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Report of Meeting of June 6, 2013


Report of Meeting of June 7, 2012

Based on minutes received July 8, 2012

Attending: Helena Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Cynthia Wilson, John Dropcho, Steve Szymusiak, Paul Wilson, Nancy DeBiase, Jim Lauffer from the Nanty Glo Journal.

President Helena Dropcho called the meeting to order and led those present in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Lauffer gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the May 10, 2012, meeting were reviewed. Correction: "recourse" was changed to "resource." Minutes approved as corrected.

Treasurer's Report: accepted as read.

Membership drive: Memberships are coming in at a nice pace. John Dropcho presented a new letter named "call to action" to be included with new membership applications.

Basket Party: Cynthia reports we have 20 donated baskets at the Cafe, 23 promises for basket donations, and five basket donations waiting to be brought in by Helena and Janet. Helena reported that in order to advertise in the St. Mary's bulletin, the copy had to be there by Tuesday. (We missed the deadline.)

Newspapers and magazines: Helena reported that Joe from the Tribune-Democrat will be in tomorrow. Copies of Johnstown magazine and the Tribune Democrat will arrive for sale starting this week.

Cafe: Now serving hot dogs, Polish sausage, sweet and hot sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture came and inspected the Cafe for the health and food service license. We passed, with two minor discrepancies. We need two people to open the Cafe for the first two morning hours and we need two people to help close the Cafe the final two hours in the evening.

Our Town: The Cafe will be selling the video DVDs for $21.95 plus tax.

Demographics chart: John Dropcho brought in another draft; this chart is still in the works.

Sports clubs' donations: Helena and John traveled to Pittsburgh and picked up the Penguins donation for the basket party.

Donations: Ed Patterson, associated with the Ghost Town Trail, dropped off three books: Ghost Town Guidebook, Hoodlebug Trail Guidebook, and Insider's Guide to Indiana County Parks and Trails. These are to remain in the Cafe as resources.

Other: Jon Kennedy is here from California to help for the summer. Possible new members will be joining us to actively help.

Adjourn: Jim made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Paul seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by: Cynthia E Wilson, Secretary


Report of Meeting of May 10, 2012

Based on minutes received June 4, 2012

Attending: Helena Dropcho; Jim Toth, Cynthia Wilson, John Dropcho, Anetta Toth, Paul Wilson, Nancy DeBiase.

President Helena Dropcho called the meeting to order and led those present in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Cynthia gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the April 5, 2012 meeting were reviewed. Corrections: The dates of the Jackson Heritage Days are July 22-24. Anetta's name was misspelled.

Treasurer's Report: Jim reported the correction in "total sales income" to BEFORE tax rather than AFTER. John made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Paul. Motion carried.

Cafe license: The application has been completed and signed.

Credit card update: The machine has arrived and workers need to be trained in its use.

Events schedule: we need a chart somewhere to indicate all events in which the NGTAMHS is involved. For example: Yard Sale: June 16, 2012, 10-3pm; Basket Party: June 23, 2012, 12-2:30; Jackson Heritage Days: July 22 - 24, 2012.

Printing: 8,000 impressions this week, including: Revamping Marlene's Pizza Menu by adding banners and clip art and the phrase: "Buy your pizza at Marlene's and enjoy it at the Liberty Cafe next door"; newsletters; membership renewals; new membership applications—all but 88 newsletters, that need stamps, are in the mail; memorial/honor applications. Jim added a photo of the honor plaque on the rear of the memorial/honor application and photos of the cafe interior to the membership applications/renewals.

Newsletters are on their way via mail.

Research department: Helena's and Janet's desks are in a cubicle.

Cafe: The Borough is seeking a grant to replace our sidewalk so we we don't have to pay for it.

Jim reported that we cannot build a handicap access ramp, according to the Nanty Glo Borough's engineer firm, because building's front sidewalk is not wide enough. The building never had an occupancy permit, so we may be able to get a variance from the State Department of Labor and Industry that it is not feasible to install a handicap access ramp.

Deb has accepted a paying job and will have fewer hours available to give the cafe. We need Cafe workers to schedule.

Demographics chart: After five drafts, John has developed a chart to record patrons and visitors to the Cafe. This information is valuable when applying for grants. The chart presently would use a tally system to record age categories of patrons (child, teen, adult, senior), and if they are a Ghost Town Trail user. It will tally how many products the patron purchases in the following categories: beverage, ice cream, and snacks. Finally it will track the type of weather for the day. If this chart proves to be too cumbersome, discussion will be held about improvements.

Sports clubs' donations: Helena has received one response to her requests regarding donations. A letter has been received promising game tickets from the Altoona Curve; no response yet from the Penguins.

Donations: Ed Patterson, connected with the Ghost Town Trail, dropped off three books: Ghost Town Guidebook, Hoodlebug Trail Guidebook, and Insider's Guide to Indiana County Parks and Trails. These are to be kept in the Cafe as resources.

Vendors: Cynthia reported candy and snacks are now available at the Cafe. The boxes prices are front and back and an alphabetized list is available behind the counter. These items are non-taxable. Helena reported we may sell Johnstown Magazine, with a minimum of five copies to start; the Tribune Democrat with a minimum of five copies to start, and the Nanty Glo Journal, with a minimum of 10 copies to start. We would be billed the second week of every month and the companies would accept returns of unsold product.

Other: May 16, 2012 is the preview of the WPSU film Our Town about Nanty Glo and surrounding areas. It will be shown at the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The airing on PBS is May 24, 2012.

Adjournment: Paul made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Anetta seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by: Cynthia E Wilson, Secretary


Report of Meeting of April 5, 2012

Based on minutes received May 11, 2012

Attending: Helena Dropcho; Janet Toth; Jim Toth; Cynthia Wilson; John Dropcho; Anetta Toth; Steve Szymusiak; Karen Tummino; Paul Wilson; Nancy DeBiase; Rich McDowell; Jim Lauffer, Nanty Glo Journal.

President Helena Dropcho called the meeting to order and led those present in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Lauffer gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the March 1, 2012 meeting were reviewed. Corrections: December to March, 2011 to 2012 in the heading. On page 2 other, corrected to "Helena will get in touch" rather than that she had arranged it with Johnstown Magazine's Katrina. Karen made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections, seconded by Steve. The minutes then were approved.

Treasurer's Report: Jim reported "the system was down," so he cannot supply the report. Steve made a motion to table the report, seconded by Janet. Motion carried.

Vendors: Cynthia reported her contact with various vendors: Galliker's, March 23, 2012. No tax on any products. Fax order day before delivery day. Milk prices change monthly, up or down by a few cents, set by the state. 11-day code on milk products. "By-products," not controlled by the state and set by the company, have fairly consistent pricing. Ice Cream Best Sellers: Avalanche Quality Checked Moose Tracks, Mint Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan (older crowd), Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Cake (kids), Cookie Dough, Mountain Berry Cheesecake, *new Salty Caramel Pretzel, whole milk for milkshakes, milk/half and half for dispenser (will provide dispenser free of charge), milk three-quart bag, half and half three-quart bag, iced tea individual cartons, 10 percent (creamier) soft serve mix (price changes monthly with price of milk), vanilla, chocolate six percent soft serve mix (price changes monthly with price of milk), vanilla gallon size, chocolate gallon size, coolers: past a certain age, free if available (non-store-front storage). New coolers: lease or lease to own. Credit account: 30 days receive a weekly statement with all unpaid invoices. Check the invoices paying, be sure to include oldest to avoid over 30-day "flip to cash + paydown on balance."

Cindy's cell is phone is the contact number at present. Paul Cassidy is our sales rep (814) 266-8702 ext 635 fax (814) 266-4619. Hand dip freezer if not in stock, will take up to one-and-a-half weeks to two weeks Gallikers maintains their freezers and will replace any spoiled product. Paul will train on proper way to hand scoop to get more product out of a three-gallon container. They will give us scoops, signs, flavor boards (NO cones).

Forever Broadcasting - Froggy live action broadcast (L.A.B.) Regular $1500 for two hours with 20-25 promos. Non-profit deal #1: $1465:20 60- second commercials, numerous promo announcements prior to Live Action Broadcast (three) 60-second "live" call-ins per hour during the L.A.B. Mr Froggy, on-air personality, station vehicle, station signs, Wheel of Winning, Froggy 95 prizes OR Non-profit deal #2 $915 includes talent, no commercials, Payment: $165 then balance net 30 days.

Mastrine's Copy Center does not have a working 11 x 17 networkable color or non-color machine. 11x17 machine networkable $1000 & up with color would be $4500

New England Coffee - Spoke to company rep on 4/3, sent to distributor to contact us RUSH.

Ice - Home City Ice Company (800) 283-4423. Cost per 7 lb bag, plus shipping fee + fee for cooler (indoor or outdoor style) Right now, we are buying ice at Foodland for 99 cents a bag.

UPS is not taking any more satellite offices unless the company is a national chain.

Phone System: Jim reported the best offer is to run through satellite internet, a commercial-style includes a startup fee and a monthly fee for unlimited use. Karen then brought up the possibility of finding a sponsor to help with the cost. Discussion followed on the ways we approach the public for money: two raffle tickets yearly, membership fees, basket party, yard sales, etc. Paul made a motion to table this action for another month and Janet seconded it. Motion carried.

ATM - Cafe sales: Jim reported that the company with the best offer was Flagship Merchant Service. This company handles credit card processing without a month-to-month contract, and the lowest fees. Jim feels we should process ATMs (debit card sales) only, as they are batched and the money is available within 24 hours, whereas using credit card sales may take up to three months for us to receive the money. At events, we would use a hand swipe machine. Debit sales will be for purchases only at the Cafe or the Museum. We will not give cash back. Unit 1 will be the Cafe, and unit 2 will be the museum. We will not accept American Express, Visa, or Master Card, as they charge an extra fee per use. Flagship does not require a contract. Wells Fargo owns Flagship. License to Corporate Office of NGTAMHS doing business as Liberty Cafe.

Jim will proceed with the board's permission for the grand opening as it takes 17 days to get the system in place. Steve moved that we accept Flagship Merchant Service as described, Paul seconded, motion carried.

Occupancy inspection: The occupancy office has moved; Jim will see Tuesday if we can get an appointment.

Internet renewal/bill: We are due to renew WiFi for the year. This is for unlimited service. The provider is Cambria Connect in the Sticks Broadband. Karen made a motion to pay the bill and Steve seconded it. Motion carried.

Basket Party: Letters were typed by Helena, logo inserted by Jim. Everyone was encouraged to take letters and express intended destinations so as not to solicit the same business or person more than once. Should other than stated places be contacted, please email Cindy or Jim so we can add them to the list. Once again, the Basket Party will be Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 12-2:30 p.m. Prizes will start to be called at 1 p.m. with the meat raffle being called at 2:30.

Yard Sale: June 16, 2012, 10-3pm, rain or shine, in the old Sheetz parking lot next to the museum.

Jackson Heritage Days: July 22 - 24, 2012.

Cafe scheduling: email Cindy and she will do the schedule and email back.

