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Foster grandparents

| Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

The Foster Grandparent Program of Southwestern Pennsylvania is holding its Fall Volunteer Drive Nov. 3 through Nov. 7. Sponsored by the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, the Foster Grandparent Program -- a federal grant program -- gives income-eligible seniors age 60 or over the opportunity to serve as role models for children and adolescents who are considered special need, exceptional and/or at-risk.

Typically, Foster Grandparents work up to 20 hours per week in schools, homes, hospitals, drug treatment centers, Head Start Programs and similar facilities. Foster Grandparents work directly with these children, helping them with homework, playing games and teaching them important life lessons. Foster Grandparents are not asked to house or live with these children.

Foster Grandparents receive a modest, nontaxable stipend and are provided reimbursement for out-of-pocket and travel expenses. For more information or to become a Foster Grandparent, call 412-263-3168 or email


Court verdicts

The following cases were concluded during October in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas:

• Billie Jo Wilson, 35, of Connellsville, found not guilty of three drug charges.

• Sandra Eden Cole, 34, of Uniontown, found not guilty of retail theft.

• John David Mongell, 44, of Connellsville, found guilty of possessing a firearm and drug paraphernalia.

• Samuel Edward Nudo, 42, of Dawson, found guilty of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property.

• Kenneth Cummings, 67, of Connellsville, found guilty of three drug charges.

• Glenn M. Shuford Jr., 25 of Uniontown, found guilty of two drug charges and driving under the influence.

Sobriety checkpoint

State police at Uniontown conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Crawford Avenue on Oct.20. Troopers stopped 40 vehicles. Two operators were found allegedly under the influence and one was also carrying suspected drugs. Charges will be filed.


Motorists reminded

of PennDOT Web site

With the early arrival of winter weather in northeastern Pennsylvania, PennDOT is reminding motorists that if they are planning to travel when storms are forecast, they should check the PennDOT Web site for the latest conditions on the Interstates.

"When heavy snow is predicted, all nonessential travel should be postponed," PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., said. "If plans cannot be changed, motorists should use our online resources, as well as the Interstate hotline, to stay aware of road conditions. PennDOT's travel information page contains tools, including links to department traffic cameras and current weather-related travel conditions and closures, which are updated every 15 minutes for all Pennsylvania Interstates."

The Interstate road conditions hotline for in-state callers is 888-783-6783; out-of-state callers should call 717-783-5186. It provides weather-related road condition information for all Pennsylvania Interstates.

The travel page at also includes a winter driving guide, the "Ice and Snow, Take it Slow" brochure. The guide provides winter driving tips and includes a list of what should be included in a simple emergency travel kit.

"The contents of an emergency travel kit are basic, but should be tailored to each family's specific needs, whether they include baby supplies, pet necessities or medications," Biehler said.

Some of the basic items for every vehicle include first aid supplies, nonperishable food, water, warm clothes, a blanket, a battery-powered radio and a small snow shovel.

-- Staff reports

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