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Good afternoon, and I hope you are having a good Tuesday.
We have just completed a very successful weekend.
Six Tyrone and two Bellwood-Antis wrestlers qualified for the Southwest Regional Wrestling Tournament this weekend at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Good luck to Thad Westley, Brett Harris, Dave Miller, Brice Mertiff, Robert Waite, Terry Tate, Will Edwards and Jared Ervine as they take to the mat this weekend with hopes of qualifying for the state championships.
The Golden Eagle wrestling team placed third overall at the district tournament – the highest finish for a Tyrone squad in years. It is a credit to coach Blair Packer and his staff for the teams’ accomplishment. Good luck to everyone at regionals.
I spend my fair share of time hammering people who are elected to represent the community. There are things that I don’t agree with, but you have to give them respect for giving up the time to serve their local communities. You know my motto: “Don’t complain if you don’t participate.”
It sounds like people are starting to participate.
Congratulations to our general manager Chris Lash, who started his radio station in Indiana this past weekend.
There is a place and time for everything. The Tyrone football banquet isn’t the place or time to be asked to sign political petitions. The banquet is to celebrate the season that has passed, not to be asked to sign a petition for a district justice.
I love it when someone says that if they want the news of Tyrone, they read the competition.
That, my friends, is a joke. Since I have been the editor, I have had the competition’s reporter sit beside me at one borough council meeting and one school board meeting. That leaves 15 meetings where I am sitting next to an empty seat.
Our staff of G. Kerry Webster, Christina Pryor and Bob Miller work very hard to bring you stories that are important to Northern Blair County. We are at the meetings. We are talking to the decision makers. We climb roofs in the snow to take pictures of kids screaming Hoodie Hoo to scare away winter. We may not be the biggest paper in the area, but I will put our content against anyone on any day.
If there is anything, there needs to be a cure for it is migrane headaches. There is nothing more painful and you never feel more worthless if you have one. Please, if any medical research people are reading, find a cure soon. I know Christina and I would be very happy.
Next Monday, Bellwood and Tyrone borough councils will hold their meetings. I look forward to seeing more people each week as we get closer to the election.
Enjoy your Tuesday and we’ll talk next week.

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Who would have figured it? Harlow is reading a book.
I know my English teachers at Tyrone High School have to be amazed. It is the book “True Speed” by Tony Stewart. But, it still is a book.
Something just doesn’t seem right about the resignation of Tyrone Borough Manager Al Drayovitch. Normally, you don’t resign from a job if you don’t have one lined up.
Was he pushed out?
There have been rumblings about that for over a year. We will see if that is the case.
Kudos to the hard working road crews from PENNDOT and the surrounding municipalities. Many of the roads were driveable yesterday if you had four-wheel drive.
It is sad when you go out to eat and someone says the best part of the meal is macaroni and cheese. You have to be concerned about their taste buds. The combination of chicken, rice, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese just doesn’t add up. That has indegestion written all over it. I, on the other hand, had a steady diet of ham and potatoes.
Good luck to the many Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis athletes who will compete this week in the District VI Playoffs and Wrestling Tournament. The Class AA Tournament is at Tyrone High School. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, head to the high school and cheer on your favorite wrestler.
I believe in the freedom of speech given to us in the Constitution. I believe that everyone has the right to express their opinion. When people are protesting the upcoming war in Iraq, it bothers me. It is not about the protesting, but the idea that the troops get when they see people against the mission they have been asked to participate in.
There are many brave Americans who have given their lives in battle to protect our freedom. There will be many more.
My favorite thing about having an editorial a week is the opportunity to speak my mind.
Iraq and Iran have now been tied to bin Laden’s terror group. When President Bush announced the War on Terror, you are either with us or against us. They are against us.
If we wait much longer, our troops will be fighting in 100 degree weather in chemical suits. We could lose more people to heat stroke than hostile fire if that happens.
The war needs to start sooner rather than later or the opportunity to liberate the Iraqi people will have passed us by.
Enjoy your week and we’ll talk Tuesday.

