October 2012 Archives

October 30, 2012

An Opinion

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Peter Broad, professor emeritus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; member, Indiana Borough Council. Photo by David Loomis



By Peter Broad

Indiana University of Pennsylvania students: Are you unsure about whether to vote or for whom?  Do vote. And when you do, consider the following:


 --- Are you carried on your parents' insurance until age 26?  President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act guarantees this coverage.  His opponent has vowed to repeal it on his "first day" in office.


--- Want affordable access to contraceptive services?  President Obama supports mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptive services and funding for Planned Parenthood, the primary provider of services to low income and uninsured women.  His opponent vows to repeal health care reform and to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood on his "first day"  in office. 


--- Need low interest student loans to finance your education?   President Obama doubled funding for Pell Grants, capped federal student loan repayments at 10 percent of income, and implemented loan forgiveness for students who have paid on loans for years. His opponent suggests you borrow money from your parents.


--- Do you sometimes carry a balance on your credit card or miss paying on time?  President Obama's Credit Card Reform Act prevents raising interest  rates on existing balances, limits late fees to $25, and requires full disclosure of  costs.  His opponent pledges to repeal all financial reforms on his "first day" in office.  He has yet to explain his own version of financial reform.


--- Want a job when you graduate?  Under President Obama's administration, jobs are increasing and unemployment is dropping.  His opponent claims he will create millions of new jobs, but when he was governor of Massachusetts, the state was fourth from the bottom in job creation.   However, in the private sector, he created many new jobs - those he outsourced to other countries.


President Obama has signed laws that benefit students and their parents.  His opponent has planned a big first day in office: He will repeal them all and implement unspecified alternatives.  The choice is clear.


Finally:  Those registered to vote in Pennsylvania are NOT required to show photo identification -- unless it is your first time at that polling place.  Your I-card or drivers' license will be accepted.


Do your homework, read more about the issues (at FactCheck.org, for example), find out where you vote, and get out and vote!


Peter Broad is an IUP professor emeritus, a resident of Indiana borough and a member of the Indiana Borough Council.


October 23, 2012

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Firefighters navigate a tangle of hoses and foam on the eastern side of the Creps United Publications plant on U.S. Route 422 west of Indiana, Pa., on Tuesday afternoon. The blaze spewed thick black smoke that was visible communitywide. Photo by Sean Yoder
















By Sean Yoder

INDIANA -- A fire tore through Creps United Publications in White Township on Tuesday morning, prompting 15 fire crews and two hazardous-materials teams to respond and sending four to the hospital.

Fire crews first got the call at 8:37 a.m., according to Indiana County 911.

Indiana Fire Association Rescue Squad Captain Ron Moreau said his was the second truck on the scene of a hot and smoky blaze at the publishing plant on U.S. Route 422/Philadelphia Street about a half mile west of Indiana borough.

October 22, 2012

An Opinion


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John A. "Hot Dog John" Minda. Photo by David Loomis


By Corrie Whitmer


For eight years now, Indiana residents have been visiting John A. "Hot Dog John" Minda's downtown hot dog cart for a quick meal and some conversation.  But for the third time in those eight years, Minda's license is at risk, and not because of anything he did.


Minda was the first person to get a transient vendor license in Indiana, in 2004. Now, other people are applying for licenses to run food trucks, and the council is, once again, trying to decide whether they will continue allowing food carts and trucks to operate  in the borough of Indiana. Minda is, once again, caught in the middle.

October 10, 2012

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Artist's rendering of the planned Fine Arts Courtyard between Sprowls and Cogswell halls on South Eleventh Street. Planners say the project, one of three priority projects presented Oct. 8, will provide a more appealing entrance to campus from an existing pedestrian walkway to the parking garage on Grant Street. Source: IUP Division of Administration and Finance.























By Emily Weber


INDIANA -- Three new Indiana University of Pennsylvania construction projects are expected to be completed by August 2014 as the first installments in a long-range facilities plan presented on Monday by campus administrators.


They described a new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building, the Crimson Café dining facility and a Creative Arts Plaza at two public presentations. The first was at noon at the Hadley Union Building; the second was at 7 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Thirty people attended the evening presentation.


Presenters included Raymond L. "Ray" Wygonik, director of IUP's office of engineering and construction; Mark A. Geletka, associate vice president for facilities management, and W. Thomas Borellis, the university's chief planner and project specialist.

October 1, 2012

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William L. "Bill" Szep takes a break from baking at Caffe Amadeus Roast & Brew, his downtown Indiana, Pa., coffee shop. Photo by David Loomis.


By Keith Vislay

INDIANA -- Coffee. Pastries. Doilies. Lou Gehrig's disease.

If not for William L. "Bill" Szep, owner of Caffé Amadeus coffee shop, these words would share no connection.

Szep has organized a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The effort will culminate with caffeine, candlelight and confections on homecoming weekend this Friday evening, serenaded by music on the sidewalk in front of Szep's family-run Philadelphia Street shop.

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