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Tyrone railroad history, Fred Waring, The Gardner Guards, and more of Tyrone’s rich history is spotlighted inside the new Tyrone History Museum in the new train station. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with this new exhibit. Congratulations to the Tyrone Historical Society on the excellent time and dedication it took to put this new positive room together.
Does anyone remember when I praised Mayor Stoner’s new streetscape program? And when I said it would help lead to the filling of store fronts in downtown Tyrone? It’s beginning to happen! Welcome to The Cubby Hole, Rose Garden Gifts, Captain Lou’s Buy Smart and the arrival of a new woman’s clothing store next to the Herald’s offices. There’s only a few empty store fronts left. I know someone is going to say that these aren’t the businesses we need. I don’t agree with that! Antique and gift shops are a very nice niche to have in downtown Tyrone. The Tyrone Merchants Association and these businesses should advertise this new niche both in and out of Tyrone. Inside the holiday season I invite all residents to spend some time in these new stores in pursuit of original and nice Christmas gifts.
So, I do have two major announcements concerning The Daily Herald. We’re moving on UP! After one hundred plus years in the same location, we are moving across the street to plush, new surroundings. The Herald is moving to the old Beneficial offices at 1067 Pennsylvania Avenue, remaining in downtown Tyrone. These new offices serves us better for many reasons, including more work space and a nice lobby area and counter to better serve both our advertisers and subscribers. Be on the look out as you see Herald staffers lugging files, equipment and miscellaneous items across the street. Watch for more details in The Herald of when we have officially made the big move. Other news has our current offices already occupied by an antique furniture dealer. We truly hope this happens adding yet another new business in downtown Tyrone.
The other news is one I talk about with mixed emotions. I will be leaving my post as General Manager of the newspaper at the end of the year. Two years ago my wife and I embarked on a dream of starting a Christian radio station to serve Indiana, PA and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Knowing that this project could take up to five years to happen, we set the project aside and both came to work for this wonderful newspaper company. Well, the FCC approved us to go on air in January of the upcoming year. Christian Hit Radio 103.7 FISH FM will feature mostly music and some sports. We signed a deal to carry Penn State. If you would like to see more about our exciting new project feel free to visit www.fishfm.com on the Internet. I will talk more about my emotions of leaving Tyrone and about the progress of this newspaper in the upcoming weeks.
Thanks to the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce, The Richard Searer Funeral Home and The Bull Pen Restaurant for the great job I hear at the chamber’s annual turkey dinner held last night. I apologize that I couldn’t attend as I had to rush my wife to the hospital on Wednesday evening. She is doing fine after undergoing a day of tests yesterday. Also, thanks to John Harlow and the rest of The Daily Herald staff for attending and assisting with the door prizes and the program at last night’s event.
Next Friday inside The Herald will be our annual Santa’s Gift Guide. This special tab will feature advertising of the area’s fine local businesses, as well as information and recipes to help drive the holiday shopping season. I’ll ask again that you consider shopping locally first and give the businesses of Tyrone and northern Blair County a chance to meet your holiday gift needs. Thanks to all the businesses who took part in this project and to John Harlow and Patty Hyde for their hard work as well.
The Tyrone Times? I learned this week that this community once had two local newspapers. I found this out as Jeff Long’s employees were searching through the walls of the Jones Building looking for a time capsule placed there. If anyone has information or copies of what was called The Times I would love to see it. Feel free to call or stop by The Herald office.
Have a wonderful weekend and a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family. We sure have a lot of work to do with this impending move, the holidays and so much more. Thanks for reading!

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I’ve been very impressed this week with the positive stories that have been written in The Daily Herald. Let’s start with the cooperative joining of the local service groups who will be in full force to help install the playground equipment at Reservoir Park tomorrow. Kudos to Mayor Stoner and anyone else that helped to make this a reality. They are looking for more volunteers to bring shovels and other tools for this positive work session tomorrow. And from what I’ve seen during my short stay here there will be lots of cooperation tomorrow.
The railroad museum is another welcome edition to a beautiful side of town. Located in the railroad station it will be a great spot for not only local residents but train enthusiasts that visit Tyrone to see some of its rich railroad history. I have to give the Mayor some credit again for this foresight and helping to push the project through and making this building and the park another plus for the community.
