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Man arrested for threat to trooper, family

| Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007

A Connellsville man was charged with terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened the lives of a state trooper and his family during an underage drinking arrest.

Kevin Duane Leadbeater, 20, is facing additional charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Trooper Timothy A. Kirsch, of the Uniontown barracks, was taking Leadbeater into custody at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 7 in the parking lot at the Sheetz convenience store along Route 40 when he made the threats.

Police did not specify what Leadbeater said.

Woman accused of

stealing from neighbor

A Smithfield woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges she burglarized a former neighbor's home in South Union Township numerous times.

Police believe Amber Noelle Matlick, 23, used a duplicate key to enter the residence of an elderly neighbor between Oct. 26 and November 2006 when she lived at the Long Apartments.

Police allege Matlick stole a substantial amount of jewelry from Doris Jean Whiting, 75, when she wasn't home.

Matlick is charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. She was arraigned before District Judge Joseph George, of South Union Township, and released on unsecured bond.

Uniontown

Keep warm and safe

The winter weather that has bypassed the region for most of the season has arrived in Fayette County. At least for a few days.

The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency reminds everyone, especially those in higher elevations, to be very careful as the potential for ice exists, especially on untreated roads. Even small accumulations of ice may cause extreme hazards to motorists and pedestrians.

FEMA recommends listening to television or radio broadcasts, monitoring the weather forecasts for adverse conditions and exercising caution.

Though snow accumulation will be slight in the coming days, temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s during the day, with nighttime lows in the teens and 20s. The cold itself carries many risks, officials report. Dress children warm for the bus stop or walk to school. Cover their ears and pull out gloves and mittens that have not seen much use this season. Extra care should be taken in dressing children and the elderly before going outside.

Greensburg

Farmland preservation

program accepting applicants

The Westmoreland County Agricultural Land Preservation Program is accepting applications from landowners interested in protecting their land from development through an Agricultural Conservation Easement.

Applications for qualified farmland will be accepted until Feb. 15 at the WCALP office, 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg.

Minimum guidelines have been established by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to select farms for preservation by Conservation Easements. Farms must meet minimum criteria for consideration. These are:

= The land must be in an agricultural security area. Check with your local municipality, if you are not sure if your farm is enrolled.

= The farm must be either 50 acres in size or more, and 50 percent harvested cropland or pastureland or if the farm is 35 to 49 acres, it must contain 80 percent harvested crop and pastureland.

= The soil quality must meet USDA agricultural land capability classifications for production. The WCALP office or the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will help landowners determine if the land meets this requirement.

= Cropland must be capable of producing yields equal to or greater than the county average yields for production based on the Pennsylvania Agricultural Statistical Guide. A two-year crop production history is required on the application.

For more about the Agricultural Land Preservation Program and Conservation Easements, visit www.WCALP.org.

Pittsburgh

Agency collaborates on

dietary advice campaign

The Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association, the Food Marketing Institute and MatchPoint Marketing, a Pittsburgh-based marketing agency located in Robinson Township, unveiled "Take a Peak," a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the food and beverage industry and retailers to move the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPyramid, the government's food guidance system, from the Internet to the grocery aisle, where consumers ultimately make their food choices.

Through clear and simple in-store messaging, Take a Peak will provide easy-to-follow advice that shows consumers how small, progressive changes in their purchasing habits and diets can improve their health.

Take a Peak, initially launched in 17 states and 2,000 retail locations, will reach millions of consumers through point-of-purchase messages and materials, including aisle banners, informational kiosks, floor graphics, educational coupon booklets and other displays in grocery stores nationwide. Retailer participation so far includes Brookshires, Giant Eagle, Publix, Raley's and SUPERVALU Central Region. The number of retail locations is expected to grow throughout 2007.

Retailers and wholesalers can obtain more information on this program by visiting: www.TapintoMyPyramid.com.

Washington, D.C.

New training

system proposed

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies announced a 12-point plan to create a national community-based training system for child-care workers. The first point is to require minimum pre-service training for all paid providers caring for unrelated children on a regular basis.

Currently in most states, child care providers can work with children without having training or previous experience, and ongoing training requirements are minimal. Only 12 states require caregivers in child-care centers to have training in early childhood education prior to working with children, and only nine and 12 states require providers in small and large family child-care homes, respectively, to have such training. NACCRRA's plan calls for all child-care providers -- including caregivers, directors and trainers -- to meet standard training qualifications, and it calls for a national trainer credential.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant, also known as CCDBG, is the primary federal funding stream for child care in the United States. It provides funds for quality investments and subsidies, and each state determines how the funds will be used within broad federal parameters. CCDBG funding has essentially remained frozen since 2002.

NACCRRA presented its 12-point plan as recommendations in its newest research report, NACCRRA's National Survey of Child Care Resource & Referral Training: Building a Training System for the Child Care Workforce. To download the plan, visit www.naccrra.org.

-- Staff reports

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