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Toys for Tots registration set

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2007

Toys for Tots registration will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 at Uniontown Mall.

Toys are for children through age 12 who are residents of Fayette County.

Applicants must bring these items to be registered: EBT/medical card for parent and children, proof of birth date for the children, photo identification for the parent registering the children and proof of Fayette County residency.

Do not call Uniontown Mall for sign-up information.


Annual Election

Day dinner set

Payne AME Church, West Crawford Avenue, Connellsville, will have its annual Election Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $6. Menu consists of turkey, dressing, gravy, potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert. Takeout will be available; call 724-628-6193.


Complimentary coffee

at area restaurants

Area Eat'n Park restaurants are giving local voters something to smile about on Election Day -- a complimentary cup of coffee. Any voter who presents a voting stub or sticker at a local Eat'n Park restaurant Tuesday will receive free coffee between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Guests are asked to present their voting stub or "I voted" sticker.

For more information, visit

Mt. Pleasant

Community Thanksgiving

Day meal to be served

A community Thanksgiving Day meal will be free to everyone from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. Need a ride, call the church at 724-547-5941.


Area residents

make the band

Seton Hill University's pep band, the Griffin Band, marks 2007 as its inaugural year. The Griffin Band performs at Seton Hill home football games in addition to other athletic and university events. The band will begin its first season with the basketball Griffins Nov. 17.

Area students who are members of the inaugural Griffin Band are James Capitos of Dunbar and Bruce Weyandt of White.


Money available for

sewage facilities

Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said municipalities, municipal authorities and public school districts have until Dec. 15 to apply for a portion of $1 million that is available to help finance improvements to existing sewage facilities and drinking water systems using new or innovative technologies.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund combines state and federal funds to upgrade aging infrastructure, but the federal government has cut the fund by nearly half in the past three years.

In 2004, $1.34 billion was available, compared to $886 million last year. Pennsylvania's share of the fund was cut by $30 million to $27 million.

Grants of as much as $500,000 are available through the Growing Greener program to make physical improvements to existing facilities, as well as sanitary and combined sewer collection/conveyance systems.

Preference will be given to wastewater treatment projects that use new or innovative technology to reduce energy consumption compared to conventional processes. Incorporating advanced technologies also improves the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of existing facilities.

New or innovative technology refers to an approach that is commercially available but is not yet used widely in Pennsylvania, and should provide one or more significant advantages over conventional technology.

The deadline for submitting innovative water and wastewater grant applications is Nov. 30. The application form is available electronically at, keyword: Growing Greener Innovative Technology.

Kula proposal endorsed

by House committee

A proposal introduced by state Rep. Deberah Kula, D-Fayette/Westmoreland, which would expand the role of pharmacists in the management of drug therapy moved one step closer to passage recently as the House Professional Licensure Committee endorsed the measure.

Kula said the committee made a few substantial changes to the legislation (H.B. 1250) before reporting it to the full House of Representatives. She said the changes strongly enhance her original proposal and would provide a significant boost to the services pharmacists will be able to deliver.

Currently, pharmacists can manage drug therapy for patients only when they practice in an institutional setting such as a hospital or nursing home. Kula said her amended bill would permit pharmacists to enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician to perform drug therapy management outside an institutional setting if the pharmacist meets certain requirements. Some of these requirements include evidence of training in the diseases they are managing through drug therapy, compliance with registration requirements and proof of professional liability insurance covering $1 million per occurrence.

Kula added that programs administered by the U.S. Public Health Service, the nation's armed forces, and the Veterans Health Administration, as well as 38 states across the country, now include expanding the participation of pharmacists as a key element of their health-care system.


11,800 jobs

created in September

The economy in the seven-county Pittsburgh region created 11,800 jobs in September, pushing nonfarm jobs to 1.149 million, the second-highest level this year, the state said.

Most of the increase stemmed from the start of the school year. Jobs in that sector rose to 50,500, from 44,700 in August, said Lauren Nimal, an analyst with the state's Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The total number of jobs in the region in September is about 7,000 less than the highest level in 2007 of 1.156 million, which was recorded in June.

Jobs increased by just 3,000 compared to September 2006, when the number was 1.146 million.

Retail trade jobs are down by 1,300 from a year ago, and there are 1,700 fewer construction jobs than in September 2006.

The service-providing sector, which includes educational services, added 12,200 jobs in September. A seasonal increase of 2,200 jobs in the transportation and warehousing sectors was related to the use of school buses, the state said.

The civilian labor force expanded by 7,400 to 1,152,800 in September, from 1,145,400 in August. Those figures -- which include people working and looking for jobs -- were adjusted for seasonal factors, the state said.

The number of unemployed workers dropped to 55,000 in September from 55,400 in August.

The increase in jobs and the labor force combined to keep the region's unemployment rate at 4.6 percent in September for the second consecutive month. The Pittsburgh region's jobless rate for September is 0.1 percentage point higher than the state rate of 4.5 percent, and 0.1 percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.7 percent. The region encompasses Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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