses the tablets of the law in characters divinely etched by you; enable us also, O Good One, to fight the good fight; to accomplish the course of the fast; to preserve inviolate the faith; to crush under foot the heads of invisible serpents; to be accounted victors over sin; and uncondemned to attain unto and adore your Holy Resurrection. For blessed and glorified is your all-honorable and majestic Name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Liturgical writing by Gregory the Great (Bishop [Pope] of Rome, 590-604)

Sent by Christopher Haas
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