FIRST QUARTER 1998

Descriptions of all content added between mid-January (when this running cumulative index was launched) and March 31, the first quarter of 1998, follow.


Tuesday, March 31 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Defiant Ones, 1959 classic Stanley Kramer drama of a black and white convict trying to escape the law, shackled to each other.

Note 1 Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis both won Oscar nominations for their performances. Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this drama his highest rating, four stars.


Monday, March 30 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Big One, the latest comedy documentary from Michael (Roger and Me) Moore.

Note 1 Though not hard-hitting in social terms, this documentary of political hijinx usually amuses, sometimes hilariously, says Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes, who gives it three stars.


Saturday, March 28 1998

Latest additions to site—Ex-Johnstowner says hello to Nanty Glo.

Note 1 Latest letter to the Home Page Forum.


Friday, March 27 1998

Latest additions to site—Writer looking for information on Wehrum ancestors.

Movie review: The Newton Boys, adventure film about the most successful bank robbers in American history.

Note 1 Home page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film reminiscent in spirit of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid two-and-a-half stars.


Thursday, March 26 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: A Price Above Rubies, story of a woman's liberation from Hassidic Judaism.

Note 1 Home page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film controversial for its unsympathetic treatment of religion only two stars.


Wednesday, March 25 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Fireworks, a Japanese detective/love story.

Note 1 Home page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this masterfully done foreign film three stars.


Tuesday, March 24 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Meet the Deedles, new from Disney.

Note 1 Home page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this comedy intended for family viewing is so lame that he gives it zero stars. Nearly nine-yea-old son Jeffrey gave it three stars, however.


Monday, March 23 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio.

News: Auction fundraiser was a success

Note 2 The remake of this classic from the Alexander Dumas novel has lots of attractive qualities, but too little attention was paid to the story. Home page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives it only two stars.

Note 1 The Blacklick Valley High School Honors Math Class reports on yesterday's event


Sunday, March 22 1998

Latest additions to site—News: New soda shop to open on Monday?

Now, make the Nanty Glo Home Page your home base for surfing the worldwide web.

Note 2 A home page reader has noticed signes of new life in the former Dolly's Coffee Shop on Chestnut Street, across from the Fire Hall.

Note 1 The worldwide web is the best research tool ever devised, with millions and millions of pages of information on every topic imaginable available simply by typing a text string (like "Nanty Glo," or a person's name, or a question) into a search engine query form. Now you can initiate this process directly from the Nanty Glo Home page by typing your q-string into the box in the lower left corner. Your answers will be generated on Alta Vista, the most powerful search engine. Every web site would like to be the default you open when you click on your browser. Now the Nanty Glo Home page gives you more reasons to start from "home" to do your research.


Friday, March 20 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Wild Things

Note 1 Bill Murray is the only star in this poorly scripted comedy thriller who gets it, Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says, which gives what could have been a delightful comedy only one-and-a-half stars for ending up a campy detective piece.


Thursday, March 19 1998

Latest additions to site—News: Auction March 22 will benefit playground

Note 1 The Blacklick Valley High School Honors Math Class is requesting your support for this worthy cause.


Wednesday, March 18 1998

Latest additions to site—letter to the Forum; new church listing in Resources

Webmaster's plug for having your own home page (below, note 2).

Note 2 Why let the obituary writers get the first word on what your life amounts to; isn't it bad enough that they'll have the last word? With cemetery space at an ever-increasing premium, you might be lucky to get a 6'x4' plot with a brass nameplate some day. Don't you deserve more? Others may not think so, but don't you think so? (Well, maybe not.) But I think so.

Please forgive my morbidity, but I couldn't think of a better way to get your attention. One of the best things about the opening of cyberspace (the Internet, worldwide web and all this) is that there's virtually unlimited space available now for you to exhibit your trophies, your family album, or moments of triumph where the whole world can get a look at them. You don't even have to pay for it (well, at least a "basic plot" is available free through a variety of agencies, including Geocities, Tripod, and (to people with Blacklick Valley ties) the Nanty Glo Home Page).

