What Pennsylvanians should know about claiming the Health Coverage Tax Credit

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Health Coverage Tax Credit is a tax credit that pays 72.5 percent of qualified health insurance premiums for eligible individuals and families. You are required to attach certain documents with your income tax return to verify you were eligible to claim the credit, that your 2015 health insurance plan was qualified, and that the premiums claimed for your 2015 coverage were paid for the IRS to process your claim for the HCTC. If you do not attach the required documentation, processing delays may occur.

Chamber Golf Classic makes check presentation

LATROBE, PA — The 26th playing of the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic was the biggest and most successful in its history. The field was an early sellout at Latrobe Country Club and the day was a financial success, creating a sizable donation for the event’s beneficiary, the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation.

Local college offers cultural suggestions for Valentine couples

LATROBE, PA — Saint Vincent College is offering some cultural options for couples looking for a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend.

NATURE NIGHT OUT AT WINNIE PALMER NATURE RESERVE – Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve will host a Valentine’s Day event titled “Nature Night Out” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. The event is an opportunity for couples or groups of friends, 21 and older, to enjoy drinks and dinner. Guests will also have the opportunity to view work from local artists that highlights their love for nature with artwork that utilizes, incorporates or focuses on nature. Event fee is $40 per person and is open to anyone 21 and older. It includes dinner, wine and artwork. Artwork may be available to purchase and artist information will be made available to interested parties. Additional information and event registration are available at http://wpnr.org/event/nature-night-out/.

Community Arts & Reintegration Project seeks to lower recidivism rates and revitalize communities through mural projects

GREENSBURG, PA — Pitt-Greensburg’s Center for Applied Research (CFAR) will host representatives from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on Friday, February 12, in Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601). The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be followed by a hors d’oeuvres reception in the Smith Hall Lounge.

GLLV Chamber Visitor and Information Center celebrates first anniversary

LATROBE, PA — It was just a year ago that the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce opened the doors of the Visitor & Information Center. The lights were turned on as a group of local dignitaries, politicians and board members came to Sharky’s Plaza to view the sparkling new facility for the first time.

A great first impression was made on those first-night visitors and, in reality, the thousands of visitors who came through the door the first year. The VIC means many things to many people but most importantly it has played an important role in Chamber President David Martin and his staff doing the work they have done for Chamber members.

SVC plans 6th annual summer program for youth

LATROBE, PA — Saint Vincent College will host the sixth annual Faith and Reason Summer Program, an intensive, one-week introduction to the Catholic, liberal arts tradition, from Sunday, June 12, to Friday, June 17, directed by Dr. Michael P. Krom, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department.

“The Saint Vincent College Faith and Reason Summer Program introduces bright young minds to the rich intellectual tradition of the Roman Catholic faith,” Krom explained. “Designed to prompt students to address the questions and concepts most fundamental to humanity in the context of Catholic thought, the program offers participants an opportunity to examine these topics through seminal works that are an integral part of any Catholic, liberal arts program.”

Washington County hospitals team up to promote heart health awareness

CARROLL TWP., PA — While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month (February) for a county-wide education and awareness effort for women and men called “Go Red, Washington County.”

Saint Vincent Summer Theatre announces auditions

LATROBE, PA — Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Artistic Director, Greggory Brandt, announced the auditions for its upcoming summer season.

The auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in rooms 31 and 33 on the 3rd floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

Monongahela Valley Hospital receives reaccreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence

CARROLL TWP., PA — Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) was one of only five hospitals recently awarded reaccreditation as an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), facility by the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE). The reaccreditation is a testament to MVH’s commitment to the demanding standards of quality and safety set by the ACE.