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The biggest changes in Nanty Glo since last year
Jonal entry 1070 | September 18 2008
Last year after my visit to Home Page Country over Labor Day there was a whole page of new things around town to report on. Unfortunately, during this year's visit my schedule was so full that I didn't get to explore as much as I'd have liked. But the most talked about change this year and one that I was able to chronicle involved one of Nanty Glo's most venerable business names, LaMantia, and one of its more recent, the Niner Diner and its owners, Gwen and Ted Schrock.
The news on LaMantias is in two parts. First, a rumor reached me before I got to town last month that LaMantia Dodge, which had been Nanty Glo's only surviving new automobile dealership after the relocation of Freedom Ford to Highway 22 near Ebensburg, had gone out of business. It's true. The Dodge franchise is no more, as this picture of the garage gives witness.
The former Dodge dealership has been replaced by MEC, Maintenance, Equipment, and Chemicals. How many former Nanty Glo car dealerships can you name, besides the Dodge one and the Ford one, which did business under at least three names in my recollection, and probably at least one even predating "Castelli Ford," the one I first remember. There were Costlow Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Boback Pontiac, and Nanty Glo Motors' Kaiser-Fraser. Can you recall others? We do still have the used-car dealership documented in last year's "What's New" feature, Fornari Motors on the corner of Chestnut and Secont Streets.
The second item concerning LaMantias is that the LaMantia Building, which has been around for most of the history of Nanty Glo, is no longer LaMantias'. It has been purchased by its major current occupants, the Niner Diner and its owners, the Shrocks, who have already made changes and are planning more. The former youth dance club that was two doors up from the restaurant is gone, and its space has been taken by the Video Store that was formerly one door up from Niner Diner. And the former video store space is now occupied by new dining rooms added to the Niner Diner. The video below shows and describes some of these changes and describes the plans as described to me by Ted (aka "Tiny") Shrock.
The video runs approximately 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Click above left, to play. Double click on the picture after it begins to see it full-screen; double-click again to return to this page.
On Saturday I hope to have a "Video Jonal" on the progress at the Liberty Meseum, with detailed plans for how the space will be used, as reported by John and Helena Dropcho.
Nothing rattles my father-in-law, especially when the St. Louis Cardinals are on TV.
One day we were watching a game, when my mother-in-law shrieked from the kitchen, "Jim, there's a horsefly in here!"
Not taking his eyes off the screen, he barked back, "Give it some cough syrup."