Friday, May 7, 2010 - BUTLER EAGLE 5
S T ATE Sale Jobs up 290,000;
■ From Page 1
2 injured after SUV April jobless
plunges 6 stories
Wagner painted the same pic-
ture in a conference call with rate rises to 9.9%
PITTSBURGH — Police say investors Thursday. WASHINGTON — More
two people are in stable con- “It’s the tale of the two port- confident employers
dition after being rescued from folios,” he said. stepped up job creation in
a vehicle that plunged six sto- The loans in Arizona, which April, expanding payrolls
ries from a downtown Pitts- stem from NexTier’s lone loan by 290,000, the most in four
burgh parking garage. branch in Phoenix, did con- years. The jobless rate rose
Authorities say they’re inves- cern Wagner. to 9.9 percent as people
tigating why the sport utility Under the sale agreement, streamed back into the
vehicle ended up tumbling out NexTier has already set aside market looking for work.
of the structure Thursday more than $5 million to cover The hiring of 66,000 tem-
night. bad loans. Northwest expects porary government workers
it will need to pump in about to conduct the census
Sgt. Daniel Connolly says the
an additional $7 million to cov- helped overall payroll
driver lost control while
er those loans. growth last month. Howev-
rounding a bend then hit a
NexTier saw it’s “troubled er, private employers — the
parked car and fell backward assets” rise from $5.2 million backbone of the economy —
out of the garage to an alley in 2008 to $34.8 million last boosted jobs, too. They
below. The vehicle plunged year. added a surprisingly strong
about 70 feet and landed BUTLER EAGLE FILE PHOTO That pushed the bank 231,000 positions last month,
upside down. toward Wednesday’s sale also the most since March
Butler’s Centre City development project took help with the revitalization of the property in
Police did not release the a leap forward Thursday with the announce- the area of South Main, East Cunningham, agreement. 2006, the Labor Department
names of the victims. ment of a partnership with the Pittsburgh His- South McKean and East Jefferson streets. “In the long run, it’s the reported today.
tory and Landmarks Foundation, which will right move,” Weir said. “Clearly companies have
Deal for volunteers She added the sale was an a newfound confidence in
at Bushy Run OK’d independent decision by the the future of the economic
recovery and on the part of
PITTSBURGH — The Penn- bank, and was not forced by
sylvania Historical and Muse- any federal bank regulators. their own business
But despite those problems, prospects,” said Joel
um Commission has agreed to ork begins with a study of the fea-
■ From Page 1 Wagner still is excited about Naroff, president of Naroff
let a volunteer group staff the
Bushy Run Battlefield in West- sibility of the project, what kinds of build- the acquisition. The deposits Economic Advisors.
Work will begin with a in Butler, he said, are strong By The Associated Press
moreland County. study of the feasibility of the
ings that should be constructed and how
and will improve the economic
The battlefield was one of a project and what kinds of they will interact. The study’s results will condition of Northwest.
half dozen state historic sites buildings should be con- be presented in about a month and a half. “This is not one we ever one each in Valencia, Sarver,
the museum commission structed and how they will thought we’d get a chance to
planned to close last year due Butler Township. It also has
interact. The study by Lloyd acquire,” he said. “This came
to state budget cuts. offices in Wexford, Gibsonia
Jones of New York will be could support a hotel and plan, the Centre City project out of nowhere.”
Under the deal struck and Grove City.
completed in four to six miniconvention center. will be “in the heart of But- Specifically, he said, he was
Wednesday, the battlefield, its PNC Bank is the largest
weeks, Ziegler said. The plan always has ler’s historic district with attracted to adding a strong-
visitors center and museum Ann Lloyd Jones said her bank in the county.
included those features, as contemporary design that hold in Butler County. A number of items in the
exhibits will still be owned by firm’s representatives want well as retail and apart- can fit in the city, but also “The most significant market
the state. The state also will to hear from everyone on the acquisition are being worked
ments. stand the test of time.” here is Butler County,” Wagn- out.
provide two workers to main- project. O’Malley said for about Business owners who er.
tain the battlefield, but the “We need to know what “A lot of the details, that
three years Rite Aid has attended the announcement Most of the markets are not comes next,” Weir said.
Bushy Run Battlefield Her- you have, what you need, been interested in buying agreed it is an exciting time growing, but Butler County is,
itage Society will otherwise what businesses are here Those includes issues such
property from the corner of for the city. he told to investors during a
staff the facility. and why,” she said. as sponsorships in the commu-
South Main and East Jeffer- Ron Olsen, owner of Olsen call Thursday.