Work night: April 19, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Cafe. Cafe opening and closing procedures will be reviewed and typed copies distributed.

Newsletter: The newsletter is complete. Helena and Janet will proofread it before printing.

Flooring: The vestibule, large room,a and area behind the bar will be commercially sealed and waxed. This is a six-hour job.

Coke: Coke is giving us two big banners in connection with special $1 drinks. The order is in - delivery in a few days.

Johnstown Magazine: Helena reported Katrina from Johnstown Magazine will place a blurb about our basket party in the June issue of the magazine.

Sports clubs' donations: Donations Helena has received from her requests are: game tickets from the Pirates; an autographed print from the Steelers; no news yet to report from the Penguins or the Altoona Curve.

Cafe signage: the High School art department teacher and students will paint the windows with a future ice cream social/sale.

Other: Karen questioned developing a partnership between Marlene’s Pizza and the Cafe. Jim reported it's "unofficial, tentative," that we will redo her menus and advertise that patrons can come here to enjoy the pizza and buy drinks from us.

Karen stated she may be able to donate a copy machine, but its ink would cost 13 cents per page. Jim stated we would rather use a machine that requires toner that costs much less per page. Karen also suggested we hold "open mike" nights and bring live music into the Cafe as a draw. Jim stated that groups that are interested in using the Cafe as a meeting place have approached him and they need to decide what days/nights they plan to use the Cafe before we schedule these suggestions.

Submitted by: Cynthia E Wilson, Secretary


Report of Meeting of March 1, 2012

Based on minutes received March 2, 2012

Attending: Helena Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Anetta Toth, Deb Keiper, John Dropcho, Karen Tummino, Cynthia E Wilson, Paul Wilson, Steve Szymusiak, Nancy DeBiase, Emily Keiper, and Amanda Deibler (Nanty Glo Journal).

President Helena Dropcho called to order the March 1, 2012, meeting of the Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Steve gave the Invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the January 26, 2012 meeting were reviewed. The correction of the next meeting date to March 1 at 7 p.m. was made. With the absence of Renee Barosky's December minutes, prior to her resignation, Cynthia E Wilson, new secretary, presented December 1, 1011 minutes comprised from her personal notes.

The correction of the raffle not being based on the daily number was made. Steve made a motion and Deb seconded to approve both minutes. Minutes were approved.

Board resignation: Connie Smalley has resigned from both the board and the Historical Society. Motion made by Steve to accept her resignation, seconded by Deb. Motion passed with all in favor.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer's report was reviewed. The heading on the second page and the final page carried the year 2011 which was changed to 2012. Janet made a motion and Paul seconded it and the report was approved.

Penny candy sale at the Cafe: Cynthia made a suggestion to purchase candy in bulk from Conrad's in Johnstown and sell it at the cafe as penny candy. A price list was supplied. Jim has an appointment with Gardner's candy soon and invited Cynthia to attend the meeting. Cynthia will be in charge of the candy sales. What to order has been tabled until after the Gardner's meeting.

Cafe Update: Jim reported that the Cafe is "on par." Both the electrical and plumbing have been completed and passed. He further reports that "at this point we need the occupancy permit and we can open." The building needs new handrails on the cellar staircase and to the second-floor storage area staircase. Coca Cola Company is to deliver on Thursday, March 8, 2012, a stand-up cooler, a stand for soda bags, and an ice cream machine. Jim reports we are not receiving a stand-up soda fountain machine. We are getting the old fashion type, with buttons, the reason being two-fold: the older type fits the ambiance of the Cafe, and it more easily meets sanitation requirements. Deb raised a question of also selling Pepsi products. It was observed that traditionally food establishments sell one company's products or the other, not both. In addition, Coke is considered our sponsor, and was chosen for the company's reputation of donating soda products to worthy causes such as food pantries and community events.

Donations: John brought in a Blickensderfer, c. 1919 typewriter that was donated by the former St. Charles Church in Twin Rocks on February 10, 2012. It is housed in a wooden case. The donation came with a brief history. They also donated two turntables for 45 rpm records.

Museum: The plaques that we are having made for "standard" and "large room" donations are no longer available as the producer of them has gone out of business. Two sample plaques were displayed as a replacement. The face of one is gold with black lettering and the other is black with white lettering. After some hands-on examination, discussion and vote, it was decided the gold would be used for "large rooms" and the black would be used for "standard" donations.

John made an amendment to his January report of obtaining a grant. He had spoken to Jeff Rouse. The grant he has spent many hours over January and February preparing is a federal preservation grant, not a display grant as previously reported. The grant is 17 pages with necessary information such as abstract, institution background, staff/director, budget, etc.

Other: A thank you card was received from Korey Mullen thanking us for sending him copies of requested photographs of the Foodland building. These were requested to be part of Foodland's anniversary celebration.

Helena reported she has requested donations for the June basket party from the sports teams the Altoona Curve and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.

Katrina at the Johnstown Magazine will post the basket party announcement in the June issue of the magazine.

Jim passed out flyers for a benefit Saturday March 10, 2012, at Malcotti's Tavern in Twin Rocks for the Lee and Sheri Rummel Family. The family has lost all their belongings in a recent house fire. Donations to the family may also be made at the Blacklick Valley Ambulance building.

Nanty Glo Fire Company will do their requested pictures once the Cafe desks are in place. The fire company had shut down the use of their social hall to us. Jim had a conversation with them and was told at the time the hall had been shut down to all potential uses due to renters not cleaning the hall post-party. The company has now developed a contract and requires a refundable deposit (dependant upon the hall's post-party cleanliness) and is renting it again.

We have secured an inside space at the Jackson Township Festival in July. The festival is not charging us a fee for the space.

Facebook page: Cynthia has taken charge of the Facebook page updates. She will add the post for Malcotti's event to the page.

Work night: Thursday, March 15, 2012 to decorate Cafe walls. We will be framing and hanging pictures, etc.

Submitted by: Cynthia E Wilson, Secretary


Special meeting for new business only January 26, 2012, 6 p.m., Liberty Cafe site

Based on minutes received January 31, 2012

Attending: Helena Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Cynthia E Wilson, Rich McDowell, Karen Tummino, Paul Wilson, Deb Keiper, and Anetta Toth

President Helena Dropcho called the meeting to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary: Renee Barosky submitted a resignation. Karen made a motion to accept her resignation. Paul seconded the motion. Motion passed, with all in favor. Helena appointed Cynthia E Wilson as the new secretary.

Basket Party: Will be held June 10 at St. Mary's Hall. Meat raffle winners will be drawn at the close of the basket party. Janet made the motion and Anetta seconded the motion; passed, with all in favor.

"Our Town" Meeting: The "Our Town" television series will hold a meeting at the Nanty Glo firehall on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. Advertising will be done via the Nanty Glo website, Facebook, and WPSU. In addition, on Saturday, March 24, "Our Town" will conduct interviews at our Cafe from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Respondents are welcome to bring photographs for possible inclusion in the program.

Raffle Tickets: It was proposed that the tickets for this year's meat raffle will be sold for $2 per ticket, with four winners each winning a meat bundle. Karen made the motion and Deb seconded it. The motion passed, with all in favor.

Jackson Township Festival: It was decided to forgo the outside tent at this year's festival and concentrate on the inside location. The theme will be "Toys," and will utilize the many donations of toys that the museum has received. Janet made the motion and Jim seconded it; motion passed with all in favor. The dates are believed to be July 20, 21, and 22, 2012.

Insurance: The insurance premium for the year is $251.32. This covers travelers at our events and on our property. Deb made a motion to pay it, Karen seconded it and it passed with all in favor.

Nanty Glo Fire Department: The Fire Department is celebrating a special anniversary and has approached us with the request to search our photograph collection to so they can make a CD and a booklet to sell to the public. The fire department is also having an original wooden ladder from the company refurbished into a "ladder photos frame." They would like prints of our photos to help fill the frames between the rungs. These photographs are owned by the NGTAMHS and will not leave our building. The intent is to scan photos at our site. Jim stated that our lawyer will draft a letter stating our conditions. Karen that the firefighters be allowed to review our photos, have us scan and print choices, and allow the fire company to use such photos for this stated CD, booklet, "ladder frames," and any related print advertising for the aforementioned. Deb seconded the motion. The motion carried, with all in favor.

Jim asked that once the other building is somewhat cleaned up we ask the fire department to explore both the museum and the cafe to become familiar with the building layouts in the event that we might need their services. Paul made the motion to allow this and Deb seconded it. Motion carried with all in favor.

Cafe Update: Jim expects to have the health inspection and occupancy inspections completed in three weeks.

Thank You to Karen Tummino: for the donation of a commercial coffee maker, three pots, an air pot maker and a hot/cold water dispenser.

Submitted by: Cynthia E Wilson, Secretary

Next regular meeting: March 3, 2012 at 6:30 P.M.


No reports for November-December


Report of October 6, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received October 31, 2011

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Nancy Debiase, Anetta Jo Toth, Jim Toth, Karen Tummino, Steve Szymusiak, Paul Wilson, Cindy Wilson, and Connie Smalley.

President Helena Dropcho called the October 6, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Steve gave the invocation.

The minutes for the previous meeting were read and approved with two corrections.

The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Officers election: Steve moved to elect all nominated officers. Karen seconded. Motion passed. Officers for next year are: President - Helena Dropcho; Vice President - Janet Toth; Secretary - Renee Barosky; Treasurer - James Toth.

Board election: Steve moved to elect all nominated board members. Karen seconded. Motion passed. Board members elected are John Dropcho, Anetta Jo Toth, Karen Tummino, Steve Szymusiak, Nancy Debiase, Connie Smalley, Deb Keiper

Donation: A drop ceiling for use in the Liberty Cafe has been donated by a contracting company with a monetary value of $8,216.

Flooring: The flooring has been picked up and is now in the museum. Mr. Gowen and his business partner Gary Toth will help install the flooring once we are ready for it.

Liberty Cafe: The T1-11 is being taken off all interior walls so drywall can be put up. The raised floor boards are being repaired.

Thank yous: The Society received a thank you card from the children at Cindy Wilson's preschool for the use of the projector.
Frank Burns sent a laminated article from the Journal of Emmily and Drew receiving their community service awards.
A thank you card was received from the family of Betty Leonard for the donation in her name to the food pantry.

Concerns: Many comments have been received on the society purchasing the former news stand. Suggestions were taken on how to address these concerns.

John made the motion to adjourn; Steve seconded.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of September 1, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received October 6, 2011

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Janet Toth, Anetta Jo Toth, Nancy Debiase, Deb Keiper, Rich McDowell, Jim Toth, and Steve Szymusiak.

President Helena Dropcho called the September 1, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Rich gave the invocation.

The minutes from the August 4, 2011 meeting were read and approved with two corrections.

The treasurer's report was read and approved.

Family Dollar: Family Dollar in Nanty Glo is having a Labor Day sale on Saturday September 3, beginning at 10 a.m.; the manager invited the Historical Society to have a table in front of the store.

Another yard sale is scheduled for October 1, starting at 10 a.m.

Contract vote: The revised article of agreement was reviewed and discussed. A motion was made by John and seconded by Renee to proceed with Article.

