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This week, we are happy to announce The Daily Herald and WTRN will be hosting two Meet the Candidates forums.
The first will be held May 7 and feature the candidates of the Tyrone School Board, Tyrone Borough Council and the Snyder Township Board of Supervisors. The second forum will be May 14 and will feature candidates for the offices of District Justice, Blair County Commissioners and Blair County Court of Common Pleas.
These two forums will take place at the Tyrone Elementary School Large Group Instruction room at 7 p.m.
This is an opportunity to possibly meet 28 candidates who are vying to represent you.
We are looking forward to your input. Over the next week, we would like to hear what you would like to know from the candidates. You can e-mail your questions to dheraldnews@adelphia.net, fax them to 684-4238 or mail them to The Daily Herald, PO Box 246, Tyrone, Pa. 16686.
This is an opportunity for the candidates to present their views and for the voters to find out about the candidates. We hope to see you at both forums.
Congratulations to the Bellwood-Antis 400 meter relay team of Dan Houser, Matt Plummer, Damien Miller and Cory Daly. These four exceptional athletes were fortunate enough to compete in one of the most prestegious track and field events in the nation on Friday. They ran in the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. They ran on the track that many Olympic gold medalists have competed on. Congratulations.
Kudos to the cast, crew and faculty that helped make Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat a success this past weekend. There were months of hard work by the kids and it paid off in steller performances each time they hit the stage. Congratulations.
At The Daily Herald, we are working hard to give you news that impacts our community. We start a three part series today on Interstate 99 and on Saturday, we will take a look at the chemical training that soldiers receive. Throughout the week, we will continue to feature the candidates for the Snyder Township Supervisor position.
I want to thank Lori Eckert for her comment as she paid her paper bill yesterday. It always brightens our spirits when someone comes in and says they look forward to reading our paper. Thanks Lori.
It’s hard to believe that the winter may be over. Just to be safe, I am keeping the ice scraper inside the truck.
I thank you for reading The Daily Herald and we will talk again soon.

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It kind of gets scary when people say it is a red letter day when they get to talk to you.
That was the comment this morning when I talked to Tyrone Hospital Marketing Director Theresa Yanchez. I am glad I made your day Theresa.
We hope you enjoy The Daily Herald Home Improvement Guide that will appear with Saturday’s paper.
The golf clubs made their first appearance on the course last week. They didn’t fare well. Well the clubs did ok, the goof that was swinging them fared poorly. I was working on a round of 115 before giving in and quitting after nine holes. Kerry Webster was just crushing me and was on a pace of 114 before we hung it up. The next time the clubs make an appearance, I hope for better results.
Tonight at the Snyder Township Municipal Building, the township supervisors will hold a public hearing concerning how the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) money will be spent in the coming year.
I look forward to seeing many of you Thursday night at the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Tyrone Elks Lodge.
Tonight is opening night of the Tri-County Little League. Warriors Mark travels to Bald Eagle. Good luck to both teams.
This week, General Tommy Franks, the CENTCOM commander will announce that Operation Iraqi Freedom is won. Seeing protestors in Iraq is something I didn’t think we would see right away. When you offer freedom, the freedom to protest is one of those freedoms. If they protested like this with Saddam in power, there would have been public executions.
We are still working on details on The Daily Herald’s Meet the Candidates Night. The event will be broken into two weeks. The first week will be candidates in the Tyrone Borough Council, Snyder Township Supervisors and the Tyrone School Board. The second week will have the candidates for district justice, Blair County commissioners and the Blair County judges race. We hope you come out and participate and meet the people who are running to represent you. The dates will be announced in The Daily Herald this week.
Congratulations to Morgann Davis who earned first chair on Flute I at the State Band Festival. To earn that is tougher to win a state championship in any sport. What an achievement and good luck at Ohio State Morgann.
Enjoy your week and we’ll talk again soon.

