Fall cleanup being held
Connellsville has set Sept. 22 as its fall clean-up day.
Veolia will collect materials that day. All items are to be bundled, bagged or boxed and placed where the resident's trash is normally picked up. Bundles, boxes or bags are not to weigh more than 50 pounds each.
Veolia will collect any extra large items and appliances, such as sofas, tables, televisions, washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, water tanks, dishwashers, mattresses, box springs and shelving. Items containing refrigerants also will be collected as long as Freon is removed properly and certifications are attached to the appliance. Examples of these types of appliances are refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
Veolia will not pick up building materials, such as bricks, stones, broken pieces of concrete, broken doors, plasterboards, automotive parts including motors, fenders, bumpers, tires and rims. No construction materials, remodeling material, concrete, stumps, paints, liquids, hazardous materials, pesticides or any other material deemed nonmunicipal solid waste will be picked up.
Veolia will collect small kitchen and bathroom appliances and toys.
Once the trucks have covered an area, they will not repeat collection. In case of rain, cover all items with plastic or water repellant materials so that boxes will remain dry.
PennDOT District 12 announced the following tentative work plan for next week:
= Bridge repairs will be performed on Route 381, Indian Head Road.
= Signs will be updated, downed signs replaced and work orders addressed on various routes.
= Pipe flushing operations are scheduled for Route 1055, Dunbar mountain area.
= Patch repairs are scheduled for Route 2021, Jumonville Road; Route 40, Uniontown; and Route 51, Waltersburg to Westmoreland County line.
= Pipe flushing operations and ditch clean activities are scheduled for the Bradford area.
= Bridges will be cleaned on Route 381, Normalville/Mill Run area.
= Base repairs will be performed on Route 201, Fayette City area.
= Guide rail cleaning activities are scheduled for Route 40, mountain area.
= Bridges will be cleaned on Route 21, in the Masontown area.
= Shoulder cutting operations are scheduled in the Indian Head area.
All maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis. Motorists should drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zones requiring the usage of headlights.
PennDOT has a 24-hour toll free number for residents to call to report any road maintenance concern or to report locations of dead deer on state highways. The number is 800-FIX-ROAD (800-349-7623).
Dunbar has scheduled Sept. 17 and 18 as fall clean-up days for borough residents. The fee is $10 and must be paid at the borough office before Sept. 17 for items to be picked up at a residence.
Pick-up will not include paint, hazardous materials, tires, air conditioners or refrigerators.
For more information, call the borough office at 724-277-4949.
State police at Uniontown have released a traffic report from the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.
No fatal accidents occurred, but 16 total crashes occurred, with four injuries. Three of the accidents involved alcohol.
State police also report the following enforcement data: 14 DUI arrests, 121 speeding citations, three child passenger safety seat citations, 13 seat belt citations, 25 warnings for safety belt violations and 162 other, non-named traffic citations.
The Fayette County Drug Task Force is asking anyone with information on suspicious drug activity to e-mail email@example.com or call 724-415-3100. For more information, visit www.fayettecountydrugtaskforce.com.
Federal funds awarded
Gov. Edward G. Rendell said senior citizens and people with disabilities will be better able to get around with the state's investment of $2.1 million in 27 human service transportation providers. The organizations will use the money to buy wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
The recipients include 26 private, nonprofit organizations and one public group. In contrast with PennDOT's shared-ride program, which is available to the general public, human service transit providers work primarily with specific clients, such as people with cerebral palsy or mental retardation. Six of these providers are receiving grants for the first time, he said.
The federally funded grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to cover up to 80 percent of the cost of new wheelchair-accessible transit vehicles.
Area grant recipients were Goodwill Industries of Fayette County, $144,000; and Westmoreland Human Opportunities Inc. of Westmoreland County, $171,200.
Farmers can sign
for crop insurance
This summer's extreme weather has compounded what was already a high risk season for many farmers even before they began planting. Now, those who grow winter wheat, oats, barley, forage production, alfalfa seed and many other fall planted crops will have a chance to act on what they have learned from the experiences of corn and soybean growers this year.
Between now and Oct. 1, farmers across most of the country will have a chance to sign up for federally subsidized crop insurance on their fall planted crops. For many, the crop insurance decision will be fueled by the increase in grain prices and the increased risks imposed by price volatility.
Oct. 1 is also the deadline for making any changes to existing policies. Not all crops nor all types of insurance coverage are available in every county. For more information, check with a private crop insurance agent well before the deadline.
-- Staff reports