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Saturday, June 1 2002


Memorial Day ceremonies in Blacklick Valley
A new memoir: growing-up years at No. 2 Ivory Hill
Belsano's Triangle has been turned into a T
Another Twin Rocks | New feature: Valley birth listings
Someone looking for you?/Looking for Someone?| Deaths

David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Webmaster's note: Though a substitute postcard was sent early this morning, on Saturday evening I received David Caldwell' s post for Saturday, June 1, and am sending it as the "official" postcard for the day. (See the end of the post for David's comment. It being my birthday weekend, I had such a busy day Saturday that I didn't check email until evening, something that almost never happens.) The announcement about this year's reunion record hop has been reformatted into a news page and will be linked above until the event's date.

Supervisor seat filled

The Jackson Township Vacancy Board, composed of Supervisors David Bracken and Robert Stephens and appointee Barry Rouser, elected Bruce Baker to fill the supervisor vacancy created when Dowey Croyle resigned for personal reasons. Opponents of the hotly contested Zoning Ordinances hoped the resignation of Mr. Croyle, who supported the ordinances, would give them a chance to have a supervisor elected who would agree with their position.

Their hopes were dashed when David Bracken and Barry Rouser voted for Bruce Baker, who supports the ordinances. Robert Stephens, who has a pending lawsuit against the enactment of the ordinances, voted against Mr. baker. Unless or until the courts intervene, the newly adopted zoning ordinances will shape future development in Jackson Township.


After a week of pleasant weather, the area was hit by a strong storm early Friday evening. Lightning lit the cloud-darkened skies while thunder boomed and rain fell. Fortunately, the Valley was spared the strong tornadolike winds that blew through Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Those areas suffered many injuries and extensive property damage. Especially hard hit was Kennywood Park, where one person was killed and many were injured. Many trees were twisted and blown over and the roof was collapsed on the pavilion housing The Whip, one of the park's oldest rides.

The park was very crowded when the storm struck. It had been a beautiful day and several large school districts were at the park, celebrating the end of another school year. Several minutes before the storm struck, the park management had ordered all rides to stop and had requested patrons to leave the park. However, there just wasn't enough time to escape the fast-moving weather front. The hail frightened those who did make it to their cars, as did the debris that struck their vehicles and the strong winds that bounced them about. Several vehicles were actually blown over.

The short but powerful storm caused damage and injuries that will take months to repair and heal. Ambulances and rescue squads from throughout the Pittsburgh area responded and transported the injured to local hospitals. At last report, several dozen received varying degrees of injuries but none is critical. Other businesses and residences in the vicinity had roofs blown off and many trees broken off and even uprooted. Downed power lines left thousands without lights. The mix of cars leaving the park and rescue vehicles coming to assist the injured caused a traffic nightmare that lasted several hours.

(Reporter's note: Heavy Internet traffic and probably downed telephone lines have jammed the Internet. I have been trying all evening to send this article out to Jon. I will try for a while longer and if not successful, will try again Saturday morning.)

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Thought for the day

When we say that God is Love, do we teach men that their fear of Him is groundless? No. As much as they fear will come upon them, possibly far more.... The wrath will consume what they call themselves, so that the selves God made shall appear.

George MacDonald

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