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Letter No. 67 | February 9, 1999

I know it has been said before, but, " Thanks for the great home page." I have enjoyed reading the responses and even though I do not know everyone, the roots of Nanty Glo and the surrounding area run deep.

As a school administrator I feel a special affection for the people from our Valley. We can be especially proud of so many graduates from Vintondale, Blacklick Twp., Nanty Glo, and finally Blacklick Valley.

Graduating from Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School in 1966 I could not wait to leave and go to college in West Virginia. It didn't take very long to realize that our entire Country is made up of great communities like Nanty Glo, Vintondale and Twin Rocks, Belsano, etc. What makes them different and at the same time alike are their people. You don't have to look far to discover some of "the greatest people in the world"; they are right here or were born and raised here.

I have been in contact with Nanty Glo, Wales, and I am attempting to have some of our students begin to dialogue. The problem seems to be finding the time.

I have been planning to form a committee, "Foundation For Educational Excellence." The home page may be an excellent vehicle to communicate with Alumni. Our goal is to recognize graduates and to raise funds for scholarships, grants, awards, etc. Let me know if the home page idea makes sense.

DON THOMAS, Superintendent
Blacklick Valley School District
Nanty Glo, Pa.

P.S. I loved your Ireland Diary. I hope to visit in the near future. The McDermott and Thomas in me is drawing me there.

Webmaster's note: Although we said when we started over a year ago that our "free home pages" offer was limited, the demand has never been so great that we've had to limit it. Personal home pages as well as ones for public service such as you propose, are always welcome when there's a Blacklick Valley tie-in. It's great to hear from you and I love the Foundation for Educational Excellence idea. Hope we can help.

—Jon Kennedy

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