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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 96 No. 32

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Since 1921

email: (814) 472-4110

Newsstand Price 75¢

32 Pages

Nanty Glo expresses concern over close proximity of gas, water lines Certain roads may see two main lines By Allie Garver of Mainline Newspapers

At the Aug. 2 Nanty Glo Water Authority meeting, Diane Holby brought up the construction of the gas lines within the borough and the affect it may have on the water lines. “I’m really confused. We told them [Peoples Natural Gas] we didn’t want them putting a line down where our water line was, we want it on the other side, correct?” Holby said. “They put the main line on Vine Street down the other side of where our water line is. Then, a couple days later, they come up and they’re putting a main down on the side where our water line is.” Holby said she went to Taylor and Fifth avenues and Peoples did not put the main line near the water line on those roads. Permission was given

to let Superior Utility Excavating, which is the contractor for the gas lines, put laterals in by placing small holes in the road. “I went out and I asked them, ‘What are you doing?’” said Holby. The individual with whom Holby spoke explained that with the water and sewer lines, the gas lines cannot be done according to the original plan because a trench would have to be dug across the road. “All three lines are at different depths,” operator Larry Krampy said. “They can’t shoot their missile [in a zig-zag pattern].” The plan now, according to Krampy and Holby, is for the gas company to install a double main line. see lines, page 3a

Boys of fall

A.J. Villa (left) and Jordan McEvoy enjoy the football camp held by Blacklick Valley’s varsity team and coaches on Aug. 3. Photo by Allie Garver.

Rising from the ashes Construction begins on First Baptist Church By Allie Garver of Mainline Newspapers

Time for football

Greg Schilling (left) and Tony Gillin (right) attend a football camp with the Blacklick Valley varsity football team on Aug. 3. Corey Simmons (middle), the starting quarterback for the Vikings, taught the younger players some new football skills. Photo by Allie Garver.

Pastor Geno Bartoletti and the congregation of Nanty Glo First Baptist Church had their lives turned upside down when an early morning fire broke out at the 100-year-old church nearly two years ago. Hope has remained strong among the First Baptist Church members and now, that hope has funneled into the construction of a new church. On July 24, site preparation commenced and Pastor Geno Bartoletti is ecstatic. “We miss Nanty Glo,” said Bartoletti. “We sure love Laurel Mountain and are so grateful to worship with them, but to say we miss being

‘home,’ that’s an understate- love because He first loved ment. I think it stems, also, us.’” from seeing the crater that was The loss of the Nanty Glo our church location dormant church has proven difficult for so long.” and “the delays in rebuilding After the initial shock of los- have been troubling,” according their church, Bartoletti and ing to Bartoletti, because his congregation found a tem- Vacation Bible School could porary home at Laurel not be held and the fifth quarMountain Bible Church in ter parties after Blacklick Mundys Corner. Bartoletti has Valley’s home football games served as the pastor of the were put on hold, as were First Baptist Church since other outreach programs. 2009 and Laurel Mountain Bartoletti is happy to say that since 2014. because of the “hospitality of “I’m so grateful for the coop- a local business owner,” the eration and love as the congre- fifth quarter parties will return gations blended after the fire,” this football season in the forsaid Bartoletti. “I’ve heard mer Veterans of Foreign Wars from so many who’ve attend- ballroom. With the construction well ed that they feel very welcome and can feel the love illustrated in our theme verse: ‘We see construction, page 4a

Resident commends supervisors on Jackson Township fishing pond By Allie Garver of Mainline Newspapers

At the July 27 Jackson Township supervisors meeting, Bob Albright praised the work the supervisors have done on Lorraine Pond. “I want to commend the supervisors for the pond you put in down here,” said Albright. “I also want to thank anyone who had anything to do with it, especially Mr. [Ed] Westrick. He’s been relentless. It’s really an asset to the township.”

Albright also complimented the Jackson Township Heritage Festival and the hard work that is done by township manager Dave Hirko as well as the supervisors. “I don’t know if you fellows appreciate a guy like Dave, because he goes above and beyond,” Albright said. “People really have good comments about the festival.” Before Albright finished his comments, he said he had “one little problem” on Old Nanty Glo Road. When it rains, according to Albright, the water comes straight down the road instead of going into the ditch along the side of the road. “The sod and grass are higher than the blacktop,” said Albright. “It can’t get into the ditch, which is softening the blacktop.”

During the meeting, regular monthly matters were also addressed, such as the bills to be paid and the approval of the minutes from the June 29 and July 13 meetings. A motion was made by John Wallet to approve Rosebud Mining Company’s use of 1.32 miles of Pike Road East for a six-month period. Eric Dreikorn seconded the motion. Rosebud already uses the road and this motion was made to continue the road bond. Wallet then made a motion to award a bid to HRI, Inc. for any scheduled road paving projects this year. Dreikorn made a second on the motion. HRI was the lowest of three bids for seal coat with a bid of $124,743.30. One new business item that see pond, page 4a

Time to play

Leon Frank and Landon Frantz play in the wooden train at Carrolltown American Legion Park during the FOP Day Out celebrations on Aug. 6. Photo by Amber Stich.

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