There are several pretty good restaurants in the AK Valley.  Tops on the list has to be Falsetti’s Villa in Cadogan.  The food is great the atmosphere is too and the portions are amazing.  Though it is an Italian Restaurant, there are a wide variety of other menu options from salads to crabcakes, sandwiches and every in between.

Other pretty good places are the Longhorn Steakhouse at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, The Texas Roadhouse in Butler and Shanghai Tokyo on Route 356 in Sarver.

When I go out to eat I consider food quality, price and portions to be the three most important considerations and in my humble opinion, all of these places I mentioned are great in all three catagories.

Anyone else out there have any additions to this list?


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Be aware that there is a lot of crime going on in the Valley that is not reported in the paper.  If you think that reading the Valley News tells you everything you need to know to be an informed resident of your community, you are mistaken.  It’s not all the fault of the newspaper as many local police departments and public officials,  do not report their crime statistics or voluntarily offer information regarding crimes that occur in their municipalities.  The other end of the equation is that the Valley News does not seem to press these municipalities very hard for this information.

Occasionally, the paper will print an article on cases handled by local magistrates but, not nearly often enough.  Nor do they provide information from all the local magistrates.  Blame it on a manpower shortage or lack of money, or whatever, but the days of reporters “digging” for stories is long gone.  It seems to me that the newspaper is more than willing to take only what is offered to them, in the form of information.  As a result of both parties unwillingness to get this information out, it proves to be a disservice to the readers of the paper and the residents of our communities. 

There is no question that an informed public is much better off that an ignorant one.  Our local officials and the local paper need to get this information out as quickly and as often as possible.  We residents of the A-K Valley deserve better.


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As July comes to an end, one can say it has been a pretty good roller coaster ride as far as the weather is concerned here in the A-K Valley.  The past couple of days have been quite cool, after the previous few being quite warm and muggy.  It’s pretty hard to figure the weather around here as it changes continually.  That’s probably a good reason why the weatherman gets it wrong so many times. 

Personally, I’d still take this versus the excessive heat of Florida or, the continual disasters in California.  The only thing I would like to see more of around our area, is some more sunshine.  We have way too many cloudy and overcast days.  But, thankfully, we miss a lot of the catastrophic disasters they have in some areas of the country. 


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Driving around Tarentum, Brackenridge and Natrona Heights recently, I’ve noticed a few interesting characters roaming the streets.  First, there is the black dude who walks up and down Freeport Road dressed as a King replete with cape and crown one day, then another time he is dressed as the devil.  When he’s dressed as the devil, he has his cape, trident and horns on his head.

Then there is the other guy, a white guy who is walking up and down the same street picking up trash with one of those sharp sticks, just like on TV.  First time I thought is might be someone doing community service, until I saw him out after 10 PM with a flashlight doing the same thing.  It’s at this point I start to wonder if he too is just another kook running around loose. 

Of course all this brings back the memories of Maxwell, not that anyone else can match the legendary status of Max and his variety of costumes but, these two might be on their way.  Has anyone else noticed these two? 


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Summit Hose is again sponsoring the fireworks display at the Tarentum Park and ball fields on Thursday.  Kudos to those guys for working to raise the money and make it a special day.  There are many communities who do not have fireworks because of the cost and the effort it takes to put the event together.  Sadly, we are losing a lot of our customs and traditions in this country.  This is one of the few things left which many of us have been a part of since our youth. 

Something to remember is that this kind of things takes hard word and a huge effort to put together. It just doesn’t happen by magic.  Unfortunately, there are less and less people willing to take on the work and responsibility of putting community events together.  When you attend many of these events you notice alot people walking around who seem to have the attitude that they are entitled to fireworks, entitled to a community pool, entitled to an Easter egg hunt or entitled to a Halloween Parade.  Most of these people think that it’s the job of others to provide them with recreation and events but, never their own.  If you enjoy this kind of thing, why don’t you think about helping in some way?  Duh! It’s not everyone else’s job to provide you with entertainment and good times.  Stop being a leech and start being a contributor.


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It looks as if the Supreme Court has put a damper on the power that President Obama perceives himself to have as they decided in a 9 to 0 vote that his recess appointments were illegal and also ruled that employers with strong religious beliefs to the contrary do not have to pay for contraceptives for women who are insured under the forced government insurance known as Obamacare. 

This is a particularly strong slap in the face to a president who gives the impression that he believes he has the authority to operate outside the Constitution and laws of the land.  When you hear him speak all he talks about is taking unilateral executive action to do whatever he wants. Thankfully, we have a Constitution with a built-in separation of powers, and checks and balances to control a president, who would like nothing more than to implement his ideology by royal decree.

God bless the Founding Fathers to be so foresight to realize that there would always be a possibility in the future for an individual or group seeking absolute control.  Thankfully, there is court that was put in place to oversee that the Constitution would be followed centuries after it was written.

We know enough about this president to expect him to try to continue his abuses and his efforts to rule by decree so, we can expect the court to have to continue to act a buffer between the Constitution and the abuses of power by this executive. 


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Read about the five car accident yesterday near A and B Pizza on Freeport Road.  Saw another bad one today near the Burtner house.  Also cars flipped over in Lower Burrell and Allegheny Township over the past few days.  It’s no wonder with all the speeding and tail-gating idiots driving around here.  For God’s sake you morons, SLOW DOWN and get off the bumper of the car in front of you. 


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