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Saturday, January 26 2002


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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Incentive funds received

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the Blacklick Valley School District $52,744 for improved scores in reading and math on achievement tests and improved attendance. Dramatic improvement in reading and math scores by the 8th and 11th grade classes contributed to the above-average incentive award.

Steeler fever strikes area

The success of the Pittsburgh Steelers has led to a lot of strange behavior among local residents. Churches are canceling social events on the days of playoff games. Teachers and students are showing up for classes wearing mostly black and gold clothing. "Go Steelers!" has become the most common greeting among friends. Even men and women not usually interested in sports are following the progress of the Black & Gold.

Sewer authority

The Nanty Glo Sewer Authority voted to retain all current positions: Steve Mikesic chairman, Tom Bracken vice chairman, Kerry Capelli secretary-treasurer, William Gleason Barbin solicitor, and Stiffler McGraw Associates engineer. Since the sewer billing is based on water usage, the bills will arrive later than before and the new basic rate will increase from $21 to $25 per month plus $6.30 for each 1000 gallons of water used above the first 4000 gallons. This rate applies to residential customers only.

Jackson Township

The Jackson Township Supervisors have elected David Bracken as chairman and Dowey Croyle as vice chairman. These two, in addition to Supervisor Robert Stephens, are designated as township employees. Only Bracken and Croyle will serve as roadmasters. The supervisors voted to retain township manager George Burkey as secretary-treasurer. The supervisors also voted to advertise for a replacement for George Burkey so he could retire.

More jobs lost

Emglo Products, Inc., of Richland Township announced that part of its manufacturing will be transferred to Mexico. The company, which is owned by Black & Decker, manufactures and designs air compressors. The production of small, hand-held compressors will move south of the border and with it will go 10 jobs. Many, who have been critical of NAFTA, fear this action will lead to the eventual loss of Emglo, which has been an employer in the area for 23 years.

Free college credits

If you've been laid off recently or lost your job as a result of a plant shutdown or closing since September 1st, you may be able to go back to school for free. It's part of a statewide initiative to provide tuition incentives to people to retrain or further their education. The Cambria County Area Community College is offering up to 12 credits of free tuition to the first 50 eligible students from Cambria County who apply for the summer 2002 session, and 100 students who sign on for the fall.

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Lots of people are finding this guidance

A businessman was in a great deal of trouble. His business was failing, he had put everything he had into the business, he owed everybody—it was so bad he was even contemplating suicide. As a last resort he went to a priest and poured out his story of tears and woe.

When he had finished, the priest said, "Here's what I want you to do: Put a beach chair and your Bible in your car and drive down to the beach. Take the beach chair and the Bible to the water's edge, sit down in the beach chair, and put the Bible in your lap. Open the Bible; the wind will rifle the pages, but finally the open Bible will come to rest on a page. Look down at the page and read the first thing you see. That will be your answer, that will tell you what to do."

A year later the businessman went back to the priest and brought his wife and children with him. The man was in a new custom-tailored suit, his wife in a mink coat, the children shining. The businessman pulled an envelope stuffed with money out of his pocket, gave it to the priest as a donation in thanks for his advice.

The priest recognized the benefactor, and was curious. "You did as I suggested?" he asked.

"Absolutely," replied the businessman.

"You went to the beach?"


"You sat in a beach chair with the Bible in your lap?"


"You let the pages rifle until they stopped?"


"And what were the first words you saw?"

"Chapter 11."

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Prayer for the day

I know that I will be punished even for idle words, for evil thoughts, for mere desire. Yet as soon as an opportunity to satisfy my pleasures presents itself, I immediately forget everything, and like a fool indulge in all manner of sin. I am a vainglorious, wrathful cripple, a lazy, dissolute glutton, a sensualist covered with impurities who hourly strays into error—and I do not realize it.

Only my hope in the manifestation of your grace, O man-befriending Master, consoles me and keeps me from despair. Whether you so desire or not, save me, O all-good Lord, according to your great kindness!

—St. Ephraim the Syrian 4th century
Sent by Christopher Haas

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