We spend a lot of time in this country honoring veterans or at least trying to. Much of it is contrived and forced. It happens at sporting events, schools and communities, on TV and elsewhere. The problem is, with these broad, generic pats on the back, is that they tend to equate all veterans, as if the service of a man who landed on Omaha Beach are equal to the guy who spent four years as a cook on a military base in California. In my view, it is horribly unfair to equate the two in any way. A veteran who served in combat, in a life and death situation, should never be brought down to the same level as a solder who never left the states. All solders who served honorably, deserve accolades but, combat vets deserve more, much much more. To do anything else is to denigrate the sacrifices of all those who died on the battlefield. Life is full of distinctions, and there should certainly be one here.
Based on the realities of the day , it would seem the merger of Tarentum and Brackenridge would be a good idea. Based on the realities of the day, it will never happen. Despite having a connection in some areas such as, a combined Little League, working together on parades, cooperating on police coverage, belonging to the same school district and others, these two neighboring communities would never give up their autonomy. When it comes to the suggestion of becoming one, these two councils would never consider it. One thing about small town politics is the tendency to create your own little kingdom and be inclined to want to rule over them without interference. There’s probably little doubt that merging would be financially beneficial to both communities, unfortunately, it will probably never happen.
What’s been going on with the Heights Plaza Shopping Center for the past 2-3 years? This is a pretty common question being asked around the community. Unfortunately, getting answers to this question is proving to be lot tougher than anyone would suspect. Since we are unable to find anything out, then we must resort to rumors and hearsay to develop our own (and possibly incorrect ones)
It’s obvious that whomever now owns the property, doesn’t really give a shit if it gets repaired well, and is turned back into the thriving community hotspot that it once was. Even an untrained eye can see that the so-called repairs (now into their third year) are being done on the “very cheap.” And there is obviously no hurry to get the project completed, and I’m guessing it’s because those in the “saddle” are getting some money to put into their pockets. In other words some prick somewhere, is probably lining his or her wallet with the money they are getting for the rebuilding, then doing the work as cheaply as possible, and pocketing the difference. Thus, is the curse of outside ownership. it’s immediately obvious to anyone with working eyes that they are doing a garbage job of rebuilding. From the cheap looking materials, to the lack of the old covered walkway, it’s evident, they are building a Trojan Horse. It looks good from afar but, is a big box with a giant hole in it.
Based on what we are seeing to the “renovation” of the structure, it’s not hard to figure that they will do little else to improve the area surrounding the Plaza. Have you seen the parking lot? It looks like it was carpet bombed. What about the rusted light poles, the burned out bulbs and the trashy cracked up concrete on the sidewalks. Do you think the current owners are going to repair, repave and rebuild the entire area. Well, in the event you are undecided about an answer, let me help you………….NO NO NO NO NO !!!!!!!!!. I can guarantee that when their Mickey Mouse repairs are done, they will cut and run faster than speeding bullet.
This all would be funny if it wasn’t so sad and placed such a serious blow to the Natrona Heights Community. The Plaza was (is) a showcase for our township. It’s the central point of reference for all of Harrison Township. It is what everyone,residents and visitors alike, see on an almost daily basis. It needs to become a source of pride and a location for thriving businesses to provided products and services for the community and the area. If done correctly, by someone with the resources, knowledge and care for the community, it can once again become a great source of pride for all.
I would like to think this is a project of main concern to our Commissioners and all local governments and they would be willing to step forward and use their influence and resources to help make this happen in a way it benefits the entire area. They can not allow this vital community resource to become a blighted, eyesore with empty storefronts and moss and vine covered buildings. Rebuilding and re-strengthening the Heights Plaza should be Priority Number One!!!
Our local communities are under siege by mother nature and there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Driving out on the local roads on Valentine’s Day was brutal as wind and icy conditions made travel scary. Tarentum, Brackenridge, Fawn and Natrona Heights road crews had a tough time keeping up. Best thing to do is stay home if at all possible.
Here are some of the latest rumors floating around about regarding the Mills Mall. As we know most of the time rumors don’t end up being true but, for what it’s worth these are out there. The first rumor has Boscov’s coming into the former Sears site. It would seem that is a pretty big area to fill and Boscov’s existing stores do not approach the size of what the Sears space was. This makes me doubtful.
Another one is that Dick’s Sporting Goods is planning on building a free standing store in the area where the Rorich Dealership was supposed to go. This one is a bit more plausible. Dick’s may want out of the control of the mall and they may be able to get a good deal on the property because it’s been vacant for so long and there is no indication anyone else is interested. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Nancy Grace. There is no bigger horse’s ass than this arrogant,m overbearing, obnoxious banshee. Loves to stick her nose in everyone’s business but, prefers her life to be allowed to be private. Typical media hypocrite.
Lying Brian Williams. Another MSM liberal ass-kisser who was outed in his big lie about being under fire when he wasn’t. Does this remind anybody of Hilliary’s big lie from a few years ago. Funny how these people “misremember” the details of what would be major life events. Liars can’t change their spots.
Steve Kroft of CBS. Another left wing loon who got exposed recently for having an affair with a woman 28 years his junior. The National Enquirer is alleging that Kroft was drinking Champagne from his mistresses ass. According to the story he was pouring the bubbly down her back. (You can fill it in from there)
Wolf Blitzer. Is there a bigger douchebag out there? This guy never let’s the facts get in the way of a good story. Pitiful example of a journalist.
Jane Velez Mitchell. See Nancy Grace.
There are a number of restaurants in our communities which I’ve enjoyed many times over. There are also a few at which I’ve dined that in my opinion, leave a lot to be desired.
First, the best and what I enjoy eating there. In no particular order here they are. (1) Capri (Fish Sandwich, Lasagna or Meatball or Tuna Hoagie; (2) J & S Pizza (Thick Cut Pizza, Tuna Salad or Wings); (3) Saxon Inn (Dumpling Soup, Fish Sandwich); (4) Phillipi’s (Pancakes and Sausage, or Eggs Breakfast); (5) Bob’s Subs (Turkey Sub or #13 Make your Own Sub) ;(6) Eat and Park (Most Breakfasts or the Whale of a Cod Fish Sandwich);
Second, Here are some places I avoid for one reason or another, (mainly food quality or prices) In no order either. (1) Eat & Park after 6 PM or late night. The service quality drops significantly and the food does as well. The later in the evening you go there the worse it seems to be. (2) Fortune Star Chinese. I enjoy great rice and soft vegetables. They are also missing some of the meats I prefer. This place has neither. They are also missing some of the meats I prefer. It’s OK but, there are several other Chinese restaurants I like much better. (3) Massarts in Tarentum. They have a lot of loyal customers and people who eat there every day. I’ve gone a few times but, I don’t get the love for this place. (4) Dairy Queen: If you want tasty ice cream go somewhere else. If you want tasteless ice cream loaded with other companies products for flavor, go here. Lets face it, as far as ice cream goes, eating the Queen’s vanilla or chocolate plain, is next to impossible. People in this area really don’t know what good ice cream is. And if you’ve convinced yourself their ice cream cakes are good, you have no taste.
All in all, dining in our communities is certainly not to die for. There are a few places with a couple good items but, if you can travel to the mall or other communities, you will have a much better experience. See : The Villa. What do you think?