CARL KOLOGIE: County begins counting
August 25, 2013 1:54 AM

Tom Zaucha has had a lot of titles since 1969, when he first came to the Indiana area.

A physical therapist, the Slippery Rock graduate was a trainer for the IUP athletic teams where he treated minor injuries and concentrated on keeping the athletes fit and on the field of play.

It wasn’t long before he went out on his own, formed his own physical therapy company and the rest is history as he has been involved in or organized his own company.

Currently he is CEO of American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis and president at Penn Neuromuscular Diagnostics LLC.

On Tuesday, Tom and his wife, Alice, held a “soft opening” at their new venture, the Pizza House at 990 Oakland Ave. in Indiana.

A hangout for college students as long as I can remember, at least since the days when Lefty Raymond, of Homer City, was the owner, the Zauchas bought the business earlier this year and remodeled it, adding an outside deck on the 10th Street side.

So, we posed the question: “Why did you decide to get into the pizza business?”

His answer was simple: “I always wanted to own a pizza place.”

In the process, he has added a few twists to the Pizza House as we once knew it.

Open all day, the first thing in the morning you can get a breakfast pizza that is loaded with scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, green peppers and onions and covered with white cheddar cheese.

And that’s for starters.

Of course the traditional Pizza House soup will be offered, and former owner John Tsiris is still there to make sure it remains the same blend that has made it a lunchtime favorite for many years.

So pizza and soup are still the menu favorites, only the owners are not the same. And with the addition of the Dog House, hot dogs with a variety of toppings and fresh cut fries are now also on the menu.

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That was a very interesting program at the Kovalchick Center on Tuesday evening on the county’s property reassessment plan.

Many of the common questions were answered in a slide show presentation that opened the forum.

County Commissioner Rod Ruddock moderated the program and answered many of the questions from the estimated crowd of more than 600.

Officials from the firm conducting the reassessment, Evaluator Services and Technology Inc., were there to provide their expertise in informing residents of the purpose and methods that will be used during the almost two-year program that will cover the entire county.

“Fairness” was the term stressed by Ruddock as the county has not had a property reassessment since 1968. Thus, there are many cases of similar homes in developments and municipalities with major disparities in assessed value.

EST stated that a third of property will see no change in assessed value, one third will have a decrease and the, other third will see an increase.

There were those in attendance who vented frustration and concern about an increase but it was explained that those with a new assessed value can question the assessment not only before the Board of Assessment Appeals but also before the Court of Common Pleas.

Tuesday evening was not the time for individual appeals.

Many improvements and new structures have been built throughout the county since the last reassessment 45 years ago, but with today’s technology, primarily the eye in the sky, none will be overlooked.

And you can count on that.

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