Fire destroys home

Fire destroys home
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- A fire Friday afternoon destroyed the mobile home of Thomas Glaister of Frogtown Road in Penwood Estates.
Bob Goeltz with the Hermitage Fire Department reported that the fire was accidental and possibly electrical in nature.
Glaister, his wife and two teenage children were unhurt in the blaze. The local chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting the family.
Goeltz said the home was fully insured and added that no dollar amount was available for the loss.
School board race
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Rose Lynn Padice will seek a second term on the New Castle Area School Board.
Padice, 46, of Hazel Street, is completing her first four-year term in office this year. She has served as board president all four years. Padice is seeking party nominations on the Democratic and Republican ballots in the primary election. School board members can cross-file in Pennsylvania.
More loans to farmers
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania program providing low-interest loans to small businesses will be available to farmers, state Sen. Robert Robbins said.
The Small Business First Loan Program will begin lending capital to eligible farmers in 2003 to buy equipment, technology, land and buildings.
Robbins, of Greenville, R-50th, said the program was expanded to include farmers in a law signed by Gov. Mark Schweiker.
"This change will help farmers make the purchases necessary to modernize their operations and make them more efficient," Robbins said.
Loans will be available to farm enterprises that have 100 or fewer employees and are involved in the management and production of poultry, livestock, crops, timber, horticultural crops, aquaculture and other such products.
To be eligible, farms must have at least 10 contiguous acres or an expected yearly gross income of at least $10,000.
Information on the program is available by contacting the state department of agriculture at (717) 787-6041.
Heart-failure program
WARREN -- Trumbull Memorial Hospital is offering a free community program, "Living With Heart Failure," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The program features a variety of medical professionals who will provide detailed education and discussion about heart failure.
Topics include dietary management, medications and side effects, energy conservation and ways to increase strength and duration without increasing oxygen demands. For more information, or to register, call (330) 841-9880.

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