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Nothing like diving right into some controversy this week. Can someone explain to me why they feel that Tyrone doesn’t need more full time police officers? This week I made several phone calls and did some research on other communities in similar size to Tyrone and found some interesting things. Understand I write this as the current Tyrone Police Department gets ready to begin arbitration, with one of the sticking points being the hiring of more full time officers. Let’s start comparing different departments in Pennsylvania and the amount of full time and part time officers to patrol their streets.
Punxsutawney’s population is slightly larger then Tyrone and it employs six full time officers including their Chief Bill Clement who daily also patrols. Punsxy also has five part time officers. Nearby Philipsburg on the other hand did away with their department, but does have a State Police barracks located there that handles patrolling their community. Mt. Union is smaller then Tyrone but employs more officers full time. I’ve had conversations with several of their officers and realize that while that area is smaller in population it seems to have a larger crime percentage then Tyrone thus justifying more officers. Another thing to take into consideration when hiring just part time officers is turnover. If you continue to hire them, train them, only to have them leave for full time positions in other towns it may turn out to be more costly in the long run.
What do the citizens of Tyrone think? They are the most important voice! Don’t let the elected officers make the decisions without your voice being heard. I invite anyone to go and just sit in the police department on a Friday and see what this department deals with. You actually expect one officer to deal with even a domestic dispute? I wouldn’t want to be that officer! In this time of our nation when we honor true heroes I only hope that someone doesn’t get hurt leading to a TRUE wake up call for the need of more officers in this community.
It’s beginning to happen! We welcome some new businesses opening in Tyrone including Street Styles and G.E.S. Clothing and Novelty Store opening soon in the old Bellon’s Music Store downtown. We wish these businesses nothing but success.
There’s nothing inspiring about driving a hour and half to work. My morning commute consists of listening to as many radio newscasts as I can. My trips home in the afternoon seem long and boring. One thing that will lift me will be the beautiful fall foliage that is beginning to appear. The mountains that surround this area offers some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. I swear I was looking the other morning to see if the leaves had started to change only to see green. Then on the trip home I noticed different colors beginning to highlight the mountainsides. Maybe in hours they did start to make their fall progressions or maybe I was just asleep during the morning trip.
Have you ever noticed that Bellwood Borough goes about doing their business very quietly? And that Tyrone Borough is always caught in some kind of controversy? As Andy Rooney would say on “60 Minutes” Why is that? Are the two communities that different? Or is it a leadership issue? I know if I were running things I would set out to do one thing for sure, try to quietly get the business done so that Letters to the Editor would become a thing of the past.
There’s a new attitude at the Bull Pen Restaurant. I’ve been working alot with their new Kitchen Manager and if you’ve noticed in their ads in The Daily Herald they have a new menu with some incredible lunch and dinner deals. I can tell you that its one of my stops at least once or twice a week. I invite you to do the same and see the new attitude as well.
The Daily Herald is currently working on a special publication that will honor our local firefighters. National Fire Prevention week is coming up in October and this special piece will feature the nine local departments ranging from Pinecroft to Bald Eagle. As we continue to take photographs, you can call and reserve your advertising space in what will be one of our best pieces yet.
I finally feel human again after suffering back and leg pain during the first part this week. Our Godstock music festival proved to me again that I’m not a kid anymore. Last Saturday night after the event back home my wife and laid in bed and just screamed in pain. It proves again that just because you lose over eighty pounds and feel better, it doesn’t mean that your in shape. Have a good weekend! Go Tyrone and Go B-A!!

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I begin this week with how much my wife and I enjoyed the “Backyard Brawl” last Friday. You have to understand that I’ve been watching poor football programs for the last fifteen years in Punxsutawney and Indiana, PA. It was a breath of fresh football air to watch two teams be so competitive with each other, with the game possibly going either way and finishing so close. My salute this week goes out to both school districts and communities who add so much to this special rivalry. The crowd was amazing and at one point it took me fifteen minutes to walk from one side of the field to the other. Thanks to everyone who supported the YMCA by registering for the “$20,000 Punt Pass and Kick Contest”. I look forward to our other three finalists and for the final contest to win a new car from Stultz and Brown on October 5th. This week I have to go with both Tyrone and BA in their respective games. My boss resides in Huntingdon and I look forward to once again showing him that everything is better in Tyrone.
Next Wednesday it will feature nonstop coverage as we remember the tragic events that took place last September 11th. At some point I’m sure you will put down the newspaper, turn off the radio and TV and just remember in your own way the horror that struck our nation a year ago. I do think however that attending services in this area is a positive show of unity to those nations and people that think that day struck us down as Americans. The Tyrone Cooperative Ministries have organized two special services starting Wednesday at 8:46 a.m. in Tyrone’s City Hotel Park. The “Candles of Freedom” service will feature music and remembrance. Please bring a candle that will be lit as part of the service. Later that night at 7 p.m. another service will be held at the Tyrone High School and will feature more music from the high school band, vocal ensemble and a newly formed community choir. The honor guard from the American Legion, and VFW along with other dignitaries will also attend. Local fire, rescue and police will be honored. Let’s show unity in our nation and right here in town, putting all of our differences aside for at least one day. Also look for our “America Remembers” tabloid in next Thursdays Daily Herald.
That day for me was ending as I had along with my radio morning show partner just said good bye to our audience at 8:50 a.m. while talking over the intro to the song “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by The Eagles. What a sad betrayal the song was as I walked down the hallway only to hear my wife scream telling me and showing me the coverage of an airplane crashing into the World Trade Center. I knew that our national radio network would be talking about it at nine AM, so I continued to watch the coverage. Then the second plane hit and I knew that we were under attack, as I raced to my news booth and cracked the mic to start what ended up being nineteen straight hours on the air reporting every detail of that day. The first words out of my mouth was “New York City is under attack”. Within ten minutes I had a former local resident on air with me screaming, crying and trying to describe what she was seeing. Dozens of former local Indiana, PA residents flooded our airwaves with calls letting loved ones back home know that they were okay. The news reports that I was delivering got personal as my brother-in-law, and my morning partner’s brother were involved in the attacks, but were okay. My voice wavered at times, and at one point emotion over came me and for the first time in twenty five years I lost it on the air. I regrouped after a moment and did what I was trained to do, reporting, interviewing and trying to reassure people that locally we were okay even when the FAA informed me that Flight 93 had gone right over our heads prior to crashing in Somerset County. I won an award that day, but I threw it away. I couldn’t being myself to keep a reward for something so tragic. More than not forgetting I will never be able to fully tell you how it changed me forever. I pray everyday for all the families that this effected, our leaders and soldiers still fighting, the children and our entire nation. Make sure to fly your flag this coming week to again show that no one can take away our freedom and unity. THEY lose!
I want to thank everyone at East End Pizza for their nice comments concerning what I’ve written about their delicious hoagies. I told the truth about my addiction and will next time do what other residents have done when they close for vacation. Buy some and freeze them!
What was Representative Larry Sather saying at the groundbreaking of the expansion at Smith Trucking last week? Sounded to me like there is some good news coming soon! Please call The Daily Herald when its time!
Did you notice that the gas tanks were removed from the old Martin Oil station in Tyrone? Is it getting close to being sold? Strong rumors also of a new ladies dress shop coming to town.
Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to watching the leaves begin changing on the beautiful mountains that surround this area.