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Opening Night at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

Opening Night at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra     Covington Investment Advisors, Inc. sponsored the opening night of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s forty-seventh season on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Patrick Wallace, President of Covington, is pictured above with Kim Dickert-Wallace on his left and Covington’s Cindy Jones and Daniel Messmer.  The Ligonier Investment firm and the Wallace’s are pleased to support the arts and cultural heritage that makes Westmoreland County a special place.     The WSO’s season opening concert featured violin virtuoso, Yevgeny Kutik, performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major.  Mr. Kutik emigrated from Minsk, Belarus to the United States at the age of five.  He has studied the violin since arriving in America and has performed with the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Mr. Kutik has also recorded and released a number of CD’s including “Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures.”  ...
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Fort Ligonier Days

    Fort Ligonier Days       One sure sign of autumn in the Laurel Highlands is the Fort Ligonier Days Festival.  Occurring on the 2nd full weekend in October this 3-day event commemorates the battle of Fort Ligonier on October 12, 1758 which was a key engagement of the French and  Indian War.  This year’s festival is scheduled for October 9, 10 and 11 and marks the 56th year of the event. Attractions during all of the three days include craft vendors, food booths, merchant sidewalk sales, Kids Korner at the Ligonier Valley YMCA, musical entertainment and, of course, special events at the Fort. There is something for everyone and every interest. Craft and Food booths open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9 and the official opening ceremony will be at noon on the Diamond.  Saturday’s highlight is the parade on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. which includes...
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Identity Theft 101

 IDENTITY THEFT 101 “But he that filches from me my good name/Robs me of that which not enriches him/And makes me poor indeed.” -Shakespeare, Othello, act iii. Sc. 3.                                            What is Identity Theft? Identity Theft and Identity Fraud are defined as terms used “to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain” (, 2015). Identity Theft can be something as little as unauthorized persons taking funds out of your bank account or in worst cases taking over your identity altogether and running up debts, committing crimes, etc. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average number of Americans who fall victim to identity fraud is 11.5 million annually and the average financial loss is $5,000. Before Congress created the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, identity...
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Why Not Return to Glass-Steagall?

  Why Not Return to Glass-Steagall?               Paul Volcker and the Volcker Alliance, a think tank headed by the former Federal Reserve Bank chairman to restore trust and effectiveness in government (, 2015), recently released a research report titled “Reshaping the Financial Regulatory System” that creates a framework for more regulatory reform of the financial watchdogs.  It might work, it might not.  But it begs the question, why not scrap all of the attempts to rebuild the protections afforded by the Glass-Steagall Act and just reinstate that law without all of the convoluted machinations of Congress?  Financial downfalls can happen without the help of banks.  There was the very deep depression of 1920-21 that was more the result of the end of the First World War.  Raging inflation was as much to blame for the Carter Era Malaise as much as government policy and not as much banking mischief.  However one...
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Some Thoughts on Computer Security

  Some Thoughts on Computer Security By: Daniel P. Messmer       I taught evening computer courses for adults for several years.  In the introductory courses I would always ask these future technicians what the most valuable part of the computer was.  The answers would range through the various hardware parts but rarely would someone get the answer right away: THE DATA.  The information stored on a computer cannot be purchased in a store or ordered online.  Well, not legally anyway. And this data is far more valuable than the sum of the electronic parts of a computer.  In this time of weekly news stories of data breaches and computer hacks we should take a look at the safety of this important and valuable part of our computers.   There are the obvious items: a good antivirus program and a good antispyware program.  These two items can often be handled...
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