James Bendel rejoining SVC administration

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LATROBE, PA — James D. Bendel has been named director of planned giving at Saint Vincent College and will be rejoining the college’s administrative staff effective July 1, according to an announcement by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president. Executive director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County since 2012, Bendel is a founding partner…

Will State Representative Frank Dermody support Tom Wolf’s Tax Hikes?

HARRISBURG, PA — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Megan Sweeney released the following statement questioning 33rd District State Representative Frank Dermody support of Governor Tom Wolf’s recently announced sales and income tax hikes. “Does State Representative Frank Dermody agree with Governor Wolf’s proposed tax hikes?” Sweeney asked. “Governor Tom Wolf just announced a budget…

Man sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud

YORK SPRINGS, PA — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Robert M. Fowler, 61 years of age, of York Springs, Pennsylvania, was sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud involving $24,934.68 of benefits he was not entitled to receive. U.S. District Court Judge William W. Caldwell sentenced Mr. Fowler to three…

Man charged with passing counterfeit currency at Poconos casino

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MT. POCONO, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the filing of a criminal information charging Walter Cruz, Jr., 36 years of age, of Paterson, New Jersey, with passing counterfeit United States currency at the Mount Airy Casino in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2014. The government…

Joe Sestak’s No Good, Very Bad February

“The news for Joe Sestak’s stumbling campaign just keeps getting worse. Earlier in February, a Quinnipiac poll showed U.S. Senator Pat Toomey with a 10-point lead over Democratic challenger Joe Sestak. This week, even fellow Democrats such as Congressman Bob Brady and former State Party Chairman T.J. Rooney are voicing their concerns with his faltering…

Another counterfeit currency scheme, woman sentenced to probation

PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Washington County was sentenced in federal court to two years probation, including eight months home confinement, on her conviction of conspiracy to possess and to pass counterfeit currency, announced United States Attorney David J. Hickton. United States District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed sentence upon Cheryl Leigh Johnson, 36…

Organist Alan Morrison to be featured in SVC Concert Series

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LATROBE, PA — Organist Alan Morrison will be featured on the 2014-2015 Saint Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica to celebrate the new John-Paul Buzard pipe organ. Morrison is recognized as one of America’s premier concert organists. His concert appearances include some of the most…

Keystone XL will not be approved any time soon

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Pipeline proponents feeding the fire that threatens their project By Tom Harris Imagine your house is ablaze and fire fighters are working hard to extinguish the inferno. Might they consider you dangerously insane if, while urging them on, you also threw gasoline into the flames? Crazy though this sounds, it is analogous to what government…

Pitt-Greensburg to host free FAFSA Completion Workshop

GREENSBURG, PA — The University of Pittsburgh will host a FAFSA Completion Workshop for current and prospective students and their parents. Attendees will sit down at a computer and be guided through the steps to completion by a member of the Pitt-Greensburg Office of Financial Aid staff. Registration is required for this free event and…