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                 Friday, May 30 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterNews roundup

Another regional First Amendment case

After reporting recently about the lawsuit in Indiana County over a teacher's aide's fight to be allowed to wear a cross on a chain around her neck over her clothing while working, another somewhat similar case has captured national coverage. Bedford car dealer Bob Foor has erected a neon sign on his building, which sign stands about 3.5 feet high and spans almost 100 feet wide, and proclaims "Jesus is Lord." Reports the Tribune-Democrat: "Borough officials are threatening Bob Foor with 30 days in jail if he does not remove a sign they say violates three local ordinances. They are the historic districtís regulations, the sign ordinance, and the zoning law." The sign reportedly cost Foor $10,000 to put up, and he is expecting to spend many times more than that to fight for what he considers his First Amendment right to continue displaying it on his property.

I'm accustomed to secularists' attempts to curb religious expression in sin cities like San Francisco Metro...but Bedford? Maybe the town fathers figure making Fox News will bring more tourism to the Colonial-era town?

A third fatal crash on Route 422 in Blacklick Township

Yet a third fatal crash this year on Route 422 between Belsano and Revloc occurred last Friday. Bernadine Cabala, 50, of Lilly, was eastbound on the Benjamin Franklin Highway (422) at approximately 7 a.m. when her 1998 Subaru Outback collided with a tractor trailer rig going in the opposite direction, according to State Police in Ebensburg. The driver of the rig was identified as Robert Charles Mallin, 38, of Nanty Glo. He was not injured, according to reports.

Ms Cabala's death was the sixth fatality this year within a mile or two of the intersection of Cardiff Road and Route 422 at Bethel. In February, a Virginia mother and two children were fatally injured when their vehicle was hit broadside at the intersection by a pickup truck driven by a local teenager. And on March 24 two local teenagers, Doug Lewis Link, 18, of Blacklick Township, and, Crystal L. Rose, 15, of Buffington Township were fatally injusted when their car crashed head-on into a rig.

Other notable passings

There were also two notable deaths in the valley this week. John J. Warholic, 85, of Twin Rocks, died May 23. Mr. Warholic was the father of George R. Warholic, of Rockville, Maryland, who maintains a website of much historical and genealogical interest to persons with Blacklick Township ties. And Michael Mahalko, 76, of Dane Castle, Strongstown, died May 25. His survivors include a son, Michael D. "Butch," Mahalko, formerly of Nanty Glo and now of Dane Castle.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 More good neighbors

While walking through a parking lot, I tripped and fell flat on my face. As I was lying there, a woman stopped her car and called out, "Are you hurt?"

"No, I'm fine," I said.

"Oh, good," she continued. "Will you be vacating your parking space now?"

Thoughts for today

Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
Eat a live toad in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.

— Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

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