|June 28, 2007: It’s official—the Laurel Mountain Borough population is shrinking! According to a Tribune-Review article this morning, the population of the entire Pittsburgh region, except for a few isolated pockets, is decreasing. The Trib labels it a “population drain.” While Luzerne in Fayette County had a dramatic increase (37.1%) in population, increases in the Westmoreland County towns of New Stanton (+9.3%) and Manor (+4.8%) and Fayette County towns of Stewart (+7.9%) and Seven Springs (+4.1%) were less dramatic.
These growth estimates for the July 1, 2006 population of the Pittsburgh region are based on building permits.
Laurel Mountain Borough is the biggest loser among the 70% of communities that lost at least 2% of their population since the July 2000 estimate. It is estimated that the Borough lost 5.9% of its population. The next four losers are all Westmoreland County communities—Vandergrift and East Vandergrift (-5.7% each), Smithton and Southwest Greensburg (-5/6% each). To read the complete story, click on Population shifts a drain and a strain to region —While out running about today, I ran into Tom Mizikar at Home Depot and Christen Mizikar at Westmoreland Mall where she works. Seems I often see people more away from the Borough than in the Borough! Check out the their post on the New York City tour group trip they are planning.
June 20, 2007: The intersection of White Oak and Locust Roads was busy this morning during my early-day walk. A Sears truck, a garbage truck and a Junk for Joy truck had to maneuver around a parked West Penn Power truck.
The power company truck was preparing a hole to replace a power pole, a job that has taken extra days to complete because ROCKS held up the task, which required a hole dug six feet deep, according to the worker, Dave.
“Around the four foot mark we started to hit a real hard rock,” he said. The men used a special bit to remove the rock but the bit didn’t take it out. All the bit did was “chewed it a little bit. We finally had to use a jackhammer to drill holes in the rock.” Their next step was to return to the jackhammer to grind the rock. Before approaching the job of replacing the pole, an inspector tested it out, discovering it was time to install a new pole. If there are no weather stoppages, Dave’s job is to dig the hole for the pole. Other workers will return to set the pole and transfer the wires, probably within two weeks, barring weather interruptions, Dave said. It is unlikely there will be a power outage for boro residents during the transfer of the wires. In the unlikely case there is a power outage for some boro residents during the transfer of wires, it will be brief.
JUNE 20, 2007: Laurel Mountain Borough council meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Laurel Mountain Park shelter house on Walnut Rd. All residents are welcome to attend. Come and learn about your community.
June 17, 2007: Last week “the” bear left evidence of its presence in the boro. A pile was discovered in a Walnut Rd. yard, near White Oak Rd. The family dog rolled in it, spreading the sweet perfume even further than the yard.—Hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day.
JUNE 16, 2007: The Pisano family moved from their Maple Rd. home to Ligonier this weekend. Their contribution to this community will be missed. Jim said their home here will be on the market in a couple of weeks.—The “For Sale” sign is off the stone house on Beechwood Rd…Beechwood Rd. still has one “For Sale” sign, while Maple Rd. has two…The weather couldn’t be nicer than it’s been the last couple of days. Cool nights, warm enough for daytime swimming but not HOT… I just read about the “summer of 1816 and froze to death.” Although the article referenced Down East Maine, the “cold summer was known throughout the United States and Europe as the coldest ever experienced by any person then living…” from a journal quoting a Fryeburg, Maine diarist. The diary stated: January, so mild…February not cold…June had frost, 7-10 inches of snow through New England, below freezing temperatures…July 4th had ice thick as window glass here, New York and parts of Pennsylvania…August had frost…in direct contrast, with 1816 was 1827-1828, when there was no winter…Though the description was of New England, the diarist noted that the weather extended down into parts of Pennsylvania. It makes one appreciate this summer. Aren’t we fortunate?