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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1437 members (pictured from left) Preston Gardner Jr., Vic Vereshack, Pat Murray and Bill Laughery stand with the Springdale World War I memorial in the background at Veterans Memorial Field on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Laurel: To the Springdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1437 and American Legion Post 764 for bringing national recognition to the borough’s World War I memorial plaque at Veterans Memorial Field. The two groups recently restored the plaque, which has been recognized as one of 100 centennial memorials across the country by the World War One Centennial Commission’s 100 Cities/100 Memorials program.

Laurel: Let’s not overlook Amie Downs, communications director for Allegheny County, for her diligent work and calm demeanor fielding inquiries about the combustible Antwon Rose shooting case. One reporter said she’s never dealt with a public figure who so effortlessly managed to keep cool in the face of controversy. She was quick to publicly release a statement saying Allegheny County Police did not have video of Rose shooting during the drive-by when unnamed sources said that was the case. Her quick and professional response helped tamp down escalating tensions that could have sparked violence.

As has always been the case with social media, before you hit that “Post” button and make your thoughts public, think about who might see them and what that might mean.

Laurel: To Arnold’s redevelopment authority. They spent $3,000 and hired artist Tim Engelhart to paint a mural on a concrete wall along Drey Street. The formerly grey mass now sports birds, flowers and insects and is a welcome bright spot that complements other murals on buildings in Arnold and New Kensington, some of which also are Engelhart’s work.

Lance: Planning for South Hills flooding. Was there any? Are remedial projects scheduled or are they scheduled but not budgeted? Rescue squads, firefighters and cops rescued people. How about clearing small streams from debris and sediment? Has that been done since Hurricane Ivan?

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