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HOME
Site index
The Forum
Virtual Valley-Nanty Glo
Nanty Glo Online
Nantyglo, Wales, UK
Vintondale
Blacklick Twp.
Blacklick Valley Schools
Area Churches
The Library
Resources
Links
Tourism Dept.
Local demographics
Local news
A virtual hike
Family tree help
CAMBRIA COUNTY
~ genealogy/history
~ tourism
Ebensburg
Area weather
Religion & ethics
Channel 6 news
Movie Reviews
Video reviews
HTML Tutorial
Free home pages
Old front page

 
Join our Nanty Glo Email Forum—now more than 80 members!


Saturday, May 8 1999

At last, the "marquee" we'd been looking for

Note 1 Our "front page" has a new look again as of today, as I happened on a "marquee" that not only scrolls from right to left but allows you to click on any reference and go to the site. As an added bonus, it's available in a choice of colors including color text and another color for the link text. Because I do virtually all my work on a notebook (aka "laptop") computer my color sense might not be as keen as you get on a high resolution monitor. If you think the colors leave something to be desired, please let me know. Also, for the sake of those using notebooks, the speed of the marquee is slowed down because the lower resolution on notebook monitors makes it very difficult to read scrolling script. This is by far the best scrolling marquee application we've seen, and it's free from Information Technology Solutions, in Egypt. Now if only someone would do one that lets the links open in a new window instead of taking you away from your present location.


Monday, May 3 1999

Working from a new venue

Note 1 Your webmaster's sojourn in Hollywood has come to an end after a full six months; not bad for a job that started on a promise of "at least two weeks." Our contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has ended, though there is a possibility of being called back for some more tweaks to the job in a few weeks. But for now, we've moved on to an even more exciting, if less glamourous, milieu. I'm working as a web developer for another department of the City of Los Angeles in the section called Marina del Rey. It's the marina, with the Yacht Club, highrise resort hotels, and every kind of restaurant imaginable. It's immediately adjacent to the "people watching capitol of the United States," Venice Beach, LA's quirky habitue for body builders, roller bladers, and every other oddity on foot or wheels seen in commercials and every travelogue of Los Angeles ever broadcast. "What a zoo!" is the most common reaction of visitors. But it's all (or mostly) good fun.

I am scheduled to go back to Hollywood, or at least its outreach in beautiful downtown Burbank, for a last mission later this week. I've scheduled an interview with Nanty Glo's contribution to the wonderful world of Disney, Michael Kaschalk, which should lead to a profile here in a week or two. Michael's an artist working on special effects for Disney films and I'm looking forward to finding out all about his world. It's been a long time since I've done this kind of journalism, and even longer since I've done it for a Nanty Glo readership. But don't let me get started on the nostalgia again!


Tuesday, April 6 1999

Latest additions to site—Broken Forum file is fixed

Email forum tops 80 members

Note 2 For those who noticed that many of the letters on our Forum Letters page had disappeared, good news. They have been recovered and reposted to the page. Apparently the file transfer program aborted midway through the previous transfer, but the original file on my computer was still intact. When I discovered the broken page I feared the worst, as I often bring in files from the server (the "'net") to my hard disk to make sure I'm updating the latest version. Thankfully that didn't happen this time.

Note 1 Over 80 members. Our email forum is now up to just over 80 members and still growing. And the number of letters to our online Forum should surpass within six months of this second year the number received during the whole first year. Thanks, all, for your participation.


Saturday, March 27 1999

Latest additions to site—Map link is fixed

Two new letters on the Forum

Note 2 Marty McMullen adds his recommendation of the recent film, October Sky as one that will invoke memories, or visions for those who missed it, of Nanty Glo in the 'fifties. Jennifer (Millward/Isaacson) Caracciolo checks in with thanks for the photo tour of Nanty Glo.

Note 1 Broken link. After much frustration, the map link in the banner atop our Front Page works again, if your computer is Java-enabled.


Thursday, March 18 1999

Latest additions to site—Some real glimpses of Nantyglo, Wales

Note 2 Simon Furber found us and wrote to tell us about his new site for Nantyglo and Blaina, Wales, which has a lot in common with our own Nanty Glo Home Page. We'll be keeping you informed as his page grows and hope to work out a semi-formal "twinned pages" arrangement, as suggested by Simon.