Recycling: Close to $15 has been brought in from recycling.

Donation: Jack Gowen has an estimated three tons of industrial flooring he is donating. Jim and crew will make a trip to Cleveland to pick up the flooring.

Mock Mine: Deb made a motion to name our mock mine after Jack Gowen’s father John. Steve seconded. Motion passed.

Fair: Members of the Historical Society will sell raffle tickets at the Cambria County fair, in building 3.

Nominations: nominations for officers for the 2012 year were held with the following results:

President: Helena Dropcho was nominated by Jim, seconded by Deb.
Vice-President: Janet Toth was nominated by Helena, seconded by Steve.
Secretary: Renee Barosky was nominated by Jim, seconded by Deb.
Treasurer: James Toth was nominated by Helena, seconded by Deb.

Board Members: Nominations for the board members were also held with the following results:

Membership Chairman: Karen Tummino was nominated by Janet, seconded by Helena.
Board: John Dropcho was nominated by Jim, seconded by Helena.
Anetta Jo Toth was nominated by Janet, seconded by Helena.
Bob Ford was nominated by Jim, seconded by Steve.
Karen Tummino was nominated by Renee, seconded by Janet.
Deb Keiper was nominated by Helena, seconded by Steve.
Steve Szymusiak was nominated by Jim, seconded by Deb.
Nancy Debiase was nominated by Helena, seconded by Renee.
Connie Smalley was nominated by Renee, seconded by Janet.

Jim made the motion to adjourn; Deb seconded.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


No report received for August, 2011


Report of July 7, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received August 2, 2011

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Jim Toth, Janet Toth, Bob Ford, Deborah Keiper, Kathleen O'Conner, and Steve Szymusiak.

President Helena Dropcho called the July 7, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Ford gave the invocation.

The minutes and treasurer's report were approved.

Book Donation: John and Helana donated The Cambria and Indiana Railroad 90 Years 1904- 1994, written by Jack Hill.

Update: The 11Ru (coal cutter) that Harry Keilman donated was picked up and placed in Triangle Park by the Nanty Glo Borough. The phone booth was finished and placed on the trail near the ballfield.

Correction: Ebensburg Home Appliance did not donate the freezer for the current fundraiser as earlier reported. They discounted the price $100.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


No minutes were received for June 2011


Report of May 5, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received May 23, 2011

Attending: Bob Ford, Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Nancy Debiase, Anetta Jo Toth, Mayor Szymusiak, Deborah Keiper, Kathleen O'Connor and Amanda Deibler.

President Helena Dropcho called the May 5, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Bob Ford gave the invocation.

The minutes and treasurer's report were approved.

Baskets: A total of 70 baskets, along with monetary donations, have been received.

Chair: A painted antique rocking chair will be raffled during all summer events.

Donation: Mr. and Mrs. Johns of Blairsville have donated an antique portable sewing machine. The cord, along with the pedal are missing but can be purchased. The instructions, oil and bobbins were all included.

Event ideas: John suggested a "mystery tour" of the town showing where old buildings once stood. Having people dress in era costumes and use themes to represent historical events. Helena suggested a cemetery walk where people would represent those who have passed and recall their lives in short stories.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of April 7, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received May 4, 2011

President Helena Dropcho called the April 7, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Mr. Ford gave the invocation.

Helena introduced new member Deb Keiper.

Minutes: The minutes from the March 3 meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

As of the meeting, 734 raffle tickets have been turned in.

Donation: Ed Lakawa donated $500. Robin Lighty of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mining and Reclamation donated maps and books; he was also involved in the Quecreek mine rescue effort.

Fund: The Nanty Glo Borough has set up a "slush fund" for beautification.

Coca Cola has offered to be our corporate sponsor at any and all events.

Interviews: the military interviews will now also include Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans. Janet will be contacting local colleges about interviewing miners.

Binders: John has put together binders for the museum. Themes include WWII, mining, general history, baseball, and automobiles.

Grant: Kathleen and Jim started going over information for the grant. All of the information was brought before the board and discussed.

Johnstown Magazine: Will advertise the basket raffle and meat raffle in the "Date Book" section of the June issue. Katrina Perkosky said that the magazine will cover the opening of the museum.

Food Pantry: The Food Pantry had its state inspection and the inspector said he is baffled at all the work that has been done.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of March 3, 2011 meeting

Based on minutes received March 22, 2011

Attending: Helena Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Rich McDowell, Ron Weekes, Nancy Debias, Karen Tummino, Kathleen O'Conner, Mayor Syzmusiak, Amanda Deibler.

President Helena Dropcho called to order the March 3, 2011, meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance, Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

Helena introduced Mayor Steve Syzmusiak and Kathleen O'Conner.

Minutes: Reading and approval of the minutes from the November 4, 2010 meeting were tabled until the next meeting.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

St. Mary's Hall: The hall has been reserved for June 12, 2011 for the basket party.

Insurance: The insurance premium for the year is $283. Janet made a motion to pay it, Rich seconded the motion. Motion passed.

State Conservatory: Will be meeting with Jim and Mayor Syzmusiak on March 8 at 11 a.m. The meeting is to see if the borough can get flowers.

Interviews: Janet contacted Mike McDermott to see if anyone would be interested in interviewing coal miners. No one has responded.

Grant: Kathleen O'Conner has offered to help with the writing of grants.

Meat Raffle: Ron made a motion to get 2,000 raffle tickets printed. Rich seconded. Motion passed.

Museum: the front of the museum has been cleaned. We need underlying concrete. Mr. Gowen has gathered 75 percent of the tile needed and will deliver it to us. We are out of electrical wire. The food pantry has been painted, the coolers are up and running, and the electrical work is done.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


December, January, February meetings

The December 2010 and February 2011 meetings were canceled and we usually do not have one in January.

Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of November 4, 2010 meeting

Based on minutes received November 9, 2010

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Anetta Jo Toth, Karen Tummino, Nancy Debiase, Rich McDowell, Renee Barosky, and Amanda Deibler.

President Helena Dropcho called the November 4, 2010 meeting of The Nant-Y- Glo Tri- Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the pledge of allegiance. Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the October 7, 2010, meeting were reviewed and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Elections: Officers were elected for 2011 as follows: President: Helena Dropcho; Jim Toth made the motion, seconded by Janet Toth; the motion was passed. Vice-President: Janet Toth; Rich McDowell made the motion; John Dropcho seconded; the motion passed. Secretary: Renee Barosky; Karen Tummino made the motion; John Dropcho seconded; the motion passed. Treasurer: James Toth; Renee Barosky made the motion; John Dropcho seconded; the motion passed. Board Members: the following board member were elected: Rich McDowell; Renee Barosky made the motion; John Dropcho seconded it; it was passed. Nancy Debiase; Rich McDowell made the motion; John Dropcho seconded it; the motion passed. John Dropcho; Jim Toth made the motion; Janet Toth seconded it; the motion passed. Ron Weekes; Karen Tummino made the motion; Janet Toth seconded it; the motion passed. Anetta Jo Toth; Renee Barosky made the motion; John Dropcho seconded it; the motion passed. Robert Port declined nomination.

Light Up Night: Jackson Township will hold its annual light up night on November 28. NTAMHS was invited to participate and decorate a tree, the cost of $10 to enter. Janet Toth moved that the NTAMHS participate. Renee Barosky seconded; the motion passed.

Cramer interview: John and Helena Dropcho reported on their interview of Don Cramer, who grew up on Lloyd Street. He spoke a little on Buzz Wagner, who grew up in the neighborhood and became famous as the first flying ace hero of World War Two, and remembered the “Lloyd Street Gang” who would walk to the alley beside the Wagner Schoolhouse to shoot marbles. He said Buzz sometimes would cross the street and play but he usually kept to himself in his yard, playing with his airplanes. He also said that Buzz did not belong to any "gang" or group but was more of a loner and somwhat "standoffish." Buzz was always building model planes and he even hung one up in Deetscreek Hardware.

Slideshow: Ron Weekes reported on a program he has that make slideshows from pictures.

Donations: Merle Hoover donated coalmine helmets, a mug, and an ashtray.

Work Night: There will be a work night meeting November 9 at 5 p.m. to start inventory on everything. Jim Toth spoke with Frank Burns and who said that once the inventory is complete he would apply for a matching grant for the museum.

Executive Session: Jim Toth moved having an executive session after the business meeting. Seconded by John Dropcho, the motion passed.

Janet moved adjournment; John seconded; the motion passed.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of October 7, 2010 meeting

Based on minutes received November 1, 2010

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Rob Port, Rich McDowell, Ron Weekes, Karen Tummino, and Amanda Deibler.

President Helena Dropcho called the October 7, 2010 meeting of The Nant-Y- Glo Tri- Area Museum and Historical Society to order. Helena led those present in the pledge of allegiance. Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the September 2, 2010, meeting were reviewed and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Buzz Wagner's Home: The childhood home of Buzz Wagner was located.

Nanty Glo Boro Letter: Jim received a letter of appreciation from the boro and the Mayor.

Martin Circle: The boro is getting a regulation signpost for the sign to honor William Martin. Wording for the sign is needed.

Donations: Mike Paskowski donated a number of items including photos, communiques between naval ships for December 1944, wartime letters from family, and also mining tools and maps.

Phyllis Grembi spoke with Helena about donating items including a wall cupboard, a wine press, a copper boiler with a lid, a baby grand piano and more. She also stated that she would keep them until we are ready for them.

Jim Ranu donated a picture of a B-17 with its crew.

Thank You: The St. Mary's Parish sent a Thank You card.

Business Cards: Helena would like to have business cards made.

Nominations: President Helena called for nominations for officers. Nominated are President: Helena Dropcho; Vice President: Janet Toth; Treasurer: Jim Toth; Secretary: Renee Barosky.

Helena called for nominations of board members. Nominated are: Rich McDowell, Rob Port, Bob Ford, Nancy Debiase, John Dropcho, Ron Weekes, Anetta Jo Toth, and Karen Tummino.

Trailer: Jim suggested the Museum purchase a trailer for storage, as we will no longer be able to use the storage unit we have. It is priced at $1,500 and insurance for a year will be $15. Rob Port moved to purchase; Renee seconded. The motion passed.

Ron moved adjournment; Rich seconded; the motion passed.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Report of September 2, 2010 meeting

Based on minutes received September 7, 2010

President Helena Dropcho called the September meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Ford gave the invocation.

Scott Rhoades: Helena introduced Scott Rhoades and gave him the floor. Scott and his family have compiled a book, Legacy of Love, Memories of Ivory Hill. Scott's family kept stories about life growing up in Nanty Glo, working in the mines, and a background of the town itself. Scott donated a signed copy of the book to the museum.

Minutes: The minutes of the August 5, 2010, meeting were reviewed and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Drawing: The tickets are available to sale. The tickets are $3. The winning number is determined from the November 1, 2010 evening daily lottery number.

Chickoree Union Church: Helena Received an email stating the church will be having their 75th anniversary celebration on October 8, 9, & 10. The museum was asked if we would like to have a presence there. Renee made motion to be there, Jim seconded, unanimously supported.

