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Five hundred and thirty-one boxes of Girl Scout cookies left for Georgia yesterday as a gift from home to the men and women in the military from the Tyrone area. What a great success! Thanks again to everyone who donated money for this great cause. And thanks to Debbie Lowder, Honey Wilson and Cary Simpson for allowing The Daily Herald to be a part of this local project. It’s great when both media in town work together. I love it when a plan comes together!
I bumped into Bill Dann at Burger King yesterday. He was in town again to drop off a preview of his latest radio show entitled “An American Tribute,” this ultimate patriotic presentation will feature a one hour preview tomorrow on 1340 WTRN radio. The main show will air on Monday, May 26 from noon until 4 p.m. Look for a feature story including rare song titles in an upcoming Daily Herald.
A cattle call? As The Daily Herald is making phone calls to candidates for our special local candidates night, one of them running for council has refused, saying he won’t be part of a cattle call. “Cattle Call” should be the name of a weekly column that I give him so we can avoid his letters to the editor. If you can’t address the people for two minutes with your ideas, you should have no part in running for office.
It was a volunteer appreciation tea at Joybeans yesterday from 2-4 p.m. put on by the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library. It’s a nice way to say thanks to those that give their time.
I want the new Daily Herald building to be one of the nicest looking buildings in downtown Tyrone. With this goal in mind our friends at Cornerstone Builders will be custom painting the front including the windows of our office building in colors to match the welcome to Tyrone signs that grace the community when you enter. Then a new carved sign with matching colors will be made and placed above our main window. Look for this to be completed this summer.
Published author and motivational speaker Judith Kaye will make a presentation and hold a book signing at the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Judith Eckroth is her maiden name and she is a 1960 graduate of Tyrone High School. A portion of her profits from the sale of her latest book “Pieces of a Life” will be donated to the library.
It appears that the response to Tyrone’s official website www.tyronepa.com has picked up. It’s great to go to the site and see more people posting their thoughts on the community discussion boards. Let’s make this a place where we can post our ideas and complaints to share with others who may agree or disagree.
In tomorrow’s Daily Herald is the largest “Spring Home Improvement” edition we’ve ever produced. Thanks again to all the businesses involved and we hope that you enjoy the local and national articles with ideas to fix up the inside and outside of your home. In May look for our annual local Business Directory and both the “Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis 2003 Graduation” editions.
Last night’s Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was very nice. Five of us from the newspaper attended. Next is the chamber’s annual “Business Expo” at the Bull Pen on Thursday, May 15.
I’d like to welcome Dave Hurst as a new columnist to The Daily Herald. David’s new column will focus on history and people from the local area involved in that history. This new feature begins tomorrow and will appear in every Saturday edition.
Tyrone Borough is working on May 10 to be the official grand opening of the new and improved Reservoir Park playground. Mayor Pat Stoner worked very hard on this project that brought new equipment to the playground for the first time in fifty years. There will be separate areas for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 and over. We’ll have more details when they are provided to us.
The Tyrone Little League needs another playing field. At least four or five baseball fields have disappeared in Tyrone. Ten teams currently have one field to play on. Isn’t there anything we can do? What about working on fixing up Shea Field? The stone wall needs to be rebuilt, 75 feet of top soil needs to be added, then new fencing, some new dugouts, scoreboard, and a few bleachers. There is nothing more important than activities for our young people, and I can’t think of a better activity then Little League baseball. I’m going to continue to research what could be done on this idea.
Enjoy the spring like temperatures and some rain over the weekend. No matter how cold it has been during the morning hours I have refused to wear a jacket. I guess I’m trying to will it to remain spring like. Thanks for reading and for subscribing to our ever growing newspaper.

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Even with the colder temperatures I really enjoyed the home opener of the Altoona Curve at the newly expanded Blair County Ballpark last night. I look forward to many a summer night or Sunday afternoon watching the future stars of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was good to see the Strong’s in their regular seats. The Curve announced that the crowd was over 5000 paid, but less than half of that were in the park. Which leads to the question? We will dress warm to go watch a cold football game, but we don’t want to dress warm to go to an April baseball game.
