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Saturday, August 3 2002


Reunion record hop for 2002 TONIGHT
Beautification Committee has its say on gazebo bruhaha
Local teens speak out: their views on gazebo issues
Jackson Township schools page (current and historic)
Vintondale front porch panorama from 1940s
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Bike race

The International, formerly known as The Tour de 'Toona, took place this week. The first of eight stages covering 450 miles took place in Pittsburgh and the events closest to Nanty Glo took place in Johnstown on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Johnstown Circuit began at Franklin and Vine Streets and continued out the Cramer Pike and returned to Johnstown via the Haws Pike. The Wednesday race began at the same point in Johnstown and made its way to Altoona through parts of Somerset and Bedford Counties.

The International is the premiere bike race in North America and draws contestants, fans and followers from around the world. Many of these biking enthusiasts bring bikes and some came to the Ghost Town Trail to ride when not at the race. State Representative Rick Geist of Altoona first organized the race 18 years ago. It has grown dramatically and now draws approximately 1000 cyclists from around world who vie for prizes totaling nearly $130,000. The last stage will take place tomorrow in Altoona.

Local gripes

The road construction (or destruction) along Shoemaker Street and up Pergrim Hill remains high as a topic of conversation in the Valley. One man we talked to told of going to Foodland for milk and not being able to leave for an hour because of a trench dug across the exit from the parking lot. The next irritating topic of conversation is a boil-water notice issued by the Nanty Glo Water Authority. The Authority workers flushed the main lines and the result was water that looked like tea or cool aid but sure didn't taste that way. This problem also affected Jackson Township and other municipalities receiving water from the Nanty Glo Water Authority. Many had to rewash their clothes, and bottled water sales at Foodland skyrocketed, when you could get there. The third and hottest topic of conversation was the weather. The average daytime high in July was three degrees above normal with more than 15 days with temperatures above 80 degrees. And about a half dozen of those days got temperatures above 90 degrees. August has started off with more of the same.

Warning! If any of you attending the Sock Hop tonight have thoughts of drag racing up Pergrim Hill as you used to do, forget it. If you don't end up in a deep hole, you will end up at a repair shop.

Webmaster's vacation note: Beginning with Sunday's Postcard, these mailings will be posted from abroad by yours truly, making use of Internet cafes in places like London, Dublin, and Paris. Sometimes between now and August 21, we might not be able to find such a facility and may miss sending anything for that day; and may send two the next day. David Caldcwell's posts and those of Judy Rose are first sent to me to format as web pages, and forward on to you, besides my own Jonal entries normally posted Tuesdays through Fridays. I don't expect to be able to make updates on the website until August 21. Please bear with us as we muddle through vacation '02. —Jon Kennedy

Things my mother taught me (series)

My mother taught me RELIGION
—"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.

Samuel Butler

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