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AROUND THE SOUTH

Free flu vaccines in South Hills

The Tri-Community South EMS is holding free flu vaccine clinics at the following locations:

• Noon to 3 p.m. today, South Park Community Room

• Noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center

• Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Bethel Park Community Center

Residents of these communities 18 and over are eligible.

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP

Historical talks planned

The Elizabeth Township Historical Society will host a fall series of "Conversations and Journeys into History" at the 100-year old Coates House that houses its office, museum and library at 5811 Smithfield Street.

Carl Lander Jr. and Ed Falvo, both society members, will lead the conversations from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on three Sundays.

Mr. Lander is a retired printer and teacher from West Newton, who has lectured on local history for 35 years. Mr. Falvo was a re-enactor with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial Re-enactment which retraced the steps of the explorers from the boat yard in Elizabeth in 1803 to the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

Scheduled talks will be:

• Sept. 23, "Forks of the Youghiogheny: Pathways, Trails and Rivers, they Highways of the 1700s"

• Oct. 21, "Lewis and Clark Medicine Kit of the 1803-1806 Era"

• Nov. 18, "Builders of Our Country 1706-1806"

In addition to the conversation series, the historical society will host luncheons featuring fashions of the Titanic era selected from their clothing collection.

The luncheons will be held Nov. 9 and 10, at the Boston Shoppes in Elizabeth Township. Tickets are $25. Information: 412-754-2030 or 412-751-4580.

JEFFERSON HILLS

Parish dedicates new church

A dedication mass for the new St. Thomas A' Becket Parish will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 139 Gill Hall Road. Bishop David Zubik will officiate.

The new church, designed by Astorino, is located on the hill overlooking the corner of Beams Run and Gill Hall Road. The $7.3 million project includes a 750-seat worship space, parish offices and a 100-seat day chapel. Shell space is provided on the lower level for a future social hall. Also included in the two-story structure are restrooms, a bride's room and a choir rehearsal room.

The church has increased parking and traffic flow, including improved handicap availability. The project completion timeline was 19 months. The building campaign was launched in 2006.

Information: www.saintthomasabecket.com.

MT. LEBANON

Yogurt shop grand opening this weekend

The grand opening of Yogli Mogli probiotic frozen yogurt shop at 695 Washington Road is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23.

The shop was owned by Brian Forrest Hall, who died in a plane crash Aug. 26 at the George Washington National Forest near Harrisonburg, Va.

His family still plans to open and run the shop, which he had hoped would be a space for young people, said his wife, Ellie. He built a lounge in the yogurt shop, where he hoped young people could gather for poetry readings or "open mic" nights.

PLEASANT HILLS

Art show benefits library

Library administrators are looking for artists to participate in a show and sale to benefit the library.

The art show will kick off with a wine and cheese tasting event Nov. 10 and the exhibit continues through Nov. 19. Artists age 16 and over are invited to submit work. There is no entry fee, but the library will take a 20 percent commission on any piece sold.

Details about submission deadlines is included in the art show entry form available in the library at gealys@einetwork.net or 412-655-2424.

SOUTH FAYETTE

Band show at high school stadium

The South Fayette Annual Festival of Bands will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the high school stadium.

High school bands scheduled to appear include Avella, Cornell, Fort Cherry, Mt. Lebanon, North Hills, Pittsburgh Obama, Quaker Valley, Riverview, Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette's "Little Green Machine."

Additionally, making its debut at the festival will be a performance from the South Fayette Alumni Band, directed by former Green Machine band directors Clem Rolin and Michael Mackey. This performance is in honor of the "Little Green Machine's" 65th anniversary.

Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, sold at the gate. South Fayette Senior Citizen Gold Card holders will be admitted free.

Information: www.southfayette.org or 412-221-4542.

UPPER ST. CLAIR

Open house sessions set

The renovated Boyce Middle School will host its annual open house from 7 to 9 tonight. At 6:15, an "Informance" will be held in the Boyce band room to share information about the band and string programs. Early dismissal for Boyce students will be at 1:15 today.

Open house for the recently renovated Fort Couch Middle School will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 with early student release at 1:15 p.m.

Open house for Upper St. Clair High School is 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10. High school students will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m.

The PTSO and PTAs will distribute student directories to parents.

WHITE OAK

Community center plans could change

A council vote Monday could result in changes in plans for a new community center, said borough Manager Jack Petro.

State Sen. Jim Brewster obtained a $500,000 grant for the borough. But in order to use all of the grant money for a new community center, the borough needed to provide $500,000 in matching funds.

But Monday council voted 5-to-2 to allocate a minimum of $180,000 or a maximum of $250,000 from the borough's capital improvement fund for the center. If the borough contributes only $250,000 in matching funds, the borough will receive only $250,000 of the grant, Mr. Petro said. Council members Ron Massung and Ed Babyak voted against using borough capital funds for the project.

When council members initially thought they would have $1 million, they planned to tear down one of the three block buildings at the White Oak Athletic Association and to build a new center. The three existing block buildings are in front of the gymnasium building.

If the borough has a total of $500,000 to do the project, borough officials will not tear down any building, but might renovate one of the block buildings into a senior citizens' center and community center, Mr. Petro said.

He said the borough may also replace the floor in the gymnasium and renovate the gymnasium building kitchen, bathrooms, and heating and air conditioning systems.

nCouncil approved a new three-year contract with the borough's six public works employees. The employees, who are members of Utility Workers Union Local 433, agreed to a wage freeze the first year of the contract and will receive raises of about 40 to 45 cents per hour during the second and third years of the contract.

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