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Baptist Homes tops food drive 

Castle Shannon — Baptist Homes on Castle Shannon Boulevard was the winner of the recent Community Collection Challenge sponsored by Baptist Homes Society. The food drive pits the Castle Shannon facility against Providence Point in Scott to see which can generate more "points" by raising cash and collecting food for an annual effort to benefit South Hills Interfaith Ministries. Baptist Homes was awarded the coveted trophy of cans with its score of 1,080 points.

Janet Wasko of Baptist Homes accepted the trophy from Providence Point’s fitness coordinator, Jessica Higgs, at a brief ceremony at Baptist Homes last Thursday. The drive collected more than 730 pounds of food and more than $300.

Washington County Athena Award finalists named

Cecil — Washington County Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for the 2014 Washington County Athena Award.  Established 12 years ago by the chamber, the award honors women in leadership roles within business and civic communities.

“The award promotes women’s leadership by honoring exceptional individuals in the community who contribute in significant ways to the achievements of women and women’s leadership issues," said chamber president Jeff Kotula.

Finalists are Mary Anna Babich of Dawood Engineering, Sheila J. Cowieson of Community Bank,  Donna L. Ramusivich of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Aleta Richmond of the Pennsylvania Federation of Business & Professional Women and Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey.

The award will be presented during a May 9 lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe in Cecil. For information: 724-225-3010.

Passion play makes final run

Areawide — "Why Must He Die?" one of the area's longest-running Lenten passion plays is in its final tour with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland. Presented by the Tri-County Choir Institute, the play has been performed 405 times in 160 schools and 143 churches of all denominations over the past 28 years.

This year, the play's writer, director and producer, Linda Wallace of Sewickley Hills, is calling it quits due to the grueling schedule of practices and performances that begin in January.

The 28 cast members are from all over the Pittsburgh region and represent every age group. The play focuses on the trial of Jesus through pauses in action and dozens of song snippets, along with solos from many of the performers.

Performances are free, but donations are accepted.

Remaining performances include: 2 p.m. Sunday, St. Irenaeus Parish, 385 Maryland Ave., Oakmont; 7 p.m. Sunday, St. John Neumann Church, 2230 Rochester Road, Franklin Park; 7 p.m. April 4, Holy Martyrs Church, 353 W. Ninth Ave., Tarentum; 2 p.m. April 6, North American Martyrs Church, 2526 Haymaker Road, Monroeville; 6:30 p.m. April 6, Holy Spirit Parish, 608 Farragut St., Millvale; 7 p.m. April 11, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 1 Grove Place, Pleasant Hills; 2 p.m. April 13, Good Shepherd Parish, 1101 Braddock Ave., Braddock; 7 p.m. April 13, First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, 1406 Cornell St., McKeesport; noon April 18, St. John of God Church, 1011 Church Ave., McKees Rocks; and 7 p.m. April 18, St. Patrick Church, 317 W. Pike St., Canonsburg.


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