The park was the site of a The study’s results will be nity, the roles NexTier officers
son streets to the East Birch Engineering; Joe Gray, own- He doesn’t expect to close
battle in 1763 between Ameri- presented at a public meet- will have at Northwest, and
Street alley for the site of a er of Gateway Engineering in any branches or offices of
can Indians and British troops ing in about a month and a the status of employees.
large drugstore with a park- Butler and the restored Odd either bank, he said. However,
coming to break a siege at Fort half, O’Malley said. the final decision will be made Weir does not know what her
Design work will follow ing lot. Fellows Hall, now called role will be at the bank after
Pitt. “Unfortunately, no one saw Cornerstone Commons, and after the acquisition is fin-
quickly afterward, Ziegler ished and customer patterns the October transition.
the economic downturn or several other buildings in NexTier employees learned
Movie theater slated said, with that report to be
other economic problems for the city; and John Mossman,
can be analyzed.
done in another four to six The acquisition, which needs of the acquisition Wednesday
to start selling alcohol weeks. Rite Aid that has delayed who is a volunteer with the night. Wagner described that
the approval of shareholders
EPHRATA — A movie the- “There is no assigned end their plan,” O’Malley said, Butler Multi-Municipal Plan, meeting as “positive,” and
and regulators at the state and
ater in central Pennsylvania date for this project yet,” he adding property owners a plan for five municipalities federal levels, should get Weir said it went as well as
will soon become the first in said. along that stretch have including the city, all said worked out by October. That’s could be expected.
the area to serve alcoholic O’Malley pointed out it has either closed businesses or they are looking forward to when people could see the One of the next steps in the
beverages. taken the authority almost let maintenance lapse on working with the Landmarks name change to Northwest. sale for Northwest is to inves-
In about two weeks, the six years to reach this point, buildings. group. When the merger is complet- tigate NexTier’s ties to the
Ephrata Main Theatre in Lan- but the project will move “So as part of the feasibil- “Its not too late for But- ed, Northwest will be the sec- community and work on the
caster County will start selling forward quickly now. ity study, we will look at ler,” O’Malley said. “New ond largest bank in the Butler transition, Holden said.
beer, wine and cocktails at the The original idea for Cen- whether we should wait for Castle, it looks pretty, but market. It will have an addi- Then, NexTier will switch
late showings of selected films. tre City came from Rick them or if the city should you can shoot a canon tional 12 offices and $345 mil- over to Northwest’s processing
Only people 21 and older will Hardman with Olsen Engi- look to develop that land through the downtown. For lion of deposits here. NexTier system and work on merging
be allowed to attend those neering in Butler, who sug- another way,” he said. Aliquippa and others, it is also has three branches in the different work cultures.
showings. gested to O’Malley the city Ziegler said whatever the too late, but not for Butler.” Allegheny County and one in Easing that are four managing
By The Associated Press Armstrong County. employees who have left Nex-
NexTier, founded in 1878 as Tier in the past five years and
Citizens Bank, is headquar- joined Northwest.
THEY’RE NO. 1 tered in Butler Township. “We wouldn’t have agreed to
Northwest has now five this merger if we didn’t
■ From Page 1 reactions to the program. branches in Butler County: two believe in them doing the right
Member Christian Ola said in Cranberry Township, and thing,” Weir said.
puter since they perform every
he would rather see such a sig-
function the school’s laptops
top baby names
nificant amount of money go to
an online homework program.
“The idea is to replace the Ola said the district could rent
computers, ideally,” Pettigrew laptops for half the cost of the ■ From Page 1 Riverside Beaver County dis-
said. devices. trict created a 16-station well-
By ASSOCIATED PRESS “People seem to be a little middle school principals to ness center with money from
Cost of the program includes Member Bonnie Weaver said argue for the proposal.
the devices, training and WASHINGTON — Scoot over, bit more creative, inventive grants and community dona-
the program is worth a 30-day “This is a historic step being tions after administrators dis-
monthly broadband charges by Emma. Isabella is the new top and flexible with their daugh-
trial. taken today,” James said in an covered that 50 percent of stu-
Verizon Wireless. Pettigrew baby name for girls. ters’ names,” said Social Secu-
“We’ve spent more in one interview outside the meeting. dents were obese. Before stu-
estimated the cost of the 30- Jacob is the most popular rity Commissioner Michael J.
night picking out bricks,” With respect to concerns about dents took state assessment
day pilot program at about baby name for boys, continuing Astrue. “With boys, I think we
Weaver said. expenses and fitting in the tests last year, they were
$12,000. an 11-year run at the top, the tend to be a little bit more
activity time, he said, “It can encouraged to use the center.
