Asides for Sunday, March 28, 2010

Written by Susan Mannella on .

SAYING GOODBYE IS never easy. The folks at Wendell August Forge in Grove City know that better than anybody. Fire leveled the historic business on March 6, and workers are operating temporarily at nearby Cooper Industries Commons. That's why it seems particularly fitting that the forge is manufacturing commemorative tickets for the Pittsburgh Penguins' final regular season game at Mellon Arena on April 8. Although the playoffs come next, the Pens and their fans also are looking ahead to life in the new Consol Energy Center, just as Wendell August employees prepare to say hello to new headquarters, with completion expected in 12 to 18 months.


SAYING GOODBYE TO city school buildings is nothing new to Pittsburghers, due to falling enrollment in the district and rising renovation and maintenance costs, but that doesn't make it any easier. Two city neighborhoods that have been in this position before face new closings after an 8-1 vote by the school board Wednesday evening. Rooney 6-8, a Brighton Heights middle school, is down to 167 students now and would have seen a 23 percent decline for next year, a fact that has affected the availability of music, home economics and other programs. Vann K-5 elementary in the Hill District has a similar situation, with 184 students in a building that could handle 427. But there was a piece of good news on the population front last week: A report showed that more people migrated to the Pittsburgh metro area from 2008 to 2009, reversing a long-term trend.

NEW DOWNTOWN HOUSING wasn't enough to allow the first grocery in the heart of the city in 13 years to make a go of it. Rosebud Fine Food Market at 100 Seventh St. started with promise two years ago, but it could not compete against larger stores in nearby communities. Customers found it convenient for picking up a few items, but took their longer shopping lists elsewhere. The store will say goodbye this week.


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