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AROUND WESTMORELAND

Tax Aide program needs help

A Tax Aide program, sponsored by AARP, is looking for volunteers to give four hours a week to help people with their tax returns.

The tax help program for low-income, elderly and disabled runs February through mid-April at sites throughout the county.

To volunteer or for more information, call Westmoreland County Community College Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 1-800-262-2103.

CONNELLSVILLE

Car cruise benefits charities

Starting Wednesday and continuing each Wednesday through the end of September, Scott C's Auto Sales & RockStarz will host a Connellsville Cruize from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for Connellsville Area Community Ministries.

Entry is free; music will be provided along with drawings and food for purchase.

NORTH VERSAILLES

Roof repair project seeking bids

Bids will be advertised for the next phase of the township building roof repair project.

Vote to authorize the township engineer to proceed was made at last Thursday's meeting.

Al Thomka of Pinehurst Street was at the meeting with several of his neighbors to express concern about potential development at the end of their dead-end-street.

Mr. Thomka said plans were submitted to the sanitary authority for construction of a duplex and a single-family dwelling on the site at the end of the street. He said he hopes no Section 8 housing or through road are built there.

Township officials said applications have not been received for project permits, and asked Mr. Thomka to call Al Wagner, township code officer, when construction of the homes begins.

UNITY

Murtha aide writes/talks about boss

Brad Clemenson, a former communications director for late U.S. Rep. John Murtha, will share a behind-the-scenes look about the life and service of the Congressman during an appearance and book signing Sunday.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 Route 30 in Unity.

Mr. Murtha, of Johnstown, a Democrat and Vietnam combat veteran, represented Pennsylvania's 12th District in the House of Representatives from 1974 until he died in 2010.

Mr. Clemenson and Jim Penna wrote "Murtha: War Fighter, Fighting for the Soul of America." Books, selling for $15.95 on Amazon.com, will be available at Sunday's event.

Mr. Clemenson is now senior program manager for the southwestern region of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Mr. Penna is district director for U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown.

Tickets are $10; reservations required: 724-879-4241.

WHITE OAK

Vote on community center delayed

Council has delayed until September a vote on whether to use $345,000 from the sale of White Oak's sewerage system to help pay for the creation of a new community center.

Council President Dave Pasternak said council delayed the vote so the borough can work with the office of state Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport, on requirements of a $500,000 matching grant Mr. Brewster had obtained for White Oak that would also be used to pay for part of the community center.

A regulation says the $345,000 fund can be used only in an emergency or through a unanimous vote of council.

At an earlier meeting and public hearing, council discussed and took public comment about renovating part of the White Oak Athletic Association building into a community center.

• The council meeting room was packed Monday night with representatives of White Oak Athletic Association, the association's swim team and with people who had come to see Mayor Ina Jean Marton receive the Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year award.

Keith Moss, mayor of Duryea Borough in Luzerne County, drove almost five hours to present her with the award, given by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, state Rep. Mark Gergely, D-White Oak, and Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey spoke in recognition of Ms. Marton's accomplishments. Robert Johnson of the governor's southwest regional office presented Ms. Marton with a letter of recognition.

Ms. Marton's husband, daughter and grandchildren were also on hand.

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