HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – A department service officer from the American Legion will be at state Rep. Michele Brooks’ office, 3 Greenville Plaza-West Hadley Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to answer any questions regarding federal Veteran Administration and state benefits.

No appointments needed, but proof of veteran’s status is required. Questions: 800-274-8387 ext. 2037.

Butler group adds car show to alternative energy fair

BUTLER – Marcellus Outreach Butler, a nonprofit group from Butler County, is sponsoring the third annual Fossil-free Energy Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Kohl’s, Cranberry Township.

The event will showcase economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy. The show is part of the National Drive Electric Week, sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club and Nissan among others.

The theme of this year’s fair is “Driving to a New Energy Future’’ and will feature an electric car cruise. Manufacturers such as Tesla will be on hand to display the latest offerings.

Gregg Winks, from SUNWPA, will make a presentation on solarizing a home or business. Another presentation is a do-it-yourself primer for taking advantage of the PA Power choice program to sign-up for renewable energy for a home or business.

The short documentary series “Sustainability Pioneers’’ will be screened.

Admission is free.

Pa. barbershop fined $750 for refusing woman client

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania barbershop has been fined $750 for refusing a female customer.

John Interval owns Barbiere in Washington, which advertises as a high-end “Gentleman’s Barber Shop” and offers complimentary beers and spirits.

He tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter that he’s not challenging the recent fine by the state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs but says, “It’s infringing on our environment. Guys come here as a kind of a little getaway, to be around other guys.”

The customer turned away, Diamond Pecjak, wanted a short haircut known as a wave. She was refused by a female barber, although Interval says his staff recommended other shops and even offered to pay for Pecjak’s haircut at one.

Pecjak, who booked the dual appointments for herself and her boyfriend in March, isn’t commenting.

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