Area/Region News In Brief…

PennDOT projects

for next week

PennDOT crews in Warren County will be doing the following maintenance work next week, Aug. 25-29, according to Wes Hess, county maintenance manager.

Route 957, Farmington Township, pipe replacement.

Old Garland Road, Pittsfield Township, manual patching.

Erie Street, Columbus Township, bridge repairs.

Various roads, mowing, sign upgrading, sealcoating and storm damage.

All activities are weather permitting.

Ice bucket – bishop

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh plans to take the ice bucket challenge to support a priest who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, but says he will donate his money to a charity that doesn’t use embryonic stem cells for its research.

Bishop David Zubik’s announcement comes after the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this week discouraged its schools from raising money for organizations that conduct research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, using cells taken from human embryos.

Zubik plans to take the challenge Saturday with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino, pastor of two parishes in Duquesne, who was diagnosed with the disease last year. Zubik will donate an undisclosed sum to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which uses only adult stem cells.

The ALS Association has raised $42 million in the past month due largely to ice bucket challenges, compared with about $2 million over the same period last year. The charity notes that people who wish to donate can designate that their money not be used for research that uses embryonic stem cells.

A group at Colamarino’s church has raised $26,000 – more than 2 1/2 times its goal – for an upcoming walk to support ALS research in his name.

Zubik will celebrate a special Mass for the sick that will also honor Colamarino on Saturday before he and the priest are doused with ice water.

“I’ve been in carnivals where they threw balls at you to get dunked – but never with the bishop,” Colamarino said.

Dem. urination stir

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Some Democrats want the chairman of a southeastern Pennsylvania county party committee to resign after he received a second citation for public urination.

Chairman Brian McGinnis told the Daily Local News of West Chester that he will not step down. He says he has never been arrested and says the urination citation stems from a medical issue that he’s dealt with.

West Chester lawyer Samuel Stretton, a county committeeman and a former party legal adviser, says the incident is a serious matter for someone in political leadership and McGinnis should resign.

Obama statue

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner’s northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.

The owner, Tiffany Bruce, says she was relieved to get it back Thursday.

The statue, purchased at a furniture store last year, depicts Obama smiling and sitting casually, his legs crossed and his right arm flung out. Bruce decorated the statue as Santa Claus on Christmas and arranged pumpkins around him on Thanksgiving.

She says her five children love the statue, and she was startled enough by the theft to be hospitalized for a panic attack. The furniture store’s employees had been planning to replace it with another statue for free.