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Saturday, June 29 2002


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Reunion record hop for 2002 set for August 3
Births | Overpass for new trail segment
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Thunder in the Valley

The valley referred to in this headline is the Conemaugh Valley and the thunder isn't the threat of another devastating flood but rather the roar of many motorcycles. In 1998, the Cambria County/Greater Johnstown Convention and Visitor's Bureau organized a rally and invited motorcyclists from across the nation to come and participate in contests and a large parade to show off their skills and their bikes and leathers and other gear. Approximately 5000 motorcyclists and those interested in motorcycling came to that first event. Each year since then Thunder in the Valley has continued and has grown. It is estimated that 50,000 participated this year. The bikers have a great weekend and Johnstown and surrounding communities receive a much-needed economic boost. Unlike the infamous rough-and-tumble Hell's Angels, these motorcyclists are mothers and fathers with weekday jobs such as doctors, lawyers, broadcasters, and many blue-collar occupations. Bikers come from out of state and many bring their children. Most leave behind much of their money and take home souvenirs and dreams and/or plans of returning next year with a newer bike and fancier gear.


The Memorial Gazebo, planned by the Nanty Glo Beautification Committee, is nearly completed (as shown in the photos by Pat Caldwell, above). A dedication ceremony is planned for July 3 at the corner of First and Chestnut Streets, the former location of the Legion Memorial Mound. The Committee chose this site for the Memorial Gazebo in deference to the lot previously occupied by the UMWA building because of the heavier vehicular traffic on Route 271 and the pedestrian traffic on the Ghost Town Trail. Many volunteer workers helped the Committee complete this project. Bricks engraved with the names of workers from the community add a personal touch to this project. Those wishing to have a brick engraved with the name of a loved one should contact the Nanty Glo Beautification Committee.

Cameras for the Police

The Ebensburg Wal-Mart Super Center has matched a grant for the Mainline Police Association to purchase a digital camera for each of the thirteen police departments belonging to the Association, including Nanty Glo. With these easy-to-use cameras, the police hope to increase efficiency and reduce expenses to taxpayers by eliminating the need to purchase film and the need to hire professional photographers to take photos of crime scenes. The Mainline Police Association plays an important role in educating members of local law enforcement as well as the acquisition of new equipment.

You may be a redneck if... (2002 edition, series)

You missed fifth grade graduation because you had jury duty.
You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.
Somebody tells you that you've got something in your teeth and you take them out to see what it is.

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

When a man spends his energy on appearing to have, he is all the time destroying what he has, and therein the very means of becoming what he desires to seem. If he gains his end, his success is his punishment..

George MacDonald

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