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Anchor releases $120 million

Anchor Glass Container Corp., the third-biggest U.S. maker of glass containers, raised $120 million in an initial public stock offering after being bought out of bankruptcy by Cerberus Capital Management LP. Tampa, Fla.-based Anchor Glass, which operates a plant in Connellsville, sold 7.5 million shares at $16 each, compared with a price range of $16 to $18 indicated by the company. Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch & Co. managed the sale that paid underwriters fees of as much as $7.8 million.

Memorial service

Six Pennsylvania firefighters will be among the fallen heroes honored at the official national tribute to America’s fallen firefighters. The 22nd annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Oct. 5 at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg will remember 99 firefighters from 36 states who died in the line of duty during 2002. Six firefighters who died in previous years will also be remembered.

Area firefighter to be honored will be Jack Gazalie, 46, a firefighter with Adamsburg and Community Volunteer Fire Department, died Aug. 3, 2000, from smoke inhalation after rescuing his mother and daughter from an apartment fire. He served with the department for 20 years. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Straw Pump Volunteer Fire Department as a junior firefighter at age 16. Gazalie was an auxiliary police captain in Jeannette and worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety for 10 years

The public Memorial Service will begin at 10 a.m. Many fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, sound sirens at noon and observe a moment of silence. Public Law requires flags on federal office buildings to fly at half-staff on Oct. 5 in honor of America’s fallen firefighters.

Defense funding

The U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for defense initiatives for several local firms Thursday. Included in the legislation was $221 million for United Defense of Uniontown to rebuild Bradley Fighting Vehicles; $11 million for surface ship defense systems to SenSyTech Inc. and Advanced Acoustic Concepts, both of Uniontown; $5 million to Derry-based Pittsburgh Electric Engines Inc. for continued development of hydrogen fuel cells; $3.4 million to Kennametal for cost reduction and improvements for defense armaments; $7 million for defense-related research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; $35 million to Electro Optics Center in Kittaning for electro-optics programs; $10 million to Carnegie Mellon University for cyber-security education; as well as funding for healthcare initiatives at UPMC, Winber Medical Center, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and UPMC Children’s Hospital. The funding is expected to quickly pass in the Senate.

Relocating

Effective Sept. 29, Fayette County Team PA CareerLink will relocate its employment services to the following address: Fayette County Team PA CareerLink, 135 Waylan Smith Drive, Uniontown.

The telephone number will be 724-434-5627. The fax number will be 724-434-1407 and the TDD number for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be 724-434-1406.Veterans services will also be available at the new location. People who need assistance with unemployment compensation can call the Unemployment Compensation Service Center toll-free at 1-888-313-7284. Claimants also can file for UC benefits 24 hours a day via the Internet through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us, PA Keyword: “unemployment.”

Registered voting

Westmoreland County residents who want to vote in the Nov. 4 election must be registered by Oct. 6.

Voters who have moved or changed their names or party affiliations also must notify the county Elections Division by that date. Registration is being handled in Room 109 of the courthouse between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

An application to vote or to change a voter’s name, residence or party affiliation also may be made using the registration-by-mail form. Forms can be obtained at local post offices or libraries. They also are available at various service agencies or at the offices of some state representatives. Forms may be downloaded by visiting the Department of State Web site at www.dos.state.pa.us/DOS/site/default.asp. Once on the site, click on voter registration and follow steps to retrieve the form.

Vineyard report

Pennsylvania’s 2002 Orchard and Vineyard Survey results are now available. The 64-page report contains information about the number of fruit trees and grapevines located in Pennsylvania, acreage by age and variety listed by county and state totals, rootstock information, and intentions for future plantings. The information is gathered from the Orchard and Vineyard Survey that is conducted every five years, with the most recent conducted in the summer and fall of 2002.

This report was released to the Internet. For the 2002 and the 1997 issues of the Pennsylvania Orchard and Vineyard report, click on Publications & Releases at http:www.nass.usda.gov/pal.


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