"Buzz" Wagner: On October 23 there will be a ceremony at Grandview Cemetery with a luncheon to follow. Helena received an email from Col. Kirkstadt inviting four members of the Society to the luncheon. Helena, John, Janet, and Jim will attend.

Pizza Party: September 18, 2010, is the Pizza Party at the Nanty-Glo Firehall. The Museum will have a booth there and someone must be there at 6:15 to set up.

Letter Drive: Helena is still working on a brochure for the letter drive.

Platform: The platform for the Pizza Party is made.

Museum Update: The first layers of drywall is beginning to go up. The second floor of the platform is wired. Primer has put on the stage surround. An inspection for the plumbing is scheduled for two weeks from now.

Workers: six community workers will be leaving at the end of the month, as their time is paid.

Memberships: Nancy stated that we have 230 members with 30 of them being lifetime.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of August 5, 2010 meeting

Based on minutes received August 28, 2010

President Helena Dropcho called the August meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the July 1, 2010 meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was read and approved.

Pens: Renee ordered pens to be used as new members' gifts.

Raffle: Renee suggested the Society sell raffle tickets for $3 with a prize of $1800. The idea was discussed and Janet moved to sell tickets and Ron seconded. The motion passed.

Postage: Jim suggested that the society apply for nonprofit postage and the details were discussed. A nonprofit postage number would cost $600. Renee moved to continue the way it is done now and Jim seconded the motion, which then passed.

Sisters of St. Agnes: A rough draft booklet was made of the Sisters of St. Agnes for review. With minor changes it will sell for $2.

Prices: Bob Ford reported that he and his wife were approached by many who thought the prices on items for sale by the Society are too high.

New Event: Bob Ford stated that the Pizza Party that will be held on September 18, 2010, would be a good place to have a small display and items from the gift store. Bob and renee have offered to set up a display and gift store.

World War II donations: A friend of John and Helena donated a lot of World War II memorabilia including black and white photos, 16 reunion books, a POW diary, and a puzzle of a B-17.

Book: Mr. Rhoades has finished his book and will donate one to the museum.

Photos: Allen Hagen has donated photos of Heisley Mine.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of July 1, 2010 meeting

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Rob Port, Jim Toth, Janet Toth, Bob Ford, Nancy Debiase and Amanda Diebler (press).

President Helena Dropcho called to order the July 1, 2010 meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Bob Ford gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the June 3, 2010 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Quilt: Carol Sue Houge of Loretto donated s quilt to raffle. A thank you note will be sent.

Vacation: Jim will be on vacation from July 2 through July 8.

Photos: John Dropcho traded items with the Indiana Museum and Historical Society for World War II-era depression foam core posters.

Donations: Marg Kalenak has donated a carpet loom that originally belonged to her husband’s mother. Marg has the original papers and extra parts.

Wedding Dresses: Eve Christoff Fabo will be donating a 100-year-old wedding gown and also a 60-year-old wedding gown.

Jackson Heritage Festival: Planning was made for the festival. The NTAMHS will have two booths, one inside and one outside.

Carrolltown Agricultural Fair: Jim was asked if the NTAMHS would participate in the Carrolltown Agricultural fair at the fair grounds in Ebensburg. It was decided to take the antique firehose reel.

Steelers' Camp: Janet won VIP tickets to go the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp. She will take a shirt and hat from the gift store to see if she can get them signed to raffle.

Sisters of St. Agnes: Janet has been asked numerous times about the Sisters of St. Agnes story. It was discussed and decided to print out the entire story in a booklet and sell them for $2.

Work Night: There will be a work night on July 15 at 7 p.m.

— minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of June 3, 2010 meeting

President Helena Dropcho called the June 3, 2010 meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Ford gave the invocation.

Minutes of the May 6, 2010 meeting were read and approved.

The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

All items for the flea market were reported ready for sorting and tagging.

Correction: the winner of the scholarship was Kathryn, not Karen, Sanners. Janet Toth awarded Kathryn Sanners the scholarship at the Central Cambria Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

The June issue of Johnstown Magazine has an ad for the NGTAMHS Spaghetti dinner.

Helena received a voucher for four people to attend an Altoona Curve game on any day except opening day and season finale. Winner of the voucher must call ahead to reserve the seats. The voucher will be placed in a basket to raffle off at the Jackson Heritage festival.

St. Mary’s Church asked if the NGTAMHS would donate something for their festival. It was decided to make a basket of gift shop items.

President Helena Dropcho read aloud a letter of apology to the Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School class of 1958. The 1958 Alumni donated $470 to the NGTAMHS and had not received a Thank You letter.

Available board members will meet at the Liberty Museum to prepare for the Spaghetti Dinner at noon on June 19.

John Dropcho moved to hold an executive session after the open meeting. Jim seconded and the motion passed.

Jim moved adjournment, seconded by Ron. Passed.

— based on minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of May 6, 2010 meeting

President Helena Dropcho called the May 6, 2010 meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

Attending: Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Rob Port, Bob Ford, Rich McDowell, Ron Weekes, Janet Toth, Jim Toth, Anetta Jo Toth, and Nancy Debiase (Amanda Deibler was attending on behalf of the Journal).

Flea Market: The members discussed the date and time of the Flea Market. Renee moved that it be held on June 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Jim seconded; motion passed.

Jail Cell: An agreement between Vintondale borough and the Society states that Vintondale will lend a jail cell to the Society. The Society will restore it; Vintondale borough will retain ownership of the jail cell. Ron moved that the jail cell be accepted; Rich seconded; motion passed.

Building Report: Thanks to a recent article in the Journal, the space under the entire platform is now full of materials picked up for recycling. Ron has taken over the recycle program. The museum construction is moving slowly as all the service workers are helping to get the Nanty Glo pool open. Jim attended the Nanty Glo Borough Meeting to make an agreement with the borough for doing the work for the beautification committee. The parking lot topsoil was removed courtesy of Nanty Glo Borough and is ready for backfill. Ron was able to get the parking lot cut, along with the sidewalk, as a donation to the Museum. Nanty Glo Borough will remove or break up the bad sidewalk sections and pavement on the side of building so concrete can be put in to support the air conditioning units.

Railroad Phone Booth: Donna Davis has been storing a railroad phone booth for the society and would like it to be moved. Ron is taking care of it. Pat Shuman will store it until it is restored. Discussion of locations to put it was tabled.

Meat Raffle: Bob updated the board on the ticket sales of the meat raffle, reporting that the tickets are selling very well. Total sales so far are $1806. Only a few are left to sell. It was unanimously voted to print 500 more.

Upstairs office key: Helena spoke with Sharon Gallaher from the Nanty Glo Public Library about the upstairs office. Only working members of the Museum are to be allowed upstairs. Helena or Janet will accompany nonworking members.

Johnstown Magazine: Helena spoke with Katrina Perkosky from Johnstown Magazine. The NGTAMHS will be in the June issue, due to come out at the end of May. Amanda Deibler was asked to take candid photos at the spaghetti dinner for an upcoming article in the Johnstown Magazine featuring the NGTAMHS.

Scholarship: Jon Kennedy and Jim Lauffer judged the essays submitted. The winner of the scholarship is Karen Sanners of Jackson Township, a Central Cambria High School senior. NGTAMHS will present the award at Central Cambria High School graduation.

Membership: Nancy Debiase presented the annual membership renewal letter. It was approved as presented. The Community Service Workers will assemble and mail them as soon as possible.

Spaghetti Dinner: things are moving forward. Helena has been sending out thank you cards to sponsors. A proof poster for the event was reviewed and corrected, along with tickets.

Truck tires: The board was informed that Jim is running bald tires on his truck. Jim's vehicle is used for the Museum's reconstruction, gathering donations, and hauling. After discussion, Ron moved and Renee seconded that four tires be bought for the truck. The motion was unanimously supported.

— based on minutes submitted by
Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of April 1, 2010 meeting

President Helena Dropcho called to order the April 1, 2010 meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society. She led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

MINUTES: The minutes of March 4, 2010 were read and approved.

Treasurer's Report: The treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

CCCS: Renee Barosky got the information for the Cambria County Christian School’s Spring Festival, details of which were discussed. Jim made a motion to attend, Rob Port seconded the motion; motion passed. Rich McDowell abstained.

Pirate tickets: Renee Barosky contacted the Pittsburgh Pirates asking for a donation. They sent a certificate for two home-game tickets. A discussion was held about what to do with the tickets and Janet Toth moved that the tickets be placed in a gift basket to chance off. Rich McDowell seconded the motion, which passed.

Spaghetti Dinner: Progress on the spaghetti dinner in June was discussed, Delgrosso has been confirmed as a donating sponsor. Others are being looked into. (See article below.)

Meat Raffle: Ticket sales were reported to be going well with $402 worth sold to date. (See article below.)

IUP: Indiana University of Pennsylvania returned 24 exhibition catalogs.

Accession Program: Colleen Chambers of the Indiana Museum toured the museum and explained the accession program “Pass Perfect.” A thank you card was sent.

Rails to Trails Book: John Dropcho presented a Ghost Town Trail Guide to Society members and a copy was passed around and discussed. John informed the board that the Museum could purchase the books to sell. The proposal was discussed and it was decided to wait until the Museum was up and running to sell the books.

Johnstown Magazine: Helena spoke to the Assistant Editor of Johnstown Magazine who is very interested in the progress and work of the society. It was suggested that an article be done on the Museum and the Society.

— Renee Barosky, secretary


Minutes of March 4, 2010 meeting

President Helena Dropcho called to order the March 4, 2010 meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society. Helena led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Rich McDowell gave the invocation.

Minutes: The minutes of the February 4, 2010 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer's report was reviewed and approved.

Donations: The Weyant foundation donated $500, as did the Nanty-Glo Polish Club. Thank You cards were sent to each. Thank you cards were also sent to Bill and John Hines for their help and support.

Smithmyer Raffle: A move was supported to hold a raffle this spring with the prizes being meat bundles from Smithmyer's Superette in Loretto. There will be four drawings, with the first drawing being the biggest one and three smaller ones to follow. The drawing will be on Fathers Day, June 20. Tickets will sell for $2 each. Bob Ford has volunteered to oversee the tickets and drawings.

Spaghetti Dinner: St. Mary's will be the venue for the spaghetti dinner; the charge is $125 for the hall. Tentative date set for June 20, with backup date set for June13.The community service worker will aid if needed.

Bill Martin Book: Jim Lauffer is said to have the Bill Martin book, Jim Toth is inquiring about this.

2010 Christmas tree: The original idea for quilt work as ornaments will not be done. The theme has been tabled pending receipt of more ideas.

CCCS Spring Festival: The Cambria County Christian School is hosting a spring festival. Renee is getting more information. NGTAMHS may have a presence.

2009 Taxes: Complete and filed.

Museum Update: More drywall is up. Electrical wiring is moving quickly.

Ron Weekes made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Rob Port. Meeting adjourned.

— Renee Barosky, secretary


Notes of February 4, 2010 meeting

The January meeting was cancelled because of inclement weather. February's meeting was the first of 2010 with the new officers and board members in their elected and appointed positions.