Once again I’m ashamed at Tyrone Borough! Their people skills remind me of some companies that I worked for in the past. The reaction of the retired police officers change of insurance is normal considering how they found out. Why couldn’t the borough have called and set up a meeting to explain and discuss the change of insurance carriers? Sending a letter with an agree to it or forget it attitude is one more reason why people perceive that Tyrone borough wants to keep everything a big secret. No one would have known if one of the officers hadn’t come to our newspaper office. Once again we were doing our jobs of telling the public what they should already know when it comes to the business of this borough. And once again we are made out to be the bad guys. As I continue to push our reporters to uncover and dig for stories, I will continue to push them harder to look, listen and investigate every single thing this borough says and does. The Daily Herald is watching and will report on all the issues that are news worthy and those that effect the people of this community.
A recent letter to the editor suggested what I think is a great idea. What can be done if the Citizens Fire Social Hall is vacated by the fire department? The letter from Mr. Fink talked about the ways the borough could take over that building and put it to good use. Surely there are grants that could help with such a project. We should consider this and brainstorm ways that this or even another idea can work. I would hate to see a building that can host concerts, plays and other community events go to waste for offices or a storage facility. I hope that someone steps up on this concept soon. Someone with grant writing experience. Someone already in a power position. The Tyrone Community Center could have meeting rooms for different organizations, could be the new home of the Tyrone Community Players, could host a concert series each year featuring unique and different music, a local home and garden show, sportsman show or a bridal show, and could even have naming rights. The Daily Herald Tyrone Community Center as an example. Anything to help pay for the mortgage and utilities of a great assets to Tyrone. I welcome all of you to think and brainstorm some more on this positive idea. I do think its time to put another project out in front of Streetscape. Blah Blah, I’ve grown tired of hearing about Streetscape. Time now for a bigger and better idea. No, I didn’t think of the community center idea. It came from a citizen and a candidate for council. That shouldn’t stop the fact that its a great idea and should be spearheaded by the Mayor and the borough. And I’m hearing a rumor that the borough is thinking of putting some major money into the municipal building. Please think about this before just doing it. How could that money be better spent in town and could a portion go to utilizing the Citizens Fire Social Hall as this talked about community center.
I’m looking forward to being a part of my first Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Thursday, May 15 from noon until 7 p.m. at The Bull Pen. These type of events are a wonderful resource where area businesses all come together under one roof. It’s the perfect place to spend a few hours and see what all the great businesses truly offer. We will be there and will hand out extra copies of our Tyrone Historical Pictorial, our 2003 picture calendar and even old copies of the Tyrone centennial edition of our newspaper. You can stop by and say hi to us, meet our writers and even complain to us if you want too. And a special business Expo preview tabloid will be arriving in your Daily Herald on Saturday, May 10th highlighting all the businesses involved at this years Expo. If your business would like a booth, hurry, and call the Tyrone Chamber today.
I know I’m going to hear some incredible ideas from Gertrude Gunsallus. She resides at Tyrone Colonial Courtyard. Gertrude? I’m coming to see you soon to discuss the welcome to Tyrone sign on I-99 and other items concerning local news. I’m looking forward to it and thanks for responding to this column.
It was so great to hear Tyrone Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Patton’s voice this week telling me that she had returned to work. Bonnie is taking it slow and is in the office twenty hours a week to start. It is good to have her back while the chamber enters its busy season with the business Expo, annual dinner and more.
