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Archive for January 25th, 2019

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 25, 1978

By R. Dianne Wilson

Part of the IGA crew at Black Diamond’s Hi-Lo Market. From left, Daryl Taylor, Frank Zumek, Charlie Ash, Lois Zumek, Jeff Plant, and Joe Zumek. Voice photos by Bob Gerbing.

Part of the IGA crew at Black Diamond’s Hi-Lo Market. From left, Daryl Taylor, Frank Zumek, Charlie Ash, Lois Zumek, Jeff Plant, and Joe Zumek. Voice photos by Bob Gerbing.

A recent poll disclosed that the words “market” and “shopping” mean a variety of things to many people. Obviously a market is a place where they go to buy food and other items available. Often, however, it is more than that.

Sometimes people make a “trip to the store” because they are tired of staying indoors because of bad weather, and some may go because they are lonely and want to see a smiling face and have someone to talk to (as most checkers will agree).

In gathering material for this article, we walked slowly through the Black Diamond store with open eyes, as opposed to many rush-hour trips, and noted the many things now available, including fishing and sporting gear, home repair items, and small kitchen appliances. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 18, 2014

By Bill Kombol

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) were first organized on January 25, 1890. At one time this union was the most powerful in America.

From 1920 through 1960 the UMWA coal miners were led by John L. Lewis, a persuasive labor leader who founded, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, better known as the second half of the acronym AFL-CIO. Coal mine union membership peaked in 1946 at 500,000 but has since dipped to under to under 75,000, only 20,000 of whom are active coal miners. (more…)

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