Instead of writing a limerick on the restroom wall to be remembered by, why not share your testimony, your witness, your resume or curriculum vitae with the world on a wall that the whole world can access (at least 35 million people worldwide are now on the Internet, this year one of every two American households has a computer).

It might just be your way of letting the Valley know you're online. You might have a solution to some life problem you can share, or have learned a lesson that might save someone having to learn it the hard way, too. I'd really like to have everyone who is online in Nanty Glo, Vintondale, and Blacklick Township, and former residents who still want to keep in touch with the Valley, represented. It can be this simple:
John Dough
Born in Vintondale 1951
Attended Blacklick Valley elementary and secondary schools; graduated Bishop Carroll High School 1969, Duquesne University 1973.
Married Marie Colson 1975. Three children: Peggy 1977, John Jr. 1980, Chris 1983.
Now reside in Chicago
Weather reporter for TV station WCHG
Most memorable moment: touchdown in BCHS-BVHS game in 1968.
Special interests: Civil War battlefields and battle re-enactments; educational pluralism.
email: jdough@wchgnet.com
If you already have a home page, send us your address by clicking the following mailer link. If you don't have one, why not start now by writing your version of the above sample on the form generated when you click here? There is absolutely no charge, and we'll even include photos or artwork you submit.
Thank you for your support.

Note 1 Nanty Glo resident of 20 months, Kathleen, commends St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and finds the home page valuable.


Tuesday, March 17 1998

Latest additions to site—Essay: Jon Kennedy reflects on Boogie Nights

Movie/video Review: For Your Eyes Only (1981), another of the Roger Moore depictions of James Bond.

Note 2 Having waited till it came to the bargain theaters, I've set out my reflections on the controversial film with Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg, Boogie Nights. If anything illustrates the change in course our culture took in the 'seventies, it's the pornography industry and its growing acceptance in so-called "straight" media and society. It deserves reflection, but this vehicle falls down on the job.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this playboy-spy movie two stars.


Monday, March 16 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/video Review: Foreign Correspondent (1940), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller illustrating how less can be more.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this minor classic three stars.


Friday, March 13 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/video Review: Moonraker, a 1979 James Bond spy chaser with Star Wars aspirations.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this fourth Bond film with Roger Moore in the lead two-and-a-half stars.


Thursday, March 12 1998

Latest additions to site—News: Hometown cook book benefits P-TA

Movie/video Review: The Yearling, a 1994 remake of a 1946 classic about growing up poor and beleaguered in Appalachia.

Note 2 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film with exaggerated hillbilly accents only two stars.

Note 1 It's been our design all along to receive and publish news as sent by readers. And here's the first such item, as submitted by Ken Martinazzi. Thanks, Ken; I might even buy one of those cook books.


Wednesday, March 11 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Men with Guns, a Latin American political thriller, reminiscent of the classic Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes recommends this metaphorical film, mostly in Spanish with English subtitles, and gives it three-and-a-half stars. John Sayles, its creator, also gave us Matewan, a film about a struggling coalmining town in West Virginia, and The Secret of Roan Inish, a fantasy set on an Irish island.


Tuesday, March 10 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Love and Death on Long Island, a sometimes comical pastiche (Last Tango in Paris meets Death in Venice) that has John Hurt infatuated with Jason Priestly.

Note 1 Despite homosexual themes, Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this light comedy rated PG-13 would be alright for kids over 12 and gives it two-and-a-half stars.


Monday, March 9 1998

Latest additions to site—Still more on Malcolm Cowley. Recent additions are in yellow type.

Movie Review: The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers' latest cornucopia of loony characters.

Note 2 The area's most accomplished author was born in what was for many years the White Mill Hotel (now again a private residence), and longtime Belsano legend Doss Paul was his childhood friend.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this comedy with Jeff Bridges as a stoned bowler dude mistaken for someone important, will inspire more discussion afterward than laughs during, and gives it three stars.


Friday, March 6 1998

Latest additions to site—New letter: appreciates Nanty Glo background

Movie Review: Hush, a predictable scare movie.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this tried and true genre flick one-and-a-half stars.


