Somerset Pa, A wonderful Place to Vis...

Somerset Pa, A wonderful Place to Visit, even in a bad situation.

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James M Poynter

Manchester, KY

#1 May 18, 2009
On Thursday May 14, we were traveling east on the Turnpike when we heard what we thought to be a tire blowout on a west bound truck. Seconds later we found that we were wrong. The sound we heard was the pop that lug bolts make when they fail. The remaining bolts were not enough to manage the weight of the four-door Ford dually and 36 foot gooseneck trailerís load, even though we were not heavily loaded, the five remaining studs were not enough. The outer wheel departed first passing us. Anthony is fighting to keep the 6 ton missile straight as the other wheel is now on its own as well. We successfully skids our way to the side of the road where our adventure actually begins. Within minutes the Turnpike patrol is on site, contacting help. Herrings Motors Inc. were on the seen with in 20-30 minutes of our incident. The drivers of the two tow vehicles were very cordial and professional. They were able to give us names of business we could contact for parts and services. One Herrings driver took us to the Motel 8 as he knew that they would take the Jonesí pet. Here too the people were friendly and helpful, along with their own dog that greeted a very nervous little Chihuahua named Peta. Friday morning we called Auto Zone where a friendly young man took the list of parts we would need to rebuild the brake assembly on the truck as it was destroyed when the weight of the truck and trailer crashed down upon it. The parts they did not have in stock he had located at other auto parts stores in town and called them in for us. It was service the owners and you can be proud of as a community. We also called around to find an available rental car. Terryís Auto rental came through with a nice mid-sizes sedan at a very fare rate. Note: They also sell cars there, if they are as good to you as they were us, you will get a deal. Upon picking us up at the Motel and bringing us to their office, they too were very helpful with information on wrecking yards and any further parts we may have needed. We spent most of Friday gathering parts from the Auto-zone, Advanced Auto and NAPA/ Somerset Auto Parts, but I want to mention that Fisher Auto Parts were very friendly and pointed us to where the NAPA was located. Friday evening the truck was once again road worthy but in need of a tire. We went back to the Motel 8 to rest and find a good meal. At the suggestion of one of the Herrings drivers we wanted to try Eatín Park. After checking back in the room we made our way to what would prove to be a dinerís delight. The friendly staff seated us and a very nice young waitress named Hayley took our drink order and served up the best drink that has ever passed through my lips, my friends the Strawberry/Limon aid was worth the adventure, and the food was very much a treat. We were next introduced to the manager, Bard, another gym in Somersetís crown of wonderful people. Barb made us feel all the more welcome, made sure we left with a bottle of the syrup used to make the Strawberry Limon aid, and the awesome suggestion we visit the Flight 93 Memorial, then pointed us toward another of your exceptional businessís, Dumbauld Tires. Thanks Barb! On Saturday morning we were greeted by a Dumbauld employee who cared about his customerís needs. While we drove out to the Memorial, the tire was installed, and the truck taken care of, Thanks guys! We are safely home now, the Jones in Vernon Indiana, and I in Mt. Vernon KY. Anthony and Carol Jones, with their little Peta, along with myself, James M. Poynter, want to shout out a huge THANKS to all the smiling, friendly faces and the great people behind them for making our otherwise bad experience, a wonderfully delightful stay in the friendliest town I have ever encountered! By the way, we did not make it to the National Mustang Racers Association drag race in Atco NJ where Anthony was to be a vendor, and I was to be acting Chaplain, but we are OK with that because of you Somerset PA.

Bedford, PA

#2 Jan 9, 2012
might be a good place to visit, but a horrible place to live, rife with welfare bums, drug addicts, $luts, VVhores, no culture, no decent housing, and no jobs.

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