Laurels & Lances
A Fond Farewell: To Sacred Heart Chapel in Dawson. The doors closed after 119 years with a final Mass last week. Officials with the Diocese of Greensburg said a limited number of priests are available to cover the churches in the Connellsville area. Masses at Immaculate Conception, St. Rita's, Holy Trinity and St. John the Evangelist were reduced in addition to the Sacred Heart closing.
On the "Watch List": Connellsville Area School District. The district is running a bulk-buying program in the style of big box retailers, saving money on supply costs but pouring resources into a warehouse operation. Director Ed Zadylak, who is calling for an end to the program, deserves consideration from his fellow board members. Run the numbers. Let's see if an order-as-needed supply chain makes more cents .
Laurel: To Connellsville's mayor and city council. The financial conundrum this panel inherited is nobody's fault. It's a simple problem: The cost to run the city is more expensive than citizens are able to afford. But the solution is complicated because residents expect (and deserve) a safe and sanitary lifestyle. Council has finally sought help in the form of a major shake-up by state-funded consultants. It's just what Connellsville needs.