Agenda items acted upon:

1. Eleven members present: Ron Weekes, Renee Barosky, Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Bob Ford, Nancy DeBiase, Janet Toth, Rob Port, Jim Toth, Rich McDowell, Judy Rose, Amanda Deibler (representing the Journal).

2. Invocation by President Helen Dropcho.

3. December 2009 meeting minutes read and accepted.

4.Jim Toth

  • Treasurer's report reviewed and accepted.
  
• NTAMHS is now required to have small games-of-chance license.
  • Liberty Museum. Work continues as weather conditions and funds permit. Application of drywall has begun.

5. The NTAMHS will have a presence at Jackson Township Heritage Festival, Nanty Glo Freedom Fest (tentative) and the Cambria County Commissioners Festival held at Duman Lake Park.

6. Accessions must be redone for insurance purposes. The Society will pursue the purchase of a computer, scanner, digital camera, and software program to be used for accessions recording and inventory.

7. A motion was made and passed to send a thank-you letter to Bill and John Hines of Common's Hardware for their generosity and assistance with the installation of the electric panels at the Liberty Museum.

8. Ron Weekes will transfer historical content from video tapes to DVD format.

9. Fundraising ideas were presented and discussed:
  • A spaghetti dinner. Members will inquire of local churches that might provide a social room where the dinner can be held.
  
• A Liberty Museum store at the Jackson Township Heritage Festival
  
• Quilt raffle
  
• Car wash (tentative)

— J. Rose, NTAMHS


Notes of December 3, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted upon:

1. 10 members present: Ron Weekes, Rob Port, Jim Toth, Rich McDowell, Bob Ford, Nancy Debiase, Helena Dropcho, John Dropcho, Janet Toth, Judy Rose. Amanda Dieble (Journal)

2. Pledge of allegiance by all present with invocation given by Rich McDowell.

3. November meeting minutes reviewed and accepted.

4.Jim Toth

  • Treasurer's report reviewed and accepted.

  • Security camera system purchased from Sam's Club for Liberty Museum is installed and operational.

  • Liberty Museum construction progress update: 2nd floor flooring is now completely installed, surround for first-floor platform is nearly complete, blown-in insulation is nearly complete, donations from letter drive continue to arrive.

  • Internet access for Liberty Museum via Cambria Connect was approved.

5. Nancy Debiase: Motion to present Christmas gifts to Library Staff was approved.

6. Dan Hoover serviced the Liberty Museum furnace. A card will be sent thanking him for his services.

7. A get-well card was approved to send to Rodney Paul of Jackson Township.

8. Rob Port and Renee' Barosky will set up an accessions schedule.

9. Nanty Glo High School class of 1957 presented the Liberty Museum a $275.00 donation. Barbara Leidy presenting.

10. Helen Dropcho suggested outgoing Society President John Dropcho be elected as a board member. Approved.

11. John Dropcho:

  • Nanty Glo native and current Mundys Corner resident Mike Paskowski donated two additional hand-carved statues (a steelworker and a moose) to the Museum archives.

Statues carved and
donated by Mundys
Corner resident Mike Paskowski are a moose,
left, and a steelworker,
right.

  • Attended lecture on Pennsylvania Post Office Murals and is in the process of obtaining copies of two mining murals, each 12'x18" for Liberty Museum. Dave Lumbeck, a Penn State graphics designer, will give his assistance.

  • Presented a final draft of the Nanty Glo fundraising license plate.

  • Is in the process of obtaining photos of ration stamp images.

12. A hardcover book, Portrait of a Town, Portage, Pennsylvania 1890 - 1990 was donated by Roxanne Vogatsky (residence unknown).

13. Pullover-style hooded sweatshirts, "hoodies" are now available through the Nanty Glo Library and the Liberty Museum Gift Store (http://www.nantyglo.com/libertymuseum/) or phone: Jim Toth, 814-937-3009. The 50/50 cotton - polyester blend medium-weight hoodies are available in navy blue, burgandy, black, dark green, and dark gray in sizes small to 4x. Lettering is available in color of choice and only on the front of the hoodie. Price is $35. Members will be given their choice of either 15% discount or free shipping. Knitted caps are available as well. Available in black with silver/gray embroidered miner. One size fits all. $12 each + $2.00 shipping or 15% off. The hoodies are modeled in the photo below by three of the members at December's meeting.

13. A book of Jackson Twp. Schools and students was donated by the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee.

— J. Rose, NTAMHS


Notes of November 5, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted upon:

1. Present: John Dropcho, Helena Dropcho, James Toth, Nancy DeBiase, Janet Toth, Rob Port, Renee' Barosky, Rich McDowell, Ron Weekes, Anetta Toth, Judy Rose. No media personnel present.

2. Pledge of Allegiance said by those attending with invocation presented by Rich McDowell.

3. October meeting minutes reviewed and approved.

4. Jim Toth:
  • Treasurer's report reviewed and approved.
  • Tour of Liberty museum by Jackson Township officials to be held November 7.

5. Helena Dropcho, on behalf of the NTAMHS, presented Jim Toth a Lifetime Membership card and certificate of appreciation.

6. Generous donation from California residents Robert and Jon Kennedy presented to NTAMHS (update to follow).

7. John Dropcho:
  • Mike Paskowski of Mundys Corner donated a hand-carved wooden UMWA Local 1386 sign, coalminer statue and several historical photographs to the NTAMHS/Liberty Museum. An interview with Mr. Paskowski will be published in a future NTAMHS newsletter.

Miner statue, left,
hand-carved UMWA sign,
below, given to NTAMHS
by Mike Paskowski
of Mundys Corner

8. Lettering and image for fundraising T-shirts was discussed.

9. Patricia Jackens of Nanty Glo is the winner of the bath/gift basket.

10. Insurance coverage and security system for the Liberty museum was discussed.

— J. Rose, NTAMHS


Notes of October 1, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted upon:

1. Pledge of Allegiance with invocation was led by Jim Lauffer.

2. September meeting minutes were reviewed and minor corrections made.

3. Nine members, along with Jim Lauffer, were present: John Dropcho, Helena Dropcho, Janet Toth, Anetta Toth, Renee' Barosky, Ron Weekes, Nancy Dibaise, Bob Ford, Judy Rose.

4. Election for 2010 was held.

   Officers for 2010 elected:

  • President - Helena Dropcho
  • Vice President - Janet Toth
  • Treasurer - Jim Toth
  • Secretary - Renee' Barosky

  Board members for 2010 elected:

  • Rich McDowell
  • Rob Port
  • Bob Ford
  • Ron Weekes
  • Judy Rose

5. Photos and short bios from officers and board members will be added to the staff page on the Liberty Museum website. Officers only will be added for the remaining months of 2009. After January 1, newly elected board members' photos and bios will be added as well.

6. A concert will be held next spring to benefit the Liberty Museum Project, location and date pending. Renee' Barosky will be in charge of planning. Other members will assist as needed.

7. A discussion was held regarding selling a key chain as an additional fundraising item. Further discussions are planned on this matter.

8. It was decided to award complimentary 12-month NTAMHS memberships to Brenda Bracken and Tiffany Cressley.

9. John Dropcho presented his final design(s) for the new Nanty Glo License plate.

10. Renee' Barosky was delegated to be in charge of planning the decorating theme for the NTAMHS Christmas tree entry in the Jackson Township tree decorating project. Other members will assist as needed.

12. A thank you letter written by John Dropcho has been sent to Terry Jones of Nantyglo, Wales, regarding his interest in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania.

— J. Rose, NTAMHS
October 2, 2009


Notes of September 3, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted upon:

1. 12 members were present: Renee' Barosky, Jim Toth, Ron Weekes, Rob Port, Rich McDowell, Bob Ford, Nancy DeBiase, Janet Toth, John Dropcho, Helena Dropcho, Judy Rose, and Jim Lauffer.

2. Pledge of allegiance with invocation given by Jim lauffer.

3. Jim Toth... Treasurer's report presented and discussed.

4. Jim Toth... Museum construction work continues as funds permit.

5. Ron Weeks... Four Life in the Valley CDs have been sold on Ebay.

6. Nomination of Officers for 2010:
      • President, Helena Dropcho
      • Vice President, Janet Toth
      • Secretary, Renee' Barosky
      • Treasurer, Jim Toth

Nominations for Board members:
      • Rich McDowell
      • Rob Port
      • Bob Ford
      • Judy Rose
      • Ron Weekes

Elections for officers and board members will be held at the regular NTAMHS October meeting.

7. NTAMHS will decorate a Christmas tree at Jackson Twp Veteran's Park. Theme to be decided.

8. The second annual essay scholarship award for the 2009-2010 school year sponsored by the NTAMHS has been approved. Jon Kennedy and Jim Lauffer will collaborate on the choice of essay topics and criteria for judging and share judging responsibilities.

9. Letter drive: Work will be done by Community Volunteers with supervision as needed by NTAMHS personnel.

10. A metal mining plaque has been approved as a future fundraiser.

11. A life membership was approved for Ebensburg resident Kermit Thomas.

12. The current Nanty Glo Beautification Committee has been dissolved. Until a new Beautification Committee is formed, Community Service Volunteers will assume those duties.

13.A retaining wall is being built at the Liberty Museum parking lot out of donated materials. Work is being done by Community Service Volunteers.

14. Indiana University of Pennsylvania has donated to the Liberty Museum Project seven computers (some reusable), items for recycling, a TV with VCR, and filing cabinets.

15. IUP Coal Mining Exhibition, "A Walk Through Time," will debut September 19, 2009.

16. Review and discussion of a new Nanty Glo license plate design.

17. A fundraising letter written by NTAMHS President John Dropcho was approved for presentation to Ameri-serve Bank.

— J. Rose, NTAMHS


Notes of August 6, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted upon:

1. Meeting was held in the Liberty Museum building. Eleven members present: Anetta Toth, Ron Weekes, Renee' Barosky, Rich McDowell, John Dropcho, Helena Dropcho, Nancy Debaise, Janet Toth, Rob Port, James Toth, Judy Rose.

2. July meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.

3. Photos for next puzzle were discussed.

4. Treasurer's report reviewed and approved. $544 in quilt raffle ticket sales to date.

5. The NTAMHS will not have a presence at this year's Vintondale Homecoming. There has been no response to phone calls and emails requesting information regarding the NTAMHS presence at this year's event.

6. The planting of Bradford Pear trees on the grassy lot next to the Liberty Museum building has been postponed until it is discussed with Nanty Glo Borough officials. A letter has been sent to B. Leidy of the Beautification Committee regarding same.

7. Honor Wall: Hobe and Judy Rose have purchased a $300 section of the wall in memory of all Blacklick Valley miners killed in the mines. Rich McDowell reports six Honor Wall spaces have been sold to date.

8. Letter drive: Volunteers will be used to assist in the preparation. Mailing date to be determined. Helena Dropcho will co-ordinate.

9. A fall garage sale will not be held. Nonauthorized persons are not permitted in the Museum building during its current state of construction.

