Laurels & lances: Growing, paying, climbing, working |

Laurels & lances: Growing, paying, climbing, working

Pittsburgh firefighters at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Stair Climb at PNC Park on Nov. 9.

Laurel: To making the holidays bigger. The Ligonier Country Market’s annual Christmas Market is getting a boost with a second location.

The boost to the Nov. 30 event will not just accommodate more crafters, artisans and other producers, but also additional shoppers.

Way to grow.

Lance: To not paying up. Pay stubs are supposed to be the thing that is left over after you cash your check — the proof of how much money you got for how much work. But former employees of hemp warehouse operator Patriot Shield Security say they haven’t been paid in weeks, and the company doesn’t dispute that.

“We’re a start-up. We’re a little late on payroll, so we’ve got some disgruntled employees,” said Andrew Englund, Patriot Shield’s Pennsylvania director.

People have a right to be disgruntled when they aren’t paid. And if a business isn’t prepared to pay them, it shouldn’t hire them.

Laurel: To a climb for a reason. PNC Park opened its doors Saturday morning to firefighters and members of the public participating in the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Stair Climb put on by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Participants climbed 2,200 steps — simulating the 110 stories of the World Trade Center in New York City where 343 firefighters perished responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Lance: To not working together. Delmont Borough Council announced in October that it was starting work on its 2020 budget and invited all departments to participate in the process. At the same time, Delmont Fire Department officials were complaining about money troubles and criticism directed their way by borough administrators that is hurting its fundraising efforts.

Borough officials claim the fire department has not sent a representative to attend any of the budget prep meetings this fall to discuss its financial concerns.

This doesn’t help anyone. Both sides need to bend.

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