Thursday, March 5 1998

Latest additions to site—More reminiscences about the post-Depression homeless

Vintondale Rules?

Movie Review: U.S. Marshals, aka "The Fugitive II."

Note 3 Our question about Rudy the bum has stirred some reminiscing and, we hear, some lively lunch-break discussion at at least one Valley workplace. A writer who prefers not to be identified remembered another homeless person of the era living in the burned-out Victory Theatre (and I didn't even remember the Victory Theatre!). The Victory, in the LaMantia Block which also housed a state liquor store for many years, a bowling alley (another surprise to me) and (the longest-running tenant and one I—and probably you—frequented) Rinehart's Pharmacy, was across the street from the Capital! I wish I could remember Nanty Glo in the days when it had three theaters open nightly, but I only vaguely recall the Liberty Theater, on Shoemaker across from the side of Commons' Hardware (it was commonly called "The Ranch House" because western movies were its stock in trade).

It never occurred to me, until I undertook this home page project, that Nanty Glo, just now coming into its centennial, was a major boom town of the 20th century, and when much of the country was in economic decline, Nanty Glo was coming of age, still growing! No wonder homeless people, as we would call them now ("bums," they were known as then) gravitated to it. They were motivated by the same economic factors that attracted first my uncle, Percy Kennedy, and then my father, to settle in the Blacklick Valley, moving from the Blandburg area of northern Cambria County.

The Victory Theatre was burned out once, rebuilt and reopened, and burned again not to reopen, our source recalls. Knowing that the Capital was finally closed forever by arson, the immediate thought is that three theaters may have been too many for Nanty Glo even in the booming '40's and early '50's, and someone may have torched it under contract. But it also has to be remembered that, at that time, film was extremely flammable, and it was run through projectors with carbon-arc flames casting their images to the screens, so theater fires were all too common. (Today's film is on a different, less flammable substance and the projectors use electric lights rather than open flames. For a highly entertaining movie that goes into this phenomenon, rent Cinema Paradisio, a great Italian film that will bring back lots of memories of old Nanty Glo, even though its setting is thousands of miles away.)

How amazing to learn something about my own childhood through this dialog! When I was a mere gossoon, my family used my middle name, Reid, rather than Jon. My brother Bob, 13 years older, often jokingly called me "Reidy Buttch" as a nickname. Though somewhere deep in the recesses of my brain there was some cognition that this nickname had something to do with Rudy the Bum, only now have I learned that his full name was Rudy Bacci; Bob was obviously making a word play on Rudy's full name in nicknaming me!

Note 2 An anonymous writer says Vintondale rules over Nanty Glo. Huh?

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this action-adventure with Tommy Lee Jones reprising his role from The Fugitive three stars.


Wednesday, March 4 1998

Latest additions to site—New data on Malcolm Cowley's page

An HTML Tutorial

Movie Review: The Gingerbread Man, the latest James Grisham novel brought to film.

Note 3 Our "mole" in the County Library has come up with some interesting new facts about Malcolm Cowley and his life in Belsano and New York.

Note 2 It might be presumptious of me to offer you a tutorial. Well, no one's obliging you to take it. It started out as a page of reminders to myself, actually, about HTML programming code that I don't use often enough to remember from one time to the next. Create a page you can quickly look it up on, I thought, and while I was at it, I realized it could be of use to more than myself and might even bring totally disinterested visitors to virtual Nanty Glo. I find HTML programming (that is, making up pages like the one you're looking at for display on the worldwide web) irresistibly fascinating. As a child, I had fantasies of publishing someday, and this gives me more power than I ever imagined. Imagine the quantum leap from my first boss, Herman Sedloff, running his single-sheet press in the backroom at the Journal building...to this! Let me know what you think.

Note 1 Despite a stellar cast and directing by Robert Altman (whom I once interviewed on a limo ride from SFO into The City) Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this mixed bag with unconvincing southern accents only two stars.


Tuesday, March 3 1998

Latest additions to site—Note writer remembers "Rudy"

Movie/Video Review: The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth James Bond flick, from 1977.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this, the third Bond picture starring Roger Moore, three stars.


