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Saturday, October 26 2002


Seven new letters | Eight new 'Looking for' quests
Delano's Domain: Vintondale history book reprinted

Updated-Beautification Committee lists first gazebo plaques

Jackson Twp. Civil War veteran's grave dedicated | Deaths
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Bishop Carroll, 34; Cambria Heights, 0

Jobs come and go

President Bush signed a defense appropriation bill this week that earmarks $187 million to businesses in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) and DRS Laurel Technologies, both in Richland Township, will receive a combined $105 million. CTC, which does research and development for the Defense Department and Homeland Security, will receive $65 million, and DRS Laurel Technologies will receive $50 million for military contracts. Mountain Top Technologies of Johnstown and Martin Baker America of Stonycreek Township will each receive $11 million of the appropriations.

At the signing ceremony, Rep. John P. Murtha noted that the Somerset and Cambria County areas are contributing significantly to the defense needs of our country and, in return, our region is receiving money for jobs and economic growth. President Bush made special note of the contributions in research and development by CTC that keeps our defenses strong both home and abroad. CTC has about 1100 employees nationwide, with 700 at its Richland campus. Nearly 80 percent of CTC's work is defense related. Kuchera System and Windber Medical Center will also receive money for defense-related contracts amounting to $30 million.

While the infusion of federal money into local companies bodes well for employment, some recent plant closings have left bitter memories with long-time employees. When Bestform announced the closing of its Sidman distribution center and the cutback in employees at its Richland distribution center, the company blamed the closings and cutbacks on the poor national economy. Now, it is learned that Vanity Fair Intimates, the parent company of Bestform, is moving those jobs but not the employees to a new distribution center in Mission, Texas. The company has been less than honest to many employees who worked in local factories for 10, 15, and 20 years and are now too old and unskilled for other jobs. In addition to paychecks, these laid-off-workers will lose health insurance coverage and pensions.

Jackson track

The Jackson Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, with financial aid from the Central Cambria School District, is constructing an exercise track behind the Mundys Corner school. Dr. Rufrano, principal of Jackson Elementary, noted that the track would be open to public use, as the district contributed to its construction.

Weather adjustment

After a summer of above-average temperatures, the Blacklick Valley is having to adjust to a fall with lower-than-average temperatures. Last week's killing frosts seem to have put the thermometer in a downward plunge from which it can't recover. Every day for the past two weeks has been cold and/or windy and wet. For instance, yesterday began with a light breeze and a few flurries that changed to sprinkles during the day and eventually changed to hard rains during the Friday night football games. Today promises to be warmer and dryer for teams like Blacklick Valley, which play their home games on Saturday afternoons.

The Party In The Woods

There was a beer party in progress in the woods. Suddenly, there was a downpour of thunder and rain. Two of the young men ran for about 10 minutes in the pouring rain, finally reaching their car just as the rain let up. They jumped into the car, started it up and headed down the road, laughing—and still drinking one beer after another.

All of a sudden, an old Indian man's face appeared in the passenger window and there was a light tapping on the window. The passenger screamed out: "EEEEEK! Look at my window! There's an old Indian guy's face there!" The old Indian man kept knocking, so the driver said, "Well open the window a little and ask him what he wants!"

The passenger rolled his window down part-way and asked, scared out of his wits, "What do you want?" The old Indian softly asked, "You have any tobacco?"

The passenger, terrified, looked at the driver and said, "He Wants tobacco!"

"Well, offer him a cigarette! HURRY!" the driver replied.

So he fumbled with the pack and handed the old man a cigarette and yelled, "Step on it!" rolling up the window in terror.

Now going about 80 miles an hour, they halfway calm down and start laughing again, and the passenger says, "What was that?"

The driver says, "I don't know. How could this be? I am going pretty fast." But, all of a sudden AGAIN there is a knock on the window and there was the old Indian man again.

"Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, there he is again!," the passenger yelled."

"Well, see what he wants now!" yelled back the driver.

The passenger rolled down the window a little ways and shakily said, "Yes?"

"Do you have a light?" the old Indian quietly asked.

The passenger threw a lighter out the window at him, rolled up the window, and yelled, "STEP ON IT!"

They are now going about 100 miles per hour and still guzzling beer, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden again there was more knocking!

"Oh ---! HE'S BACK!" The passenger rolled down the window and screamed out, "WHAT DO YOU WANT?" in stark fear.

The old man gently replied, "You want some help getting out of the mud?"

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

Churches and societies founded by saintly men with courage, faith, and sanctified imagination appear unable to propogate themselves on the same spiritual level beyond one or two generations. In all our fallen life, there is a strong gravitational pull toward complexity and away from things simple and real. There seems to be a kind of sad inevitability back of our morbid urge toward spiritual suicide!

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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