Monday, July 24, 2006

State News-Monday, July 24, 2006

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Union workers at Latrobe Brewing Company have voted overwhelmingly to accept a contract with a Wisconsin company that's negotiating to buy the brewery. Latrobe Brewing's Rolling Rock brand, but not the brewery, has been sold to Anheuser-Busch. That means a new owner is needed to keep the brewery open. A union business agent says members voted 113-to-nine Sunday to accept a two-year contract with the City Brewing Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The union leader says concessions were made, but there wasn't much choice. Belgium-based InBev S-A, the world's largest brewer by volume, sold the Rolling Rock brand to Anheuser-Busch for 82 (m) million dollars in May. Production of Rolling Rock and Rock Green Light beers is being moved to New Jersey next month.

As Floyd Landis crossed the Tour de France finish line, his devout Mennonite parents were riding their own bicycles home from church. Paul and Arlene Landis were so confident their son would win the cycling's greatest race they didn't have to choose between going to church and watching it on T-V at a neighbor's house. Arlene Landis says church is very important to them -- and they knew their son isn't one to take second place. The couple and their neighbors in the tiny Lancaster County hamlet of Farmersville have been celebrating after Floyd Landis' unlikely victory. But at church, the congregation seems ambivalent. A pastor says recognition of individual accomplishment is frowned on in Mennonite faith.


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