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NANTY GLO HOME PAGE
‘Meet the webmaster’ to be part of Blacklick
Free personal home pages on the Internet will be offered during Blacklick Township Sesquicentennial festivities in Belsano Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, by the Nanty Glo Home Page and its publisher, Jon Kennedy. Kennedy, who grew up at Belsano and graduated from the former Blacklick Township High School in 1960, has been operating the non-commercial web page as a free community service to the Blacklick Valley since 1997. Found on the worldwide web at www.nantyglo.com, it was joined last year by a sister page serving Nantyglo, Wales, the United Kingdom, in the interest of fostering friendship between the two communities at opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Though the website has offered free home pages to anyone with ties to the Blacklick Valley since its inception, during Kennedy’s time at the festivities celebrating the township’s 150th anniversary he is also offering to actually construct pages on his laptop computer on a first-come first-served basis at his booth at the Belsano Community Center. Free bumper stickers advertising the website will also be available.
Consisting of several thousand different pages of family-appropriate information, reminiscences, links and photographs, the website was rated in the top 20 percent of worldwide web sites among more than 430,000 pages surveyed by an independent web services company in June (http://www.websmostlinked.com/t.cgi?wmlm15). The most popular feature on the site has proven to be individual pages listing members of each high school class at all of the five high schools that have operated in the Valley since 1930.
Jon Kennedy began a career in journalism as a correspondent for the weekly Ebensburg Mountaineer-Herald while in junior high school in Twin Rocks. Moving to a five-year stint as teen columnist for the three Sedloff Publications weeklies in Nanty Glo, Portage, and Cresson-Gallitzin, he became the third editor of the Nanty Glo Journal in 1962. Moving to the Philadelphia area to attend seminary and edit a Christian weekly, he was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry and ministered to students at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1972 to 1983. At the dissolution of his marriage in 1983 he left the ministry and subsequently converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. He is now employed as a technical writer and web developer at Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., a Fortune 500 company that makes programmable logic devices. He is the parent of three grown children and grandparent of two.
© 2000 Jon