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Dodging a bullet: PennVEST, which provides grants and loans to municipalities for sewer projects, has stepped up for East Vandergrift, Instead of a $3.6 million loan at 2.5 percent interest over 20 years and no grant, PennVEST revised its package to a 30-year, $3.6-million loan at 1 percent interest, plus a $900,000 grant. That's going to save sewer customers $20 per month.

Really?: There's an old adage: “If you're going to steal, steal big.” Proof that adage is true was demonstrated last week when a Harrison man pleaded guilty in a plot that defrauded sports merchandise suppliers out of more than $600,000. A federal judge sent him to prison for three years and ordered him to repay the $600,000. A bank robber with a toy gun who steals $1,500 usually gets twice the jail time. Oh, and good luck trying to recoup the $600K.

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