Friday, June 20, 2014

Update! The Airport Edition

When we last heard talk of the airport and the incoming prison, reader Marybeth was accosted by security (a man who may or may not have ties to a missing-persons case) for taking pictures, and I (and other readers/commenters) concluded that site is clearly the Nam's own Area 51. Most recently, the Airport Authority Board defended these actions.
Joseph Maher, board vice-chairman, said that Neckerauer did act appropriately when he approached Homistek and inquired as to her business at the airport.
Now, an inquiry I do kind of understand. I even kind of understand people getting huffy with someone who's making it a point to be so involved because hey, maybe they see her as a threat, but frankly, the Nam needs more people getting all up in local politicians' business. But the encounter, as you may recall, was a bit more forceful than security politely saying something like, "Good day, ma'am, might I kindly inquire as to your business at the airport?"
Pointing to national incidents involving aircraft, including 9/11 when United Airlines Flight 93 piloted by terrorists crashed into a Somerset County farm field, Maher said that precautionary measures must be adhered to to to prevent such activity.
So, what, you mean to tell me someone at that little airport is gonna be able to hijack a plane and fly it into a building? Although, now that I think about, I have frequently seen people with cameras at airports and thought, "Oh, shit, we're about to get hijacked!" Like I said, I get security measures, but equating taking pictures with terrorism is a bit of a stretch. Which I consider to be proof of that Area 51 theory.

At the time, Homeland Security was allegedly notified, but a call made by Marybeth revealed that to be false.
"...[A representative] said that they would be outraged to have to look at such a letter," she said.
Marybeth also feels that the boys at the commissioners meetings aren't so welcoming to the ladies. Now, I haven't been to one such meeting since my dad was honored at one when I was in high school for his actions in Iraq, and I don't remember any of it, so I can't contribute my own experiences here. But I can say anecdotal evidence--and not just from Marybeth, but even the notorious conflicts with Commissioner Zimmerlink--suggests that these allegations of sexism might have some merit.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Nam on Twitter: Jailgating

I'm not sure what's going on here, but I guess it's jailgating and it's a thing?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mt. Washington home goes full Fayettenam

You never go full Fayettenam.
Two men were arrested Monday after police seized 1,500 bricks of heroin, 16 firearms from a home on Mt. Washington. 
Police said they also seized $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.
Wait a second, only one chicken? Bitch, please. Get on our level. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Nam in My Inbox: Seriously, No One Wants This Prison

So, that pesky new prison that the commissioners are all about but pretty much no one else is? Yeah, they have to move it.

The Bureau of Aviation can't sign off on the prison just yet because of the location and wants it moved 250 to 260 feet, off of what is considered a "transitional surface."

Basically, the land sucks, and word is the general area sucks so bad that a dance hall collapsed there in the '40s, resulting in the deaths of some teenagers. Now, the best I could come up with was this article from 1925, but without signing up for an account on the site, it doesn't tell me a whole hell of a lot--but it's an interesting piece of county history regardless.

Thanks to Marybeth again for the info!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Memorial Day

I forgot to post this gem from a Memorial Day trip to Ohiopyle. By the way, never take a Memorial Day trip to Ohiopyle unless you want to spend most of the day cranky, trying to find a place to park, and dodging tailgaters and sunbathers.

Because nothing says Memorial Day and honors those who have served our country quite like flying not one but two flags from the losing side of the Civil War, who also just happened to support slavery.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014