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Was the weather ugly last night or what?
I looked out the window of the Casa Harlow and all I saw was white. Thankfully, the Tyrone Borough Council lasted a grand total of nine minutes and I didn’t have to drive in it.
I want to take the time to congratulate Leo Warner. This fine man has sold and repaired televisions in Tyrone for 47 years and is retiring. Leo’s health hasn’t been the best as of late, which is sad. You saw him in his shop everyday. I remember him fixing my little black and white television when I was a little kid. Leo, congratulations on your many years in business and we wish you good health in your retirement.
This is a huge loss to our community. There are many electronics stores in Altoona, but many in Tyrone bought their televisions from Leo because he is one of us. If you give the shoppers something to shop for at home, we will buy from one of our own. Leo did that, and we salute you.
I salute the five members of the community who journeyed through the snow and icy roads to witness the nine minute borough council meeting. The festivities started 10 minutes late and recessed into an additional executive session.
Since I have been the editor here at The Daily Herald, council has had an executive session following every meeting I have attended.
I decided to compare the amount of executive sessions the Tyrone Borough has had and what the Tyrone School Board has had since July of 2002.
The Tyrone Borough will have an operating budget of nearly $6 million in 2003. The Tyrone School District has an operating budget of nearly $18 million.
Tyrone Borough has had at least 17 executive sessions since July 2002, while the Tyrone School Board has had five.
The idea of executive sessions is to discuss personnel matters, real estate and litigation. Tyrone schools has more than 10 times the employees that the borough does and three times the budget, and a third less executive sessions.
What can happen in these executive sessions that are announced for personnel matters every meeting? They can discuss each individual person working for the borough and be done in less than a year. It is amazing that there is more time in executive session than in public session for the Tyrone Borough Council.
Congratulations to the Tyrone wrestling team for their victory over Philipsburg-Osceola on Saturday night. You have to go back to the days of Bruce Wallace, Jerry Long, Todd Campbell, Roy Cowfer and Bill Dixon to find a win over the Mounties.
Also congratulations to Ruth and Don Kimberling, Pete Dutrow and Bob Bubb for being selected to the Tyrone Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mark Westley has done a great deal to promote the history of Tyrone wrestling and deserves to be commended.
It is hard to believe that track season is right around the corner. For the past four years, it has been the mark of spring to have Christina Burnett yelling at me for some reason or another. She is at Duquense now and it should make a quieter spring. Now, who will be my ticket to the PIAA Track and Field Championships? Could it be Aaron Jeffries? I am betting on that.
Enjoy your week and we’ll talk next Tuesday.

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Before I start into my ramblings, I want to thank my nephews Ryan and Matt Bielli for their help in writing yesterday’s article following the Space Shuttle tragedy. God bless the families of the seven astronauts that were lost in the tragic accident.
Unless I am mistaken, something is wrong with the way Tyrone Borough conducts its meetings.
From my understanding, work sessions are to work out issues that come before the council and it acts upon its debate at the next meeting. Normally at a work session, there are no motions or items passed by the council.
At Tyrone School Board meetings, the first thing on the agenda for its work session is the Pledge to the Flag. Not starting the “work sessions” with the pledge to the flag was brought up before at Tyrone Borough Council and the answer that was given by the Mayor is the pledge is said at the regular meetings, but not at the informal work sessions. When a motion comes before the body and is passed, the meeting is not a work session anymore.
Of all nights not to start a meeting without the pledge and a moment of silence, last night was not one to do it. Come on, Tyrone Borough, it takes less than one minute to stand and say the pledge. It should happen at any public meeting of the council.
Congratulations to the Tyrone community for making its presence felt at the meeting last night. There were three borough citizens in attendance.
So far, we have at least two races in the May primary. Debbie Shuster King will face off Jim Carothers for the Blair County Treasurer’s seat and Charlie Diehl has announced he will run against incumbant Ray Rogers for the seat on the Snyder Township Board of Supervisors.
There are more announcements to come and keep reading The Daily Herald to keep up to date.
We are planning a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night in April to help you make an informed decision in the primaries.
If you noticed, in Saturday’s Daily Herald, I took a beating in one Letter to the Editor. I will take a beating anytime if the statements are factual. Saturday’s letter was factual and congratulations, you got one on me.
That is part of the reason we have a free press and a free society. People have the right to their opinions. The opinions stand out even more when they are proven with fact.
What is sad out of the whole deal is we pass out more than 6,700 papers on Saturday and out of the entire week of happenings, there were only four people who wrote their opinion. More than four people in the Northern Blair County community have thoughts I would hope.
My hat is off to Tyrone Code Enforcement Officer Tom Lang. You did a very nice thing Tom and you know what I mean.
Enjoy your week. Thank you for reading The Daily Herald, and we’ll talk next Tuesday.