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Date set for annual holiday parade

The 2012 Holiday Parade, sponsored by the city, will step off at noon Nov. 17 on North Main Street. Some 70 units will be in the line of march. The route starts at Westmoreland Museum of American Art and will proceed south toward City Hall on Main Street.

For details, call the Greensburg Recreation Office at 724-834-4880.


Auberle wins national award for nonprofits

McKeesport social service agency Auberle was designated "Agency of the Year" by the Alliance for Children and Families, a national membership association for human service organizations, at its national conference last month.

Auberle was selected for its expansion into new program areas and increased service provisions, according to a news release.

In nine months, Auberle researched and developed a new girls-specific program, purchased a building and property, underwent property subdivision and rezoning, designed an all new girls campus, completed $950,000 worth of building renovations and launched a new program.

Auberle launched a girls initiative to address the disproportionate number of resources available for at-risk girls in the community compared to boys. Partners on that initiative include Carlow and Robert Morris universities and national research partners including the National Center for Juvenile Justice and National Girls Institute.

"This is an example of where the nonprofit community is going," John Lydon, Auberle CEO, said in the release. "Nonprofits are reinventing ourselves and have been for some time. We have become much more creative, efficient and focused on delivering impact in the communities we serve. The result in our overall capacity is such that it stands out."

Auberle will also hold its annual public report to the community and 60th anniversary celebration on Monday.

Bishop David A. Zubik and Auberle will host the meeting and celebration at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the program center of Auberle's main campus. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, other elected officials, local dignitaries, community members and stakeholders will be in attendance.


Sewer-line project gets PennVest loan

An ambitious $3 million-plus sewer-line replacement and separation project to eliminate overflows into Brush Creek has been given a green light thanks to a $2.6 million PennVest loan.

Some 1,200 customers in Manor and surrounding communities will benefit from the replacement of 7,800 linear feet of sanitary sewer line, along with a related installation of 1,800 linear feet of storm sewer line. State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Westmoreland/Fayette, made the announcement last week.

The 20-year, low-interest loan is being coupled with a $417,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund the $3.07 million project.

Construction is expected to run from April 2013 to May 2014.


Commons opens doors to health care

Murrysville Commons, which houses health services at 4262 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, has opened and has set an open house for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10.

The site is the location of a new practice, Murrysville Internal Medicine, with doctors Amy Kim and Marcia Nelson.

Obstetrical and gynecologic care is offered by the physicians of East Suburban Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates. Physicians are Mark Rubino, Michael Pelekanos, B. Bernard Pettica and Leonard Selednik.

The facility also will offer a community room for educational lectures and patient classes.

Also on site is Alliance Physical Therapy, which provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services, and Murrysville Spa, which will offer aesthetic services and massage therapy.

A pediatric clinic and a wellness center will be future tenants.


River City Brass Band changes venue

The River City Brass will be playing its east suburban concerts this month and next in a new site: the sanctuary of Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Churchill.

For the past 27 years the brass band had performed in the auditorium of Gateway High School. The venue changed when the school district and band failed to reach an agreement on rent.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. next Thursday with the theme American Heroes under the baton of guest conductor 1st Lt. Peter J. Folliard of the U.S. Air Force Band.

The holiday Christmas Brasstacular will play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Tickets, $25, at the door. Subscribers have the option of moving to Beulah Church or exchanging tickets at any of the five other concerts.

Patrons with questions should contact Cindy Geib at 412-434-7222. Details:


Wine-tasting benefit set for Nov. 24

The Norwin Play it Forward Fund is holding its third annual Wind Up Wine Down benefit at Greenhouse Winery, Guffey-Rillton Road, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 24.

This evening features live jazz by Ken Karsh and Friends, wine sampling, auctions, a popcorn bar and hors d'oeuvres. Advance reservations are $35; at door, $40. Participants must be age 21 and older. For details: 724-515-4858. Send checks to: Norwin Play it Forward Fund Inc., 531 Cedar Glenn Drive, North Huntingdon 15642.

The mission of the fund is to create life-changing experiences for students with need.

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