Note 1 Broken link. On another subject, I'm aware that the link to the maps on our front page is broken once again. We all have Microsoft to thank...every time I bring the page into FrontPage, Microsoft's web development software package, it destroys that JavaScript link; just totally and arbitrarily wipes it out. (And generally speaking, I'm pro-Microsoft, which is why I take it personally when their product undermines my work.) So why do I bring it into FrontPage? There I have only myself and my holey memory to blame. About six months after the last time I did it, I seem to do it again. It takes time to repair and I haven't had enough of that this week, but will again ASAP.

However, just because I know about this broken link, don't assume that I know of others or of misspellings or other goofs; I do appreciate their being pointed out.


Saturday, March 6 1999

Latest additions to site—Letters to the Forum, Guestbook

Note 2 It must be some kind of a record, but it just reaffirms the old bromide, when you're hot, you're hot! Eleven letters have been added to the Forum since this department was last updated. More about that in the next note (or the previous one, depending on how you count).

Note 1 Of course, once an interactive link to new content on the Front Page became a reality, I started falling down on my duty to update this department each time something new was added. It's been a busy time at work, I had a wedding to attend, and have also been nursing a cold. Need any more excuses?

Okay, well, I've also moved. My former supervisor vacated his prime apartment in the complex here on the border between Hollywood and Burbank last week, and I moved into it. I went from the last, most remote, building in the 26-building compound, to the first, most noticeable one. From my balcony now I can see the highrise headquarters of the Disney Company in Burbank and some of those mansions teetering on the edges of mountains that Los Angeles and other parts of California are famous (or infamous) for. My commute is also a good five minutes shorter from here.

Besides the new forum letters, be sure top check out recent additions to the Guestbook, too.


Sunday, February 15 1999

Latest additions to site—A new, hyperactive "marquee"

A member of the class of '51 checks in | Nanty Glo native son Glenn "Pooch" Fuller writes from retirement in Arizona.

Note 1 For months we've been looking for a way to make our scrolling marquee on the front page interactive. Rather than being forced to jump to this directory to link up with the new stuff, wouldn't it be great if you could just click on the new stuff the first time you see it referenced? Well, now you can. Unfortunately, it doesn't scroll any longer, but it's still in the same position and the titles of the new items rather "flash" from one to the next. Put your cursor in position and have your finger poised to click that button!


Saturday, February 14 1999—Happy Valentine's Day

Latest additions to site—MUSIC to tour the Home Page by!

Writer introduces a local "Private Ryan"

Vintondale added to "Lake Nanty Glo"

Note 2 Recent improvements in online sound files have persuaded me to try adding music to the home page. I found this purportedly public domain version of the old Patsy Cline standard, "Crazy," at the online Jukebox. You can check there and see if there's something else you'd like to hear. Maybe "Funky Town" would be more appropriate? I've always loved "Crazy," and Patsy's other crossover hits, for that matter. I picked this one because it comes from what to me is Nanty Glo's "Golden Age," at least musically speaking, when there were three record hops every week, and Patsy's songs were among the favorite slow dances. The fact that it's a "crossover" hit from "Country" is good, as there are probably as many country music fans in the area as pop music ones like me. "Kansas City" (also available from "Jukebox") was also a hit during that era (circa 1959); I'll probably try it after "Crazy" gets old. If your web browser is like mine, when you scroll all the way to the end of the home page, you should see an audio control console. You can cancel the music by clicking on the solid black square; you can restart it by clicking the triangle, and you can pause it by clicking the double lines as on any stereo or VCR console these days. You can also control the volume with the slider bar on the right end of the console. Let me know what you think about the addition of music, please.

Note 1 Home Page contributor Frank Charney introduces his friend and neighbor Carmen Bucca, a much-decorated hero of World War II. And we try out the "lake effect" on a Vintondale photo.


Saturday, February 13 1999

Latest additions to site—New genealogical letters page added

Writer remembers a certain smell

New Shaw family site is online

Another 'lake effect' scene added, this one to a photo of a real body of water

Note 1 The longest letter the home page has yet received has been divided into two parts, one on the Forum Letters Page and the other as the beginning of a new genealogical letters page. Shawn Penn has added a new look and new information to her family's site (which includes Nanty Glo's famous McMullen clan). And another lake effect has been added to another water scene in Cong, Ireland.