In closing this week it appears that our incredible armed forces have all but declared victory in the showdown with Saddam. If he isn’t dead, then he’s a coward for not being man enough to surrender. I’m proud of our men and women of the military in how they fought, died and handled the situation once we knew it was over. And on the broadcast journalism front, my hat goes off to Lester Holt of MSNBC and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith. Mr. Holt is like a machine, almost robotic in his ability to work very long hours and stay on the air. Smith throws some of his own emotions into his craft. His facial expressions follow suit with what he is reading at the time. Both of these men have done an incredible job of keeping us informed around the clock. God Bless America and the people of Iraq. Welcome to freedom as we know it. The freedom to have a say in your government, freedom to speak, and freedom to write columns like this.
Have a great weekend everyone.

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I’m very sorry this column did not appear last Friday as I was suffering from a Murphy’s Law day. As I do every morning at 5:30 AM I headed to my new radio station to produce news, sports and weather only to find that someone had broken off their key in the main door of the building where we house the station.
Not able to get in, I decided to head to Tyrone earlier then usual.
Wouldn’t you know it I blew out a tire before Ebensburg. It gets worse!
I couldn’t get the lug nuts to move even an inch. So I called Triple A and an hour later, the a mechanic arrived. He removed the lug nuts with my tire iron and changed the tire in less than five minutes.
What is wrong with me? I couldn’t believe how easy it was for him and that I lacked the strength to do this. I thanked him and made a comment of how much of a wimp I am.
When I was heavier, these things came easy to me. Losing 105 pounds has many advantages ranging from better health, mobility, etc. But it sure makes you feel like less of a man when you can’t even remove a tire. At least I can type, as we catch up this week.
Congratulations to both Tyrone Borough and the Tyrone Police Department and its union for settling on a new contract. Negotiations like this are never easy. And if the police department is satisfied, then we should be as well.
I enjoyed the April Foolishness novelty song radio show that aired on WTRN this past Tuesday. Bill Dann’s record collection is tremendous, and as I told him this morning on the phone, he should try and syndicate some of his ideas.
Why am I reading about an opening at the Tyrone YMCA everywhere but in The Daily Herald? We, of course, enjoy writing positive articles about the “Y” in our paper. But we do get a little bent out of shape when “help wanted” or other ads aren’t even considered for our newspaper. I think there are more than enough Daily Herald readers that are more than qualified for this position, who may never even know that its available.
Someone talked and it was written in the pages of our paper. Keep your eyes and ears on the name “Team Ten” and Westvaco.
The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce is very busy with three upcoming events. On April 17, its a Business After Hours event at the Tyrone YMCA, the Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 24th at the Tyrone Elks Club and the fourth annual Business Expo on Thursday, May 16th at The Bull Pen. Rose Black, Linda Hershey, Jim Phillips and all the chamber board members work very hard to bring all of these events together. Thanks for what you do in volunteering for the benefit of this community.
I was pleased with the response heard in our offices over the Tyrone Historical Pictorial that came out last Saturday. I really enjoyed learning all the history while we were putting it together. We will do more projects like this in future. You can take away a lot of things but you can never take away Tyrone’s history.
I think that maybe I was misunderstood two weeks ago concerning my opinions of Fox News and its coverage of the war in Iraq. When I said that I watch them from an entertainment point of view, I didn’t mean it as a compliment or that I am entertained by the war itself. This news gathering organization is a joke when it comes to verifying sources before releasing information and they love to exaggerate everything.
Case in point – the problems with Geraldo Rivera this week. Why put this idiot on the air at all?
Remember this is the guy that called Governor Schweiker “dude” during the miners rescue last summer in Somerset County.
Peter Arnett is a traitor and Geraldo isn’t that far behind him. I only watch Fox because it entertain me with its incredible misjudgment and handling of the news. Its ratings are through the roof, so I guess others think they same way that I do.
Thank you for expressing your opinions as well in our Letters to the Editor section in Saturdays’ paper.
There’s a rally to support the troops at Bellwood-Antis High School tonight at 6 pm. Let’s have a big turn out for the event in support of our military and the incredible job they are doing in Iraq and other parts of the world. God Bless them all!
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading. And don’t forget to set you clock ahead one hour on Sunday morning at 2 am.