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Saturday, July 20 2002


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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Laurel Crest uncertainty

Ever since the Cambria County Commissioners decided to sell Laurel Crest, uncertainty has plagued many different groups having an interest in the county-owned nursing home. The residents are concerned as to how a change in ownership will affect their care. Will the quality of care suffer under new management? The employees of the institution wonder whether they will still have jobs and whether the new owner will recognize their union? Local businesses that cater to the home face an uncertain business future. The county commissioners and county residents question whether selling the nursing home will help alleviate county taxes. The uncertainty remains for all because the Cambria County Commissioners met Thursday with officials of the Conemaugh Health Systems and no agreement was announced. Conemaugh is the only local party interested in obtaining Laurel Crest and they believe the county is asking too high a price. Should negotiations cease with Conemaugh, the commissioners will have to address offers from other interested parties. In the meantime, the uncertainty continues.

Car shops close

The Hollidaysburg railroad repair shop sent the last workers home on Thursday and announced that Norfolk Southern would look for a company to purchase all or parts of the property. Even though the shop is located in Blair County, Cambria County will also suffer economic damage because of lost wages and business. The closing caused a lot of bad feelings among workers, business leaders, and politicians. They all felt that Norfolk Southern reneged on promises it made when the business was purchased several years ago. However, Norfolk Southern won its right to close the business in spite of legal and political challenges.


A Pittsburgh-based research group announced that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is the region's 11th largest employer, with 174 full-time positions. The wages of these employees impact directly on the area economy, as does the money spent by the students attending UPJ.

Flood anniversary

Twenty-five years ago this week, Johnstown as well as the Blacklick Valley was deluged with 10-plus inches of rain in less than 9 hours. More than 80 people lost their lives and there was a tremendous loss of property in the county. Even though the steel industry struggled on afterwards in Johnstown, the flood was its deathblow. Perhaps, one good thing to come out of the disaster was the emergence of a more diversified economy. No longer does a company such as Bethlehem or US Steel hold an economic grip on the region.

Traffic report

The installation of drainage pipes along route 271 on Pergrim Hill is still playing havoc with traffic. Find a detour when entering Nanty Glo from the south or anticipate delays. Also, because of the need to dig up pavement, the road is getting very rough.

Eternal truths (series)

If you look like your passport picture, you probably >need the trip.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of >checks.

Some days are a total waste of makeup.

Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with >it.

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

— Sent by Alice Pruitt

Thought for the day

We should give God the same place in our hearts that He holds in the universe.

Anthony M. Coniaris
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

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