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Mon Valley Chamber hosts lunch and panel talk

Charleroi  The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon meeting and panel discussion with Washington County Commissioners Feb. 11 at the Elks Club, 301 Fallowfield Ave.

Moderator will be the chamber's Jeff Kotula. The group will update guests on economic news and future plans for the county and the Mon Valley.

Registration begins at 11:45 a.m., and the program ends at 1 p.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 724-483-3507 or emailing members@mvrchamber.org.Cost is $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers. 

Dance will honor DJ's legacy

McKeesport — A Celebration of the Life of Legendary DJ Terry Lee will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. March 8 at the Boston Spectrum.

“We have been overwhelmed with requests to present this event so Terry’s countless and loyal followers could come together to honor his memory and his life,” said Carol Trunzo, of Bellville, Ohio, the DJ's widow.

Mr. Trunzo, who spun records under the name Terry Lee, was a New Eagle native and a 1960 graduate of Monongahela High School. He died of complications of lung cancer on July 30 at age 70 in his Bellville home.

His tribute event will  include photographs, videos and music, especially his signature “Music for Young Lovers.''

Joe Parknavy will be the disc jockey. He created the Terry Lee Internet radio station.

Admission to the BYOB affair is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes mixers. Food will not be sold. Tickets may be ordered in advance at the Terry Lee website, www.tlsoundco.com or by sending a check or money order to TL Sound Co., Box 640, Bellvile, OH 44813. 

Mr. Trunzo began his broadcasting career that spanned some 55 years while still a student at Monongahela High School. He had popular radio programs at such stations as WESA in Charleroi, WARO in Canonsburg and WMCK and WIXZ in McKeesport and also hosted successful television dance shows on WPGH and WPXI in Pittsburgh. His record hops for teenagers in the 1960s and 1970s were among the biggest in Western Pennsylvania. He also did work as an on-air personality and station owner at radio stations in Florida and Arizona, as host of a nationally syndicated show and had success as a concert promoter and record producer. He launched a reunion tour in early 2010 at The Palisades in McKeesport that drew more than 600.

In May 2011 he introduced the TL Magic Communications Network, an Internet streaming process featuring his website, www.tlsoundco.com. The MCN program draws 135,000 hits a month.

Commissioners OK revised fees 

South Fayette — Commissioners have approve a revised fee schedule.

The township established a $5,000 application permit fee for mining projects or oil/gas development, including Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

In addition, $25,000 must be deposited into an escrow account to cover required township administrative, engineering, review and inspection costs. Township expenses above the escrow amount must be paid.

The action came during a meeting earlier this month.

■ Commissioners also approved the resignation of Jeff Farabaugh as an alternate on the zoning hearing board.

Grant helps work of SHACOG

Mt. Lebanon  — The American Water Charitable Foundation has awarded a $4,000 grant to the South Hills Area Council of Governments’ Technical Rescue Team to purchase a confined space communication system.

“With this grant, SHACOG’s Technical Rescue Team will be able to purchase an important piece of rescue equipment that can be used to safeguard local families throughout Pittsburgh’s South Hills communities,” said Mt. Lebanon Fire Chief Nick Sohyda. “The money will be used to purchase a system that allows simultaneous, two-way voice communications between the rescuers and the victim to assess and monitor their safety.”

“The dedicated firefighters and paramedics serving the South Hills devote their lives and special talents to protect the community. We want to recognize them and lend our assistance by providing some of the resources they need to help them do their jobs,” said Steve Tambini, Pennsylvania American Water Co. vice president of operations.

The communities served by SHACOG’s Technical Rescue Team are Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Elizabeth, Findlay, Heidelberg, Jefferson Hills, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Mount Oliver, Peters, Pleasant Hills, Scott, South Park, Upper St. Clair and Whitehall. These communities represent 190 square miles and 290,000 people.

New trash contract approved

Green Tree  — Residents may find that taking out their household garbage and trash may be a lighter load this year since borough officials earlier this month approved a new seven-year contract with Waste Management of Pennsylvania. The first year of the new contract will cost the borough 1 cent less per household than in 2013, said manager David Montz. The cost of trash pickup is covered through property taxes.

■ At the recent reorganization meeting, District Judge Gary Zyra of Scott administered oaths of office to Mayor Edward Schenck, incumbent council members John Novak, David Rea and Mark Sampogna and newly elected member David Lorenzini. Mr. Sampogna was re-elected president, and Art Tintori was elected vice president. Council sessions continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month.

■ Residents with pets are reminded that annual dog licenses are required. New tags are $8.45 for a non-neutered or non-spayed dog and $6.45 for a spayed or neutered dog. Pets found without licenses can cost owners more than $300 in fines and expenses.

School district 'All Shook Up' 

Upper St. Clair  "All Shook Up" will be the high school spring musical in early March.

Inspired by the music of Elvis and loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," the musical will feature many of Elvis' songs, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Love Me Tender."

Tickets are available for performances at 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8, 14 and 15, at 2 p.m. March 9 and at 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the Upper St. Clair High School Theatre.

Details: Call 412-851-2060.

School police officer coming to campus

Upper St. Clair — The school district is one of 81 schools and municipalities in Pennsylvania to receive a grant for a school police officer.

“This $40,000 grant will assist the school district in continuing the expansion of our safety and security measures throughout all of our schools," said superintendent Patrick O'Toole.  

A total of $3.9 million was awarded to districts across the state through the Safe Schools Grant Program.

In order to receive the grant, the district must agree to fund the school officer for at least two years.  The district will be eligible automatically for a 50 percent grant next year without reapplying, based on state funding.

District celebrates blue ribbon status

Peters  — The Middle School will celebrate its designation as a National Blue Ribbon School on Friday with a formal ceremony at 1:45 with students, staff, district officials, state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, and state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, in attendance.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program was created in 1982 to honor schools that have achieved high levels of performance or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Friday evening the student body will also hold its first Dance-a-Thon from 5 to 11 p.m. in the middle school gym to celebrate and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. The event already has more than 100 dancers scheduled to attend, and more than $4,000 has already been donated.

Details: 724-941-6251.

County Chamber of Commerce seeking Athena Award Nominations

Washington —- The Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for the Athena Award to be given out May 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe. Nominees must live or work in Washington County. The Athena Award program promotes women’s leadership and honors outstanding leaders. Women and men are eligible to receive the award.

Candidates should demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; assist women in achieving their full leadership potential.

For a nomination form, call 724-225-3010. Deadline for nominations is March 3. 


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