Many days, it can feel like nothing will ever change in the city. Day by day the process seems too slow and the work seems too daunting to ever make any progress. What really helps for me is to stop and look at a longer time frame. When we look around at how many things are different in Kittanning, we begin to realize that there are so many positive changes that have happened in our community during the past few years. Let’s take a look at just a couple of those today.
There have been several new businesses open in the past year in Kittanning. We’re excited to show off two of those businesses in the attached video. Thank you BS Outfitters and A Mano Pasta shop for investing in our community. We’re glad to be able to support these new local businesses and we wish them many years of success. What changes from the past year are you most excited about? What do you think will happen in the coming year in Kittanning? Leave you comments below.
Hi everyone, this is Andrew Laddusaw with my very first contribution to the site. I make Youtube videos in the city with the goal of changing our mindset about the city. I love this place, and my desire is for everyone to see the positive future we all have.
Jane and I have attended two family weddings in the past two months besides our own and it’s all ‘good stuff’. Nephew Lucas Reddick married his long-time sweetheart Fawn up in Mercer County at Lake Latonka exactly one week after Jane and I tied the knot, then Jared Holmes married another long-time sweetheart Jenna last weekend on October 29th down in Lanexa, VA. It was a long drive but we stopped and saw friends both going and coming… even attended church in Hagerstown, MD, where Jane used to live.
Thanks in part to new commissioner Jason Renshaw, I was able to have a sit-down with all three commissioners and talk about economic development ideas which would include tourism and storytelling. I was amazed when none of the three could answer a question I asked them about local history.
For this one-question quiz, let’s describe local as “within 20 miles” of Kittanning.
Question: What was the FIRST EVER military medal awarded in what would become the United States of America?
If you know, leave a comment below but DON’T give the answer, ok?
Clue #1: The awarding of this medal occurred 20 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Clue #2: Benjamin Franklin was involved.
The internet is the happy hunting ground of the future. Yes, you can find the answer there with a good. For fun and maybe getting the answer, NOTHING beats asking your friends. See how many of them are stumped, too. Compare stories. HAPPY HUNTING!
I posted last year about crowd-sourcing and it either didn’t grab too many listeners or everyone went their own way and QUIETLY thought about it. Here is something new and I’m absolutely certain we need it in Armstrong County and all the surrounding counties, too… crowd-funding expertise which might make or break a small company starting out on a shoestring budget.
A little bit of what I know:
A lady in Erie County, PA, launched a Kickstarter campaign and it reached its targeted dollar amount in only TWO HOURS! She was assisted by a professor and several students from Mercyhurst College.
IUP’s Tony Palamone said not long ago their SBDC has more demand than they can handle.
An innovative shower fixture targeted $100,000 and used the headline “70% less water, better shower experience. It raised over $3.1 MILLION!
A local elementary school wanted a “maker space” where students could make things and learn job skills. With the help of mostly sixth graders, they targeted $15,000 and raised more than $19,000 to buy the equipment they needed.
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.
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 Link out: Click here 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 Date: 2011-07-10 End Time: 16:00