Jon Kennedy
Jon Kennedy

Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
the Nanty Glo in My Mind'

Goin' fishing

There's been so much talk on the list lately about fishing and fish stories that I thought I'd go fishing myself. Metaphorically, at least. I don't really fish, but the metaphor is an attractive one. I love lakes and rivers and walking along the ocean. And I expect I will be at least looking for fish on my trip back to Home Page Country, to see how much more of the Blacklick Creek in its several branches may play home to our finned and gill-breathing forebears than the last time I was in Red Mill. (The forebears allusion was a poke in the ribs for our evolutionist friends and readers.)

The main objective of my trip is the installation of the long-anticipated webcam on Nanty Glo's "main street" (Chestnut Street, in this case). The computer that connects to the camera has been donated by our gal Judy Rose, the Internet connection is being provided by the Niner Diner (which is becoming the area's first and only—to my knowlege, any way—Internet cafe), and the camera, its Internet software, and its Internet home on Nanty Glo Home Page, are my contribution. I expect several others will help with the installation, but I'm getting ahead of myself; I should hold the kudos until the plan has had a chance to come to fruition. But I wanted to get your interest piqued in the hope of having a big roll-out announcement later this week.

I'm hoping to be in touch on my regular schedule through this trip, which is planned for just a week. Though connecting to the Internet has been iffy when in the Valley in the past, besides the Diner, I hear there are other options in Nanty Glo too now which, if rumors prove true to my first-hand investigation, I'll be reporting in more detail later. And I also expect to be staying with a friend in Johnstown who's online, so that will be another fallback.

Judy Rose has sent out a general invitation (here) to anyone interested in joining a bike ride of the Ghost Town Trail on Saturday, followed by a gathering at the Diner (all participants in that phase to take care of their own "checks"), followed by a "roast" of your webmaster from my old, dear (and did I mention, old?), friends from the Valley. We're expecting a small turn-out (there aren't that many of us left) and figure that everyone should be home in time for Lawrence Welk. Feel free to join us for any or all of the schedule.

These are the times that try our souls!

Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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