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Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

New voting dynamic: Winning political office as a write-in candidate used to be almost impossible. Not anymore. The combination of easier write-in technology on computerized voting machines and low turnout has made running as a write-in truly viable. Last week's election saw a write-in knock off the only ballot candidate for Springdale mayor. Write-ins also won in a number of communities and narrowly missed pulling off upsets in several others.

Penny-Pinching Season: From Halloween to Christmas, it's Penny-Pinching Season for local borough, township and city leaders as they prepare municipal budgets for 2014. And, indeed, some are quite adept at stretching already tight budgets. Yet through all the belt-tightening and hand-wringing, rarely do we ever see neighboring jurisdictions get together to share common costs. Change doesn't require any heavy lifting; just pick up the phone.

Congrats!: To the Rev. Asa Roberts. After more than 60 years as a Baptist minister, the Rev. Roberts has retired at age 95. He is a virtual living history book of the black community in the Alle-Kiski Valley from the days of semi-segregation through the civil rights movement to today. Relax and enjoy, good sir.

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