Monday, March 2 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: The Real Blonde, a comedy that works sometimes, but often doesn't.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this star-studded sexual situations comedy featuring Matthew Modine two-and-a-half stars, a marginal thumbs up.


Friday, February 27 1998

Latest additions to site—new paragraph added to Malcolm Cowley page, contributed by a source at Cambria County Library in Johnstown.

New link to "Just the Links"; now it's on the right of the "Webmaster's Notes" page header, above.

Movie Review: Dark City, a macabre science fiction thriller.

Note 2 Nobody else mentioned it, but we had a problem opening "Latest Additions" in our Netscape browser (it worked fine in the Explorer browser). So we've eliminated the window that automatically pops up saying "Click here for Just the Links," and put that "button" on the right of the "Latest Additions—Webmaster's Notes" page header atop this page. Click it and get a pre-sized list of just links without notation, for quickly finding anything added to the site in recent weeks.

Note 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this poorly edited genre pic starring Kiefer Sutherland only one-and-a-half stars. Were this an earlier generation, it would be playing at midnight at the Capitol and its editing wouldn't be held against it.


Thursday, February 26 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/Video Reviews: Message to Love | The Andromeda Strain

Note 1 Magazine publication of his almost one-year-old review of the movie about the Isle of Wight festival led Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes to repost it. And The Andromeda Strain is a classic from director Robert Wise of Michael Crichton's first movie adaptation. Rhodes gives them three and three-and-a-half stars, respectively


Wednesday, February 25 1998

Latest additions to site—Belsano's famous son: Malcolm Cowley

Movie/Video Review: The Man with the Golden Gun, Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond, from 1974.

Note 2 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this Bond flick two-and-a-half stars.

Note 1 Yesterday we came across this Belsano man of letters while web surfing, after being first introduced to him by Dennis Roddy several years ago. He may be famous in literary circles, but I never heard him mentioned in 12 years of Blacklick Township public schooling or 17 years of living hard by Belsano. Our new Malcolm Cowley page should change that forever.


Tuesday, February 24 1998

Latest additions to site—Two NEWS items: Bethlehem-C&I Railroad buys local site; | State web site reports on Blacklick Creek reclamation projects

Revised, more liberal, policy on free home pages

New note to the guest book

Movie Review: Dangerous Beauty,
A supposedly true-life story of a courtesan in 16th-century Venice.

Note 1 This often incredible flirtation with soft-core porn could become a camp classic, says Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes. (Note: We've changed "entry 1, entry 2," and so on to "note 1" and so on in our unending quest for greater clarity.)


Monday, February 23 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/Video Review: Live and Let Die, The eighth Bond movie, from 1973, starred Roger Moore.

Entry 1 The Bond film series has come to this: Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this one only one-and-a-half stars.


Friday, February 20 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Palmetto, Woody Harrelson's new film noir, out in most markets today.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this Florida-based sizzler (he compares it to Body Heat) three stars.


Thursday, February 19 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/Video Review: Diamonds are Forever, 1971 James Bond film with a lethargic Sean Connery.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this seventh Bond flick two-and-a-half stars.


Wednesday, February 18 1998

Latest additions to site—A less obtrusive pop-up: Link to links.

Movie Review: Mrs. Dalloway, adaptation of a Gertrude Stein novel.

Entry 2 Changed the pop-up that accompanies this page to be only about two inches wide by one inch deep, small enough to not get in the way of anything you might be reading. Click it if you want "just the links" without this chit chat; ignore it if you prefer this approach. And "Just the Links" has been edited to more closely live up to its name. On THIS page you'll find the descriptions; on Just the Links you'll find just the links. This way you have access to a much longer list in one small window.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes says this costume drama lacks tension points and consequences; gives it one-and-a-half stars.


February 17 1998

Latest additions to site—New JavaScript; area maps now pop up on mouse click.

Movie Review: The Borrowers, the story of a culture of wee people who live inside the walls of houses.

