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Alle-Kiski Laurels and Lances

| Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:09 p.m.

Lance: To letting others help. What happened to the subscriber base at Lower Valley Ambulance Service? The service's financials have virtually fallen off a cliff, including its subscriber base dropping by a third in a single year. Huh? Lower Valley desperately needs to look at its subscription drive and the citizens in Springdale, Cheswick and surrounding areas need to get on board.

Laurel: To good police work. Lower Burrell Detective Scott Cardenas looked at the wooded lot across from a missing elderly woman's home and said to himself, “I wonder ... ” Cardenas looked over the steep embankment and saw the woman's car in a gully. She was rescued and may owe her life to Cardenas.

Lance: To Westmoreland County's broken property assessments. To shake more money out of taxpayers, some school districts are filing appeals with the county's Board of Assessment Appeals based on recent property sales. And oftentimes these disputes land property owners in court. Even if the properties involved are primarily commercial, “fairness” in assessments shouldn't mean that buyers get cold-cocked when they close on land in Westmoreland County.

Laurel: To Dr. Herbert Flynn Jr. The Oakmont chiropractor recently celebrated 60 years of cracking backs and providing nutritional advice. It must work — Flynn is 88, works six days a week and has no plans to retire.

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