Wednesday, February 10 1999

Latest additions to site—Enjoy a weekend getaway to Lake Nanty Glo

Note 1 It's a joke, people! But it does give an interesting perspective. Hmmmm...if they built the dam just below Vintondale, Mundy's Corner and Belsano would be lakeside resorts....


Tuesday, February 9 1999

Latest additions to site—Foundation for Educational Excellence proposed

Note 1 Superintendent of Schools Don Thomas is proposing a new foundation to recogize and reward worthy Blacklick Valley students. The Home Page may be able to help. Also, contact has been made with the school near Nantyglo, Wales.


Saturday, February 6 1999

Latest additions to site—Links to Cambria County Genealogy site

Note 1 This site is linked under Cambria County in our Quick Jump Index on the front page and in the left column of this page, as well as being added to our own Genealogy page. It includes much information about Cambria County history and families, and, in particular, interesting reading about the history of Ebensburg.


Friday, February 5 1999

Latest additions to site—Some straight dope on Rudy...Basci, not Bacci

Link to postcards.

Note 1 Local historian Denise Dusza Weber, (author of Delano's Domain) checks in with a whole new take (or as the police would say, "make") on "Rudy the Bum."

Note 2 Our "Postcards from the Past" feature never went away, but it became harder to find. A permanent link has been added to the bottom of the icon directory at left.


Tuesday, February 2 1999

Latest additions to site—Quick jump site directories.

Note 1 A new list of links to all pages on the Nanty Glo Home Page site has been added to the very end of the home ("front") page, and to the column at right, beneath the icon index of links. Though these links were previously available in the drop-down menu on the front page ("Where in Blacklick Valley would you like to go today?"), some—especially those familiar with the site who know where they want to go—may find the list in this format easier to use.


Monday, February 1 1999

Latest additions to site—A letter and photo recalling Easter 1943

Note 1 Thomas Hawksworth shares some memories and a photograph from his youth.


Saturday, January 30 1999

Latest additions to site—A historic photo on the Blacklick Township page.

Four new letters, listed in order of publication on the Forum: Two Nanty Glo High School teachers recalled; Margaret McHugh's passing noted | Sani-Dairy closes after 97 years | Nanty Glo man captured by Confederates | A Welsh library worker discovers us

Note 1 Barbara Lindsay Hakanen, with technical help from husband Rich, has submitted a photo of her mother's championship 1930 basketball team.

Note 2 When it rains it pours, and this week the page has been blessed with a shower of great correspondence. I'm sorry to inundate you with so much reading matter at once, but rather than get farther behind.... Francis Charney remembers not only the late Myles Altimus who taught at Nanty Glo High School briefly, but also Margaret McHugh, who died on January 13 and taught in the district for 50 years. Francis also remembers Sani-Dairy, a venerable Cambria County institution that also passed off the scene this month. Paul Ceria, who graduated from Nanty Glo-Vintondale in 1959 and has been away most of his life since then, still remembers.... And a library worker in Wales, Huw (you-don't-get-any-more-Welsh-than-that!) Walters, discovered our page and our town while researching the other Nantyglo.


Friday, January 29 1999

Latest additions to site—Three letters: Another remembrance of 'Rudy the Bum' | 'Teacher' should be remembered for his coal involvement, too | Looking for Logans/Lajudices from Nanty Glo

Note 1 Joe Gordon remembers a side of Rudy we hadn't met. Mrs. Parsons remembers another side to her late brother. Joe Logan is looking for branches on his family tree.


Sunday, January 24 1999

Latest additions to site—New link to Cambria County taxi service. Its web page is also linked on our links page.

Two new letters on the Forum page.

Note 1 A Center County woman, who moved from Nanty Glo in 1945, remembers her late brother, a former teacher here. And Sallie Covolo forwards a spoof on computer virus hoaxes, urban myths, and other contemporary tall tales.


