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| Saturday, April 17, 2004

At its meeting this week, The Frazier School Board approved the institution of a youth tennis program for students in grades one through eight. The program will be held on Saturdays between May 15 and June 26.

According to Business Manager Thomas Shetterly, the cost is $20 per student, which is down from last year's $40 fee. Approximately 60 children participated in 2003.

In addition, the board granted a request from Joe Turek, cross country head coach, for permission to participate in track and field events with Charleroi Area School District during the spring 2004 track season. Participation is open to any interested student in the high school.

Rescind motion

At their meeting this week, the Saltlick Township supervisors rescinded a motion that they passed last month concerning all-terrain vehicle traffic on dirt portions of Neal's Run, Stanton Road and Nebo Road.

Although the speed limit discussed in their meeting was 10 to 15 mph, according to Chairman Rick Gales, the resolution read 25 mph.

Resident Alonzo Kalp was upset about the change.

"You gentleman don't have the right to sit down and make policy in the back room," said Kalp. "You don't have the right to change meeting minutes."

Gales and Supervisor Ed Bukovac apologized for the change, stating that they thought they were allowed to make speed limit changes without bringing them up at the meeting.

According to Gales, the change was made after they found four-25 mph signs in the garage and decided to use those rather than spend the money to purchase new 10 to 15 mph signs.

Worst agencies

When it comes to disciplining doctors, Pennsylvania's Board of Medicine is one of the worst oversight agencies in the nation, according to a report released Wednesday by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

The nonprofit public interest organization said the state board has not been aggressive enough in disciplining incompetent physicians and has consistently ranked near the bottom among states in taking enforcement actions.

Pennsylvania is seventh among the 10 worst states. The report ranked Rhode Island as the worst, followed by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Arkansas and Maryland. The best state boards, were, in Kentucky, Wyoming, North Dakota, Arizona, Oklahoma, Vermont, Montana, Alaska, West Virginia and Ohio.

The rankings were based on the number of serious disciplinary actions taken for every 1,000 physicians in a state.

Last year, Pennsylvania's Board of Medicine took 78 disciplinary actions against doctors. According to the state, there were 6,945 complaints filed.

Ceremony

Seven new chaplains of the Pennsylvania National Guard, including the first female and the first Hispanic, will be recognized during a special ceremony at 3 p.m. April 17 at Fort Indiantown Gap main post chapel. The event will mark the admittance of local chaplain, 1st Lt. Craig Forsythe of the United Methodist Church of Connellsville.

Week observed

Fayette County Commissioners Angela M. Zimmerlink and Vincent A. Vicites will officially proclaim the week of April 18 through 24 as the "Week of the Young Child."

The event will occur Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m. on the steps of the Fayette County Courthouse.

The Fayette County Early Care and Education Committee, along with hundreds of organizations, will celebrate the national event.

The week is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children and to help them make the most of their early years.

According to the 2000 census, there are 17,838 children living in Fayette County.

The event is free to the public.

Gets grant

U.S. Rep. John Murtha announced that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a grant of $159,360 to the Housing Authority of Fayette County.

The grant will be used for vouchers to relocate 40 families affected by the scheduled demolition of 108 public-housing units in the county. The units will be razed over the next six months, including 75 at Lemonwood Acres in North Union Township, 31 at Dunlap Creek Village in Redstone Township and two on Coolspring Street in Uniontown. A total of 255 units at three sites were demolished in 2002. Most of the dislocated families have been or will be relocated to vacant apartments in other public housing facilities.

The voucher assistance is provided to families in public housing developments that are scheduled for demolition or redevelopment in connection with a federal program designed to eradicate severely distressed public housing.

Mobile service

The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will provide counseling and claim filing assistance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Disabled American Veterans Fayette Chapter #58, 1368 Mall Run Road, Uniontown Mall (at main entrance near National City Bank), Uniontown. Help from this office is free to all veterans and members of their families.

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