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Cheap sunglasses?: Westmoreland County government insults taxpayers when it shells out for designer sunglasses, at $112 a pair, for some sheriff's deputies. For all the lame excuses for this peculiar perk, perhaps someone can explain why sunglasses are even part of an annual uniform “allowance” for deputies when Controller Jeff Balzer says “80 percent of their work is indoors”?

Where's da bears?: Last year at this time, the burgeoning suburban bear population made news almost daily in the Alle-Kiski Valley and the Pennsylvania Game Commission told us sightings would only increase. But this year, we haven't heard of any.

Good Luck: To Robin Bergstrom. The Harrison commissioners tabbed Bergstrom for a seat on the board to replace her husband, Verne, who died suddenly last week. The former head of human resources at Alcoa, Bergstrom paid close attention to township workings during her husband's tenure, including helping him review budgets.

Sigh: Take heart, all of you suffering from PTSD (Penguins Traumatic Stress Disorder) — the Pirates are doing relatively well so far this year. And Pirates Traumatic Stress Disorder likely won't set in until August.

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