Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Pat Petit and the rest of the New Kensington-Arnold School Board. Finally, a school board has publicly recognized the inevitability that in the not-too-distant future school districts will be merging. NK-A plans to contact the Burrell School District to talk merger. Of course, this is already dead. Burrell's board might give NK-A the courtesy of a meeting, but an actual merger? No way.
Lance: To the Allegheny Valley, Leechburg Area, Apollo-Ridge, Riverview and Burrell school boards. With dropping enrollment and rising taxes, it's likely none of these small districts will exist after 2020, but they continue to whistle past the graveyard. It's time all find a merger partner before Harrisburg finds one for them.
On the “Watch List”: The Tarentum Bridge. Twice this season the busiest bridge in the region has had to close due to ice-caused accidents. We would think the bridge — which some halfwit engineer in the '50s decided should go downhill — would be a high priority for PennDOT. Since it's a vital lifeline for 21,000 vehicles per day, perhaps Tarentum, New Kensington and Lower Burrell should take over salting from PennDOT or contract a company to do it.
An observation: Black Friday may have lost some oomph due to all of the pre-Thanksgiving sales and expanded Turkey Day shopping, but that doesn't mean the still-traditional opening of the Christmas shopping season won't be busy. Please be patient out there — and careful too.
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