AROUND THE SOUTH HILLS
Citizens Fire Academy accepting applications
Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon and Dormont fire departments are accepting applications for the annual Citizens Fire Academy, which begins next month.
The nine-week public education program, designed for residents and business owners in the three municipalities, provides a chance to learn about fire department operations from firefighters.
Topics such as the engine and ladder truck operations at structure fires, rescue methods, fire extinguishers, fire prevention, code enforcement and emergency medical services will be covered. Academy participants will experience hands-on demonstrations of emergency operations and may ride with on-duty firefighters to emergency calls.
The academy begins Sept. 11 and ends Nov. 7. Classes meet from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Mt. Lebanon public safety building on Washington Road.
Applications are available at Mt. Lebanon Fire Department headquarters, 555 Washington Road; www.mtlfd.org; or 412-531-5366.Application deadline is Monday. Details: Bob Fischer, 412-343-3402.
Cleanup from recent flooding continues
If residents don't see public works employees tending to their regular duties such as cutting grass as often in upcoming weeks, it's because they're correcting flooding problems.
The heavy rains that have showered the area for the past month have taken their toll, especially in hilly sections where drainage is a problem because older pipes have insufficient capacity.
Officials said Aug. 14 that repairs to easements, culverts and roads due to storm damage are a top priority.
"Some [other] things will have to be delayed because we have to take care of remediation," said Robert Schuler, commission president.
Officials have a map of all detention ponds, Mr. Schuler said. Some belong to the township, some to developers and some are owned by homeowners' associations.
A number of residents had flooding complaints from the northeastern section of the township. Some blamed the Prestley Heights housing development that straddles the Carnegie/Collier border for the problems.
Solicitor Charles Means said the developer's bond money could be used to pay for repairs.
Deteriorating pipes as well as heavy rains aren't the only contributors to recent flooding. Soil in this area is clay-based, which means it doesn't absorb water as readily, Mr. Schuler said.
Annual Taste of Dormont scheduled for Sept. 14
The seventh annual A Taste of Dormont will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the recreation center.
Participants can sample food from local restaurants and hear music by the duo, Good Guys. The theme for the event is "Reds, Whites, Brews and Blues" and is for those 21 and older. Tickets at the door cost $25, which includes a wine glass.
The event will include a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting Dormont Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the business district. Details: 412-341-6733 or 412-608-4796.
Municipality names new finance director
Andrew McCreery has been appointed director of finance for Mt. Lebanon. He replaces longtime assistant manager and finance director Marcia Taylor, who retired in August.
Mr. McCreery, of Mt. Lebanon, will begin work Sept. 9.
He previously was director of finance for Jefferson Hills, a position he held since February 2012. From 2006 to 2012, he was accounting manager for Upper St. Clair.
He is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. He is on the board of the west chapter of the Government Finance Officers Association of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Civil War-era encampment to be held Saturday
Heritage Park will be transformed into a Civil War-era camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The public may interact with 9th Pennsylvania Reserves re-enactors, who will wear period costume. Activities will include kids' crafts, speakers, raffles and drill demonstrations. The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Drum and Fife Reenactment Corps will perform in the afternoon. Food and drinks, photo opportunities used books and other items will be available.
Admission is free to the History at Heritage program, organized by Heritage Public Library and the borough parks and recreation board.
Volunteer members of the Pittsburgh-area re-enactment unit portray the original Company A of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves 38th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, or the "Pittsburg Rifles." The regiment participated in battles of the Army of the Potomac, including Gettysburg.
The drum and fife re-enactment corps, made up of African-American youth, was formed by the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust to enhance education about the involvement of blacks in the Civil War. The group includes African-American boys and girls, ages 14 to 18, playing drums or fife. Details: www.washlibs.org/heritage.
Health care will be topic of town hall meeting
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Washignton Councilman Joe Manning will discuss the Affordable Care Act at a town hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in city hall on East Maiden Street.