Valley Tuesday Takes
Community pride. Kudos to the Weed and Seed litter cleanup in New Kensington. Saturday was a rainy, windy day, the kind that is perfect for staying indoors. But more than 50 volunteers turned out to help in the cleanup along the railroad tracks downtown and near the high school. Pride in your community is contagious. So one homeowner, business owner or volunteer can help spread that spirit. Congratulations to volunteer coordinator Judi Contes for organizing the effort. High school students and church volunteers were among those participating.
A holiday tradition. With the arrival of November, many people’s thoughts turn to planning for Thanksgiving, when families gather to celebrate. But it’s also become a time of year for sharing with others. There are annual campaigns in all four of our counties — Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong and Butler — to provide a $10 turkey voucher in monthly food boxes distributed by churches and nonprofit organizations for those on limited incomes. Last year, the Westmoreland County Food Bank didn’t have enough money for the vouchers. But the community responded and the tradition has continued. That’s great. A Salvation Army spokesman in Butler County says an increased number of families are seeking food assistance this year. Most of us have enough to extend a helping hand to others. So it’s good to see this tradition of holiday sharing with our neighbors continues.
Condolences : To the family of Jeff Thomas. The New Kensington councilman died over the weekend. We especially liked his ongoing efforts to have dilapidated buildings in the downtown demolished. He will be missed.