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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the “small picture.” The discussion should not be whether Cheswick should contract out its police service to a neighboring town and which one. It should be how the borough will join with Springdale township and borough and Harmar and East Deer and form one police department. These communities combined are a mere 12.3 square miles and their population totals fewer than 12,000, quite comparable to Lower Burrell. Are we so parochial that we require five departments to handle police services? Ridiculous.

On the “Watch List”: The Municipal Sanitary Authority of New Kensington. It's still a few years away, but the authority will be undertaking a federally mandated project to separate its sanitary and storm sewers, preventing raw sewage from flowing into the Allegheny River. This will be expensive for customers in New Ken, Arnold, Lower Burrell and parts of Allegheny Township and Plum.

Laurel: To digitizing the past. A three-year project by Westmoreland County to transfer 55,000 naturalization records (dating back to 1906) from antiquated record books will allow folks to access their family roots from their home computers. But more than the added convenience, this worthwhile endeavor preserves these vital records for future generations.

Happy birthday!: To a legendary Pittsburgh DJ. The “Bossman,” Porky Chedwick, turns 95 on Monday. Amazingly, Pork the Tork is still spinning stacks of wax online from his home on the Internet station.

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