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                 Wednesday, July 9 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterNews update

It's been a while since I've done a recap of local (Western Pa.) news and events in this space, and finally there is enough material to make that worthwhile.

Both of the Johnstown-area cases that I consider to have First Amendment implications on the fronts of freedom of expression and freedom of religion have made movement. Tuesday's Tribune-Democrat reported that the case involving the town of Bedford's attempt to force local car dealer Bob Foor to take down a huge sign on his building proclaiming that "Jesus Is Lord" may be resolved in a compromise of sorts. Foor offered to encase the sign behind window glass. That would make it an "indoor" decoration of his building, rather than an outdoor sign and, even though still visible for much the same distance, would get around the borough's historical district signage ordinance.

And in Indiana County, the Penns Manor teacher's aide who had sued the school district over her right to wear a cross outside her blouse won an injunction against the school district in a Pittsburgh court. Whether the case will continue to higher courts is yet to be seen.

Also, Tuesday's T-D online reported that work is ongoing to have Point Stadium ready for the annual AAABA baseball tournament later this summer. After the AAABA, more extensive work will begin to make the stadium totally renovated by next summer. Unknown to me before was the detail that baseball greats Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson had played in Point Stadium in their time.

Finally, a tribute to a personal friend who recently celebrated her 75th birthday with a surprise party in the woods on her farm near Belsano. Her niece, Trudy Myers, reports:

June Miller celebrated her 75th birthday at a surprise party given by her seven children. It had to coincide with her son-in-law Tom Fulton’s 50th birthday (right, in the photo above) because June is too wily to try to fool any other way. But they did it! They pulled a fast one on her this time! Many of her former classmates were in attendance as well as many, many other friends and relatives. The weather co-operated nicely. The party was held in the woods just above June’s house, where many years ago family and friends enjoyed picnics in a little clearing that was dubbed “Independence Park.” Her daughter, Mary Margaret Fulton, gave a collective sigh of relief when it was all said and done. Mary said, “I’ve never told so many lies in my life as I have the past two weeks, trying to keep this thing a secret. I hope God doesn’t count those!”

Happy birthday, "Aunt June," and many happy returns!

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Words to live by

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

— Sent by Judy Rose

Thought for today

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.

— Victor Hugo
Sent by Trudy Myers

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