By Andrew Hesner | August 13, 2013
Zoe Farrell can credit her great-grandmother Margaret Farrell for starting a family tradition of hospital volunteerism.
After over 750 hours of volunteering credit, Farrell, 18, of Scottdale has received the Excela Frick Hospital Junior Volunteer scholarship to pursue her dreams of working in health care.
The $500 scholarship is awarded to volunteers with 400 credit hours or more.
“I was the only one to apply for it, and the money will go towards my books,” Farrell said.
The 18-year-old continues her great-grandmother’s legacy at Excela Health Frick Hospital.
By Andrew Hesner | July 17, 2013
After applying for a state Community Development Block Grant in June, the Donegal township supervisors have received approximately $43,000 to be used on an improved drainage system along Ridge Road.
However, the township’s board of supervisors must suspend the Ridge Road project due to an environmental study that includes analysis of endangered species survey to be conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection.
“We were hoping that the project would have been done by now,” said supervisor Tom Stull. “But we are waiting for the study and are not sure when it will be done.”
As a result of the Ridge Road construction halt, during the public comment session of the meeting, local residents complained about large amounts of rain water running off the road and washing gravel onto their driveways.
“I had to spend the whole 4th of July morning sweeping gravel off my driveway,” Tim Bureau said. “And by 6 p.m., it was all washed back.”
In the meantime, the supervisors agreed on unclogging some the drainage pipes until the survey is completed.
By Andrew Hesner | July 7, 2013
Lisa Tupta and Jamie Ritz-Hatalowich considered themselves sisters while growing up. They both attended South Laurel junior high school together, spent late nights talking, attended football games and did almost everything together.
However, in January of this year, Tupta, 49, was stabbed to death in a domestic abuse situation in Uniontown.
After the initial shock of Tupta’s death subsided, in February, Ritz-Hatalowich founded the Lisa Tupta Memorial Fund and the Lisa Tupta 5K Run Committee.
“We were like sisters,” Ritz-Hatalowich said. “It was hard for me not to do something in Lisa’s memory.”
The committee members, brought together through Tupta’s Facebook page, consisted of her five closest friends; Ritz-Hatalowich, Sheila Kelly Perkins, Mary Kelly Swaney and Frank and Mary Bryson.
In early June, Ritz-Hatalowich successfully coordinated a car wash fundraiser at the Uniontown AutoZone. Event volunteers charged $5 per car and $10 per truck. By the end of the event, they had raised almost $600.
“We are trying to do everything we can to raise money for her,” she said.
Recently, Ritz-Hatalowich and members of the Lisa Tupta 5K Run Committee have been planning a memorial walk/run in Tupta’s honor.