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Big Ben gives grants to K-9 units

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has donated $52,400 in nine grants from his Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The foundation will distribute the money to police and fire departments.

Departments receiving funding this year are:

• Aspinwall Police Department

• Butler County sheriff's office

• Aliquippa Police Department

• Eureka Hose Company in Brackenridge

• Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department

• Johnstown Police Department

• Masontown Police Department

• Penn Hills Police Department

• Westmoreland County Park Police

Funds will be used to cover purchases of dogs for K-9 programs, training, safety and training equipment, food and other expenses.

This is the foundation's fifth grant cycle, during which it distributed more than $130,000. In addition, the foundation distributed grants to police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2011-12 season.

Since 2007, the foundation has made 98 grants totaling almost $850,000 to 94 police and fire departments and four community youth organizations.

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Grinding company receives state grant

A Latrobe-based company that specializes in grinding superhard material has received a grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to create jobs and help continue the company's growth.

Aggressive Grinding Service Inc. received a package of loans, grants and tax credits worth nearly $1.7 million, according to Jeffrey Craig, chief financial officer.

The company plans to purchase about $2.6 million in new equipment and build a 14,000-square-foot addition.

The company, founded in 1988, employs 92 people. "Since April 1, we've created about 25 jobs, expect to create another 35 over the next three years," Mr. Craig said.


Winter festival at Twin Lakes this weekend

The Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Alliance hosts a Winter Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Twin Lakes Park Expansion Site on Georges Station Road.

Weather permitting, activities include use of sledding and tubing runs, skating [bring your own equipment] and a playground. The festival includes food, crafts and photos offered by the Westmoreland Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts.

All proceeds benefit the upcoming March for Parks event sponsored by the alliance, which is made up of representatives of a number of recreation agencies in the county.

Details: Call 724-830-3950 or


Home show this weekend

A home show, "Home Sweet Home," is at the Monroeville Convention Center through Sunday. The facility features 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space and more than 40,000 free parking spots.

Organized by Expositions Inc., the annual show features backyard gardens, a complete dream home and a free seminar stage among scores of exhibits featuring construction, remodeling, kitchens and baths, retail garden centers and home services.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; children under age 12 are admitted free.

Details, call 1-800-600.0307 or visit


Workshop helps in family research

Those interested in digging up their family's roots may be interested in a workshop offered by the Westmoreland County Historical Society. "Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks of Genealogy Research" will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the society's Calvin E. Pollins Library, 362 Sand Hill Road.

The workshop is limited to those looking up ancestors from Westmoreland County. Cost is $10 for society members, $15 nonmembers. Details: 724-532-1935, ext. 10.


Play to raise awareness of teen dating violence

A play that was created after the death of a Monroeville teenager will be performed at the New Hazlett Theater next month.

"Everything is Fine" was created by Prime State Theatre's Teen Board in the wake of the death of Demi Cuccia, a 16-year-old Gateway High School student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2007.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Demi Brae Cuccia Memorial Foundation.

Details: 724-773-0700 or


'Company' on stage at Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent College Players will present Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "Company" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus.

Colleen Reilly is director, Thomas Octave is music director and Renata Marino is choreographer.

Written in the early 1970s, the musical - performed in a series of vignettes - has never been performed on the Saint Vincent College stage. The show has a cast of 14 student actors. They are:

Zac Rumski of Mount Oliver, Amanda Slowey of Bethel Park, Brandon Snyder of Laughlintown, Rona Gehring of Robinson, Alex Policicchio of Johnstown, Josh Gongaware of North Huntingdon, Anna Steighner of Kittanning, Danielle Byrne of Williamsport, Mark Harris of Belle Vernon, Courtney Tolner of Monessen, Bo Tokarski of South Hills, Lydia Gibson of Saint Marys, Marla Crawford of Valencia and Kara Laus of Carnegie.

Tickets are $10. Call the box office: 724-805-2229.


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