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It has been a very positive week! I start by saluting Mr. Dan Meckes for leading the way in the “save the Y drive” by giving $1000 and issuing a challenge for others to do the same. Those of you that have followed I praise you as well. This very worthwhile drive is so much more positive then disagreeing over smaller issues. Remember if every Tyrone resident would give just $14, the financial issue at the Y would be taken care of. I also tip my hat to the Tyrone School District on the implementation of the random drug testing policy, and to Pyramid Healthcare, for joining with the school district and purchasing the former Aiken Nursing Home where they will locate their offices. A very positive week indeed!
If Daily Herald Editor John Harlow can do it, so can you! The Daily Herald has joined forces to help the YMCA with Stultz and Brown Ford Mercury and 1340 WTRN for the $20,000 Punt, Pass and Kick Contest after the final Tyrone home game on October 5th. Your simple one dollar donation to the Y gets you into the final drawing to be the person to punt, pass and kick you way to a new car. Harlow, who claims that new Washington Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier is a football god, went through the contest motions at the High School practice field and finished kicking a thirty-five yard field goal. Again if he can do it so can you! We’ll see you all at the Backyard Brawl on Friday, August 30th.
It sounds like it was a positive first meeting of a possible new Tyrone Merchants Association. They certainly have some important decisions to make including bringing the association under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce or as a separate organization. It appears that promotions and marketing could be the focus to drive more business and more local residents to shop in Tyrone. “The streets are paved with savings,” is one of the slogans of a downtown Tyrone business directory that we run in the paper. This and all ideas that the members of this new group come up with will be very good for all.
I ask again that Tyrone Borough research and again consider helping the YMCA during this financial crisis. Is there a fund that this could come from? If it would come from the general fund, how would the community react to using tax dollars? I’m not saying it will be easy, but I truly hope that all avenues will be explored.
Sorry to say that after touring the Ward House property, it should be torn down. I also support the relocation or addition of the new jobs if G & R Excavating becomes the new owner of the property.
I’m an East End Hoagie addict! I can’t help myself! I have lunch there at least twice a week, sometimes more. I know that others feel the same but maybe don’t admit it. I have no problem with my new addiction and will talk about it openly. East End is closed until the start of September and I am craving a medium with just a little onion. I have talked to my wife about my new addiction and she is going to experience it for herself when they return from vacation. I should have done what others do, buy a few and freeze them, then I wouldn’t be complaining right now.
Daily Herald Sports Editor Bob Miller is hard at work putting together the stories and pictures for our GIANT Pigskin Preview football tab arriving in your newspaper on Thursday, August 29th. I would like to thank the many area businesses for being a part of it. With Tyrone, Bellwood-Antis, Penn State and our Steelers are all looking ahead to tremendous seasons! It will be an issue you won’t want to miss.
These last four days are a very emotional time in my life! On Wednesday of this week it marked the third anniversary of my oldest son’s tragic death in a swimming accident in Delaware. On Saturday it is also my wedding anniversary. So over the last few days I have rode the emotion rollercoaster. We will spend our weekend in the city of Pittsburgh, and I hope that whatever you are doing it will also be safe and enjoyable. Thanks again for reading!

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Someone referred to my little weekly column as a “bully pulpit” in a recent letter to the editor. As I stand proudly wearing my black robe of journalism justice, I will share some discussion, investigation and concern from another week of being a small part of your fine community.
It appears that my comments concerning our policy of “letters to the editor” rubbed a few people the wrong way. Resorting to abusive name calling in your letters will prohibit your letter from getting published. If you are going to state your opinions and concerns over Tyrone borough government, community projects or anything else, we welcome you! However there is no law the requires us to publish any letter and it’s not a freedom of speech issue. We learned this as children, if you play by the rules, you will be allowed to continue in the game. Surely we can all express our viewpoints without a personal attack. Also remember while growing up “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”.
In a late 1999 or early 2000 “From the Mayors Desk” column, Mayor Pat Stoner is quoted as saying “Council is committed to keeping the ball rolling on the Sustainable Streets project and the funding that has been committed to us, because the plain, simple fact is “if you don’t use it, you will lose it”. She went on to say “The recent hold up seemed to have been that we could not come up with the funding for design and engineering for the project. The good news is that we can now use our CDBG funds for engineering and design”. There was no lying and as her column indicated two years ago, the design and engineering was going to come from CDBG funding. Why now has this become such an issue? Did people not attend the meetings when this was discussed years ago? Did you not read the paper then? In closing on this subject, it is a project where Tyrone was only one of five communities to secure the funding designated to improve the downtown area. And I for one think it looks very nice, and will be an asset in attracting business.
A flyer circulating in Tyrone is calling for a new possible Downtown Merchants Association. If your interested a meeting will be held on Monday night, at C and C Furniture on Tenth St. I believe that any organization that wants to unite to promote business, do promotions and bring more people in the town is a good thing. I’m going to stay behind on Monday and sit in on the meeting myself.
I’ve very proud of the progress The Daily Herald staff has been making in improving our newspaper. We have set a series of goals from now until the end of the year and so far we are hitting all of them in advance. Have you noticed that we feature color on our front page almost daily? Have you read and watched as our staff of writers have focused on three to four local stories a day? We thank all of you that have made comments to us. We continue to work hard everyday and will strive to reach our goals. And then set new ones!!
The countdown continues for the BIG Tyrone-Bellwood game on Friday, August 30th. And I knew with Tyrone alum John Harlow as our new Editor and longtime Bellwood-Antis alum Bob Miller as our new Sports Editor that the talk would be hot and heavy in our offices. It’s all in fun and gets me more hyped for this rivalry then ever. I understand that if I behave myself I will benefit from a great position to view the game. Only 21 days until the game, so let’s start the talking and showing support for the start of the football season. Keep watching as we try and add to the Tyrone football season with some new exciting promotions.
At this weeks Tyrone Borough Council meeting, a resident brought up the idea of the borough helping the YMCA through its financial crisis. I agree and I hope that there is a way to support the “Y” the right way with funding. Certainly the Board of Directors of the YMCA should ask, but they shouldn’t have to beg. In the meantime The Daily Herald is helping the “Y” with some ads announcing an upcoming public meeting set for August 13th.
Even in the 100 degree heat, My son and I enjoyed our first WTRN/YMCA day last Friday. I want to thank Cary and Ted Simpson for allowing me to go on air and do a little radio. Our chicken dinners were delicious and it was nice to meet more people so dedicated to this local YMCA.
As I finish writing this week remember that both a local paper and radio station work around the clock to bring positive news, promotions and features to any small town. But also please remember that they are also THE most powerful things in a small community. And no one from outside of our fine newspaper company CONTROLS us on anything.
Have a wonderfull weekend and thanks for reading!