I’ve been amazed at how interested onlookers have been at the development going on at the new library location. In the last few weeks there have been quite a few people watching and trying to picture in their minds what the building will look like when finished. I for one think it will be the centerpiece for downtown Tyrone and will add more traffic and shoppers to the businesses. On this topic as we enter the holiday season. Shop local first! If you can find it locally, please support that business before running off to the mall. I never understood the opinion that people would rather spend several dollars on gas and park free when they could spend a quarter to park, shop local and help an area business.
It was also good to see that the Tyrone Police Department will benefit from the amazing technology that is constantly developed in this country. This new system will enable them to fight the drug problem in this area. While still short staffed, the police department will certainly benefit from this new added system.
I look at the Pyramid Health Care facility debate from both sides of the issue. I again understand the feeling of residents of Snyder Township who feel that they were not informed or educated about this new facility in its early planning stages. I understand how they feel that their voice is not being heard. That is very frustrating when you are so upset over an issue that alarms you. On the other side of the coin I continue to be impressed with Pyramid as a company and how they have through the media and other means explained their side of the story and what they can accomplish in helping the young people of this area. Has everything been handled perfect? Not by a long shot! But at this point following the most recent school board meeting, the concerned citizens need to continue to watch and see how things run and then make a final opinion. Give it a year and then come back to the table with concerns or honest approvals, whatever the case may be.
That football field in Sidman last Friday was the worst I’ve ever seen. And I wasn’t even there, but the TV highlights even made it look really bad. After talking with people that were at the game that the Golden Eagles lost, I’ll go along with them that the field didn’t contribute to the end of the season for Tyrone. Last Saturday I did see in person a really poor field. I’m talking about the grass on Heinz Field. Have you ever tried to really run on sand at a beach? Its not easy and that is exactly what is happening to college and pro players that have make cuts and run on its surface. Heinz Field was built for around $260 million dollars, and you would think that they could have spent the right amount of that total on the correct playing service.
I’m seeing more new businesses gearing up in downtown Tyrone. I’ve noticed some planning in the old C&C Furniture location and a few other windows and store fronts. The Salvation Army’s temporary Christmas location in the old Dollar General Store also looks very nice.
Our map artist continues to draw the area’s communities on the nice weather days we have had. I made sure that he went out of his way a bit to catch a few very important business landmarks. One of them was East End Pizza. Here’s what I said to him! “There are several important landmarks in this town. The paper mill, the football field, the new railroad station and East End Pizza. Drawing this is very important to this map”. He asked me why at that point and I said “go and eat there and you will understand”. He did and now its a habit for him when he is in town.
Next week in this column will be a couple of major announcements that involve this newspaper and the start of a new year. I invite you to look for that and to have a great weekend.

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It’s the “Showdown in Sidman” tonight as the Golden Eagles get ready to cruise deeper into the playoffs with a win over highly ranked Forest Hills. It’s been great to continue to hear the positive chatter in Tyrone about this team as they continue to head towards another state title. I’ve heard a lot of people comparing this team to the 1999 state champions and how the 2002 squad has continued to hit its stride. Good luck tonight to Coach Franco and the Eagles!
Did I read in The Daily Herald that someone on Tyrone Borough Council said “don’t believe all that you read in the newspaper?” Were they speaking about a news story concerning a Borough meeting? Or our right to freedom of speech in writing a column based on our opinions, similar to this one? Let me just say to all of our readers that our stories are accurate, and our recent poll on approval ratings was exact and very fair in how it was done, with random registered voters pulled out of the phone book. I’ll say it again, please wake up local officials and look in the mirror before criticizing this newspaper when it comes to how the government in Tyrone Borough handles itself with the media and at public meetings.
Wasn’t election night interesting? As a life-long Democrat, I found myself splitting my ballot for the first time in ten elections. Across the state, unqualified or just unorganized candidates didn’t run a campaign effectively. The first order of business in a campaign is your message, but its futile if your not going to deliver that message to the public by way of advertising, appearances, door to door and other means to spread that message. All of the Democratic candidates who lost locally didn’t run effective campaigns and lost to the degree of embarrassment. I pray for the party that I’ve been proud to be a part of since age eighteen, will find a clue in this state and first pick the right candidates for these local and statewide races and get behind them with lots of money and organization.
Congratulations to Epworth Manor on their grand opening yesterday of the new expansion project. It’s another Tyrone positive with the addition of ten new apartments, twenty-eight personal care suites and a new state of the art memory support neighborhood.