Movie/Video Review: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the sixth James Bond film and first not starring Sean Connery

Entry 3 Those of you trying to learn web page creation by watching me learn it may be interested to know that we've found a way to eliminate the "dummy" home page when we make the maps pop up. Now when you click on "Maps" on the home page, a new JavaScript automatically launches the four-map sequence in a pre-sized window without having to call up a buffer page as before. The JavaScripts that run the dateline and the scrolling headlines are unaffected by this new application.

Entry 2 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this 1969 spy movie starring George Lazenby only two stars.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this "instant children's classic" three-and-a-half stars.


February 13 1998

Latest additions to site—Quick jump to View Our Guest Book. I know you've been fuming over having to wait for that "advisory" screen on the way to the guest book, and I do want you to view the guest book every time you visit, so...I've added a quick jump link to the quest book which you can click to reduce your wait. Try it out.

Movie Review: Sphere, the latest adaptation for screen of a Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) novel.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this alien-space-craft-under-water thriller directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog) three stars.


February 12 1998

Latest additions to site—Jon Kennedy reviews: The Apostle, Robert Duvall's vision of American religion.

Movie Review: Hurricane Streets, story of a gang of amoral New York City teens.

Entry 2 Home Page webmaster and former minister Jon Kennedy gives The Apostle eight points on his scale of 10. It's not as good as Sling Blade, but it's still well above average.

Entry 1 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this "Spanky and Our Gang" gone bad two stars.


February 11 1998

Latest additions to site— Letter writer says Home Page helped her trace her family roots

Movie Review: The Wedding Singer, an uneven comedy starring Adam Sandler.

Entry 2 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this mixed bag two and a half stars and says, "One minute it's an over-the-top comedy that's gratingly bad, and the next it's a surprisingly sweet and touching little romance."

Entry 1 The Resources page led her to the Nanty Glo Library, which led her to a book, and an author....


February 10 1998

Latest additions to site— The Oscar Nominations, Steve Rhodes reports from California.

Movie/Video Review: You Only Live Twice, the fifth James Bond film starring Sean Connery

Entry 2 Titanic leads with nominations in 14 categories, but not including best actor.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this 1967 spy movie filmed in Japan three stars.


February 9 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Twilight, a detective film with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandan.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this "L.A. Confidential lite" has lots of atmosphere and name stars, but little else to offer.


February 6 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/video Review: Thunderball, the fourth James Bond movie, 1965.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this fourth Sean Connery-as-James-Bond movie, now available on video, three stars. Jeffrey liked it even better.


February 5 1998

Latest additions to site—The Netscape 'outdent' is gone.

Movie/video Review: Goldfinger, the third James Bond movie, 1964.

Entry 2 The poor alignment of the scrolling headline frame on the Home Page, visible in Netscape Navigator but appearing as it ought to in Internet Explorer, as reported here yesterday, has been improved a bit, but is still not up to Explorer's standards. Now, Navigator shows the scrolling frame centered under the dateline—well, almost centered. It's much better than with the "outdented" look it had earlier, but still not as good as it should be. So if you're still not using Explorer, I again strongly recommend you try Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this third Sean Connery-as-James-Bond movie, now available on video, the rare and coveted four stars.


February 4 1998

Latest additions to site—Redesigned Theophilus & Friends Religion and Ethics magazine.

Movie/video Review: From Russia with Love, the second James Bond movie, 1963.

Entry 3 It looks better in Explorer. I just made the mistake (though it's a professional necessity) of checking the site in Netscape Navigator. I try to avoid that, as it always looks better in Microsoft Internet Explorer. In Explorer, the scrolling headlines are on the same line across the home page as "Nanty Glo Home Page February 4 1998 Edition." In Navigator, the scrolling head is underneath the first part of what should be one visual line, and even outdented to the left, at that. In Explorer, the scrolling type is a nice sans serif font. In Navigator it looks like typewriter type. On the movie site, in Explorer the black top frame melts into the bottom black frame to give one seamless page. In Navigator, there's a white band, which absolutely does not exist in the code, between them. Navigator won't allow you to have "zero" left margin, so on my Silicon Valley Today page, the navigation bar doesn't center properly in its frame. In Navigator, the "Look Up" navigation buttons and some other type on the Theophilus page are inexplicably oversized (the "Look Up" and "Reset" buttons are the same size in reality). If you're not using it, I strongly recommend you try Microsoft Internet Explorer. It's free and always has been. And despite what Janet Reno's Department of Justice says, if you're running Windows, the whole operating system environment will be improved when you add Explorer 4.0. End unsolicited plug.

