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of news affecting Blacklick Valley

First snow flurries of season

Weather The weather story for Nanty Glo and the Blacklick Valley over the past week is one of marked contrasts. Monday and Tuesday were days with temperatures in the seventies, which gave us a chance to get one last walk through the crisp autumn leaves and to do last-minute preparations for the winter to come. Many residents took the opportunity to put up decorations for Halloween, a holiday that increases in popularity each year.

Wednesday and Thursday provided transitional weather conditions. The daytime temperatures climbed only into the fifties and strong breezes made it feel even colder. Those of us still doing outside work moved with a greater urgency. By late Thursday evening, strong winds moved through the valley and the temperatures dropped into the thirties. Fortunately, strong thunderstorms predicted by the weather forecasters missed our area.

Friday brought even stronger winds and waves of winter white. No snow has yet accumulated, but the threat still remains. Tomorrow, who knows?

(Webmaster's note: Judy Rose sends the attached photo of the first snowflakes.)

Sewer authority Approximately 50 Nanty Glo residents recently received letters from the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority advising them of violations with drain water connections. Some older homes have their downspouts and other surface drains running into the waste treatment lines. During times of heavy rain and snow melting, the waste treatment plant cannot handle the excess amount of water. As a result, raw sewage flows into the Blacklick Creek. If the problem continues, the DEP will force the authority to increase the size of the treatment plant and, of course, the cost will pass on to the local residents. The solicitor did note that the response from the violators to whom he has sent letters has been very good. All but two have responded with plans to correct their drainage problems. The sewer authority will continue testing for violators so as to avoid receiving citations from the DEP.

Sad reminder The Cambria Dress Manufacturing building in the First Ward of Nanty Glo is a sad reminder of better times. The building, known to most of us as the Dress Factory, is now a rat-infested eyesore that's a blight and hazard to the neighborhood. In fact, those living in the area have presented a petition of complaints about the building's condition to Borough Council. The dress manufacturing operations at the site ended in the mid 'eighties. At one time, many local ladies and a few men held jobs there that provided a valuable source of income to families hit hard by the down turn in the coal and steel businesses.

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Quick course in couples communication

DANGEROUS: What's for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?

DANGEROUS: Are you wearing THAT?
SAFER: Gee, you look good in brown.
SAFEST: Wow! Look at you!

DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: I'm with you, honey, those guys are the scum of the earth.

DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of vegetables left.
SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?

DANGEROUS: What did you DO all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn't overdo it today.
SAFEST: I've always loved you in that bathrobe.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. These who seek, find. To those those who knock, it is opened..

—C. S. Lewis
Cited by Anthony Coniaris, Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

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