Tim Capper: when you say a side bar - what is the side bar associated with - tags, categories ?
Could these be associated as spammy ?
If they play a distinct purpose - you click on one and it takes you to a specific page. Then this should be OK.
However if this is the case i would probably try and incorporate them into your main header menu.
As long as Google can see the relevance they play in the sites navigation - then all should be ok.
On the other hand - would google look at these as intentional manipulation, then i would remove
i never saw the url Chris, sorry
Just had a look - your site is fine, there are no massive keywords in the side bar.
However - the parent site locksmith-pa might not be so lucky with all those area pages.
Matt cutts specificall calls them out in the new manual actions - thin duplicated content
chris burgos: tim what if all the service areas has unique content would that be still be considered spammy ?
and how is locksmith-pa a parent site to locksmithconshohocken there 2 different domains
Michael Chapman: + If it has unique content the the pages would really help you with local results, especially if you set up Google Places.
chris burgos: im setting up google plus and facebook pages ; for every town..
Michael Chapman: + I just had a discussion about Google Places listings over in another group. But basically Google wants them all under one account as opposed to one for each town (unless it's actually a different brand/business) to prevent multiple results in the SERPs.
Facebook is fine though, and yes you can create the multiple Google+ pages too but from a branding/social/expansion point of view I'd argue it would be better to just have the one account.