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AROUND THE NORTH

Young professionals group forming

The Chamber of Commerce Inc. is beginning a new group for young professionals. The focus is on professionals under the age of 40.

The group will have social events such as after-hours gatherings each month, but also will have a mentorship program through which participants will meet with business owners in roundtable luncheons.

Mentorship of younger generations in high school through college also will be a part of this group.

The chamber comprises business owners and representatives from northern Allegheny County and parts of Beaver and Butler counties.

Information: 724-934-9700.

NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Open heart, pick up shovels for seniors

There are times when a senior citizen is snowed-in and needs to get out of the house for a medical appointment, to go shopping or to visit friends. Or, the sidewalk may need cleared so that a home health worker or meal delivery can get to their door.

North Hills Community Outreach is recruiting volunteers to shovel snow for older residents.

To participate, contact Open Your Heart to a Senior, seniors@nhco.org or 412-307-0071.

BUTLER COUNTY

Farm service officer named

Lorraine A. Thiele was elected last Thursday as a Butler County Farm Service Agency committee member to represent producers in Local Administrative Area 3. She will serve a three-year term.

Jeffrey L. Kennedy was elected as first alternate and write-in nominee Thomas C. Kelley was elected second alternate.

The region inculdes Cranberry, Jackson, Adams, Forward, Middlesex, Penn, Clinton, Jefferson, Buffalo, and Winfield.

Committee members administer farm service programs in Butler, Beaver and Allegheny Counties.

Meetings are open to the public and are held at least quarterly. The Butler-Beaver-Allegheny FSA office is staffed by four employees.

EAST DEER AND TARENTUM

Overnight closings planned for Freeport Road

Traffic in both directions on Freeport Road will be closed from 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday to accommodate oversize manufacturing equipment being transported by Fagioli Inc., a heavy-lifting and hauling firm based in Texas.

The closure will occur from the 9th Street/C.L. Schmitt Bridge in East Deer and Conroy Way in Tarentum.

Northbound traffic will be detoured on Riddle Run and Butler Logan roads and Routes 28 and 366.

The same closure and detour will occur on Friday morning, Dec. 21. Additional early morning closures are planned through February.

SEWICKLEY

Student artwork on display

Artwork from Quaker Valley students who are members of Studio Life, a visual arts-based afterschool program offered to middle-schoolers, will be on exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 429 Broad St.

The program, under the direction of art teacher Jeff Evancho, uses visual art to develop critical thinking skills, expression, creativity, and leadership development.

The exhibit will feature artwork by high school students who are mentors in the program and other select students.

The exhibit, which will be managed by artist Alessandra Crivelli, a 2012 Quaker Valley High School graduate, also will feature music from violinist Matt Pickart. It is being held in partnership with the Sewickley Arts Initiative, which is host to the exhibit, Pretty:Functional, the same evening at 419 Beaver St.

Studio Life shirts and sweatshirts will be available for purchase at both exhibits. All proceeds benefit the afterschool program.

VETERANS BRIDGE

Route 28 ramps close this weekend

North Hills motorists will face restrictions with ramp closings planned this weekend at the junction of Route 28 and the north end of the Veterans Bridge (Interstate 579).

Crews will install signs and pavement markings on the ramp connecting southbound (inbound) Route 28 to the Veterans Bridge and the ramp from the Veterans Bridge to northbound (outbound) Route 28.

Those ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

These are recommended detour routes:

• Veterans Bridge to Route 28 - Continue north on I-279 (Parkway North) to Hazlett Street (Exit 3), turn right onto East Street, left onto East Ohio Street and take the ramp to north Route 28.

• Route 28 to Veterans Bridge - Ramp onto East Ohio Street, right onto Madison Avenue, north to East Street, crossover I-279 (Parkway North), at Venture Street, right onto the ramp toward southbound I-279, south to the Veterans Bridge/I-579.

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