Other new business projects in the works around town include a new dress shop located next to The Daily Herald on Pennsylvania Avenue, which may open around March next year, the continued work on the new library and a new grocery store opening in the back of The Daily Herald owned by Lou Zimmerman. Congratulations to all of these new businesses as well.
On Monday in The Daily Herald , look for a special sixteen page salute to our veterans called “Let Freedom Ring” featuring patriotic songs, writings and even “The Gettysburg Address” as we look back at the wars and sacrifices made by all of people that served this great nation.
I couldn’t believe that the big story this week was the shoplifting verdict of actress Wynona Rider. The record breaking, nation changing election just the day before was moved aside after only one day of coverage by this ridiculous obsession that the news networks have with celebrities. Who cares why she stole the clothes? Who cares what movies she’s been in? Who cares about O.J. Simpson? Who started this all anyway?
We have nice weather this weekend to enjoy the last days of fall. Enjoy the temperatures and leaf raking duties. And, of course, a weekend wouldn’t be the same without football. Go Eagles, Lions, and Steelers!

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It’s great to be back this week after visiting State College and Happy Valley for a few days on business. Every time I go to State I see something new as the area continues to grow with new businesses. It was too cold to golf, so instead I continued to learn more about the newspaper business and shared ideas with other associates from our company. While there I had a chance to spend some time with former Daily Herald Publisher Chris Miles discussing the issues in his hometown. Chris shared his thoughts on the Mayor and other concerns, and I’m glad to hear that he was in agreement with the recent stories and editorials that have been published recently.
Let’s talk more about recent stories. I know that Daily Herald Editor John Harlow also wrote about this in his “View from his Recliner.” I would love to know where this perception comes from that this newspaper writes a lot of negative stories. The last negative story, if we really can call them that, would have been concerning a downtown Tyrone business and civil charges filed against it. Well, that was three to four weeks ago. I guess that must mean some positive stories must have been written. And if you would like to come into the paper, we can show you several weeks of papers with more positive stories on our first two pages. I do think I know where this perception starts, but its just simply not true.
The Daily Herald has begun a major map project for Tyrone, Tipton and Bellwood. These beautiful full color maps will highlight the walls of businesses and homes once its completed. So, if you see a man with a white hat and jeans standing in front of your building drawing, don’t be alarmed. Also, look for Patty Hyde and myself as we will be showing off what the maps will look like. They really are incredible and one of the nicest things I’ve ever seen. I have two hanging in my office area right now featuring both Punxsutawney and nearby Bellefonte.
I was really impressed to see two local churches with special events for Halloween. I’ve seen the “Light the Night” event done in other communities and always thought it was a wonderful christian alternative.
Congratulations to the new Downtown Tyrone Merchants Association on its first Octoberfest event. Even though it rained I think this is the start of some very positive ideas that will draw people in the future as they grow the different concepts and events each year. I think it would be great to see this organization and the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce working together. Speaking of the Chamber and their Christmas light campaign. I know there is some growing concern on if the lights will work on the new streetlights downtown. I think it would be beautiful to have the green light posts, the white street lights and the Christmas lights having red bulbs instead of white. All together I think those are Christmas colors? Am I right?
It’s playoff football time! I think that both local teams will move forward with wins this weekend. Bellwood-Antis has the tougher of the two battles between the sidelines taking on a tough and undefeated Windber team. Tyrone should pass all over Ligonier Valley and then prepare for the showdown with Forest Hills. Good Luck to both squads and their coaching staffs.
Our annual Santa’s Gift Guide project is underway. Inside this special tab will be Christmas stories, local letters to Santa, holiday recipes and much more. Also this year, just by reading the guide you will have the chance to win a Tyrone Christmas train for under your tree. Santa’s Gift Guide will be in the November 29th edition of The Daily Herald.
The past couple of days driving this week have ranged from spectacular to hazardous coming over the top of Cresson Mountain. Yesterday morning was beautiful with the ice and snow on the trees from mountainside to mountainside. While Tuesday and Wednesday forced me to drive at speeds of 40 miles per hour with freezing rain, snow and sleet falling. That mountain is going to sure keep me awake during my commutes this winter. Again, good luck to the Golden Eagles and Blue Devils tomorrow night. Have a wonderful weekend!