Jeers to find Fayette County has the second highest number of hospitalizations for babies who are born addicted to drugs. Between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, nearly 50 of every 1,000 babies born here suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), according to a report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. NAS refers to the medical problems associated with drug withdrawal that occur in babies whose mother was using drugs, typically opioids, before they were born. The statewide average is 14.4 per 1,000. Fayette’s number is disconcertingly high. It’s not a new problem, but now that the numbers are in front of us, those agencies that work with pregnant mothers must really begin to reverse the trend.

n

Cheers to Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center for showing that “signing day” isn’t just for student athletes. Last month, CACTC held their own version of the athletic tradition for those seniors who were signing to play college sports. Eleven seniors who were graduating and received full-time positions with local employers celebrated their entrances into the workforce, accompanied by the employers who hired them. It’s a great tradition meant to showcase the value of career and technical education, and we look forward to seeing it grow in the years to come.

n

Cheers to Larry and Jaye Beatty, who served Jumonville, a Christian camp and retreat center, for 37 years. Larry served as president, while Jaye served in many capacities. The couple retired this year with the immense gratitude of so many. In appreciation of Larry and Jaye as well as their family, the camp’s dining facility was renamed Beatty Dining Hall. The lasting legacy should serve to remind the many campers to come of the family’s dedication to the facility.

n

Cheers to Saturday’s flag-raising ceremony at the future site of the Brownsville Area Military Honor Roll in Snowden Square. Work will begin later this year on five upright monuments engraved with the names of local service members from the Brownsville Area School District who were killed or missing in action during World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the war in the Middle East. A walkway of commemorative bricks will be engraved with any U.S. service member’s name, rank, branch of military and years of service. The project will stand in honor of and in memory to those men and women who served, and is still accepting donations.

n

Cheers to the Ohiopyle Biking Club that celebrated the local Sugarloaf Mountain biking trails with a successful Season Kickoff Party last Sunday. The club of volunteers is responsible for the massive improvement in local mountain biking trails and scene in Ohiopyle State park and surrounding areas. We appreciate the club’s enthusiasm and I’m sure the local businesses do too as the gang of volunteers’ hard work has given tourists yet another reason to visit our beautiful area.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.