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Saturday, September 7 2002


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of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Historic 'whiskey row' building gone

The former Nanty Glo Hotel on Shoemaker Street, having fallen into disrepair and neglect, has now been put out of its misery. The Cambria County Redevelopment Authority provided funds for the borough to have the dilapidated building razed. Records indicate the structure was first home to a dry goods business. In later years the first floor became a bar and dance hall and the second floor was divided into about twenty rooms for rent. As a hotel-bar-dance-hall it joined other such establishments on the same block to become a vibrant spot for nightlife in Nanty Glo. The more straight-laced members of the community often referred to the block as "Whiskey Row." Nevertheless, the Nanty Glo Hotel and the other establishments on Shoemaker Street provided permanent and transient housing for people who lived in or passed through the community. Also, the bars and dance halls provided a place for social gatherings such as wedding receptions and entertainment. And as businesses, they paid taxes and wages, which contributed, to the town.

Laurel Crest still generating controversy

The future of the county-owned nursing home still remains a question. The Cambria County Commissioners had hopes that one of the Johnstown hospitals would purchase the facility, which has been a money drain on the county. Conemaugh Health Systems did make an offer, which the commissioners dismissed, as insufficient. The county has a tax-anticipation loan payment due by the end of the year and the commissioners had hoped to raise the money by selling the nursing home. This past week, Guardian Elder Care Inc. of Brockway, Jefferson County, presented an offer to the commissioners. The county didn't reveal the amount of the bid pending the expectation of at least one more bid. During the past fiscal year, Laurel Crest has done better financially and this has caused a rift among the commissioners. Commissioners Ted Baranik and Fred Soisson want to go through with the sale in order to pay the loan, but Kathy Holtzman wants to wait to see whether the nursing home can become self-sufficient. She feels that the county has an obligation to have a home for its elderly and needy residents.

Richland 13 Central Cambria 10
Bishop Carroll 13 Bedford 12


19 Things That It Took Me 40-
Something Years to Learn

6. You should not confuse your career with your life.

7. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

8. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

9. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

10. Never lick a steak knife.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

I've learned that

...no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow;

...regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life;

...making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

Sent by Sallie Covolo

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