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Saturday, June 8 2002

 

New overpass on Rt. 422, first phase of new trail segment
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Reunion record hop for 2002 scheduled for August 3
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Flags

The U.S. flag placed at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at the head of Chestnut Street on May 27 was apparently stolen on May 28. Those who fought so bravely and those who lost loved ones in defense of the United States of America take great pride in the Stars and Stripes and are deeply offended that anyone would steal the symbol of their struggles and losses. Meanwhile, the 100 by 60-foot U.S. flag that waves from atop the mound at the Incline Plane was ripped apart by a recent storm. Just this week, someone found half of the flag high in a treetop about a third of the way down the hill. Each of these large flags costs $1500 and the committee in charge says they have to replace it at least three times a year. The American Flag flying high over Johnstown has joined the Incline Plane as a tourist attraction and a symbol of pride for the people of the region.

Business

A construction crew began dismantling parts of the building along Route 271 that was damaged in the storm of April 22. Mr. Hamula, owner of the building, plans to open a miniature golf course and an ice cream stand in the structure when it is completed. Along the same highway and north of Route 22, the manager of the DVO has brought in a caboose and is converting it into an ice cream stand. Wal-Mart announced this week that they would build a new super Wal-Mart at the site of the former Richland Mall. This retail giant is quickly taking over the grocery and department store market in west central Pennsylvania. The Arkansas-based company just opened a Super Center in Altoona this spring and already has large retail outlets of this type in Indiana, Clearfield, Ebensburg, and Somerset. The national chain does provide many good jobs. However, they do force many smaller retail stores out of business. For instance, Shop ‘n Save in Ebensburg just went out of business last month because it couldn’t compete with Wal-Mart’s low prices.

Amish

Over the past five years, many Amish families have moved into Cambria County. This ultra-conservative sect disdains all modern conveniences, including automobiles. It is not uncommon to encounter the Amish in their slow-moving horse-drawn buggies along the local roads. And along these roads a clash has occurred that brought the Amish to Cambria County Common Pleas Court. The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code requires such slow-moving buggies to be marked on the rear with a red-orange reflective triangle. Though most Amish use the triangles, this particular sect considers the color gaudy and an offense to their religious rights. They refused to pay fines when ticketed by the State Police and thus ended up in court. The Amish contended that a gray-silver reflective tape provides as much warning to other vehicles as does the orange-red reflective triangles. Judge Timothy Creany ruled against the Amish this week by noting that public safety comes before the religious rights of the sect. Lawyers for the Amish plan to appeal to the State Supreme Court and, if need be, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Amish say that they will return to Ohio, where the silver-gray tape is legal, if the courts decide against them.


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In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

"Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 727 to Las Vegas. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised."

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low throughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to Him, "Thou art my refuge."

George MacDonald

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