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Saturday, October 5 2002


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of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Bishop Carroll, 25; Johnstown, 14
Forest Hills, 36; Central Cambria, 20

Hope rekindled

The possibility of keeping ownership of the county-owned nursing home, Laurel Crest, local became a real hope again when it was learned that Conemaugh Health Systems has returned to negotiations with the county commissioners. Amy Bradley, spokesperson for the Johnstown-based network of hospitals and health-care clinics, announced that Conemaugh has renewed its interest in purchasing Laurel Crest. This news received a positive welcome from Kathy Holtzman the one county commissioner who does not favor the selling of the facility. However, knowing that she will be out-voted, she let it be known that she would like to see ownership of Laurel Crest remain local. The employees of the nursing home, who have been on an emotional roller coaster, would also like to see Conemaugh Health Systems take over the facility because they do recognize unions.

When the commissioners emerged from a meeting this past Thursday and announced that they hadn't made a decision on selling Laurel Crest, as many had expected, the county solicitor cautioned that they are continuing to negotiate with several interested entities, including Guardian Elder Care, Inc. Although none of the parties involved has mentioned a purchase price, it is known that the facility is estimated to be worth $6 million. If the county were to receive that amount, it would go a long way toward helping to pay off the $10 million tax-anticipation loan due by the end of the year.

Ebensburg Airport

Ebensburg officials have indicated for some time that they would like to sell the airport facility along Route 22 because of the expense to the municipality. Their contention has been that the town is providing an airstrip and a terminal for an exclusive club of 12 or so who rent hangar space at the airport. They feel that selling the land for commercial purposes would bring in several million dollars to aid the community. A volunteer group sees the facility as an asset to the borough and the surrounding communities. It offers a safe spot for pilots who get caught in bad weather as well as an obstructed landing spot for medical flights. Although borough officials have brushed off the plans of the volunteer group, the group is assured of having the airport operational for at least 13 more years because of the restrictions tied to the grants received by Ebensburg in the past for the airport. The grants called for the airport to remain open to public use for 20 years after the receipt of the money, which was seven years ago.

Virus here

The Nile Virus was found this past week in two dead crows found in Upper Yoder Township and Westmont. These were the first findings in Cambria County. The area should have frost in several weeks and that will eliminate the mosquitoes that carry the virus and give the area a respite from worry till next spring.

Road construction

Work crews continue digging trenches and pouring concrete along Shoemaker Street and Pergrim Hill, causing delays for motorists and access problems for businesses. Much of the base for the widening of the Pergrim Hill section has been poured and work has begun on some of the curbs. An added problem faced motorists this week when another work crew began resurfacing Route 271 from Mundys Corner to Park Hill. Some delays lasted more than half an hour.

With fall here and winter coming, these projects and their frustrating delays should be winding down till next spring. Some drivers are saying that the challenge of bad weather and icy roads may be less frustrating than the construction delays.

T-shirt sayings (eighth of a series)

36. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
37. Time's fun when you're having flies... Kermit the Frog.
38. Police station toilet stolen.... Cops have nothing to go on.
39. Heck is where people go who don't believe in Gosh.
40. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up a thousand times the memory.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

The prayer of the man who prays from habit is always the same, but the prayer of him who prays fervently knows many vicissitudes; now he is engaged in struggle with the enemy, now with himself and his passions, now with other people; and in all this he has need of fortitude. Ask counsel of the experienced, if such you find, and humbly entreat the Lord, and the Lord will give you understanding because of your humility.

St. Silouan the Athonite
20th Century

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