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December 18, 2013

Groundhogs hamper rehabilitation effort

NEW CASTLE — Groundhogs are interfering with rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

Ted Memo, a juvenile probation officer, told the Lawrence County commissioners Tuesday that groundhogs did major damage to an ongoing garden project for young offenders this year.

He said the project, which will be in its sixth year next summer, allows juveniles to work off restitution and court costs by growing vegetables that are later sold.

The garden is located between the central court building and the former recycling office building. Memo said the application for state funds to continue the project will include money for a six-foot fence to keep the animals out this summer.

The commissioners approved the $10,000 grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. A local $1,112 match will be made with district judge fines. The new grant will cover the project from April 1 through March 31, 2015.

The commissioners also made several appointments and re-appointments to volunteer boards. The appointments are: David M. Young Sr. of Union Township to the Lawrence County Housing Authority to fill the unexpired term of Charles Hardester Sr. who resigned, the term expiring Dec. 31, 2017; George J. Celli of Ellwood City to the Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority, vacancy caused by resignation of Robert Powell; Jon C. Natale of Shenango Township to the Lawrence County Airport Authority, to fill the unexpired term of Kevin Show through May 31, 2016.

The following were reappointed: Edmund R. Retort Sr., Edinburg, to the Municipal Authority for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2016; Larry Lambo of Hickory Township, John Altman of Little Beaver Township and Frank Telesz Jr. of Volant to the Lawrence County Planning Commission, with terms to expire Dec. 31, 2016; and Telesz also appointed to the Redevelopment Authority for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2018.

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