10. A car wash sponsored by the NTAMHS is scheduled for Saturday, August 15. Judy Rose to co-ordinate.

11. John Dropcho has referred questions about Nanty Glo, Pa. from Terry Jones, Nantyglo, Wales, to Barb Hakanen who has visited the area. She is corresponding.

12. John Dropcho is in the process of creating a board game related to the arrival and acclimation of immigrants into the local area. A lengthy discussion about the game was held. The game will be used as a fundraiser.

13. A discussion related to lengthy interviews by WWII area veterans John Kupchella, Tom Watson, and Mike Paskowski was held. It is hoped that the interviews will eventually be published in booklet form and sold to benefit the museum fund. A liaison between the NTAMHS and Jon Kennedy to be chosen at a later date.

14. The Liberty Museum website: It was decided to send a proposal to Jon Kennedy to investigate the possibility of having the Liberty Museum website affiliated with www.nantyglo.com. Where it will benefit from Mr. Kennedy's professional webmaster's skills on a regular and timely basis.

— J. Rose, NTAMHS


Notes of July 16, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted on:

1. 10 members present

2. Pledge of allegiance

3. Invocation by Rich McDowell

4. June meeting minutes reviewed and approved

5. Jim Toth's report:
  * Liberty Museum work continues as available funds permit.
  * Treasurer's report reviewed
  * Commemorative knives are selling well. The Vintondale knife is the most popular.

6. Helen Dropcho's report:
  * NTAMHS Life membership gold cards have been mailed
  * The membership fee for a couple has been increased from $200 to $300.
  * A The Nanty Glo Borough Beautification committee has expressed a desire to plant Bradford pear trees near the Liberty museum parking area.

7. Festivals:
  * NTAMHS will have a presence at the Jackson Township Heritage Festival July 18, 19 and Duman's Park Arts and Crafts Event August 2, 9a.m-5p.m.
  *NTAMHS presence at Vintondale Homecoming in September has not yet been confirmed.

8. Brody Simmons won the digital video camera.Winning ticket was drawn by Helena Dropcho

9. A general discussion was held related to methods to increase revenue for the Liberty Museum fund. Items discussed were a car wash, bake sales, board games and a new puzzle.

10. In the future, a link to the museum update s will be sent to all NTAMHS members.

11. Jim Toth has been designated as Festival contact person.

— Judy Rose


Notes of June 18, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted on:

1. Eleven members plus one guest were present.
    * Pledge of Allegiance.
    * Invocation by Rich McDowell.

2. Minutes from the May meeting were reviewed and approved.

3. Jim Toth:
    *Treasurer's report reviewed and approved.
    * NAPA building demolition has been completed.
    * Liberty Museum update: Interior construction continues without incident as funding permits. Electrical panels and equipment for the Liberty Museum will be purchased according to code.

4. Nanty Glo Borough presented the NTAMHS a $100 check in honor of Bill Martin. It was suggested that all funds donated in Bill Martin's name be used to help finance the completion of the Liberty Museum's media room. It was also suggested that the media room be called the Bill Martin Media Room.

6. Newsletter: Extra newsletters will be offered for sale at various area locations at a cost of .50 each.

7. Rich McDowell: Presented the winning bid on a painting by artist Tara Deetscreek at the recent Pike Grace Brethren Spring Craft Festival. The painting was then donated to the NTAMHS/Liberty Museum.

8. Auction recap: A review and discussion was held with suggestions for the next flea market/auction considered.

9. Brian and Stephanie Haupt donated a plaque in honor of Helena Dropcho. The plaque will be placed on the NTAMHS Memorial Wall at the Nanty Glo Library.

10. Jackson Twp. Heritage Festival: The NTAMHS will have a presence at the two-day event held July 18 and 19.

11. Black Diamond Jubilee: September 11- December. The University Museum at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrates Indiana County's coal heritage. John Dropcho will write a 500-word essay for the catalogue about Nanty Glo's mining industry.
    * NTAMHS photos will be on loan and displayed.
    * The cost of the catalogue from the photo exhibit has been increased from $5 per copy to $10 per copy.

12. Quilt raffle update.
    * A small 36' x 36" sample quilt has been made and will be on display at the Nanty Glo Library.
    *Tickets will be available at various local establishments and from NTAMHS members.
    * The raffle quilt will be displayed at the Jackson Township festival with tickets available for purchase.

13. A thank you card will be sent to Rodney Paul for his auction services, and a sympathy card sent regarding the recent death of his father.

— Judy Rose


Notes of May 7, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted on:

1. Blake Michaels of Nanty Glo was the winner of the recent NTAMHS essay contest. The prize was a $200 scholarship (more on this item will be released in the near future).

2. Clarification of lifetime memberships fees.

3. A discussion was held regarding the possibility of a co-operative venture between the Nanty Glo Historical group and the Jackson Township Historical Commission during the Jackson Township Heritage Festival in July.

4. The Johnstown Postcard Club presented the NTAMHS a $25 donation in memory of Bill Martin. A thank-you card was approved and sent.

5. The Historical Society has obtained possession of a vintage bedroom vanity from the estate of Augusta Lamantia. The vanity was purchased in 1913 from Edelstein's Department Store.

6. The sign from Bethlehem Mine #31 has been obtained by the NTAMHS. The sign, refurbished by MEC Chemicals of Nanty Glo, will be permanently attached to the outside of the Liberty Museum building (more details on this item will be released in the near future)

     NTAMHS president John Dropcho accepts the newly refurbished Mine 31 sign
     from Betty Jean McKinstry, MEC Chemicals representative.

7. New steel doors have been installed at the Food Pantry entrance at the rear of the Liberty Museum. The new doors are more secure against unauthorized access to the Food Pantry (more details on this item will be released in the near future).

     NTAMHS President John Dropcho presents Janet Reese, Food Pantry Director,
     the keys to the new Food Pantry doors.

8. Judy Rose has completed the fundraising quilt that will be on display throughout the summer at various festivals.

9. A digital video camera is the current NTAMHS raffle item.

10. Richard McDowell is in charge of the Liberty Museum Honor Wall (more details on this item will be released in the near future).

11. The NTAMHS was outbid in its efforts to obtain the old Sheetz building adjacent to the Liberty Museum. The Sheetz building is now for sale.

12. Demolition of the Napa building in Mundys Corner is expected to be be completed next week.

13. A pocket knife has been approved as a fundraising item to be sold for $15 each. The knife has rosewood panels inscribed with the words "The Liberty Museum" on one side and a location such as Jackson Township, Nanty Glo, etc. on the other. A miner's helmet will be engraved on the blade.

14. The building permit from Nanty Glo Borough was obtained with an added bonus of reduced cost.

15. A painting by Tara Deetscreek will be auctioned May 16th at the Christian School affiliated with Pike Grace Brethren Church.

— Judy Rose


Notes of April 2, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted on:

1. 15 members present including Kelly Lundgren from Mainline Publications.

2. Ray Dodson, Jackson Township resident and former Bethlehem Mines Corporation Mine Superintendent donated vintage aerial photos of Nanty Glo Heisley Mine complex and the Leidy Portal in Jackson Township.

3. Rich McDowell: NAPA building demolition report: Demolition continues with good progress.

4. Jim Toth absent: No treasurer's report given.

5. Helena Dropcho: $500 dollar donation from Polish Club and $500 from Kermit Thomas. Mr. Thomas is a direct descendent of the Evans family who named the town of Nanty Glo.

6. Metal membership cards for lifetime NTAMHS members approved.

7. Rene' Barowsky of Nanty Glo will assist the newsletter committee.

8. John Dropcho:
* Accessions form/donation thank you letter. Approved
* History timeline of lot #57, site of the Liberty Museum building, in a letter to be presented to Nanty Glo Borough. Approved.
* NTAHMS now has possession of antique firehose reel donated by Nanty Glo Fire Company.
* Possible future joint media venture with Nanty Glo Fire Company discussed.

9. Janet Toth:
*Sports memorabilia donated to NTAMHS by WWII veteran Paul Lonergran. Mr. Lonergran played baseball in the Cambria County Industrial League.
* Assured members, funds are available for research needs.

10. Donna Davis: NTAMHS website costs and need for a budget discussed. Need for accessions person discussed.

11. Judy Rose:
* Fundraiser quilt progress report.
* WWII photos and posters donated for museum WWII display.

12. April 16 work night meeting will deal with auction items.

13. NTAMHS will have no presence at Pork -n- Pool 2009.

14. The Cambria Country Historical Society will hold a fundraising tea Saturday, May 2, 2009. Admission is 15.00/person. Contact AWBuck@verizon.net for reservations and details.

— Judy Rose


Notes of March 5, 2009 meeting

Agenda items acted on:

1. Auctioneer Rodney Paul offered services and presented suggestions pertaining to pending fundraiser auction for 2009. Time and place of auction to be determined at later date.

2.Jim Toth: Treasurer's report (approved)

3. NTAMS presence at 2009 Jackson Township Heritage Festival, July 18 and 19 (approved). Volunteers needed.

4. Jim Toth: Insurance policy (approved)

5. Jim Toth: Jackson Township NAPA building progress report

6. Museum building permit.

7. NTAMHS photos on loan to IUP Museum exhibition Sep.-Dec. 2009 (approved)

8. Jim Toth: Agreed to do Liberty Museum Tour 1:00 p.m. September 20, 2009.

9. Letter drive for July 2009 (approved)

10. The mine hopper car project for Nanty Glo has been abandoned.

11. Jim Toth: Community service personnel will be provided to assist as needed to sort photos etc.

12. Judy Rose: Agreed to send NTAMHS business meeting reports to Jon Kennedy for publication on www.nantyglo.com.

13. A work night was scheduled for March 19, 7-9 p.m.

14. Fundraiser quilt project initiated by Judy Rose and Donna Davis (approved)

15. Procurement and storage of items stored at Nanty Glo Fire Hall discussed. The items donated by Nanty Glo Fire Company must be removed ASAP.

16. Use of NTAMHS newsletter articles on www.nantyglo.com was approved.

—J. Rose


Reports on Society meetings in January-February 2008

The Society tried to have a Christmas Party in December but the weather would not cooperate.

OVERVIEW of the January 3rd 2008 meeting

Officers for 2008 are John Dropcho, president; Helena Dropcho, v. president; Nancy DeBiase, secretary; Jim Toth, treasurer. Reading of the minutes and treasurer's report was followed by a discussion of the Liberty Museum building project. George Heit reported that Construction Supply had donated 375 cinder blocks to finish the stair area of the building. Value of the blocks was $638. Jim Toth is getting bids on all phases of construction and material for the Museum.

Activities:

The Nanty Glo Freedom Fest, Saturday, July 5th, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Jackson Twp. Heritage Festival Saturday July 19, noon to 9; Sunday, July 20, noon to 6
The Vintondale Homecoming will be in September.

Helena Dropcho presented two checks to the Society. The first was from the Carl S. and Wanda M. Weyandt Foundation and was for $2,000. The second was from the G C U Lodge 401 and was for $1,500.

There was a well-deserved thank you from the members to past president Janet Toth and also to Barbara Teeter, who worked as Secretary.

