Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scenes from Ohiopyle

The fall foliage isn't at its peak right now, but damn if the mountains aren't getting pretty.
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And if you go on the bike trail then take the Kentuck trail off to the right and wander back a ways, you get to this little baby waterfall.

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And of course, there's the big falls.

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We ended the night at Fiesta Azteca, my boyfriend's favorite, where he tried the special, Pollo Relleno. It was chicken covered in a mango sauce served over spinach and mushrooms with mashed potatoes and rice. The mashed potatoes tasted a lot like tacos, which is to say delicious, and I loved the mango sauce--but I may be partial since mango is my favorite fruit. My boyfriend said it was the best thing he's ever had there but admitted it's not his favorite. That honor still goes to pork carnitas.

Hope you had a good weekend, guys! I promise, more posts forthcoming. You'd be surprised how working a mere hour of overtime a night can kill your usual evening routine.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Nam on Twitter: First Weekend of the Month

Much as I hate to comment on welfare in Fayette County sometimes because those discussions turn nasty very quickly, I can't deny that there are noticeable crowds in the county at the start of every month. My trip into town yesterday was no different. Long line at the movies--which can also be attributed to the closing of the Laurel Mall's theater and the fact that Uniontown only ever has one cashier working at a time--long line at Wendy's, all out crowd in FYE at the mall. Reminded me of how the only time people shopped at the late Borders was when it was closing and everything was half off.

On that note, go see "The Martian," guys.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Albert Gallatin school evacuated last week, reason why still unclear

About a week ago, I was lounging around my parents' house the day after seeing Echo and the Bunnymen with my mom, an Albert Gallatin district employee, when my brother looked at a notification on his phone and was like, "Huh, students and teachers from an Albert Gallatin school went to the hospital for breathing issues." And we were like, "Great day to take the day off, Mom!"

The school was Albert Gallatin North Middle School, which ultimately had an early dismissal due to the issue, and a Hazmat team was called in. It was called an "isolated incident" that took place in the school's library. Maybe old-book fumes were getting to people? (In all seriousness, I'm the only bookworm on the planet that doesn't like the smell of books, and I have a friend whose migraines can be triggered by it, so, I mean...)

Hazmat found nothing--all air-quality tests came back normal, as did tests run on those hospitalized (12 kids, two staff)--and staff checked the building over the weekend, so school resumed as normal the following Monday. 'Tis a mystery.

Here's a fun anecdote, though: some woman commented on one of the Facebook posts on this by the local news and was like, "If they don't know the cause, why even report on it?" Which indicates to me that this woman doesn't understand how the news even works, or why children being evacuated even when they don't know the cause is important. I mean, it is kind of a big deal and a potentially serious issue, which got me plenty of likes when I pointed it out.

Speaking of Facebook, things got interesting over on the district's page, where most people were applauding the school for how it was handled but others were complaining that the updates didn't indicate whether or not parents of sick kids were notified. Because, you know, that's totally your business, although I understand concerns about text alerts not being sent in a timely fashion. That said, when school officials are trying to handle 15 sick people, evacuating a school, and a Hazmat team, their first thought probably isn't, "Oh, hot damn, let me send some texts right quick." Students themselves are happy with how it was handled. In fact, Facebook updates asked parents not to call the school, as it was jamming their phone lines. And then there are the people saying it shouldn't have been posted on Facebook at all, because, you know, it's not like it's important to address or anything. Not like people who don't have kids there want to know what's going on. Nope.

All in all, though, glad all is well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Uniontown man arrested for assaulting infant

A Uniontown man was arrested the other day after causing "significant injuries" to a five-month-old's face.
Police said Shallenberger admitted striking the child in the face and head Friday because he would not stop crying. 
Because, you know, aside from being cruel and abusive, hitting a kid to stop crying is also super effective!

Stay classy, Fayettenam parents.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Baby thrown off quad

On today's episode of "I hope your child is removed from your custody," an 18-month-old was ejected from a quad at the Laurel Mall yesterday.

A couple was drunkenly driving an ATV in the parking lot--with is a sketchy death trap for cars, let alone quads--when the cops showed up...and they tried to flee into the fields behind Rural King. Then hit a bump, which ejected their child from the vehicle.

Between the quad, Laurel Mall, Pechins Beer Distributor, and Rural King, this is, like, the most Fayette County story ever.
Both are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault and DUI. Both were arraigned before District Judge Mike Defino Jr. and lodged in Fayette County Jail on $75,000 bail.  
They were both given 17 criminal charges, plus a bonus charge for the woman, presumably the baby's mother. The man, Eric Ritenour, is already on probation for drunk-driving and drug-possession charges and has also pled guilty in the past to traffic and hunting violations.

For her part, Hall has been previously charged with drug possession and has pled guilty to harassment and and public drunkenness.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Concert tonight!

If you see this post within the next couple hours and are looking for something to do, get down to Storey Square in Uniontown by 5:30 to see Polish Six Pack play, well, polka, with food and refreshments supplied by Hot Diggity Dogs.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall Festivals

Looking for fun stuff to do this fall? We have festivals galore, especially if you want to venture out of the Nam and into a neighboring county.

  • Sept. 20 - Laurel Highlands Harvest Festival & Chili Cook-Off @ Christian Klay Winery, up the mountain in Chalk Hill.
  • Ohiopyle's annual Buckwheat Pancake event should be coming up in October.