Entry 2 Pop-ups, pop-ups everywhere. The list of articles now pops up automatically when you go to Theophilus & Friends. The search engine is now on the Theophilus site home page. It looks better and may draw more traffic! Check it out.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this second Sean Connery-as-James-Bond movie, now available on video, three stars.


February 3 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie/video Review: Shadowlands, 1993 film about C.S. Lewis.

Movie/video Review: Dr. No, the original Bond flick.

Entry 2 My review of Shadowlands, which will be showing on the Family Channel four times later this month, includes an explanation of how it changed my life.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this 1962 Sean Connery movie now out on video three and a half stars.


February 2 1998

Latest additions to site—News: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

Movie/video Review: The Looking Glass War.

Entry 2 Punxsutawney has an entertaining and educational web site worth visiting.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this 1970 spy movie now out on video only one and a half stars.


January 31 1998

Latest additions to site: News: Webmaster's world tour site referenced in online travel encyclopedia..

Entry 1 Home Page webmaster Jon Kennedy's online travel site, Around the World on $50 a Day, was referenced yesterday in the Outspoken Enclcylopedia of Travel, one of the most successful sites on the Internet, published by famed travel writer Arthur Frommer.


January 30 1998

Latest additions to site: Movie Review: Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

Also: Photos of the Kennedy farm on the virtual hike.

Entry 2 It's not so much an ego trip (like my childhood home deserves to be on the Internet) as a matter of using the materials at hand. I don't have photos of other sites on the hike at my present home in San Jose, Calif. This represents one landmark on the hike; would that there were more.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this 1994 film, now out on video, only one star.


January 29 1998

Latest additions to site: Pop-up window, Just the Links, accompanying this page.

Regional news link. This link takes you to today's local headline news from WJAC-TV Channel 6.

Movie review: Shadow of a Doubt, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller remade as a Hallmark Hall of Fame television special, now on video.

Entry 3 Created and added an index to this page which pops up when the page is opened and should make it easier to find new material. Unlike the site index, which is organized topically, this one is in chronological order showing most recent additions at the top, earliest at the bottom of the page.

Entry 2 Times film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this remake of a 1940's classic three stars.

Entry 1 Adding a link to the Weather Channel's Johnstown page on Tuesday proved to be such an enhancement, I thought, that having a link to an area news source began to seem like another obvious improvement. This link does not connect to the Channel 6 page of Nanty Glo news archives linked from our News Page. There being insufficient day-to-day news in Blacklick Valley to warrant constant coverage by regional media like TV channels, it seems appropriate to link to a regional news source, which covers all of south-central Pennsylvania. Even that amounts to only a few news items per day. But at least this gives visitors to the home page an idea of what's on the Valley's conversation agenda from day to day. And Channel 6's page lets you jump to CNN or MSNBC for coverage of broader interest.

A more subtle change, but one that's fun at least for the computer buffs among us.... Try clicking the maps link. The "map wrap" is gone and the maps now pop up from the home page itself! Actually, it's a clever deceit. The "map wrap" is still there, but instead of being a meaningless buffer page, it's an exact duplicate of the Home Page, named "nantyglA.htm" instead of "nantyglo.htm," with one difference—it doesn't have the scrolling headlines. What you see in that spot is actually an image file that looks like the headline scroll, with an invitation to click it to make them scroll again. Doing so bounces you from "nantyglA" to "nantyglo" again in the blink of an eye and in the same window. I think most users will never know they left the "real" home page to invoke the maps. And although "nantyglA" goes away, the maps stay open in the background in case you want to refer to them. Pretty nifty if I say so myself!

