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Diploma distribution examined

The school board heard a request Monday from high school senior Ken Weaver to change the way diplomas are handed out at graduation.

Mr. Weaver said he and his girlfriend attended the Steel Valley graduation in 2012, and diplomas there were handed out by some relatives of the graduates who work in the district and by some teachers students had chosen.

He asked if district students could also choose favorite teachers to give them their diplomas.

Board President Gerri McCullough said she could not give him an answer, but said the board will review his written proposal of how the graduation ceremony could be changed.


Community Band has patriotic concert

The Jeannette Community Band will present its annual free Veterans Day Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion.

Every branch of the military honor guard will be on hand to present the Colors and honor veterans. Westmoreland County Community College Choir will also entertain.

* The Jeannette Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is holding its annual dinner and basket auction from 4 to 5:45 p.m. today at its facility at 1100 Clay Avenue Extension.

Diners can choose between chicken or fish, two side dishes and a beverage at a cost of $8.50 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Takeouts are available. A basket auction will be held at 6 p.m.

Details: 724-523-3120.


Diamond volunteers needed

Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help decorate the town's signature Diamond district for the holidays.

Volunteers should arrive on the Diamond at 9 a.m. Saturday and/or Nov. 16.

The chamber also is looking for an 11-foot Christmas tree for the gazebo in the middle of the Diamond.

Details, or to volunteer call 724-238-4200.


Seminar points out drug abuse here

Norwin School District and Southwest Medical Center will sponsor a seminar for parents and guardians this evening in Norwin High School auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck, Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha, Dr. Yesh Navalgund, parents and speakers from law enforcement will present real-life stories and share signs and symptoms of drug abuse, said Jonathan Szish, Norwin School District spokesman.

At a recent meeting of the Westmoreland County Overdose Task Force, Mr. Bacha said 100 people in Westmoreland County died of accidental overdoses during a recent 15-month period.

At the seminar, parents will learn medication street names, what is being done to control the problem, and where to get help if a problem exists.

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