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Saturday, October 19 2002

 

Delano's Domain: Vintondale history book reprinted | Births
Updated-Beautification Committee lists first gazebo plaques

Update - Someone looking for you?/Looking for Someone?
Jackson Twp. Civil War veteran's grave dedicated | Deaths
Valley history page from old Journals and NTAMHS

David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Football
Blacklick Valley, 36; North Star, 13
Forest Hills, 18; Bishop Carroll, 12                  Central Cambria, 14; Westmont 0

Milestones

As the days, months and years go by, there are events that mark the passage of time and behaviors just as surely as any calendar date. For instance, Jay Patrick, WJAC-TV weatherman, predicted this week's killing frosts as the end of the growing season and, therefore, the last killing-frost he would announce. Those of us not involved in agriculture probably took little notice of the pronouncement, yet, for a large segment of the viewing public it did mark the passing of one season, growing, into another, harvesting. Then in another forecast this week, Mr. Patrick noted that the rains of this month have brought us close to the average rainfall for the year and perhaps the beginning of the end of the drought, which has plagued our area for several years.

Those of us who follow and live by the daily weather forecast often lose sight of the cyclical weather patterns that last for years. Perhaps, the drought that has occurred over the last several years has brought about a greater awareness of our water resources. An indication of this was present in an article in this week's Journal. The Nanty Glo Water Authority revealed that its customers used less water this past summer without the Authority calling for water restrictions. This could be a milestone or turning point toward a more rational use of water, a natural resource we squandered in the past and, hopefully, now see as a valuable asset to be used wisely.

Health care insurance

Nearly everyone in this country is struggling with the rising cost of medical care and the cost of insurance to cover that care, but probably none more than the citizens of Cambria County, where there is a much-higher-than-average number of retired individuals. The Bethlehem Steel retirees have had their health care drastically cut or eliminated and those who have opted for such programs as Security Blue, where Medicare pays part of the premium and the policyholder pays the remainder of the premium, have seen those premiums double and triple in the past several years. Now, to ad insult to injury, Social Security announced yesterday that the cost of living increase for next year will be less than 2 percent.

And Cambria County learned that the cost of its health care premiums for its employees will increase 32.5 percent next year and will cost taxpayers an additional $1.3 million. Of course, these taxpayers are struggling with their own health care costs and dwindling income with which to pay them. According to Cambria County's chief clerk, the cost would have risen by $2.1 million had the county not sold Laurel Crest to Conemaugh Health System, which will now have the burden of having to pay health care costs for the 500 employees.

Basic requirement

A teacher asked the children in her Sunday school class, "If I sold my house, my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?"

"NO!" the children all answered.

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?" The answer, again, was, "NO!"

"Well, then, if I was kind to animals, gave candy to all the children, and loved my family, would that get me into Heaven?" Again, they all answered, "NO!"

"Well," the teacher continued, "how can I get into Heaven?"

A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead!"

—Sent by Frank Charney

Thought for today

Be persecuted, but persecute not; be crucified, but crucify not; be wronged, but wrong not; be slandered, but slander not. Have clemency, not zeal, with respect to evil. Lay hold of goodness, not legality.

—St Isaac of Syria (seventh century)
Sent by Martin McGinty

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