Fire company gets $30K grant from FEMA
A Westmoreland County fire company has received a grant of more than $30,000 to improve operations and safety.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Department of Homeland Security awarded $30,923 in grants to the Citizens Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Arnold, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
"Pennsylvania's firefighters endure risk and sacrifice every day to keep their community safe," Mr. Casey said. "This money will help provide Westmoreland County firefighters with the resources they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those they serve."
Funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which aims to strengthen the health and safety of the nation's first responders and those they serve.
Planners see auto dealer's plan
North Huntingdon Planning Commission saw plans last week for new Kenny Ross Subaru and Mazda buildings across Route 30 from the Kenny Ross Chevrolet dealership.
Tony Ross of Ross Development Co. and Gary Baird of Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering Inc. of Greensburg said they would like to develop a 7.07-acre site that would include the former location of the demolished Nor-Ridge personal care home, one residential property and another lot to hold three new buildings.
One building would be a showroom. The other, further east on Jacktown Hill, would include a showroom and the service garages for both dealerships.
The men had asked that the plan be pulled from the commission's agenda.
Don Housley of KLH Engineers of Robinson, who works for the planning commission, said the plans are well done, but a number of questions still need to be answered about ownership of various parcels, rights of way and planning ordinance requirements.
Planning director Andy Blenko said developers will probably submit preliminary plans to the planning commission at a later date.
Church Italian fest this weekend
Volunteers, led by 91-year-old Gladys Peltier, began preparing food Monday in anticipation of the thousands who will attend the annual Ascension Church Italian Festival set for 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds.
The festival is known for its authentic Italian cuisine.
In preparation for this year's crowd, Mrs. Peltier said volunteers are cooking 100 pounds of beans for pasta e fagioli, 100 pounds of ground beef for meatballs and sauce, and 175 pound of sausage that will be served with peppers and onions.
"I really don't know how many people we'll serve," said Mrs. Peltier.
The festival also will feature games, raffles and a bake sale. Live entertainment is scheduled for both days.
Contracts OK'd for WCCC Latrobe
The Westmoreland County Community College Board of Trustees has awarded contracts for the college's Latrobe center and its advanced technology center. Construction begins this month.
For the Latrobe center, construction contracts totaling $8.48 million were awarded to: General Industries, general, $6.17 million; Whitby Inc., mechanical, $998,950; Bronder Technical Services, electrical, $834,000; Norris Plumbing Co., plumbing, $405,000; and Preferred Fire Protection, fire protection, $72,500.
Groundbreaking for the 30,000-square-foot center, which will be on a 1.8-acre lot along Depot and Jefferson streets, was last month. Project completion is slated for summer 2014. The new Latrobe center will contain general and computer classrooms, labs for biology, science and allied health, faculty and administrative offices, student study areas and multipurpose rooms for community activities.
The board awarded base-bid construction contracts totaling $9.38 million for the tech center, which will occupy 73,500 square feet at RIDC-Westmoreland, the former Sony plant, in East Huntingdon. Contractors are Masscon Inc., general, $5.03 million; A-1 Electric, electrical, $1.88 million; Marc Services, mechanical, $1.65 million; and Enders Plumbing, plumbing, $819,300.
The center will provide training in mechatronics, energy, advanced and additive manufacturing, machining and fabrication and metrology for WCCC students, workers and employers who will relocate to the multitenant RIDC.
Funding is provided by a bond issue authorized by Westmoreland County, private funds raised though the college's Investing in Our Community campaign and from the state Department of Education.