Help Wanted! Please help me convince the Kittanning Borough Council that it makes ZERO sense to pay $10,000 to do what can be done with volunteers at zero cost to the taxpayers.
The answer? Crowd-sourcing. The issue? How to get all of Kittanning’s ordinances online efficiently and accurately.
This website has a limitation of ____ characters per page (i.e., any Kittanning ordinance). It has no limit on how many users create how many documents so, if enough volunteers can be found to key in the information, what is the cost? Zero. If other volunteers can be recruited to proofread what the others typed, what is the cost of proofreading? Zero. Etc, etc.
Make sense? If yes, leave a comment.
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Kittanning as seen from Applewald
This photo was taken in 1997 when I was brand-new in Kittanning. I had a decent digital camera for its time, an Epson PC-10, now a relic up on a shelf somewhere. Don Toy of Toy Bros Photography printed me two, maybe three copies, then asked me how I shot this picture 7 1/4″ tall x 20″ wide. Panorama photography had not yet been invented!
I remember smiling just a little bit as I reenacted my photo shoot. Holding my Epson camera up nearly at eye level, I said “click” while my right index finger pretended it was taking a picture, rotated about 10 degrees left, “click”, rotated again, “click”, and my last 10 degrees of rotation and click included the bridge. There’s a bit more to it that that, you can ask me in person.
Title: Ford City Heritage Days
Location: Ford City PA
Link out: Click here
Description: The Ford City Area Heritage Days celebration provides the region with ethnic food, crafts, 5K Run/Walk, parade, fireworks, children’s rides and activities along with free entertainment coinciding with the July 4th weekend. It has become the perfect time for former residents to return home to renew old friendships as well as plan class and family reunions.
Start Date: 2011-06-30
Start Time: 18:00
End Date: 2011-07-04
End Time: 22:00
Title: Genealogy Committee Meeting
Location: Mildred Lankerd Thomas Genealogy Library – 300 North McKean Street, Kittanning, PA
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Description: The Genealogy Committee of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogy Society will have their monthly meeting on Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Mildred Lankerd Thomas Genealogy Library – 300 North McKean Street, Kittanning, PA. The Apollo Historical Society will do a Power Point Program on the Drake Log Cabin. It is believed to have been built in 1816 and the only remnant of the original permanent settlement which eventually grew into the Borough of Apollo. It is the oldest building in Apollo and one of the oldest in Armstrong County.
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 16:00
Saturday May 21, 2011, at the McCain House, 300 North McKean Street, 10 am to 4 pm.
The Armstrong County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society present:
General Ulysses S. Grant
Remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Ladies Tea 12:00 noon until 1 pm.
From Larry Smail via Facebook:
Greetings all those interested in the Civil War:…. please plan to attend, this Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 to 4:00 to honor the 150th anniversary of that great war known as the CIVIL WAR. Civil War historians and reenactors will be present at the ARMSTRONG COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The museum is located at 300 North McKean Street in Kittanning!
Every community website should have a nostalgia discussion area and Kittanning.com is no exception.
Enjoy some of the best memories shared with Carl through email and the KDC discussion board from 1997-2011. Feel free to add your own.
Just in case you haven’t heard of it yet, several individuals have created KittanningOnline.com to celebrate the history of Kittanning and act as a community magnet site. One of the new groups on the site is Market Street Nostalgia.
Co-creators Pete Harmon, Kathy Graff, and Christopher Anthony have included photos and enabled comments through a WordPress blog. Like Kittanning.com, its value lies in attracting new content from the community.
And to all…….
A chance to help rebuild Kittanning Dot Com from the ground up.
As advertised on the Kittanning area placemats (Local4All), I am looking for help deciding what is good content and putting it online. I’ve talked to Borough Council members over the past 8-9 years about using the site to communicate with the public at no charge… just let me know what you want.
Well, now the Borough can designate a person to represent them on my committee. Jerry Shuster, a professor of Communications? Betty? Connie?
How can this help? This past week I called Rick McMillen about building permits. Why can’t the answers to Frequently Asked Questions be online instead of waiting for a call back to set up an appointment?
Can the Pavilions in Riverside Park be rented? It seems yes but only if you contact the Borough by phone. What does it cost? Is Betty the right person to talk to? Connie? Someone else?
Any new ideas for events need to be considered by the Borough Council? Why not post them online and get some feedback first? Maybe it’s already been tried and failed 5-10 years ago? 2-3 years ago? Maybe the reason ideas failed is that nobody knew who the contact person is/was. Maybe the reason it failed is that nobody knew a way to handle a discussion without meetings after meetings. KDC is an alternative.
What you can do to help: Keep in touch with this discussion. Help us eliminate obstacles. If anything doesn’t make sense, let us know. If we can do something better, let us know.
It was great, even better than I expected.
Captain Dave Rhodes was there as the second guest of the evening and, prior to going on the air, we talked about how the Red Kettles are doing, how his wife is doing (slipped and fell, doing ok), and about plans to start a new Cub Scout pack in downtown Kittanning after the Christmas Holiday rush is over and they have a chance to grab a breath or two.
On the air, David Croyle played the genial host and essentially allowed me to set the tone of the conversation, follow up with some good questions that illustrated what I was saying, etc. What he found out was that there is a lot more to Local4All than meets the eye. He found out that Carl Bromley’s passion is helping others and that I have both ideas and plans for tourism and economic development.
Hopefully there will be a web-based video of the show that I can link to before long.
Links to web pages that were highlighted:
- http://m18.local4all.com – one of four maps we talked about eventually. This is the map for Crooked Creek Lake and it’s claim to fame is that, in eight years of being Race Director there for the Crooked Creek Triathlon, I never gave turn by turn directions once to an athlete and never had one complaint about getting lost on the way there.
- http://m12.local4all.com – River’s Edge Canoe & Kayak. Neill and Evelyn opened for business in 2007 and the satellite photo at that time was so out of date n0body could figure out how to get out of the river back to the store. What they didn’t know was that the satellite photo was out of date by 3-4 years and what had been a dense jungle was now a clear path from the riverbank to the road and store above.
- http://m29.local4all.com – Wilder Business Park. This map had the pointer on the wrong side of the street for six years and nobody noticed. When they did ask for it to be upgraded, what they didn’t realize was how easy Carl is to get along with. The photo on the right was flipped over so North would be at the top, relabeled and, for good measure, the Boat Ramp and access road were highlighted.
- #4 map, drawing a blank. I’ll have to refer to notes!
- http://www.local4all.com – the main page, it has ‘doors’ to information about the Local4All tools for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.
David closed the segment with a nice plug for placemat advertising and showed their ad on the current Kittanning placemat. Dave, thank you and good luck with your show for all time. Merry Christmas from Local4All.