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10/24/2014
UNITED WAY SEEKS NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Nominations due January 9
The United Way of Indiana County is seeking new members for its board of directors and is asking for nominations.    Board member responsibilities include attending meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 AM; serving on at least one committee; helping with the annual fundraising campaign; attending special United Way events; and contributing financially, and with time and talent.   Candidates can be nominated by mail, fax or email.  Include the nominee’s name and your name, the nominee’s business or organization, cell phone number, email, and an explanation of why they are an ideal candidate.  You may mail the nomination to the United Way of Indiana County, 982 Philadelphia Street, Indiana PA  15701; you can fax the nomination to 724-463-0278; or you can send an email to uwindiana@verizon.net.  Nominations are due by January 9th. 
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10/24/2014
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY TODAY AT KCAC
Approximately 100 new citizens to take citizenship oath at IUP
IUP’s celebration of International Education Week continues today with the third annual naturalization ceremony, at which about 100 people will become United States citizens.    The ceremony conducted by the Pittsburgh field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be at 11 AM today in the Toretti Auditorium at the Kovalchick Complex.  IUP President Michael Driscoll will offer opening remarks at the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and is free and open to the public.   IUP hosts more than 700 international students from more than 60 countries each year.  International Education Week is a joint venture of the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education. 
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10/24/2014
SHALE GRANTS FUND ACID MINE, VETERANS MEMORIAL PROJECTS
Reed, White announce Marcellus Shale impact fee awards
State Representative Dave Reed and Senator Don White yesterday announced three project grants totaling $1.08 million.  The grants are funded by the little-known Marcellus Legacy Fund and by impact fees.   The Blackleggs Watershed Association of Clarksburg will receive $470,000 to restore and rehabilitate acid mine drainage in the Big Run watershed.  The grant will also help fund operation and maintenance needs.   When finished, the $1 million project will reduce acid discharge entering Big Run and Blackleggs Creek enough that it will lead to a stocked trout fishery.    The Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER) will receive $400,000 for an ongoing project focusing on the application and analysis of new technology in the acid mine treatment systems.  Total project cost is $919,775.   Finally, a grant worth $214,383 will help create a Veterans Memorial Park in Blairsville on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property that is maintained by Blairsville Borough.  The new park will include a stone wall, public restrooms, and an amphitheater stage.  The total project cost is $287,000.   The two environmental projects are funded through the Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program, and the Blairsville veterans’ memorial project is funded through the Greenways, Trails, and ...
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10/24/2014
VA CLINIC HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING IN INDIANA TODAY
Although it's been open for a few weeks now, today was the official ribbon-cutting for the new VA outpatient clinic in Indiana. The clinic was spearheaded by Indiana County Commissioners' Chairman Rod Ruddock, and the clinic will provide some much-needed medical services to veterans as an extension of the James E. VanZant VA facilities in Altoona.  Promises were made at the start of the project that the former Rex Electronics at Regency Mall would be renovated and ready for patients in 90 days, but Charles "Chief" Robbins of CR associates said they broke their own record, being ready to hire personnel in 45 days. Not only are they expecting a lot of older veterans, the VA Outpatient Clinic is looking to get a lot of younger veterans from recent conflicts to come by. To register, you can call the County Veterans Affairs office at 724-465-3815.  
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10/24/2014
CHALLENGER PROGRAM RECEIVES $5000 DONATION
The Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center has received a generous donation from a scientific research organization involved in the defense industry. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) made a $5000 donation to the Challenger Center in memory of Dr. Linda A. Monzo, a longtime company leader and former school administrator at the Greensburg Salem School District.  Monzo retired from CTC in 2008 and continued to serve as an advisor until about a year ago.  She died from the effects of cancer in March of this year.    At yesterday's ceremony, conducted at the future home of the Challenger Center at the Indiana County Technology Center, the check presentation was made by Ed Sheehan, President and CEO of Concurrent Technologies.  Walter Schroth, the Interim Executive Director of the Challenger Center, said that Sheehan had been in contact with several members of the Challenger board after learning about the initiative at an industry convention last spring in Johnstown.    The money will be put toward development costs for the Challenger Center, which will introduce students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education through simulated space missions at the institute and curriculum in the classroom.
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