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Drivers' license centers closed for holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close all driver license and photo centers Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day.

Customers may still obtain driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include drivers' license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle financial responsibility restoration fee; and exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

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Baldwin High School to host band tourney

Bands from 16 high schools will perform in the Tournament of Bands competition at 4 p.m. Saturday in the stadium at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Blvd., Whitehall.

Performing will be Carrick, Karns City, Yough, Connellsville; Steel Valley; Ritchie County, Keyser and Parkersburg South, W.Va.; Somerset; Girard; McKeesport; East Allegheny; Upper St. Clair; Woodland Hills and Baldwin.

The Robert Morris University band also will perform.

Tickets will be available at the gate.


Junior football program to mark 50 years

Bethel Park Junior Football will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday with an open house and free buffet dinner at the Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave. Invited personnel will meet from 6 to 8 p.m.

All attendees are encouraged to bring memorabilia such as photographs and old helmets for display. Memorabilia will be returned that evening.

As one of the largest youth programs in the state, junior football has 14 teams, with nearly 300 Bethel Park youngsters ages 6 to 13 participating.


Civil War storyteller to visit library

As part of a statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Peters Township Public Library and Pennsylvania Humanities Council will host "Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War," from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. The program will be at the library, 616 E. McMurray Road.

Actor/storyteller Steven Anderson will share true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm's way. How did people react when their neighborhood became a battleground? How did the ideas and concerns that mattered to them play out in Gettysburg, along the Underground Railroad and throughout Pennsylvania? This classic American storytelling will be performed in 19th century garb and invites audience participation.

Register in advance by emailing, at the library circulation desk or calling 724-941-9430.


Harrisburg tour planned for December

Reservations are being taken for the annual holiday tour of the state Capitol and Harrisburg neighborhoods and attractions.

The tour, scheduled for Dec. 12, will include stops at the Governor's Mansion, the Capitol building and Hershey Chocolate World. A hot lunch will be served at the Capitol and is included in the $65 price. There will be entertainment on board, along with prizes.

The trip is sponsored by state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg. Those interested should contact his Washington County office at 724-223-2114 for reservations, pickup times and places.


Community Foundation plans gala

The second annual Celebrate Our Schools gala will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Clair Country Club.

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair, in partnership with the school district, the evening will honor the 1988 and 1989 WPIAL championship football teams and raise funds for school technology initiatives - both in the classrooms and on the field.

There will be music, a silent auction, a raffle, food stations and a cash bar.

Last year's gala raised more than $55,000.

Tickets are $100; to purchase go to the foundation website:


Council appoints new member

Dormont council approved the appointment of Jeff Fabus to the board in a 4-2 vote Monday night.

A nearly 40-year resident of the borough and Keystone Oaks High School graduate, Mr. Fabus is vice president of Dormont Athletic Boosters Association and a member of the recreation board. He is employed at UPMC in supply chain management.

In his application, he named short- and long-term goals, including a focus on reducing taxes, maintaining roads and promoting the borough's recreation facilities.

He replaces Councilwoman Laurie Malka, who stepped down last month.

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