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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 92 No. 44

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

A butterfly fairy

Two-year-old Autumn Anderson is a smiling butterfly fairy at the Jackson Township Halloween Parade, held Sunday, Oct. 27. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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A friendly orange monster

Jaxson Ford, a friendly orange monster, enjoys a chip from the treat bag that he received after the Nanty Glo Halloween Parade, held Saturday, Oct. 26. Photo by Jim Lauffer.


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And a colorful clown

Colorful clown T.J. Beyer smiles as he waits to get his treat after the Jackson Township Halloween Parade. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

BVHS renovation project continues; board approves change orders By Jim Lauffer

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The most prominent sign that the renovation of Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School continues is now visible. The new facade over the redesigned entrance to the building was completed two weeks ago. A bit of detailing to the

roof below the school’s name and logo remains to be completed, but the overall effect of the new entrance and facade is impressive. The renovation project was much discussed by members of the Blacklick Valley school board at their Wednesday, Oct. 23, meeting. Superintendent Dr. John Mastillo informed members that

nearly all the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work has been completed and that a number of security cameras had not been installed because other, preliminary work must be completed before their installation. Mastillo added that the general contractor had told him that the project’s final checklist — or punch list — wouldn’t be ready for four weeks. “I

told him that we need to expedite this,” the superintendent said. The completion date for the project is Dec. 31. Mastillo noted that a project priority was to get all the new locks installed, so the school’s emergency management could be “fine tuned.” He added that

Blacklick Valley High School receives ‘Brighter Futures’ grant By Jim Lauffer

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According to Discover Financial Services, 81 percent of college students underestimate how long it will take them to pay off a credit card balance. In addition, 76 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, only 41 percent of Americans spend less than their income, and 54 percent of Americans lack a “rainy day” fund. The numbers are bleak and point to the need for increased financial education to raise the financial IQ of Americans of all ages. To improve financial education at the secondary level — before today’s high school students become college students and working adults — Discover sponsors and funds the Pathway to Financial Success program. Basically, the goal of the program is “for students to graduate with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about personal finances.” Knowledge, as the saying goes, is power, so increased financial knowledge will help students to achieve brighter, and more solvent, financial futures. The program distributes grants

from the Discover Brighter Futures Fund to enable schools to administer pre-program and postprogram tests to their students. Recently, the administration of Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School received word that Discover had awarded a $10,400 grant to the school “to cover the

cost of technology for financial education.” The grant will be used to enhance the school’s “Family and Consumer Science” classes taught to students in grades eight through 12. Specifically, according to Blacklick Valley teacher Loretta Innocanti, the grant money will be

used to buy a document reader, a laptop computer, and a computer cart with 30 Chromebooks. “I will use them with my ninth-graders to use online calculators on comparing loans and interest rate and to research information about credit, credit cards, credit scores, cost of types of insurance, etc.,” she said.

Family to continue Lanie’s legacy

By Jim Lauffer

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Mere words cannot express the emotions that swirl within parents who have lost a child. Faith and prayers may assuage the pain of such a loss, but even they cannot entirely eliminate it. What, then, can be done? Alana “Lanie” Isenberg passed from this earth a little more than a year and a half ago. She spent her last days with family and friends at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She fought bravely against a rare blood disorder and leukemia. She lost the battle, but touched the lives of all who met her. She left an enduring legacy. Lanie, by all accounts, provided a ray of sunshine to all who knew her. Her parents — Daniel and Breanne Isenberg of Nanty Glo — will memorialize their daughter’s life, and continue her legacy, by providing rays of light to children who will spend this holiday

Alana “Lanie” Isenberg

season on the hematology / oncology floor (Floor 9B) of Children’s Hospital. In Lanie’s memory, her mom and dad, along with her extended family, will hold a benefit basket party and a two-day flag football fundraiser. All proceeds from both events will go toward activities, decorations, toys — any-

thing that will bring a smile to a child’s face — for the children of Floor 9B of the hospital. The basket-party benefit will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at Vintondale Fire Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and winning tickets will be drawn at 7 o’clock. Folks do not have to be present to win. The flag-football fundraiser will be held at Lloyd McMullen Memorial Field, Nanty Glo, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3. On both days, play will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until dark. The concession stand will be open and will feature homemade food and baked goods. The family asks for basket donations of any kind. Donations may be dropped off at Total Commitment Tattooing in East Conemaugh. For additional information about either the basket party or the flag-football fundraiser, please call Dan at 814410-7171 or Breanne at 814-5254570.


“I will also use the Chromebooks in my other Family and Consumer Sciences courses: my eight-grade Human and Child Development Class, my 10th-grade Clothing SEE GRANT, PAGE 2A

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