– Cathi Gerhard, Editor
“We have read the most recent edition at least three times over. It offers so much on each page . . . It’s the perfect companion for those who have lived here, those who just got here, and for those of us who haven’t quite taken the time to look around.”
– Derek Baughman, Latrobe
Several years ago, I received one of the best compliments from a local reader (above). He summarized exactly what the Laurel Mountain Post has been all about since our debut issue in 2004. I couldn’t have said it better myself!
These are the kinds of comments that keep coming back to me from readers, and they serve to validate our new partnership with the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce as their official magazine. We share the same footprint: the Laurel area valleys and highlands of Westmoreland County (and surrounding areas). We share the same mission: “Connecting Business, Community & Education.” And we both want to tell the stories in our neck of the woods.
The new Neighborhood Visitor & Information Center (see story on page 6), will be a great place to make those connections in the center of our region. If you missed the grand opening on February 2, that’s OK – you’re welcome to stop in Monday – Saturday. It’s not just for visitors, but for everyone to learn more about our community.
There are so many local stories that we take for granted as residents. Just because we pass people, places and things on the street every day doesn’t mean we know everything about them. Discovering new or in-depth narratives about our friends and neighbors, then sharing it with our readers, is one of our favorite things!
We are honored to tell some of those stories in this issue: Take another look at our local AM radio station, 1480 WCNS; go back in time with “Hard Days, Hard Nights” and the glory days of rock and roll concerts in Pittsburgh; re-consider what you thought you knew about the dangers of radon; February is full of holidays and celebrations you never knew; and much more. Browse through our calendar of events and attend something new!
There’s so much to discover about Western Pennsylvania – that’s why we can barely fit it all in, month after month, on the pages of the Laurel Mountain Post.