Is Bigfoot roaming the woodlands of Pennsylvania? If you would like to find out, the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society might be able to address that question at the fourth annual East Coast Bigfoot Conference/Expo Sept. 21 in Jeannette, Pa., just east of Pittsburgh. The event will be from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Pitzer's Townhouse Restaurant at 101 S. Fifth St., and is free and open to the public. A Bigfoot Research Vehicle owned by William Draginis of Virginia will be on display, and there will be a number of guest speakers as well as Bigfoot investigators on hand. For more information, call (724) 374-5555.
Helping those in need
The Medical Equipment Recycling Program of the UPMC Horizon Foundation is looking for donations of shower chairs, extended tub benches and wheelchairs. The program, in the Salvation Army building at 660 Fisher Hill Street, Sharon, provides used medical equipment to area residents who lack the insurance coverage or financial means to buy it. The program was started in December 1998 and has helped more than 600 clients. Volunteers pick up donated equipment and clean and refurbish it for distribution to those who need it. To arrange a donation, call (724) 347-3605.
Korean War medals
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, U.S. Rep. Melissa Hart of Bradford Woods, R-4th, is urging veterans in her district to apply for their Korean War service medals. A major awards ceremony is planned this fall in the district to recognize Korean War veterans, she said. All applications must be complete by Sept. 13 to be included in the ceremony. For details, call Hart's office at (724) 654-7972.
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority has awarded a low-interest loan to New Castle Refractories Co. Inc., according to state Rep. Chris Sainato. The company manufactures firebrick, kiln furniture, furnace parts and pizza baking stones. The $120,000 loan will be used to acquire a 145,304-square-foot building at 915 Industrial St. in New Castle. The building will serve to expand operations and retain 37 jobs, Sainato said.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau, and Laure Cioffi, New Castle Bureau.