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Saturday, March 30 2002

 

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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

NDIC

In 1991, the National Drug Intelligence Center began operating on the fifth floor of the Penn Traffic Building with 10 employees. The Center has expanded to the fourth floor and now employs more than 300 persons. Congressman John P. Murtha played a major role in locating the NDIC in Johnstown and has remained influential in its growth. He announced this past week an additional grant of $8 million that will allow the Center to hire at least 200 more employees and further expand the Center to the third floor. More than 90 percent of the NDIC employees are based in Johnstown and most are from west central Pennsylvania. The workers analyze documents and computer information for the FBI, CIA, and the Defense Department, as well as keeping up with drug usage and smuggling information. The Center also helped in providing information for the security at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Those seeking employment with the NDIC must have a college degree in law enforcement, economics, and other disciplines that would provide appropriate skills for the work handled by the Center.

K4 Locomotive

Those who can remember when steam locomotives rumbled through the Blacklick Valley will soon be able to see one of the workhorses of that era on display at the Altoona Railroad Museum. Ten years ago the city of Altoona received the K4 locomotive that stood on display at the Horseshoe Curve, where it was rapidly rusting away. The locomotive was then transferred to a shop in Scranton, to be completely rebuilt. The Museum, which is building a climate-controlled facility to house the K4 engine, expects to have it on display by the end of the year. The Museum is also in the process of restoring the Pullman car, Loretto, which was owned and used by steel magnate Charles Schwab. He used the elaborately built coach to travel from his mansion in New York to his home in Loretto. Presidents, prime ministers, and many fellow industrialists rode in the privately owned car with Schwab.

The Railroad Museum boasts of having had visitors from five continents, 45 states, and many countries last year alone. The Smithsonian Institution has touted the Blair County facility as an example of how an industrial museum should be constructed and operated. Altoona is an appropriate location for a display of railroad history as it was the ste chosen originally by the PRR to maintain its many rail cars and locomotives.

Weather

In the past two weeks, the area has received more than 4 inches of rain. This has helped relieve the drought conditions. However, officials are quick to mention that the total rainfall for the year is still below normal. The temperatures have moderated again, with yesterday's temperature getting into the high fifties and low sixties. The weatherman calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of fifty for Easter Sunday.


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Live and learn

My son Zachary, four, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago."

—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Lenten thought for the day

If you want to overcome the spirit of slander, blame not the person who falls but the prompting demon. No one wants to sin against God, even though all of us sin without being compelled to it.

I knew a man who sinned openly but repented in secret. I denounced him for being lecherous but he was chaste in the eyes of God, having propitiated Him by a genuine conversion.

Do not allow human respect to get in your way when you hear someone slandering his neighbor. Instead, say to him, "Brother, stop it! I do worse things every day, so how can I criticize him?" You accomplish two things when you say this. You heal yourself and you heal your neighbor with the one bandage.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, 579-649

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