It seems like many days and nights have passed through the calendar since our last post. Recently we have taken a fresh look at our content, deleted a bit, and now we’re adding back. If possible, we’ll introduce a new style calendar that is easy to read, easy to post, and easy to duplicate an event’s content with a new date OR in a different town nearby.
Today I’d like to thank Google for archiving links on KDC to the days and nights of Mothman Prophecies filming in Kittanning in 2001. It was a time of excitement (the filming itself) and foreboding, as in “When will we be able to get Richard Gere’s autograph?”
If you’d like to revisit that content, do a Google search with “Mothman site:kittanning.com” as your search string.
For those of you who have recently come back for a visit, welcome!
For those of you who remember the four seasons of the year in western PA, we have just passed a pivotal moment… from waiting for the first snow of 2018 to “It’s here!”
For those of you who are doing your “remembering” of Kittanning from an armchair in sunny Florida or any of several other southern states, we don’t envy you too much. Home is where the heart is.
11/11/2019 update: Jane and I continue to have a strong marriage and praying together is one of the keys. We are both active in our church (Scrubgrass Stone Church in eclectic Eau Claire, PA) and in community activities. This Friday we plan to attend a marriage retreat in New Castle, PA where the main presentation is “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” by Mark Gungor. Pastor Mark has a lot of videos posted on YouTube but I can point you to the best ones and can send you clickable links in email.
11/12/18 update: Jane and I have now celebrated 14 ‘monthiversaries’ and we are still going strong. She has semi-adopted a neighborhood cat (treats, cat-food, litter box, sleeping on the end of our bed, etc. ) named Ginger and all was well until Saturday night when Ginger’s legal owners brought all their cats inside for the night, including Ginger. It was really cold outside, so it was good that Ginger was indoors somewhere. Jane went through some mild withdrawal/depression and grieving until Ginger reappeared at our door the next afternoon.
Nov 2017: 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.
Re News, hoping to add more soon.
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 in 2016 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.
Links to my Kickstarter research:
I’d like to hold some brainstorming sessions here at the office to see if ‘collectively’ we might be able to help local entrepreneurs build local jobs. I have quite a few ideas of my own, too!
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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
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
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.