OVERVIEW of the February 7th 2008 meeting

President John Dropcho obtained donations of items useful to the Society and the Museum from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and these were delivered to the Society by Jim Toth and the volunteer workers from the Museum. The donation from IUP is for nonprofit organizations and will greatly help the Society.

Discussion followed on "The Wall of Honor." This opportunity will be sent out to our members along with the letter for the renewal of yearly dues in June.

Work Night on February 21st

Donna Davis had jobs lined up for all who wanted to work and it was a well-attended and enjoyable evening. Before getting busy on the work for the evening, several members looked at one of the latest accessions. Mr. Ron Rozsi from the Chickaree Union Church, better known as the "Jesus Saves" church, donated on "permanent loan" an orange and white quilt made by the Church Sunday School and given as a Christmas gift to Pastor Herbert Rager and his wife in 1938. The names of the church members are embroidered onto the quilt and the Pastor's name and date are in the center of the quilt. Mr. Herb Rager, a descendant of the Rev. Herbert Rager, had given the quilt to the church but the members felt they did not have the space to display it properly and wanted it to be preserved for future generations. Many of the Society members found names of their own ancestors on the quilt.

— Barb Hakanen


Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society
Overview of the Meeting of November 1

Jackson Township presents $20,000 check

Building This meeting was largely about the interior of the building. The carpet color for the walls and also the floor was decided upon. Also the color of some of the track lighting but some of the lightening of the Multi Purpose Area is yet to be decided. The coating of the entire roof of the museum is completed. Rain spouting on the old Sheets side of the building is now complete.

The following appeared in
the Johnstown Tribune-
Democrat
's 'Laurels and
Barbs,' November 3, 2007

Activities: We will be taking part in Jackson Townships Light Up Night on Nov. 24th. We will be decorating a tree with laminated copies of the pictures on the note cards that are for sale in the Nanty Glo Library.

Three books by Jon Kennedy, The Everything Jesus Book sold. Our next puzzle will be something from Blacklick Township.

Donation: Much of the talk of the evening was of the donation from Jackson Township. On October 29th, 2007, members of the Tri-Area Historical Society gathered at the Liberty Theatre with the members of the Jackson Township Supervisors. This meeting was for the presentation of a $20,000 check from the Township to the NGTAMHS for the Liberty Museum project. We have received $10,000 and have the promise of another $10,000 if and when we get a grant for that amount. This was a photo opportunity and Joe Vassalotti of the Journal and Judy Rose from the Nanty Glo Home Page took many pictures.

In the photo below are: Left to right. Mark McElhany volunteer; George Heit, a board member for 2008 and also a volunteer; Rich McDowell, board member and also our draftsman; Randy Nihart, volunteer; Rita McGuire, active member; Jim ‘Chief’ Toth, our Treasurer and the Project Manager; Dave Bracken, Dave Hirko, Bruce Baker, and Guy Ellenberger, all Jackson Township Supervisors; Helena Dropcho, VP for 2008; Barb Hakanen, current VP, and Barbara Teeter, Secretary of the Society. The Supervisors were given a tour of the building at the time so they could see just how the work is progressing.

Click the photo for a larger view.
Click here for a video clip of the presentation.


Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society
Overview of the Meeting of October 4

Museum Building (former Liberty Theater): 

The tuck point of the outside of the building is complete. A boom lift was rented for a day and the work was completed, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

A motion was made and passed by the board to have the roof coated before winter. Our business plan is now finished and will be going to the printer within the week.

Activities:

The basket party held in September was very well attended and profitable to the Society. Many are asking if we will do it again next year. No decision has been made.

We are now selling Sheetz tickets (good for a sandwich/salad and a drink, at $4 a ticket) as a fund-raising activity. We will continue this through the winter months.

Annual Meeting of September 6, 2007

 Officers for 2008 were elected:

  President   John Dropcho  
  Vice President   Helena Dropcho  
  Secretary   Nancy DeBiase  
  Treasurer   Jim Toth  

Board Members for next year:

  George Heit   Rich McDowell  
  Denny Dixon   Cindy Dixon  
  Barb Hakanen      

The officers and board members become effective in January 2008

Book Fundraiser Adopted at the September Meeting

Copies of the book, The Everything Jesus Book, donated by Jon Kennedy, will be sold for the price printed on the cover, $14.95, plus tax. The society will pay shipping and handling on any copies being shipped. The author is a life member of the Society. The 304-page life of Jesus and history of the church based on the New Testament and histories of all major Christian bodies, is a mass market paperback published by a major secular publishing house.


Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society
Overview of the Meetings of August 2 and August 16, 2007

Our August 2nd business meeting was held at the Fellowship Hall of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church due to the Nanty Glo Library's yearly Book Sale.

BASKET PARTY: Mr. Mike Soyka, a former teacher at Nanty Glo, joined us to explain a little more about the basket party we will be holding on Sept. 16th at St. Nick's Church Hall. There is a $5.00 donation at the door and with that the person will get a total of 25 tickets, plus one for the door prize. The GCU Lodge 401 has agreed to sponsor us for this event and we are hoping to be well supported by the community.

BUILDING: Jim Toth, our treasurer but also our project manager for the Liberty Museum, gave the report on the building and things are happening fast right now. The board voted to hire Keller Engineers Inc. and Kasun Architects Inc. both of Hollidaysburg. Kasun Architects Inc. will be responsible for getting the building's blueprints approved by Nick Bailey, the chief building code official for the Cambria-Somerset Council of Government. We are most blessed to have Rich McDowell on our board of Directors with his background as a draftsman. Rich has been working very hard on the many changes that have to be made in the plans of the building. John Dropcho is also involved in designing the inside layout of the museum.

Several Nanty Glo residents are asking whether the society had or needed a permit for the work being done in the theater. With no structural changes being made yet, there is no need for a permit. Removing of paneling, drywall and the old dropped ceiling is nearly 75 percent completed. We are also 75 percent done with the outside mortoring of the building and the paint on the front of the building has been removed.

The building has also passed the asbestos inspection by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Our fund raising "thermometer" sign now hangs in one of the front windows of the future museum for all to see.

The August 16th meeting was our "work" meeting with several members getting things ready to take to the Vintondale Homecoming on September 1st. and 2nd. We will once again be using our tent for the event and last two days of selling of the raffle tickets with the drawing being on Sunday afternoon.

Included are some photos (above and below) … The Nanty Glo Homecoming exhibit (top and bottom) and the display of woodcarvings done by the late Frank Weight, Jr. (below). These were displayed at the Jackson Twp. Heritage Festival.

Barb Hakanen
NGTAMHS

 


Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society
Overview of the Meeting of June 7, 2007,
7 p.m. at the Nanty Glo Library building

Most of the time at this meeting was given over to discussion and making decisions on our building. At this time all the contents of the building have been removed, with leftover sale items going to St. Vincent DePaul's and St. Mary's Church for their sale later this summer.

We are now in the process of getting the outside of the building acid cleaned, tuck-pointed, and sealed before winter. This is a big undertaking and may be a very expensive one. All the old signs that were on the building have been taken down and that alone has given it much a cleaner look.

The parking lot was also discussed at the meeting. The lot to the north (toward the traffic light) has been leased to us from Nanty Glo Borough and we will fill in, grade, and spread shale for this rear entry/exit parking area.

Other happenings:

Several old photos were donated to the Society from Ron Rozsi of the Heisley and Webster Mine area and also of a local fire. Other donated photos from one of our newest members, Rita McGuire, were of several Teeter school classes, along with a very old family photo.

July will be a busy month for all of us with the Nanty Glo Homecoming at the Park and Pool on July 7th and the Jackson Heritage Festival on July 21 and 22.

Raffle Tickets are going well and this drawing will be at the Vintondale Homecoming on Labor day weekend with the drawing on Sunday, September 2 at 3 p.m. (Scroll down to the May report to see the list of prizes.)

The basket party will be held on September 16th at St. Nicholas Church Hall in Nanty Glo.

Memberships for 2007-08 are now coming in and the funds are being thankfully received and prudently used by the Society.

The above information is only an overview of the happenings at the meeting and not the official minutes of the meeting. —Barb Hakanen

Remember the Nanty Glo Polka? Click here for a report about NTAMHS participation at Nanty Glo Homecoming on July 7.


Overview of the Meeting of the NGTAMHS on May 3, 2007,
7 p.m. at the Nanty Glo Library, 14 in attendance

Officers for 2007: Janet Toth, President; Barb Hakanen Vice President; Barbara Teeter, Secretary, and Jim Toth Treasurer.

Minutes read - Treasurer's Report given

Letter Drive Report: So far it is very encouraging. Address list for the next mailing in process of finalization. Next mailing will be the Nanty Glo area, Vintondale, and Blacklick Township. Meeting with Steve from Municipal Marketing Services set for Mon. May 7th.

Puzzles: The second puzzle is going very well thanks to Jim Lauffer's article in the Journal. Mail orders also coming in.

Indoor Yard Sale: To be held on Saturday, May 19, from 9 to 3 at our new building. Jim and the boys went in and scrubbed floors and got things in order. We will be at the building to price and set up on May 17th, a Thursday, from 9:30 AM to ? Everything must go!

The Nanty Glo Homecoming: We have purchased an 18 x 20 enclosed canopy that we will use at this event. The date is July 7th and the location will be the Park and Pool in Nanty Glo.

Raffle Tickets: Jim Toth met with the Vintondale Council and we have permission to do the drawing for the raffle ticket at the Vintondale Homecoming on Sept 2nd at 3 p.m. The value of the tickets' 34 prizes is $1,015 (see copy above). The top prize is $250 and the Vintondale Homecoming committee has also donated $100 for the "last winner present" at the time of the drawing. Cost of the ticket is $5 each and can be purchased from the members of the NGTAMHS or at the Nanty Glo Library.

Jackson Township Heritage Festival: July 21 and 22nd. This year we will have our photo contest at the festival instead of the Nanty Glo Homecoming because of the indoor location in Jackson. Entry requirement forms are at the Nanty Glo Library and can be picked up there. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize a Ritz Camera Card
2nd Prize $30
3rd Prize $20 and
Two honorable mentions each receiving a $10 prize.
All five winners will receive a one year membership to the Society.

Basket Party: The date is set for September 16th at St. Nicholas Church Hall on Second Street.

The above information is only an overview of the happenings at the meeting and not the official minutes.

Barb Hakanen


Overview of the Meeting of the NGTAMHS on February 3, 2007,
Saturday 10 a.m. in Nanty Glo Library

This was our second Saturday morning meeting. There will be another on March 3 and then we'll return to our regular schedule of the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Nanty Glo Library.

Present: Janet Toth, Barb Teeter, Jim Toth, Nancy DeBiase, Rich McDowell, Jim Lauffer. Dennis and Cindy Dixon, and Barb Hakanen.

Deed & Survey: We have received both the deed for our building and the survey of the property. 

Insurance: The insurance on volunteers (as well as board members and active members of the society) while working on the building, or at an event, went into effect on February 1.

