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Saturday, November 9 2002


Twin Rocks in its heyday | BTHS Class of 1957 page online 
Delano's Domain: Vintondale history book reprinted 
Historic Vintondale photos 
| Nanty Glo's coal trains 
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Last week football
Blacklick Valley, 33; Rockwood, 6

Football playoff
Forest Hills, 21; Tyrone, 6

Parents blamed
The Cambria County Child/Adolescent Health and Wellness Council, which is affiliated with Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, blames parents for increased alcohol usage among teens.  This conclusion was reached after the Council surveyed sixth, eighth and 10th grade students in Cambria County.  While illicit drug use among teens is on the rise nationally, the local drug of choice remains alcohol.  Although heroin and steroids are also used by local youth, they acknowledge that their parents' permissive attitudes toward alcohol usage make it easier for them to obtain and use this drug.

Drugs and age add up to high premiums
Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced this week that excessive drug and
alcohol usage in Cambria County plus a much higher-than-average number of elderly raises the cost of health insurance.  The cost for health insurance has risen 57 percent since 1999.  Highmark claims that they pay out two to three times as much locally as the national average.  The head of the Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program says that they have treated 100 persons already this year as compared to no more than 75 persons in other years.  Treating such individuals gets very expensive, as many of them require repeated hospitalization.  A spokesman for Highmark claims that a man of 50 uses seven times as much health care as does a man of 40.  Highmark also contends that it pays more in Cambria County for the treatment of diabetes and heart ailments than it does in other areas.  Whatever the reason, Blacklick Valley residents know that the cost of health care insurance is becoming more prohibitive each time a new bill arrives.

Veteran's Day
Veterans groups of Nanty Glo, Vintondale, and Twin Rocks will each hold services to honor those who have served their country.  Unfortunately, most young and many who are older don't know the significance of Veteran's Day, so below is an article, adapted from another sources, on the history of the day.

Veterans' Day

Veterans' Day (formerly Armistice Day), November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice that was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of conflict.

At 5 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease; so the hostilities of the First World War ended.  This day began with the laying down of arms, blowing of whistles, impromptu parades, closing of places of business.  All over the globe there were many demonstrations; no doubt the World had never before witnessed such rejoicing.

In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day Proclamation.  The last paragraph set the tone for future observances:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with
solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and
with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it
has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show
her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.

In 1927, Congress issued a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to issue a proclamation calling upon officials to display the Flag of the United States on all government buildings on November 11, and inviting the people to observe the day in schools and churches...But it was not until 1938 that Congress passed a bill that each November 11 "Shall be dedicated to the cause of world peace and...hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day."

That same year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill making the day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. For 16 years, the United States formally observed Armistice Day, with impressive ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the Chief Executive or his representative placed a wreath.  In many other communities, the American Legion was in charge of the observance, which included parades and religious services.  At 11 a.m., all traffic stopped, in tribute to the dead, then volleys were fired and taps sounded.

After World War II, there were many new veterans who had little or no association with World War I.  The word, "armistice," means simply a truce; therefore, as years passed, the significance of the name of this holiday changed.  Leaders of veterans' groups decided to try to correct this and make November 11 the time to honor all who had fought in various American wars, not just in World War I.

In Emporia, Kansas, on November 11, 1953, instead of an Armistice Day Program, there was a Veterans' Day observance.  Ed Rees, of Emporia, was so impressed that he introduced a bill into the House of Representatives to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans' Day.  After this passed, Mr. Rees wrote to all state governors and asked for their approval and cooperation in observing the changed holiday.  The name was changed to Veterans' Day by Act of Congress on May 24, 1954.  In October of that year, President Eisenhower called on all citizens to observe the day by remembering the sacrifices of all those who fought so gallantly, and through rededication to the task of promoting an enduring peace.  The President referred to the change of name to Veterans' Day in honor of the servicemen of all America's wars.


Bumper stickers

Everyone has a photographic memory...some just don't have any film.

Save your breath...You'll need it to blow up your date.

Your ridiculous little opinion has been noted.

I used to have a handle on life...but it broke off.

WANTED: Meaningful overnight relationship.

Some people just don't know how to drive...I call these people, "Everybody But Me."

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

As indispensable as the terror of the Lord is, we must always keep in mind that it cannot be induced by threats made in the name of the Lord. Hell and judgment are realities, and they must be preached in their biblical context as fully as the Bible teaches them, but they cannot induce that mysterious thing we call the fear of the Lord. The Holy Spirit alone can induce this emotion in the human breast. It is a feeling rather than idea: it is the deep reaction of a fallen creature in the presence of the holy Being the stunned heart knows is God!

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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