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KEYSTONE CLIPS A good use for unused vehicles



Published: Sun, September 29, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The city of Hermitage wants to discard its unused vehicles.

City Manager Gary Hinkson brought the matter up to city commissioners last week, asking if they preferred he try to sell a van and a car or perhaps give them to the Mercer County Wheels to Work program, which provides free vehicles to low-income people who need transportation to get to work.

"I've got a better idea," said Commissioner Pat White, suggesting that the vehicles, once used by the police department, be placed along different roads around town to make people think there's a police officer inside. That would help slow down traffic, he said.

Playhouse raffle

Carpenters Local Union 268 will build a second child's playhouse to be raffled off as a fund-raiser for Mercer County Association for the Retarded Inc.

The Mercer county Building Trades & amp; Construction Council bought and donated the construction materials for the project. The union built its first playhouse earlier this year and raffled it off, raising $5,200 for the association.

Welcome Centers

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Welcome Centers along major roadways entering the state served more than 3 million customers during the 2001-02 fiscal year ended June 30.

There are 11 centers, and one of them is on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Shenango Township, Mercer County.

Two more centers will be built this year in Erie and Susquehanna counties, and there are plans to add a third in Monroe County. The state also has 45 roadside rests along the interstates, and 98 percent of the customers using them rated them as good or excellent, PennDOT says.

XCONTRIBUTOR: Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau.




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