Friday, January 22 1999

Latest additions to site— New link to computer virus information site

New Lindrose home pages

Note 1 We often get emails from concerned readers warning about the latest Computer Virus threat. Most such warnings are hoaxes that originate many email generations away, of course, but it's hard to know which warnings to take seriously. This page link, submitted by Sallie Covolo, will help keep you in the know. Besides the link above, it's now permanently linked from the bottom of our home ("front") page.

Also, our Lindrose Family linked site has new pages for your perusal.


Sunday, January 17 1999

Latest additions to site— Email Forum now has 55 members; archive of posts is online

Note 1 Messages to the Nanty Glo list are available for viewing on a listbot members' page. You can go to the list "HQ" at any time by clicking on the words "Powered by ListBot" on the Home Page, just right of the icon that you click for signing onto the list. From there you'll see a link to "Member Logon." Log on using your email address and password if you're a member; if you're not a member, register now—it's free! Once you're logged on you can select archives for the Nanty Glo list, and you'll then get a list of messages sent, any of which you can click to read the messages. This might be of special interest to anyone who wants to know what's happened before you joined the list!


Monday, January 11 1999

Latest additions to site— Alabaman's Pontiac originated at Boback's; He's looking for pictures and other information about the dealership.


Saturday, January 9 1999

Latest additions to site— An obituary of a man with Nanty Glo ties; a "hello" note to the Forum

Note 1 Star Gazing? Appropos of neither new item cited above.... There have been reports since I've been living in my Hollywood apartment that the singing group, the Backstreet Boys, also live in the same complex. It happens that three young men apparently live directly across from me. I've seen them coming out on their porch to smoke and they've already been here weeks longer than many of the residents, who stay only a few days. And I believe they have a paid parking area (the rest of us have to do with the free catch-as-catch-can spaces) which is frequently occupied by a BMW and a Harley motocycle. These 20-something boys must have their financial act together. What if they were the Backstreet Boys? And for all I knew they could be. So I did what anyone with a computer and too much time on a Saturday would do, looked up their web page.

I don't believe these three are members of the group, which consists of five members. Three of them do share an apartment near Universal Studios, so the rumor is no doubt true, for three of the five. The youngest member, just 18, still lives with his parents, and I didn't find any indication where the fifth member lives. But one of the boys across the courtyard is blond and although one of the Backstreet Boys is also, the blond one is not one of the three who share an apartment...so...there go my hopes of making a fortune selling stealthy photos of celebs to the Star!

Happy New Year! Beginning the countdown to the third millenium A.D.
Friday, January 1 1999

Note 1 I am surprised and a little disappointed that my "Memories of Christmases in Blacklick Valley" didn't elicit any memories from others. Perhaps others have more of a life than I have and didn't have time for such reminiscing. It's still not too late—or too early to get them in for those who celebrate late, keep the Julian Calendar, or want to get their nostalgia reading over with early for the next Christmas go-round. What do YOU remember about Christmas and/or New Years in Blacklick Valley?

Note 2 No more movie reviews? My vacation last August and September made me fall seriously behind on posting movie reviews from Steve Rhodes, and after I received no comments from any readers, I never did attempt to catch up. So now I'm coming clean. I still receive Steve's reviews regularly and will gladly resume posting them if you care. If nobody does care, I won't bother.

I bring this up because I've been enough of a movie goer throughout my life (though virtually not at all now that I'm living in Hollywood!) that I make references to movies frequently in my conversation, maybe something like most men refer to sports games. For example, New Years reminds me of two movies. One is Diner, set in Baltimore circa 1962 and the record hop scenes and youthful camaraderie remind me so much of Nanty Glo in my own early '20's that it hurts (despite some off-color moments in this movie which made director Barry Levinson of TV's Homicide series famous). (It also provided the first major roles for about half a dozen actors who've since gone on to much greater fame, including Paul Reiser.) The movie opens at a Christmas night record hop in a second-floor hall. It continues through New Years and includes lots of scenes at a diner that could have been one of the old Tops in Johnstown. Rent it if you're into that era.

The other "New Years movie" is Yanks, which doesn't especially remind me of Nanty Glo but is full of nostalgia about American troops in England during World War II—before my time but I've often enjoyed such portrayals of it. It has a great Christmas-to New Years scene that stands out.

Do you have favorite movies old or recent that transport you?


Send me your comments and feedback.

Jon Kennedy, ye olde webmaster

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