But Ola said, “Bricks will Social Security Administration consistent. The names don’t
He said costs would be nego- be done if it’s a priority.” “Our scores actually rose
still be here in 30 years.” said Friday. Emma’s reign was change quite as much.”
tiated down if the district The state spends $1.5 billion
Member Dayle Ferguson was much shorter, lasting just a A little more than 22,000 dramatically last year,” said
decides to use the devices per- to $2 billion a year in taxpayer
surprised to learn teachers year before slipping to No. 2. girls born in 2009 were named Steve Girting, the district’s mid-
manently. money to treat the obesity-
already had been trained on Pop culture appeared to Isabella, followed by Emma, dle school and intermediate
related health problems of peo-
“I really think this is what I the devices, and that they were influence many of the most Olivia, Sophia and Ava. Nearly principal.
ple enrolled in the state’s Med-
call cutting- edge technology to to be distributed to middle popular names in 2009. Barack 21,000 boys were named Jacob, icaid program. Meanwhile, one- Jim Buckheit, the executive
change the way you look at school students on Wednesday still didn’t crack the top 1,000 followed by Ethan, Michael, third of all Pennsylvania stu- director of the Pennsylvania
education in a very positive without board approval of the for boys, but a version of the Alexander and William. dents are overweight or obese, Association of School Adminis-
way,” Pettigrew said. pilot program or even written president’s daughter’s name, Mia was the only newcomer with higher rates than that in trators, said the trend in
He likened the program to information for board mem- Malia, was the fastest riser for to the top 10 for girls, rising 43 of 67 counties, James said. schools has been to cut back
the district trying out its first bers. girls. from 14th to 10th. Among the The measure would likely on things like recreation and
Commodore computers in the “Anything can influence boys, Jayden moved up from banish many of the processed physical education in order to
“I feel dragged into this and reserve more time for subjects
early 1990s or the laptops that the last one to know,” Fergu- baby names, from pop culture 11th to 8th, and Noah moved foods served in schools
followed. to literature, to music and up from 15th to 9th. because of the guidelines that on which students are tested.
son said. Also, he said some accommo-
“If we don’t try it, we’re not celebrities,” said Jennifer The Social Security Admin- it would set for fat, sugar, sodi-
The board did not vote on istration started compiling dation must be made for stu-
going to know,” Pettigrew said. Moss, author of “The One-in-a- um and calories.
the pilot program, but would name lists in 1997. The agency dents in after-school sports.
“It may work; it may not.” Million Baby Name Book” and In addition, it would require
be required to vote to adopt offers lists of baby names dat- school districts to provide Elizabeth Walker, who
founder of Babynames.com.
Kolson said the devices the permanent use of the ing to 1880. physical education classes and directs a healthy schools proj-
Many of the top names —
could not be used for tele- devices. Baby names often become a minimum of 30 minutes of ect for the National Associa-
and the fastest risers — came
phone calls or texting friends, A letter went home this straight from the popular “Twi- popular because of celebrities. daily exercise; the state does tion of State Boards of Educa-
and would be programmed to week with students who are light” series of books and For example, Emma debuted not currently set any minimum tion, said Pennsylvania’s pro-
allow students to use them using the devices requesting movies, a collection of stories in the top 10 in 2002, the same physical activity requirements. posal, if approved, would put it
only for school projects. He parents agree to pay up to $100 about teen romance and vam- year that Jennifer Aniston’s Students in after-school sports at the forefront of state efforts.
said a red “M” on its back for the loss of or damage to a pires. If that sounds hokey, character on “Friends” gave would not be excused. A number of states have obe-
would allow school staff to dis- device. don’t bother naming your son the name to her TV show baby. The three principals who sity-prevention policies, but
tinguish between it and a cell Kolson said information on Cullen. “Make sure the name can appeared with James said stu- many only encourage districts
phone. the program is available at Edward Cullen is one of the grow with your child and make dents, as well as teachers, have to take steps, while others do
Board members had varying www.goknow.com. lead characters in the “Twi- sure they can live with it,” embraced similar steps they’ve not extend the requirements to
light” books and movies. Moss said. “Don’t make it too taken in their schools. The high schools, she said.
Edward moved up only 11 cutesy because think, can it
spots, to No. 137 on the list. work in the board room? Can
Butler PA - A new free report has recently been released
But Cullen was the biggest ris-
er among boys’ names, moving
up 297 spots, to No. 485.
Edward Cullen is, of course,
they be a CEO?”
King made the third biggest
jump in the rankings among
boys in 2009, moving up 248
a vampire. His girlfriend? Bel- spots, to No. 462. Elvis came in
that reveals information every car accident victim should have la, a common nickname for at No. 858, down from No. 713
before they speak to anyone. Research shows that even a Isabella. the year before. Presley, how-
“fender bender” can cause pain, headaches, even arthritis. Jacob is another character ever, came in at No. 268 for
Many car accident victims worry more about their car than in the stories, but Jacob’s reign girls.
they do their rights. If you have been involved in an auto at the top started well before Nevaeh, which is heaven
accident listen to the 24 hour toll-free recorded message by the first “Twilight” book was spelled backward, was the 34th
calling. 1-888-821-0018. published in 2005. Isabella has most popular baby name for
1080804 been in the top 10 since 2004. girls. Heaven was No. 275. 1075785