Oooops! Was anybody counting on revisiting the Christmas version of the Home Page? Sorry, I accidentally overwrote it. (But doing so and seeing the result it created is what gave me the idea for the new "map wrap.") If you were counting on seeing it, again drop me a line...there's probably an early version of it on a floppy disk somewhere.


January 28 1998

Latest additions to site: A public library. New link on the home page opens free access to thousands of books and periodicals online.

Movie review: Falling Down, a 1993 movie now available on video, the theme of which was "urban male rage."

A virtual hike. Take this cyber walk from Vintondale to Belsano.

Entry 3 Created a public library page which links to several gateways to thousands of books online.

Entry 2 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film two-and-a-half stars.

Entry 1 The amazing detail of the third-level of maps on Microsoft's Encarta site (they even show all the lanes through Duman Lake Park!) inspired me to try a "virtual hike." What do you think?


January 27 1998

Latest additions to site: Area weather A link to the Weather Channel's current postings for Johnstown.

Movie review: Lea, the story of a woman so traumatized in childhood that her adult life is lived in a shell.

Great new letter: Growing up in Vintondale in the '40s.

Entry 2 Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film, considered by some the best foreign film of the year, only two stars.

Entry 1 By creating a "cover" for the auto-cycling maps, we're able to preserve their just-the-right-size windows.


January 26 1998

Latest additions to site: Movie review: The Apostle, Robert Duvall's new film about a Southern Pentecostal preacher.

New scrolling banner atop the home page.

Entry 2 Robert Duvall starred in the memorable Tender Mercies, considered by many the most "Christian" movie of its era. Now, according to Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes, he's made the best film (by my ratings system) since Sling Blade.

Entry 1 Added a new scrolling banner atop the home page to highlight the latest addition to the site. However, the JavaScript sequence that launches this feature interferes with the sequence that launched the maps when the home page was opened. So I'm looking for workarounds that will enable us to have both. Meanwhile, you can see the maps by clicking here (or on the maps link on the Home Page). We'd like to get rid of that buffer page and still have them open in neat, pre-sized windows. Is there a programmer in the house?


January 25 1998

Latest additions to site: News: Blacklick Creek reclamation to bring it back to fish habitat level?

Entry 1 Added new story in the news department, with link to Blacklick Creek Watershed Association. Moved Newschannel 6 link down the news home page to reflect infrequency of Nanty Glo coverage.


January 24 1998

Latest additions to site: A dateline atop the Home Page.

Entry 1 Added new programming that automatically displays the current date next to a greeting when the Home Page is loaded. Note: the date is obtained by a JavaScript from the clock inside your computer. If your computer clock/calendar is wrong, this will be reflected here. It's easy to reset; check your operating system manual.


January 23 1998

Latest additions to site: An advisory en route to the Guest Book and a Movie review: Spiceworld, just what you've been waiting for, the Spice Girls' debut film

Entry 2 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives Spiceworld two-and-a-half stars, citing often-hilarious self-deprecating humor.

Entry 1 Added an advisory that intercedes when the Guest Book is clicked, distancing the Home Page from Guest Book commercial messages. After sufficient time to read the advisory, the Guest Book page automatically loads.


January 22 1998

Latest additions to site: Movie review: The Return of Jafar, Disney's 1993 direct-to-video sequel to Aladdin.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives The Return of Jafar only one and a half stars; says it's below Disney's general standards on just about every count.


January 21 1998

Latest additions to site: a new auto-open window for the Nanty Glo area maps. Movie review: Trekkies, a new documentary about Star Trek fans. New note on the guest book site from Bob Millward, a Nanty Glo native now living in Arizona.

Entry 3 The latest change in the appearance of the site is one your webmaster is especially proud of. It's a JavaScript-based addition of a window that opens automatically to display the four area maps in rotation whenever you open or refresh the home page. No more frames on the home page! (I like frames, as on our movie site, but the ones on the home page didn't work well as neither frame displayed the whole view of its content.) If you've seen the maps and don't want to be bothered, just close it, with no effect on the main window. The main window can also be viewed "over" the maps window by simply clicking anywhere on it, and either of them can be repositioned separately on your screen.

