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Mount Pleasant: Things do happen in the borough

| Monday, May 19, 2003

May is the time of year for warm weather, the conclusion of spring and the promise of summer - so I wish it would get started! But besides the unpredictable and downright unpleasant May weather, this month presents and affords the Mount Pleasant area with many and various activities and issues and is the lead-in month for many more. Among those many activities and issues are the following:

  • The conflict in Iraq has afforded Mount Pleasant considerable notoriety with the feature of Cpl. Michael Rega on the cover of Newsweek Magazine and the featuring of downtown Mount Pleasant on the local and Pittsburgh news for our decorated town of yellow ribbons. All of our servicemen and women, local and otherwise, are heroes and our heartfelt thanks and admiration go out to all. Mount Pleasant has once again shown its true patriotic colors.

  • More good news has surfaced concerning the "Coal and Coke Trail," which will soon become a reality. Those that have worked so hard in our area are to be congratulated and applauded for their efforts in making this project happen. New construction continues to happen in and around Mount Pleasant. A new in-line hockey rink is progressing in adjoining East Huntingdon Township along Bessemer Road and work continues to progress on the Crossroads Service Plaza on Route 819. Also, are my eyes deceiving me or have I seen some progress on the longtime eyesore on the Diamond on Main Street• Hope so! These projects and several others only reaffirm that businesspeople recognize the Mount Pleasant area as a great place to do business and set up shop.

  • Happy to hear that most of the laid-off workers at the Mount Pleasant Sony Technology Center have been recalled. Reported that less than 100 workers remain on layoff. Good news for all!

  • Be sure not to miss the annual Mount Pleasant Community Picnic to held on June 3 at Idlewild Park in nearby Ligonier. This event is an opportunity for the whole community to get away and enjoy the fun and beauty of Idlewild Businesspeople, don't forget to remember your contribution, whether it be a cash contribution, gift certificate or picnic "basket."

  • News on the bad side is the status of our Frick Hospital and its affiliation with Westmoreland Hospital in the Westmoreland Health System. The most recent layoffs here and in Greensburg have raised many questions as to the future of the hospital in its present form. Newspaper accounts have already raised the possibility the closing of Frick Hospital is an option. I realize that no decisions have been made and may not be for a long time. But to hear that this is even an option for consideration deserves much scrutiny from all involved, especially those of us in the Mount Pleasant community. All efforts must be made to maintain and to enhance growth in the medical community in our area. The very thought of losing our hospital would be a tremendous blow to the whole community, not only in terms of medical care but detrimental to the business community, both current and future. A major criteria for businesses and families looking to locate to an area is the availability of quality medical care. To lose our hospital and that local care would discourage future development and growth in our area. Keeping and growing Frick Hospital is a paramount necessity now and for years to come. It's important that we stay on top of this and not let it suddenly happen. I am sure that the "powers that be" will explore all options and remedies, and many are in the works right now, but let's be sure Mount Pleasant and Frick Hospital are not let out of the mix.

  • Finally, I want to take this space to congratulate and acknowledge the soon-to-be graduates of all of our local high schools. Best of luck in all future endeavors is the wish for all. I have special graduation wishes for my graduating redhead as she, too, begins a whole new chapter In her life. As all parents and guardians of this year's seniors are proud of their graduates, I just want to say how proud I am of my daughter, for all she stands for, all she has accomplished and hope that all of her dreams and ambitions will be fulfilled, and ditto that for all of the 2003 graduates. By the time this article appears, I know the weather will change, the heat will be on and the air conditioning will be running. That's OK with me, because it will be a welcome change to this chilly and rainy spring that has kept us down for way too long now. But regardless of the conditions, the Mount Pleasant area continues to move forward and our activities and community events seem to be endless. That's good, too, because they reaffirm that Mount Pleasant is, indeed, a great place to live and a great place to do business.

    Brooks is president of the Mount Pleasant Business District Authority.

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