Memorial Day Letter to Veterans

By Michael Geiselhart, Republican Candidate for HD-55

Since before the Revolution, American men and women have been sacrificing their lives to serve this country and protect the freedoms we hold so dear today. Those we call Veterans have been the glimmer of light that emerged during our nation’s darkest hours throughout history. They are the ones who put their boots on the ground to defend our freedoms at the beaches of Normandy, the vast woods of Vietnam, and the scorching deserts of Iraq. (more…)

Registration open for Summer Day Camp in Career Exploration

GREENSBURG, PA — High school students interested in exploring career options should register for Quest 2016: Finding Your Future. Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Quest 2016: Finding Your Future is a series of summer day camps that allow high school students to learn about their interests and abilities and find out about a variety of related college majors. This is the eighth year for the program, which continues to grow in popularity with regional teens.

Blackburn Center named charity for Kellie Pickler Concert

LATROBE, PA — On August 27 when Kellie Pickler performs as the headliner for a concert that will highlight the Valley Dairy Great American Banana Split Celebration presented by Excela Health at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium, she will be taking the stage for more than just a performance. The GLLV Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that this year’s concert will benefit Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Funding available for home repairs through USDA Rural Development 504 Loans

HARRISBURG, PA — Homeowners in rural areas who need repairs to their homes but can’t afford regular loans may be eligible for participation in USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants Program.

Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair Program, aims to provide loans for very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes. A 504 loan can reach a maximum of $20,000 at a fixed interest rate of 1%. The 504 Program also provides grants, which can be worth a maximum of $7,500 and may only be issued to eligible seniors aged 62 and older, and may only be used for the removal of health and safety hazards.

Architectural historian to judge Saint Vincent Gallery’s 6th National Catholic Arts Competition

LATROBE, PA — The Saint Vincent Gallery has announced that the sixth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition will be held during the summer and fall and offer $3,500 in cash prizes.

Established by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the biennial juried competition and exhibition seeks to foster the arts of the western Christian tradition and also considers other artistic traditions of Christian subject matter.

GLLV Chamber Spotlights Latrobe Art Center and Red Cross

The American Red Cross is easily recognized by its distinctive big red cross on a white background. But there’s much more to this organization that was established on a national level in 1879. Start with the blood drives that have saved untold lives over the years. Add to that the fact that any time there is a disaster, whether it’s with an individual family or a town or city, the Red Cross is always on the scene early.

Chamber program helps members protect their networks

LATROBE, PA — The numbers are staggering and frightening. News reports air almost daily about major corporations being cyber-hacked. Target, Home Depot, Staples and J.P. Morgan Chase all have been hit and have received national coverage. “And that’s because for the media, the idea is to sell papers and get television ratings,” said Leia Shilobold, CEO of InTech Solutions. “It’s not big news to talk about small businesses, but cyber crime is a big problem for those folks.”