Entry 2 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives Trekkies three stars; calls it a breezy, often-hilarious comic documentary.

Entry 1 Check out the guest book often. (Note: The guest book page is on an independent site not affiliated with the Nanty Glo Home Page, which otherwise is commercial-free.)


January 20 1998

Latest additions to site: a new Forum entry: Rudy the Wanderer, one of the most colorful characters from Blacklick Valley's past. Last seen in the 1950's, whatever happened to this enigmatic figure who used to circle every utility pole three times as he made his way silently through the valley?

Latest additions to site: movie review: Hard Rain, a lot of talent is wasted in this TV movie-of-the-week rushed into theatrical release to cash in on El Nino hype (or so it seems).

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this only one star, but—word up—he's not from greater Johnstown.


January 19 1998

Latest additions to site: Update to Resources; listings of eight charities.

Latest additions to site: movie review: Afterglow, Julie Christie returns as a has-been B-movie actress.

Entry 2 Added a new category, "charities," to the Resources page, with a beginning list of eight local nonprofit organizations.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this Alan Rudolph film great praise and three stars.

Have you checked out the seven notes to the Home Page at our guest book? Click on "View our" here or on the Home Page.


January 16 1998

Latest additions to site: movie review: Kundun, Martin Scorsese's film about the Dalai Lama. January 16.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this picturesque but mostly dull film one-and-a-half star. Says it makes Brad Pitt's earlier Seven Years in Tibet seem better by comparison.


January 15 1998

Latest additions to site: movie review: Oscar & Lucinda, an Anglican seminarian-priest gambles on building a glass church in the Australian outback. January 15.

Entry 2 Added "Welcome to Nanty Glo" sign to home navigation map.

Entry 1 Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this picturesque film two-and-a-half stars.


January 14 1998

Latest additions to site: movie review: The Winter Guest, a bleak look at lives on a Scottish seacoast; maps of Vintondale, Twin Rocks, Belsano and Cardiff. January 14.

Entry 1 Added four maps on the Vintondale and Blacklick Township pages. Actually, they don't reside on our site, but like the four maps on the Home Page are linked to the Vicinity Mapblast site, which owns them.


January 13 1998

Latest addition to site: News release, ex-Pennsylvanians to hold Groundhog bash in Silicon Valley January 13.

Entry 3 Just added a press release from the Groundhog Club of Silicon Valley, announcing the annual dinner bash at the Palo Alto Elks Club for friends of the Quaker State living in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have family or friends in that area, be sure to let them know.

Letter to the Forum, January 6. A reader is looking for records from the old Vindondale school.

Entry 2 Did you know the Nanty Glo Home Page has its own movie review site, and it's updated with a new film review almost every day? Nearly all movies are reviewed by Steve Rhodes—even more per year than Roger Ebert reviews. And it includes kids' movie reviews by Steve's eight-year-old son. Check out today's new entry, Star Kid. Any other time, click on "Movies" on the Home Page navigation map.

Entry 1 Hello, Nanty Glo Home Page friends,

When I was editor of the Nanty Glo Journal, my favorite feature was "Editor's Notes," admittedly something of an ego trip that ran down the left two columns of the paper's front page every week. This newest addition to the Nanty Glo Home Page carries on that idea; a little editor's journal where I'll keep you apprised of new additions and also add notes on anything that catches my fancy that doesn't quite fit elsewhere. For example, I've just learned that there's now a topless bar just two miles from Vintondale. Where else are we going to discuss that? But what is there to say about it even here, beyond "tsk tsk"? (Though if you want to say something, just click on my signature below to start your reply.)

Occasionally I get personal emails inspired by the page but not intended for publication, but which nonetheless have good ideas, suggestions, or a great line or two I'd like to share with y'all. This is where we'll do that, too.

The latest entry here will always go atop the page, to keep the latest news first, but you'll be able to scroll down to find earlier entries.

So now you have reason to check back every day!

Jon Kennedy, ye olde webmaster                        

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