Cranberry to hold fundraiser 'Dash' this weekend, Mars bank donations, Ross summer classes

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Benefit dash supports Izzie’s  

Cranberry — The 5th annual Izzie's Dash for Organ Donation will be held on Saturday, June 7th at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Twp., PA (1171 North Boundary Road) to benefit Izzie’s Gifts of Hope Foundation.

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education supports Izzie's Gifts of Hope Foundation, which was established to enrich the lives of children and families with chronic illnesses by providing fun-filled activities and outings during stressful times.

The 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the family fun walk begins at 9:30 a.m. In addition, there will be kids’ activities, auctions, music and food.


Donations for community groups

Mars — Mars National Bank will donate over $3,000 to Hosanna Industries, Lighthouse Foundation, Lutheran Senior Life, Mars Library and Pine-Richland Youth Center through a matching program. 

The bank received $1,500 in donations April 28 and May 3 at its Cranberry, Penn, Heritage Creek, Mars and Richland offices.

Summer education program

Ross — North Hills School District is accepting registration for its summer Online Academy, which will offer 36 online courses for students in grades 7-12 throughout southwest Pennsylvania.

The Academy offers summer classes for credit recovery in math, English, science, social studies and health. 

It also provides full-credit enrichment courses in health, language arts, mathematics, art history, flash animation, strategies for academic success, teen transitions, computer applications and driver’s education (theory only).

For the first time, the academy will offer SAT Verbal Prep and Language Enrichment in which the emphasis is based on weekly vocabulary and etymology lessons and review of SAT-testing strategies for the critical reading section of the exam.

Students will receive access to the SAT Online study course with their enrollment in this course for $69.95.

The online course includes full-length practice tests, interactive activities and automated essay scoring. The online academy also will offer dual enrollment courses in Russian, Chinese and Japanese.

Tuition for credit recovery courses is $115 for a three-week, half-credit course and $225 for a six-week, one-credit course. Tuition for the nine-week, for-credit courses range from $100 to $339. Dual enrollment language courses are $699.

Applications are available in high school guidance offices and can be downloaded at

Classes begin June 30. Students must attend one of three orientation meetings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 25 at North Hills High School, June 26 at Peters Township High School or an online orientation on June 27. 

Information: 412-318-1017 or email

Meet with your legislator

Shaler — Residents in the 30th Legislative District will have the opportunity to meet with State Rep. Hal English, R-Hampton, from 11 a.m. to noon today in the Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Royal Blvd.,
Shaler, and from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the adult lounge of the Hampton Community Center, 3101 McCully Road.

Information: 412-487-6605.

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).

Funding program expands

Ross — Shop’n Save on Rochester Road has 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.

Information: 412-350-5801 or toll-free 1-800-WIC-WINS or

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