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Saxonburg Boulevard restrictions begin

Motorists are being restricted to a single lane of alternating traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 5 while crews from Wilson Excavating & Grading Inc. of New Wilmington, under a contract with Peoples Gas, relocate natural gas lines.

The lines are in the area of the bridge that carries the road over Deer Creek just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Construction is planned to start in late spring. A detour will be necessary during construction.

Flag crews will control traffic.


Enroll in summer STEMM Academy

Enrollment is open for the Western Pennsylvania Summer STEMM Academy, a four-week summer program at Fox Chapel Area High School for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine careers or a desire to learn more about them.

Several school districts will fund scholarships for students to attend the academy, which will offered Mondays through Thursdays, July 8-Aug. 1. The cost is $400 with a $50 discount for those applying by May 15.

Participants will interact with doctors, professors, business professionals and mentors in the STEMM fields through guest speakers, panel discussions and field experiences at universities, research labs and STEMM-related businesses, including West Penn Allegheny Health System, Bayer Corp., Carnegie Mellon University, LifeFlight, Westinghouse, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and UPMC.

Information: 412-967-2430, or


Volunteers needed for store launch

A second-hand store called Beautiful Buys will open at 421 Route 228.

Volunteers are needed to help with daily operations, such as sorting and displaying merchandise in the store, which will specialize in lightly used furniture and home decor.

For information about volunteer opportunities or to donate items: 724-898-2897.

Beautiful Buys is operated by St. Barnabas Charities. Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2012 provided more than $4.5 million in care to low-income patients at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas.


Center for early education to open

Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers, an early childhood education provider, will open its first Pennsylvania school with events for children and parents from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at McCandless Crossing, McKnight Road at Duncan Avenue.

Children and parents can tour the 14,000-square-foot facility and participate in Easter egg hunts and other activities during the open house, which also will feature a book drive to benefit Heritage Community Initiatives, a community-based nonprofit in Braddock that has served the Mon Valley region for more than 25 years.

The school can accommodate 202 children, infancy through age 12, and employs a center director, more than 13 teachers with degrees and more than 25 teaching assistants. The facility has a two-story Doodleville indoor play village, classrooms, outdoor playgrounds, biometric security systems and WatchMeGrow Internet access.


Peace Medal recipient announced

Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell of Maine has been named the inaugural recipient of the La Roche College Peace Medal in recognition of his work as U.S. special envoy to the Northern Ireland peace talks and for Middle East peace.

La Roche president Sister Candace Introcaso will present the Peace Medal on April 5 in the Duquesne Club, Downtown. Dan Rooney, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, who worked with Mr. Mitchell and government officials from Ireland and Northern Ireland, will take part in the ceremony.

In announcing the award, Sister Candace cited Mr. Mitchell's dedication to bringing peace and justice to two of the world's distressed areas.

"Sen. Mitchell has spent his life in service to the United States and to advancing the cause of peace in conflict-ridden areas of the world," she said in a news release. "It is appropriate for La Roche College to recognize his exemplary service and dedication, as well as his strong support of higher education. The La Roche College Peace Medal will be a lasting tribute to distinguished leaders who share and exemplify the mission of La Roche: to educate future leaders to promote justice and peace in our ever-changing global society."



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