"It's a Peach."
That solid assessment was overheard at Wednesday's Grand Opening of the Allegheny Community Center at the TAWC building in downtown Warren.
We couldn't agree more.
Austensibly, the new facility will serve as a consolidated area senior center, but we see even more in its future as a venue for other community activities.
With modern kitchen facilities, enough room for a myriad of activities, its proximity to the area's public transportation hub, the ACC holds loads of promise.
Technically, we should offer a cranberry for Thanksgiving, but we'll offer a Peach for the chance to share a meal and give thanks for all of the blessings that have come our way over the past year.
And here's an additional Peach to toss for all of those college kids who will be able to share that meal with their families after months away from home.
We weren't sure whether a Peach or a Pit was appropriate for Warren City Council's decision to exempt a short stretch of East Street from the odd-even parking regulations because seven people had asked the board to do it. That's Peachy for them, but does it set a precedent for the rest of the city?
We have a feeling that Council will be getting quite a few such petitions in the near future. And, if they do, how can Council say no? That might qualify for a Pit, or it could lead to a reassessment of the whole odd-even parking concept.
Now that we have "fallen back" and it is dark or nearly dark when many people are driving home from work, we've noticed a particularly dark spot that unfortunately coinsides with a crosswalk on Pennsylvania Avenue. The crosswalk in question connects The Point (now known as Northwest Plaza) with the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue. A strategically placed street light would help immensely.
On most cars, the button that activates four-way flashers has some sort of emergency symbol on it. That's because four-way flashers are to warn other drivers of a potential hazard or emergency.
We think people who stop their cars in right-of-ways and light up the four-ways for a quick run into a business deserve a pit. Four-way flashers do not absolve drivers from parking regulations. Find a parking spot and use it.
And finally, a big, fat juicy Peach to anyone who tosses a few bucks or their extra change into a Salvation Army Red Kettle this holiday season.
The kettles started appearing Thursday.
Now, more than ever, with high unemployment and high underemployment, there is a great need for those of us who can spare a little bit to offer it for those who really need it.
Reach in your pocket. We'll be that usually you can find some change you didn't know you had. And, if you didn't know you had it, you probably didn't need it as much as someone else.