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Note to self: wait until it is 80 degrees out everyday before sleeping with the windows open. I am paying dearly for that mistake this weekend.
I would like to congratulate the local band Flight 19 for celebrating four years together. The band started as five guys who enjoyed playing together and they still do.
They play many fundraising functions and draw a crowd everytime they play. Congratulations Brian, Scott, Jim, Darren and John.
Things should get interesting in the ongoing debate between Tyrone Borough Council and the retired police officers. I may be wrong, but I compare the situation to the Pirates with Pat Meares. The former shortstop signed a guaranteed $17 million contract but was injured. Now the Pirates are paying him $4 million this year not to play baseball. The deal with the retired officers looks guaranteed as it is written.
Things between the borough and the retired officers probably would have gone better if they were asked to change insurance carriers, not told to. After talking with the council members after the meeting last night, the way this issue was handled, council believes it was handled wrong as well.
This afternoon, the Tyrone boys’ and girls’ track team will honor their graduating seniors. I want to thank these seniors for their hard work over the past few years and I have been very honored to work with you.
Be on the lookout for a few special tabs in upcoming editions of The Daily Herald. The Spring Home Improvement edition is coming soon. In May, the Tyrone Chamber Business Expo guide will hit newsstands plus our salute to the graduates of Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis high schools.
Even though I am under the weather, I can’t wait to break out the golf clubs. Anytime you can get out and chase the little white ball around, it is a good thing.
My condolences go to Kate, Brian and Breein Igou on the loss of their husband and father and the rest of the family. My heart is with you.
I thank you for reading The Daily Herald.
Enjoy your week and we will talk again soon.

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It doesn’t take much for me to get on my soap box and start giving my opinion.
The world has become a more dangerous place since Sept. 11, 2001. The terror threat is there and will always be there. That threat will exist because of the type of society we have. We have freedom of movement and we invite people to come to our country. The only way we can ever stop the threat of terrorism is to close our borders and throw out all illegal immigrants.
It reminds me of the movie “Stripes.”
Bill Murray said, “America is the mutt of the world. We are the castoffs of every legitimate country in the world.”
You have to admit that is basically what we are all about. “Give us your tired, your poor” is on the Statue of Liberty. That is what America is all about.
With the Tyrone School Board of Directors voting not to approve the trip to New York City, I believe it made a mistake. Terrorism is about scaring people.
When you give in to the terrorists, they win. Denying a trip to these students who raised the money for the trip themselves is giving in to the terrorists.
In a city with more than eight million people, what are the chances that these 38 kids would be hurt or injured in a terrorist attack? Probably the same as getting in a train accident if they took a train to Albany or the same as all 38 being in a car accident while driving different cars at the same time.
When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrow Building in Oklahoma City, that piece of land became a tribute to the people who were lost. The same has held true with the site of the twin towers. If the threat of terrorism is reason to not allow these students to take a trip to New York, the school board acted irresponsibly by allowing the cast of the last play to go to the Big Apple. There was a terrorist attack in 1993 at the same spot.
I guess the new policy of the Tyrone School Board is that if there is a chance of a terrorist attack, there is no chance of a field trip.
The question was brought to the board by member Becky Emenhiser about the ski trip to Vermont, that wasn’t recommended by the administration, but was approved by the board. The answer Emenhiser was given was Vermont isn’t a terror threat.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is made in Vermont. What if a terrorist worked there and poisoned the ice cream and the kids who visited there got sick? What if there was a problem with the ski lift? There is a risk crossing the street. The way people do U turns on Pennsylvania Avenue, there is more of a risk crossing the street in Tyrone than going to see a play and the sites of New York City.
I guess the school crossing guards will never be allowed to go to our nation’s capital ever again. The trip we took to Washington DC in 8th grade was my only trip inside the capital. That is a life experience that these kids will miss out on because the school board is afraid.
I am happy that the school board is concerned about the safety of our students. What they seem to forget is when it is time to be called by God, no matter what the school board does in the safety interests of the students, the call will be answered.
I served in Operation Desert Storm and the access that the media had in that war was nothing compared to what we are watching now. It was amazing to watch Greg Kelly of Fox News ride into Baghdad on Friday night/Saturday morning. It was something to see our troops go into Saddam’s palace this morning on live television.
In the first Gulf War, the media knew what the military wanted them to know. The access that is there now is amazing.
Of the reporters I watched on the many networks, I was most impressed with David Bloom. The way he doctored up his vehicle to give his live satellite reports was awesome. It’s hard to believe that he is gone.
I was presented an opportunity to travel to Kuwait last month. Before the trip could get organized, the war was underway and the trip was called off. I was looking forward to seeing the troops as they prepared to battle to liberate Iraq. Unfortunately the trip didn’t happen.
God bless our troops that are serving in harms way. I respect, but disagree with the decision of the school board, and may the family of David Bloom be comforted.
Enjoy your week and keep the shovels out. Who knows when the snow will end.