Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Ron Frank. This World War II veteran, D-Day survivor and Purple Heart recipient has served as the inspiration for his granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Ferguson, who went from Kiski Area High School to West Point. Frank, a Gilpin resident, participated in the ceremony elevating Ferguson to lieutenant colonel last weekend.
Lance: To Ford City Council, again. The council cries “We’re broke!” when the federal government wants it to pay back its defaulted $600,000 grant. But at the same time, the council is cutting property and business taxes. That’s no way to get the feds’ sympathy.
On the “Watch list”: New Kensington redevelopment. It’s good to hear that grassroots groups like Better Block and even local developers are eyeing New Kensington as a location ripe for redevelopment. Some new businesses have opened and some commercial property owners are making investments in their buildings. It’s just that we’ve been happy to hear such things for a long time now.
Congrats: The Alle-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame will add eight star athletes to its roster in 2016. They are, Jeff Suvoy, Burrell football; Beth Karaica Brancato, Highlands swimming; Rich Cecil, Oakmont/Riverview football; Bill Dillen, Freeport track; Ben Erdeljac, Riverview football; Chet Foster, Highlands football; Larry Lutz, Springdale football; and Robert King, Har-Brack football.