Building: The furnace has been serviced and checked out. Rich McDowell will arrange to have the oil delivered on Monday, February 5. A new thermostat has also been installed.  A meeting has been set up for February 15 at 8:30 a.m. to meet with a man from Green, to talk to us about the improvements and changes in the building and how we may do it all in an "earth friendly" way.

Packet for the PA Historical Commission: Jim Toth reported that the packet has been sent to the Historical Commission with all the requirements needed. We may not hear anything on this for two or three months. Our next step will be an Organizational Grant.

Fund Raising:

Sale: A sale will be happening in our building come spring. Items from the contents of the building, along with items donated, will be sold.

Raffle Tickets: We will again be selling raffle tickets this year with prizes to be given out at the Nanty Glo Homecoming in July.

Two additional events were discussed for fund raising and more information will come on these ideas at a later date.

Please note: The above is only an overview of the happenings at the meeting and not the official minutes done by our Secretary Barbara Teeter.      

Sincerely, 
Barb Hakanen


Overview of the Meeting of the NGTAMHS on January 13, 2007

ONLY TWO PUZZLES LEFT!

Officers for 2007: are Janet Toth, president;  Barb Hakanen, vice president;  Barbara Teeter, secretary; and Jim Toth, treasurer.

Meetings for January, February and March will be held on the first Saturday of the month in the Nanty Glo Library at 10 a.m. This will be done so those who must drive long distances at night will have a safer environment.

Committee Reports:

Insurance Options: It was voted on and passed to buy insurance on our volunteers. This would cover all volunteers and also us, while working on the building or at different functions during the next year. Jim Toth will keep a log of all work done and this will be given to the insurance company each month. The number of volunteers and hours worked will determine our total premium for the year. The base premium is $175. We will try this and see if it will work with our limited finances. 

Building Report: Right now most of the work on the furnace is completed.

Rich H. will contact Danny Hoover to have the furnace checked out and serviced. Rich McDowell will call for oil prices. Currently, we have one-quarter tank of oil. Most of the old stage has been removed and new lighting has been put in the basement for the food pantry.

Letter Fund Drive Report:  Steve, from Municipal Marketing Services, will be sending the packet soon with all the addresses and the committee will set up a meeting to be sure we don’t have doubles listed.

Post Card Book: Bill wants to include more than just postcards. Donna, John and Bill will be the committee on this book.

Puzzles: We have only two left and they will be gone soon. It was decided to do the second one of something in Jackson Township and have it ready for the Jackson Township Festival by July 20-22.

2007 Events to be planned

Events include:

Spring Sale at our new home. Date not yet set.

Nanty Glo Homecoming Days - July 4th weekend.

      Jackson Twp. Festival - July 20-22

Projects include:

Three or four items for sale were discussed.


NTAMHS ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2003

November 30, 2003 

There are few changes in our status for the past year. The list of collectibles continues to grow, crowding our space in the second floor of the library. The genealogy library is expanding and many people are requesting obituary searches (scroll down this page for a link to more information on this service).

Our membership has increased , we now have approximately 125 members, including single and family memberships. Our treasurer's report as of November 6, 2003 lists our total balance as $12,378.43. This includes monies from memberships, fund raisers, and memorials.

The officers elected for the coming year are: Janet Toth, retained as president; Nancy Debiase, retained as vice president; Barbara Teeter, secretary; Lynn Smith, treasurer. Dennis Dixon asked to be excused from his position on the board of directors and he was replaced by Bill Martin. Betty Leonard is retained as chaplain.

Janet Toth, president


Society releases 2002 annual report

November 16, 2002

The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society (NTAMHS) has released a 2003 calendar featuring historical photographs of various sites in the Blacklick Valley. It has already been mailed to the society's membership along with the annual report of the society's progress for 2002.

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Rare photo of Nanty Glo's Capitol Theater
is calendar's memento for September. The former 'Showplace of Cambria County' was destroyed by arson in 1968. Click the photo
for slightly better view of photo
.
  

The calendar is printed in black ink on heavy 11- by 17-inch ivory-colored paper, with a larger cover printed on an even heavier paper or card stock. The photographs are: January, Cardiff Hotel, c. 1914; February, Selders drygoods and grocery, Twin Rocks, undated; March, Beckey Farm, Blacklick Township (Rt. 422 near Belsano), 1920's or '30s; April, Vintondale Mine #1 Tipple, undated; May, Vintondale railroad station, undated; June, Ray Burkhart Garage on Route 22, Jackson Township, 1930s; July, Luthers' Restaurant, Mundy's Corner, 1947 or '48; August, clearing land on the Jackson Township side of Nanty Glo, 1915 or '16; September, the Capitol Theater entranceway, undated; October, the arched bridge in Nanty Glo with Levinsons' Department Store and other buildings in background, undated; November, Chestnut Street, Nanty Glo, with the LaMantia Building before it was destroyed by fire and what is now known as "the Bench" bar, 1941; December, team-drawn delivery wagon of Keystone Bakery, Nanty Glo, undated.

Each page of the calendar also has advertisements for current area businesses, including some with Johnstown, Loretto, and Ebensburg addresses. The calendar is being given, one each, without charge to all members of the Society, including ones who join while there are still copies available. Please check the details about memberships available, at the top of this page. Nonmembers or members wanting additional calendars can obtain copies for a $3 donation to the society and a shipping charge of $1.50 for one or two copies, $2.50 for three or four copies, and $3.50 for five or six copies. For more than six copies, call Barb at 814-749-9415, or Nancy at 814-749-0093.

Annual report

The annual report for the society was released by Barbara Hakanen, president. It itemizes five areas of activity for the year:

1. The Society continues to collect and record items of historic value and contain them in the upper storage area of the Nanty Glo Public Library, locatied at 942 Roberts Street. These items, too numberous to mention here, have no set monetary value. We are pleased at the generosity of the public, who have given coal buckets, miners' lamps, hats, books, and pictures. The Society's two bookcases in the Library, have family history and genealogy books, along with yearbooks, obituary listings from the Journal and the Tribune-Democrat, cemetery lists, census information, and more. Our filing cabinet contains "Family" files and "ABC" files with even more information.

2. There have been no principal changes in assets and liabilities during the past year.

3. Our revenue continues to grow by memberships, donations, and fund-raising activities. The treasurer's report of Sepbember 9, 2002, stated a balance of $3,462.24.

4. Our expenses are kept to a minumum, with expenditures only as necessary for the growth of the Society and the protection and preservation of items collected.

5. Our membership now stands at 87. The number of memberships varies as renewals may be late in coming in. A list of the membership may be obtained upon request.


Ann Louise (Little) Jensen gives Society historic NHS yearbook, WWII scrapbook

Report of meeting of December 6 2001

(Reported by Barbara Hakanen)

Nanty Glo, December 6, 2001—The meeting of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society on December 6, 2001, resulted in a decision being made about our newsletter being done twice a year, a spring edition and fall edition.

The CD being prepared about Nanty Glo on behalf of the Society is coming along nicely, but we do not yet know when it will be completed. Lots of work has gone into this, and John Dropcho is the one carrying most of the workload for this project.

We were pleased to accept a gift from Ann Louise (Little) Jensen, who taught school at the Wagner building for many years. She gave the Society her 1938 yearbook from Nanty Glo High School. This, she said, was the first year there was a yearbook. She also gave us every photo of the many class reunions held over the years. But perhaps the greatest gift she gave the Society was a large black Scrapbook she kept during the years of World War II. The Scrapbook contains poems, photos, and postcards she saved over this time period. She would cut out the many photos of the local men and women who went to fight that war and there are pages and pages of photos.

The Society has taken the book apart (and put it back together again) and photocopied the pictures. We have put them in alphabetical order, into a 3-ring binder that is now in the NTAMHS bookcase at the Nanty Glo Public Library. The Post Cards, most sent to her father, Elmer Little, have also been photocopied front and back and are also in the binder. We invite the public to stop in and take a look...

After the meeting we had a small Christmas party... BLH


Report of meeting of June 22, 2000

(Reported by Barbara Hakanen)

Nanty Glo, June 23, 2000—In the meeting last night we discussed mostly fund raising. We are considering sweatshirts/T-shirts, etc., with the Logo on. We have a great little shop here in town owned by O'Farrell's (located on Lloyd Street across from the Methodist Church). They do embroidery work (computers can do almost anything) and they are beautiful. Jennifer will be working up some colors for us. John Dropcho was absent (couldn't be helped) so he was not there when we were talking about the colors of the Logo and doesn't even know about it yet (being away for several days). The colors will not be like the one you have. I believe Jennifer will do a completely new one. We hope to be able to offer them soon but LOTS of details to be worked out.

We are also in the process of becoming incorporated.

Bill Martin gave us a great item in the Journal. Front page with the picture of the Logo... Great.


Report of meeting of May 25, 2000

Nanty Glo, May 26, 2000—Bylaws, membership, mission statements, accession papers, and tax forms were among the items considered at last night's meeting.

The eleven attendees included two new participants, Nancy Bracken Debiase and Dez Warzel, both of the Blacklick Township.

The NTAMHS logo was reported to be delayed a bit because of an accident involving John Dropcho, codirector and artist in charge of the project, who hopes to have it done by next meeting.

An organization email address has been set up at libertyproject1@verizon.net. The possibility of having Denise Duzsa Weber coming to speak to the group about her Vintondale history book was discussed but tabled on a report that she is in Europe.

Next meeting will be June 8, 7 p.m., at the Nanty Glo Public Library. All interested members of the community are welcome. By that meeting, codirector Barbara Hakanen reported, she and Donna Davis hope to have prepared a space in the upper floor of the Library for a “historical corner.”


Report of organizational meeting, May 11 2000

Nanty Glo, May 12, 2000—Twelve community members met last night at the Nanty Glo Public Library to formally organize a community museum and historical society.

Barbara Hakanen reported that those attending included John & Helena Dropcho, Donna Davis, Dennis Dixon, Theresa Golias, Rich Ondriezek, Greg O'Farrell, Bill Martin, Zelda Dugan, Bob Mulvehill, Rich Hakanen and herself. The name chosen for the group is The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society. A Logo of an open mine entrance with farming on one side to represent Jackson Township and lumbering on the other for Blacklick Valley.

They decided that the names of Jackson Township and Blacklick Township will be on the Logo but not on the address, as it would be too long. John Dropcho is working on the logo

Officers chosen at the meeting are: codirectors, John Dropcho and Barbara Hakanen; secretary, Donna Davis; treasurer, Theresa Golias. The group agreed to meet biweekly until the forming process and paper work is mostly accomplished. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m., at the Library, with all interested members of the community invited to participate.

They agreed to set up email accounts for the organization and its officers through Hotmail. The society web page will be added to the Nanty Glo Home Page Internet site, and its proprietor, Jon Kennedy, volunteered and was asked to set it up and maintain it. The Logo will be added to it as soon as it is completed.

The society's mailing address will be:
          Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society
          942 Roberts Street
          Nanty Glo, PA 15943

Mrs. Hakanen predicted the project "is going to be a long time coming, but how can you have anything unless you start toward the goal?" She said suggestions are welcome.

 

 
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