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March 29, 2013

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Homer City weighs distillery on Main Street

HOMER CITY – A proposal to make vodka, rum and whiskey at a microdistillery in this Indiana County borough is running up against concerns over the effect of the liquor on addicts who meet next door and questions about whether it should be permitted in a commercial zone.

The Indiana Gazette reported that a Homer City Planning Commission hearing was put on hold Thursday after nearly an hour and a half of public comment.

The proposed Disobedient Spirits distillery is the idea of two Indiana University of Pennsylvania professors, and it would provide a retail outlet.

The professors said the business should be zoned commercial and allowed to start up on its proposed Main Street location next to Homer City United Methodist Church, which houses addiction recovery meetings.

Website marketing seminar available

LATROBE – St. Vincent College Small Business Development Center will host Search Engine Optimization from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.

The seminar will provide online marketing strategies that will give a website more visibility and increase website traffic through search engine results. Presenter Joe Polk previously was senior technical specialist with PennTAP, Web technology specialist with Marconi PLC, and Web developer with Management Science Associates in Pittsburgh.

The fee is $40, or $35 each if two or more attend or register for an additional program.

To register or for more information, call 724-537-4572.

Job, career fair planned

The Veterans Leadership program of Western Pennsylvania has scheduled a job and career program for veterans and others on Thursday.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Seminar Theatre at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Upper Yoder Township.

Employers who have signed up so far to participate are Three Wire Systems, Goodwill Industries, the two state prisons in the Somerset area, Pepsi, Johnstown Welding and Fabrication, Safari Contract Cleaning, Riggs Industries, Geneva College and Lowe’s.

Because the event is a program and not a walk-around job fair, it is important that attendees arrive promptly at 9 a.m.

Job-seekers should bring a resume for distribution to employers.

For more information, call the Veterans Leadership Program at 255-7209.

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