A former Journal editor,
and wife, heard from

Letter No. 221 | January 16, 2001

As another former editor of the Nanty Glo Journal and, later, of all three of the Sedloff newspapers (1973-78), I compliment your efforts on the Nanty Glo web page and your reminisces about the Journal. I followed Bill Martin as editor of the Journal and spent two years at the Portage office before moving on to daily newspapering.

I remember fondly our times there—Friday night mixed-league bowling, softball on the Little Wheel team, trout fishing in the upper regions of the county, family picnics in the summer—and the many good people we met during our stay there.

My journalism career has taken me to the top editorial positions at daily newspapers in Kittanning, Carlisle, and Altoona in Pennsylvania; Newark, Ohio; Toms River, NJ; and Key West, FL. I've also spent nine years as publisher of dailies in Key West and Eureka, CA.

We are now semi-retired, living in the Florida Keys and will soon be taking to the road in our trusty motor home for more travels around the United States. My wife, Lynn, and I are hoping to get to the Nanty Glo area either in 2001 or the year after.

We would like to hear from any of our friends from the Nanty Glo area. We can be reached at ssosinski@aol.com.

Steve Sosinski

P.S from Lynn—During our time in Nanty Glo, we and our two pre-school daughters, Angel and Jeanie, and dog "Ginger," lived up from the Little Wheel Tavern opposite the RR tracks (First Street?). Our oldest daughter, four at the time, can still remember the night of what was to become the next Johnstown Flood. Steve carried the girls and we started out walking up over the tracks to the high school and he was out all night taking photos and getting news. I remember the morning after, with no phone line for me to call into work (Social Security) in Johnstown - thinking they will never believe how flooded we are and that I could not get in....

I have never forgotten Anna Sowolla from whom I learned to make Pysanky at a class at the Ukranian Church, and in subsequent years at her home. I still think of it as a beautiful art.

And every year when we renew our TPA membership, we fondly remember Nanty Glo and reminisce. We were so young then. Steve had just graduated from Penn State and this was his first newspaper position—starting out as reporter-photographer for the Journal, doing hospital rounds and working with Betty Nedrich and Bill Martin.

Lynn Sosinski


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