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Vol. 92 No. 35
Nanty Glo, Pa.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Pastor Geno Bartoletti (front row, left) and the congregation of First Baptist Church of Nanty Glo gather after their Sunday morning, Aug. 18, service for a picture commemorating the church’s 100th anniversary. On Aug. 3, 1913, an organizational meeting was held to establish the church. In addition, charter members joined, a constitution was adopted, and officers were elected. Photo by Jim Lauffer.
First Baptist Church of Nanty Glo celebrates 100th anniversary By Jim Lauffer
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“Resolved — That guided as we believe by the Holy Spirit, and relying on the blessings of God, we do, here and now, by this act constitute ourselves a Church of Jesus Christ. To perform His service and to be governed by His Will as revealed in the New Testament. And to this end we do here-
by adopt and agree to the following covenant and articles of faith.”
With this resolution — passed Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1913 — organizers established the First Baptist Church of Nanty Glo, adopting its constitution and articles of faith. At the meeting, 27 charter members joined the new church and elected their first group of officers. On Sept. 1,
1913, less than a month after the church’s founding, members laid the cornerstone of the church’s building, located along Second Street. A few months later, on Dec. 20, 1913, an oyster supper was held in the church’s basement — the first recorded use of the new building. The supper raised $76.25 (minus $15 for expenses), and the money was used to buy carpet for the church.
For the past 100 years, the church has relied on the blessings of God and has endeavored to faithfully serve Him. Nanty Glo native son Geno Bartoletti is the pastor of First Baptist, and he took time to answer a few questions about the church, his ministry, and the church’s role in the community.
More than two dozen attend congressman’s ‘Coffee with Keith’ By Jim Lauffer
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“It’s important that people in government listen to their employers,” U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, told more than two dozen constituents who attended his “Coffee with Keith” town meeting, held Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, at Liberty Café, Nanty Glo.
Rothfus meets with his ‘bosses’
Allison Beresnyak, deputy district director, and Seth McKinley, of the congressman’s Johnstown office, accompanied Rothfus to the meeting. “This is a great way for me to meet my bosses,” Rothfus continued. “In our country, we hire representatives on election day,
Blacklick Twp. supervisors say ‘no’ to PennDOT proposals By Jim Lauffer
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At the July meeting of the Blacklick Township Board of Supervisors, representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation proposed two projects to improve safety at the intersection of Route 422 and Cardiff Road (Route 3049). The first incorporates small, painted medians that would narrow the lanes of both roads. The second — the one that PennDOT recommends — includes painted medians and lane narrowing, and adds the installation of advancedwarning devices and a four-way flashing light. Monica Farabaugh, one of the PennDOT representa-
tives, said that $75,000 to fund the second option was available and encouraged supervisors respond to the proposals as soon as possible. Supervisors Joe Sherwood and Bill Grant responded at the Tuesday, Aug. 20, meeting of the board. After pointing out that the four-way light would cost Blacklick Township between $1,500 and $1,700 annually, Sherwood said, “We’re not in favor of either alternative. We don’t feel there’s a hazard, and we’re happy the way [the intersection] is.” Before a vote was taken, Grant added that he had talked with supervisor Jeff Freidhof of Munster Township about the operation and maintenance of a PennDOT-installed four-way flashing light in his township. His opinion was that the light didn’t improve safety at the Munster intersection. Sherwood and Grant voted not to approve either PennDOT proposSEE PROPOSALS, PAGE 3A
and I’m responsible to you, my bosses, for our constituent services operation.” The congressman pointed out that he was in Nanty Glo not only to listen to general comments and concerns about policy and the state of the nation, but also to help constituents cut through red tape and help them
SEE ANNIVERSARY, PAGE 13A
obtain the services that they are entitled to, including assisting with questions about veterans affairs, Social Security, Medicare, the Internal Revenue Service, and other regulating agencies. Since taking office in January, Rothfus’ office has handled more than 40,000 separate pieces of e-mail and has resolved 300 SEE COFFEE, PAGE 3A
Sadie Robertson, 5, a kindergarten student at Blacklick Valley Elementary Center, breaks a board during the karate demonstration, held Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Vintondale Homecoming. Photo by Jim Lauffer.