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Monday, June 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Down the drain: Judging from a recent Unity supervisors meeting, there's no lack of interest in the use of a 10-acre Marguerite park. And yet nobody thought to turn off the water to the restrooms in wintertime, costing $1,600 to replace water pipes. That's money down the drain because, by all indications, responsibility for the restrooms fell through the cracks. And that's inexcusable.

Lawyer's wrist slap: Former Greensburg lawyer James Gefsky, convicted of stealing more than $71,000 from a client, will avoid the prosecution's request for up to 14 months in jail because he's a “good guy.” So good, says Westmoreland County Judge Al Bell, that he sentenced Mr. Gefsky to three years' probation, with six months of house arrest. Gefsky reportedly repaid the sum, with interest, and apologized. But how does this wet-noodle sentence set the bar for lawyers?

Tapping a lucrative resource: With 37 Marcellus shale gas wells on its Beaver Run Reservoir property and drilling royalties expected to provide 10 percent of its revenues by year's end, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has hired an auditing firm to oversee this income. Yes, care and safety in drilling must be of paramount importance. And there's good reason to believe that will be the case as the authority's future depends on protected water sources.

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