Laurels & lances: Wishes, dangers and partners
Laurel: To a hero’s dream come true. Seven military or first-responder brides received a fairy godmother moment in Greensburg when they participated in a Brides Across America event that put Cinderella-fantasy wedding gowns onto women who have served their country or their community — or are marrying someone who has.
Some, like Katie Davis, fit both bills. An 11-year Army veteran, the Pittsburgh South Side resident found her Prince Charming wearing a uniform when they served together.
Sometimes that fairy godmother understands the challenges of a service member’s wedding all too well. MB Brides store manager Jennifer Mason was eager to help because she has been in Davis’ combat boots. She was both a military bride and an MB Bride.
Lance: To too many kids dying. In the last week, summer turned deadly for children who were just out to have some fun.
Hunter Smith, 3, and his brother Hayden, 1, drowned Wednesday in a family swimming pool in Uniontown.
Nathan Kanczes, 15, of North Huntingdon, died Monday when he fell more than 40 feet from a Somerset County rock outcropping at the YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill.
Summer activities can be fun but they can also carry dangers, and it’s important for everyone to remember to be careful and encourage caution.
Laurel: To a natural partnership. Any doctor will tell you that if you want to be healthier, get some exercise. Any coach can tell you that if you want to be the best athlete you can be, you have to take care of your body.
That’s why the planned sports complex and health clinic facility at the former Montour Junction rail yard in Coraopolis does make perfect sense.
The project will bring together Allegheny Health Network for the medical side, which will feature primary and pediatric care and sports medicine, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds pro soccer team. The $16 million, 78-acre facility will include 10 synthetic FIFA-regulation soccer and multipurpose fields, two of which will be indoors.
The state is providing a $2.5 million grant.