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From Willows, Calif.          Tuesday, May 29 2001

More daydreaming

Though I've had no responses to my modest proposal of Saturday that someone establish a joint teen canteen and youth hostel in Nanty Glo, I've been unable to quit dreaming that dream, so I'll run by a few more "details" of the blue-sky project for further consideration.

First, I have to come into the 21st Century and scuttle the term "canteen," which harkens to World War II dance clubs for military personnel and those of us who graduated from high school in the next two decades. "Youth center" probably has more cache in today's vocabulary, so that's what I'll use hereafter.

I hope some current Blacklick Valley residents will consider the proposal enough to at least tell me whether they see a need for such a facility. Recent graduates, parents, and grandparents are encouraged to weigh in. Try to poke holes and discourage my pursuing this, but if you like it let me know that, too.

It seems to me (being far away in both miles and years as I am), that it might be even more important to have things to do in Nanty Glo these days for kids living in the township and Vintondale Borough than before the schools consolidated. After all, if you are in class with students from all parts of the valley, participating in sports, clubs, and extra-curricular activities, your friendships will be from all sections. Getting into town to get together is now even more important, I would think. And when you get there, there should be something more to do than leaning on the benches across from the Firehall. Furthermore, incoming freshmen or blossoming sophomores will want to make some acquaintances before school starts and, since the school is in Nanty Glo and it's the largest population center, it's the most likely place to make new friends.

Why have a youth center with a TV room, pool table and/or ping pong table if things like these are commonplace in homes around town? Why spend a dollar on a bottle of pop at the youth center when you can get it free in the parents' fridge? Isn't it better to have the kids home with parental support in the next room?

Not always. I'm convinced that a lot of growing up is best facilitated in a social setting where you can rub shoulders with people you're not well disposed to as well as ones with whom you have the most in common. Some challenges are best posed by your natural "enemies," and if you hole up with those you've formed long-simmering friendships with, you'll miss many opportunities to grow. Best of all, especially in youth, some of those initial enemies turn into friends, some of whom you'll be close to with the rest of your life. You and your best friend from eighth grade will pick out your kind of videos at the store to view in the rec room at one of your homes; at the youth center someone you find intriguing will be watching something you'd never rent, but you will look into it in this setting to try to glimpse insights into the other's tastes, wierd or otherwise.

Seems I'm just getting started.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

True or not, who knows? But interesting.

Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
Average number of people airborne over the US at any given hour: 61,000.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.

Sent by Zan

Good thoughts

Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord!
Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.
For all you do, His blood's for you!
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
Give God what's right, not what's left!
Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Sent by Barry Hunt
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