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Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To combining forces: The Apollo No. 3 and North Apollo VFDs are undertaking a plan to consolidate. Huzzah! Given that the number of volunteers continues to drop and the cost of training, equipment, etc. continues to rise, we wonder why more departments aren't doing this. Could it be parochialism, petty rivalries and power-mongering? We hope not.

Lance: To Kiski Area school officials. Since February, Kiski elementary school principal Jeffrey Jackson has been “absent,” says the district — and not another word. The school board approved an agreement with Jackson on Monday — without another word. Since all contracts — not a few, not some — involving the district are publc record, we asked for a copy and were denied. We filed a Right-to-Know request and were told the district needs another 30 days to research the matter. That's its right under the law, but Kiski residents are paying for whatever is in that agreement. They deserve an explanation.

Laurel: To VonZell Wade. A former crack cocaine addict and dealer in the '80s and early '90s, the ex-con turned around his life. Wade got clean, worked and went to school. He now holds a Ph.D. in counseling and along with his wife, Laurie, runs Lost Dreams Awakening, a nonprofit addiction counseling center in New Kensington. Wade, who we profiled on Sunday, may be an exception among addicts, but he certainly is a sterling one.

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