Speaking to Westmoreland County Airport Authority members on Tuesday, state Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, recalled an event during which she ran into a representative of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, who said the region doesn’t have room for two major airports.
“I told him, ‘Go ahead and close down,’ ” she said, laughing.
She and her chief of staff, Rob Ritson, attended a meeting at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity because the authority wrote her office a letter in October requesting $5 million as a line item in the state transportation budget.
The authority wants the funding to aid a large-scale, $7 million project to expand the terminal building and a $15 million project to strengthen and widen the runway, said board member Don Rossi, finance committee chairman.
Contractors involved in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia must pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to more than 5,000 workers, following a two-year U.S. Department of Labor investigation.
“An ongoing multi-year enforcement initiative conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offices in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh from 2012 to 2014 found significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which resulted in employers agreeing to pay $4,498,547 in back wages to 5,310 employees,” read a Labor Department statement released on Tuesday.
“It’s part of an ongoing initiative, a multi-year initiative,” said Labor Department spokeswoman Leni Fortson of the Philadelphia office. “These are the findings from the first three years.”
Sample sensational cupcakes prepared by the region’s finest bakeries!
Local bakeries and caterers will serve up scrumptious homemade cupcakes in an effort to win the title of Best Cupcake!
Attendees will sample all the delicious confections and then cast their vote to determine the People’s Choice winner, while a panel of judges will determine the winners for Best Frosting, Best Cake, Best Decoration and Best Overall Taste.
All proceeds from the event support ArtsQuest’s Arts Education Programming Fund which provides quality arts and educational programs and experiences for students from throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Iron Lakes Country Club
Kyms Creations Bakery
Amy’s Sweets and Treats
The Pirate Cupcake Truck
Delightful Designs, LLC
Erika’s Delicious Sweets
The Bakery Nook
If your restaurant/catering business is interested in participating in the event contact Samantha Kulp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-332-1365.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
ArtsQuest Center Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-297-7100 map & directions