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Friday, February 15 2002

More half-baked ideas

I am "politically correct" enough to believe it's inappropriate to think of a town as Protestant or Catholic or, since we're all partly concentrated in Utah just now, perhaps a Mormon town, for geopolitical reasons. It's both illegal and morally unacceptable to promote such considerations when property is sold or developed or public services are provided. However, it's legitimate to consider the facts of a town's settling, its history and anthropology, which includes what kinds of churches grew up there and what cemeteries holding family records exist. By all of those measures, Belsano is a particularly Protestant town.

Perhaps the most fascinating chapter in Denise Weber's book about Vintondale, Bracken, and Wehrum, Delano's Domain, is the history of the churches that took root in that part of the valley. Vintondale's religious development was much mirrored by that of Twin Rocks and Nanty Glo, all three towns having varied churches of both major branches of Christendom (or all three, including Eastern Orthodoxy, in the case of Vintondale and Nanty Glo), and all from their earliest days.

But considering the development of much of the northern part of the County (perhaps the result of the missionary work of Prince Gallitzin), Belsano's being specifically "Protestant," while allegedly named after "a town in Italy" that no one has ever been able to find in an atlas, is worth investigating. Certainly it is no stretch of historical fact to refer to Loretto (which is named after a town in Italy!), Carrolltown (named after the same Carroll as Bishop Carrol High School), Nicktown (presumably, though I have no proof, named after St. Nicholas), Ashville and Frugality (okay, that's a dip in the road, not a town, but it does have a church) as Catholic communities, all of which have only one church and one cemetery, if my memory is serving adequately.

I became aware only two years ago that Belsano, which was settled at least a half century earlier than most of the other towns in Blacklick Valley, was developed intentionally by the then-United Brethen Church, which owned much of the property that is now residental lots in the section of town below South Street. But how that came about, I don't know. My guess, based on the fact that the United Brethren denomination was of German origin, is that some of the earliest settlers—Pauls, Rummels, Millers, Blickendorfers—were behind it,

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Not real funny but 'fun-ny' (continued)

THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?

Well, think again...
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on
the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the Day

There was a story of a boy, overheard by a minister reciting the alphabet over and over. The minister asked him why he was doing this. The boy replied, "I want to pray, but I don't know what to say; so I just
figured God would put the letters together in the right order."

—Sent by Gary Williams

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