Greensburg Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To a district judge's resolve. Robert William Rearick, 27, of Greensburg, was none too happy with his bond, set at $100,000, after his arrest for allegedly participating in a drug-peddling operation from an Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital room. But as DJ James Albert has explained to this and other defendants, heroin “is a detriment to society.” And those accused of dealing it aren't going to get a fast pass back to the streets.
Lance: To the mounting Monsour Medical Center tab. A contractor has bid more than $22,000 to secure the ramshackle former hospital building, which will be paid from a $65,000 state grant originally intended for an unrealized recreation center in Jeannette. Had the building's delinquent owners been compelled to secure it eight years ago when the hospital closed, instead of walking away free and clear, this money wouldn't be coming out of the public's pocket.
Laurel: To Hannah Schade. A serious medical diagnosis would turn most patients' attention inward. But Hannah, 10, of North Huntingdon, recently diagnosed with Type I diabetes, is turning her attention outward. Recently she helped organize a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Says Hannah, “I don't want any other kids or their families to have to go through what I do.” Here's to a remarkable little girl and her determination to make a difference.