Traffic news for Richland, best music education schools, mini-golf to support food bank and Zumbathon in Sewickley

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Route 8 lane closed

Richland — Northbound traffic on Route 8 has been restricted to one lane between Krebs and Applewood drives during a $1.65 million improvement project at Ewalt and Cook roads,

The project will improve safety and mobility on Route 8 at both intersections by adding left turn lanes, widening Route 8 and installing a concrete barrier. Additional work will involve drainage, curb installation, embankment excavation and paving.

Southbound traffic on Route 8 will not be affected by the project.

Best schools for music education

Around the North — Fox Chapel Area, North Allegheny, North Hills and Quaker Valley school districts are among 42 school systems in Pennsylvania that have been named Best Communities for Music Education.

This is the 10th year for Quaker Valley, the seventh year for North Allegheny, the third year for Fox Chapel Area and the second year for North Hills to receive the designation.

Established in 1999, the Best Communities for Music Education from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation honors school districts and schools that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education programs as part of the schools’ core curriculum and exemplify commitment and support for music education.

Funding program expands

Ross — Shop’n Save on Rochester Road in Ross and Target in South Hills Village in Bethel Park have been added to the stores that are authorized to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

The stores are among more than 100 throughout the county that participate in the federally funded WIC program. For locations and directions to the stores:​wic. For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits: 412-350-5801 or toll-free 1-800-WIC-WINS or

Ross native has museum exhibit

Oakland — Jewelry designer Gail Kowalski, a native of Ross, has two of her studio designs on permanent display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland.

Two colored gemstone rings selected by the museum were donated by Conrad Bergo in memory of his wife, Nancy. The rings are on display in the Birthstones and the Tourmalines of Brazil exhibits of the Wertz Gallery. Her gems and jewelry are in the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.

Ms. Kowalski attended North Hills High School and received her metal smithing training in 1977 at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. Her studio and retail store is Jewelry by Gail Inc. in Nags Head, N.C.

Saxonburg Boulevard bridge closed

Indiana Township — The bridge that carries Saxonburg Boulevard over Little Pine Creek between Francioni Lane and Klein Road will remain closed through June 20 while it is being replaced.

The $777,777 project by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation includes superstructure replacement, approach and drainage work, guide rail improvements, pavement markings and other items. The prime contractor for the project is Allison Park Contractors Inc.

The detour for southbound traffic on Saxonburg is Harts Run Road and Route 8 (William Flinn Highway).

Zumbathon to support memorial fund

Sewickley — Sewickley Academy’s fourth Zumbathon to benefit the Kurt Cerny Memorial Fund for Students will feature the choreography of academy seniors Mackenzie Pryor and Sydney Joseph from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Alumni Gym of Sewickley Academy.

The fundraiser is open to ages 12 and older. Participants should bring water, a towel, and a small snack. Clothing suitable for exercise should be worn, as well as comfortable tennis shoes. Light refreshments will be provided.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program designed to provide a workout and enjoyment. The Cerny scholarship, named after the academy dance teacher who died in 2011, assists performing artists who would benefit from educational opportunities.


Mini-golf outing for charity

Cranberry — The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will host a family friendly mini-golf outing and fundraiser, “Putt-ing an End to Hunger” with tee times at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Saturday at  Fun Fore All Family Fun Center on Route 19.

The event offers 18 holes of miniature golf, lunch, raffles and prizes. The fee is $100 for four people and $50 for two. The fee covers 18 holes of miniature golf, lunch, a $5 Fun Fore All gift card, a T-shirt and entertainment.

Families can purchase tickets, submit their team name and reserve a tee time online at the Food Bank’s web site,

Information: 724-779-2270 or

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