Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1990 · Page 3
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 3

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, September 14, 1990
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STATE Tuesday, September 16, 2003 — Page 3 Briefs By The Associated Press Agency head steals $8,000 BEAVER — The former head of a century-old western Pennsylvania social services agency pleaded guilty to stealing almost $8,000 from the agency and using the money to buy a leather jacket, take trips to the beach and pay for a New Year's Eve party. Brian L. Bennett, 35, of West Lafayette, Ind., was also sentenced to two years of probation following his guilty plea on Monday to taking $7,800 from Family Services of Beaver County, which provides counseling to 300 mostly low-income people each year. As part of his plea, Bennett must pay back the stolen money, including: $2,500 he kept from selling an agency-owned van; $1,302 in agency money he spent at a home improvement store; $548 he used for a New Year's bash; and $189 he used to buy a leather jacket. Judge dismisses church lawsuits PITTSBURGH — A federal judge dismissed two lawsuits seeking to reverse a western Pennsylvania diocese's decision to close two ethnic churches. U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry on Monday turned away the lawsuits by parishioners of the shuttered St. Matthew church in Pittsburgh and the Holy Trinity Church in Ford City, ruling he couldn't resolve "a purely ecclesiastical issue." The state Supreme Court "has consistently held that a civil court is not qualified to sit in judgment on matters involving purely ecclesiastical issues," McVerry wrote. Orchestra gets $50 million donation PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Orchestra said Monday that it has been given $50 million by the Annenberg Foundation to jump start a five-year campaign to build its endowment, i ,,The gift : js.,the: largest eyer, rgiven- to the - ioS-year-olidi symphony and will increase, the size of its endowment by. nearly two thirds at a time when many orchestras are struggling to attract new donors and patrons. Orchestra officials said the gift will be used to support worldwide tours, recording work, artistic development and educational programs in greater Philadelphia. Like other cultural institutions, the orchestra's endowment shrunk during the recession. In late August it stood at $74 million, ah amount that officials noted lagged behind some of the orchestra's peer symphonies around the world. Workers approve Goodyear contract By ALLISON SCHLESINGER Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employees approved a three-year contract, allowing the nation's biggest tire company to contain health care, benefit and wage costs in return for job security, company and union officials said Monday. The agreement was approved by about 70 percent of the United Steelworkers' Goodyear employees who voted and all but one of the company's 14 union locals. Ratification required approval by at least eight locals and an overall majority. The contract, which replaces one that expired April 19, covers at least 16,000 employees at 14 plants in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New York, Kansas, Texas and Tennessee, plus about 22,000 retirees. "In the short-term, we made certain sacrifices to provide the company with the flexibility it needs to financially restructure, while maintaining quality health care benefits for both our active and retired members," said United Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard. The contract gives 12 Goodyear facilities a "protected plant" designation, which means the sites must remain open under "all but the most extreme circumstances," according to the Steelworkers. Minimum-staffing levels must be maintained at those plants, and the company can't transfer production from a protected facility to a plant staffed by nonunion workers. The company, which makes tires, rubber products and chemicals, also is obligated to consider protected plants first when developing new products for sale in North America, the union said. The new contract restricts imports and the company's right to transfer production. It also downsizes management at the corporate headquarters and shop floor. The Steelworkers also gain a seat on Goodyear's board oPdireciofs; ; A : summary-sent to Goodyear workers outlined what union leaders called "elements of sacrifice," particularly when it comes to health care programs. For the first time, workers and retirees will pay regular health care premiums. Typically, individuals will pay $3 a week and families will pay $9 a week — about 5 percent of Goodyear's monthly premium cost. Goodyear officials called the contract an important step in a turnaround plan that was presented to analysts in April. The United Rubber Workers, which once represented Goodyear employees, merged with the United Steelworkers in July 1995. Basic steel is still the biggest employer, with about 106,000 workers. IT'S ALL ABOUT REEDOM HIGH SPEED INTERNET skforAdelphia's TOE Power Link offer* 'ower Link ks you the FREEDOM the Internet your way! Free up your time. Higher speeds let you get more done...faster. Free up your phone line. No need to pay for a second phone line. 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Beiler, an Amishman and co-owner of SunLine Solar Inc., the 10-em- ployee firm headquartered in a converted barn in Intercourse. Beiler started the company in 1994 after developing a handheld device that tested the charge of buggy batteries. From there he branched out into selling the Amish solar panels to power their sewing machines, well pumps and medical equipment. Pennsylvania state law requires horse-drawn buggies to be equipped with a pair of headlamps if used at night or in areas with low visibility. Incandescent lights only last six to eight hours, meaning the Amish must continually recharge the deep-cycle 12-volt batteries that power them. Beiler's buggy lights can go about 100 hours between charges, and because there's less chance the lights will lose power after dark, they are also safer, he said. By bundling eight of the quar- Deve/opmenfs hove allowed a company headquartered in the heart of Lancaster County's Amish community to create an alternative to traditional buggy headlights. (AP photo) ter-sized light cells inside a rectangular casing, along with the electronics needed to operate them, Beiler created the next generation of buggy headlight. They're not cheap, running $125 apiece (compared to $50$70 for the traditional style). But in just six months, SunLine has sold about 1,000 pairs, and several thousand sets of its $100-a- pair LED taillights. Our Service Will Make You Smile You're a unique individual, so why settle for a bank who treats you like everyone else? At 1ST SUMMIT BANK we not only offer customized solutions for your everyday banking needs, we take the time to make sure you have the services that suit the way you live. We believe banking is about more than just money - it's about you. 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