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Saturday, 03 October 2009 05:07
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Jim Patrick:

Jim Patrick is a kind man who has done a lot for the community, although he seems reluctant to discuss his good deeds. When he moved to East Bangor in 1959, he loved the town and the people in it.  However, he got involved in local politics because he wasn’t fond of how the town was being run at the time.  He was appointed to the East Bangor Borough Council about fifteen years ago and he currently resides as its President... more

John Marcon:

The first things you notice in Mr. Marcon’s tiny shoe repair shop are antique tools of the trade - buffers, sewing machines, cutters, and the like.  Mr. Marcon has owned the shop since 1955, but he has worked there since 1942, working for his uncle when he was only eight years old.  Mr. Marcon has lived in Pen Argyl for his entire life, growing up right around the corner from his shop on South Robinson Avenue.  He is married with two sons, one of whom still lives in town.  He fondly remembered the days when blouse mills ruled the area ... more

Andrew Nestor:

Although some residents of the Slate Belt have had the good fortune of living here all their lives, others do not, and instead have been drawn to the area. With its pleasant rural atmosphere, family friendly environment, and scenic landscape, it is not hard to imagine why someone would feel that the Slate Belt was a nice place to live. One such person that moved to the area in 1995 and has taken an important part in local politics and affairs ever since is Mr. Andrew Nestor ...

Andrew Nestor

 Although some residents of the Slate Belt have had the good fortune of living here all their lives, others do not, and instead have been drawn to the area. With its pleasant rural atmosphere, family friendly environment, and scenic landscape, it is not hard to imagine why someone would feel that the Slate Belt was a nice place to live. One such person that moved to the area in 1995 and has taken an important part in local politics and affairs ever since is Mr. Andrew Nestor.

Originally from Ambridge, PA, Mr. Nestor experienced much of the world before settling down here in 1995. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he went to Penn State University and pursued a degree in insurance and real estate. Shortly after graduating from college, Mr. Nestor had his first experience with the Slate Belt when he met his future wife, a native of Bangor. After they were married in 1957 at the Bangor Methodist Church, they left the area and Mr. Nestor began a career with the New York Life Insurance Company.

Over the next forty years, the Nestors would live in a number of different places and eventually spend thirty one years in Teanick, New Jersey. Besides working in New York City while living there, Mr. Nestor also engaged in two of his other interests – politics and church work. As he put it, “I’ve always felt that politics was an avocation, not a vocation… I always thought that you should try to give a little of what you have been given back to your community or church.”

When he retired from the New York Life Insurance Company after forty year, Mr. Nestor and his wife moved to the Slate Belt. “We had three children, two of them live here in the Bangor area - that was a primary reason for coming back, to be active with them and the four grandchildren.” He also mentioned that he felt the area was attractive for people who enjoyed a rural setting without having to be too far away from the city or for those looking for somewhere to raise their children.

After retiring and moving to the Slate Belt, Mr. Nestor became very involved in the area’s politics. In 2000 and again in 2004, he was elected to serve terms as Supervisor of the Board of Upper Mount Bethel Supervisors. During that time, he has spent 6 years as the Chairman of the Board. He described the position as being, “the glue that keeps the board together, conducts the meetings, and sees that relevant items are put on the agenda.” During this time, he also served another position as Treasurer in which he was responsible for the yearly township budget. Several of the accomplishments which he has taken part in include: the insertion of a stop light at a dangerous intersection on Rt. 512, the acquisition of nearly 400 acres of land to be used for recreation space in various municipalities, and utilization of the Echo Lake ball field. Furthermore, since he has been in office, the tax rate has not increased – something that everyone in the area is certainly glad about.

Besides being a nice place to live and start a family, Mr. Nestor also believes that the Slate Belt is a rapidly growing area where residents get involved with local matters which pertain to them. “People become very active when it comes to the development of the town… in the past they have also gotten involved in school activities – they are very important to the community. They get concerned about police protection, maintaining rural identity, and taxes,” he explained. The largest change that he has seen over the years in the slate belt has simply been the growth of the area. “If the area can manage to continue a controlled growth,” Mr. Nestor explained, “the area will be able to maintain its rural identity.”

If Mr. Nestor’s outlook is at all true, both those who currently live here and those who will eventually end up in the Slate Belt have a vibrant future to look forward to, indeed. 

            Although some residents of the Slate Belt have had the good fortune of living here all their lives, others do not, and instead have been drawn to the area. With its pleasant rural atmosphere, family friendly environment, and scenic landscape, it is not hard to imagine why someone would feel that the Slate Belt was a nice place to live. One such person that moved to the area in 1995 and has taken an important part in local politics and affairs ever since is Mr. Andrew Nestor.

Originally from Ambridge, PA, Mr. Nestor experienced much of the world before settling down here in 1995. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he went to Penn State University and pursued a degree in insurance and real estate. Shortly after graduating from college, Mr. Nestor had his first experience with the Slate Belt when he met his future wife, a native of Bangor. After they were married in 1957 at the Bangor Methodist Church, they left the area and Mr. Nestor began a career with the New York Life Insurance Company.

Over the next forty years, the Nestors would live in a number of different places and eventually spend thirty one years in Teanick, New Jersey. Besides working in New York City while living there, Mr. Nestor also engaged in two of his other interests – politics and church work. As he put it, “I’ve always felt that politics was an avocation, not a vocation… I always thought that you should try to give a little of what you have been given back to your community or church.”

When he retired from the New York Life Insurance Company after forty year, Mr. Nestor and his wife moved to the Slate Belt. “We had three children, two of them live here in the Bangor area - that was a primary reason for coming back, to be active with them and the four grandchildren.” He also mentioned that he felt the area was attractive for people who enjoyed a rural setting without having to be too far away from the city or for those looking for somewhere to raise their children.

After retiring and moving to the Slate Belt, Mr. Nestor became very involved in the area’s politics. In 2000 and again in 2004, he was elected to serve terms as Supervisor of the Board of Upper Mount Bethel Supervisors. During that time, he has spent 6 years as the Chairman of the Board. He described the position as being, “the glue that keeps the board together, conducts the meetings, and sees that relevant items are put on the agenda.” During this time, he also served another position as Treasurer in which he was responsible for the yearly township budget. Several of the accomplishments which he has taken part in include: the insertion of a stop light at a dangerous intersection on Rt. 512, the acquisition of nearly 400 acres of land to be used for recreation space in various municipalities, and utilization of the Echo Lake ball field. Furthermore, since he has been in office, the tax rate has not increased – something that everyone in the area is certainly glad about.

Besides being a nice place to live and start a family, Mr. Nestor also believes that the Slate Belt is a rapidly growing area where residents get involved with local matters which pertain to them. “People become very active when it comes to the development of the town… in the past they have also gotten involved in school activities – they are very important to the community. They get concerned about police protection, maintaining rural identity, and taxes,” he explained. The largest change that he has seen over the years in the slate belt has simply been the growth of the area. “If the area can manage to continue a controlled growth,” Mr. Nestor explained, “the area will be able to maintain its rural identity.”

If Mr. Nestor’s outlook is at all true, both those who currently live here and those who will eventually end up in the Slate Belt have a vibrant future to look forward to, indeed.