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Road to close for bridge replacement

Amwell — Amity Ridge Road, or Route 19, will be closed between Carey Way and Ten Mile Road, or Route 2020,  from May 5 through July 1 so that a bridge can be replaced.

A marked detour will direct motorists to use Interstate 79 and Ten Mile Road.

Fundraising bike ride set 

Areawide — Steel Valley Trail Council will hold a bike ride Saturday on the Great Allegheny Passage trail to raise money for trail maintenance.

The money raised will be used to maintain the council’s part of the Great Allegheny Passage from the scrap yard by Sandcastle to McKeesport, through Homestead, Munhall, Whitaker and Duquesne. The club also promotes a bike route connection that passes through Glassport and Clairton to the Montour Trail.

Registration for the ride will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pump House in the Waterfront. Riders can take the seven-mile trip to McKeesport, or the 12-mile trip to Clairton and back for a total of 24 miles.

The registration fee is $30. Last year, nearly $15,000 was spent to maintain the council’s portion of the trail, according to George Schmidt, trail council president.

Students collect thousands of cans

Keystone Oaks School District — Students at Keystone Oaks Middle School collected 7,326 aluminum beverage cans this school year in the Alcoa Aluminum Can Recycling Challenge, part of a recycling competition facilitated by the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

The school was one of five in the region that collected a total of 30,657 beverage cans during the campaign, which ran from October through March. The 929 pounds of aluminum will be recycled. The participating schools received recycling containers, signs and classroom and assembly programs to educate students about resource conservation. 

These are the other participating schools and the number of cans each collected:

Donegal Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Area School District — 2,442 cans

Jeffery Primary School, Shaler Area School District — 1,650 cans

Level Green Elementary School, Penn-Trafford School District — 5,313 cans

Moon Area High School, Moon Area School District — 13,926 cans

Towns named banner communities

Areawide — Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park, Castle Shannon, Heidelberg, Mt. Lebanon, Port Vue, Scott and South Park were among the 13 towns recognized for the first time by the Allegheny League of Municipalities and Allegheny County as 2014 Banner Communities for "implementing best practices in all aspects of their operations and governing in an inclusive, collaborative manner."

The others were East McKeesport, Millvale, O'Hara, Pine and Sharpsburg.

The 2014 list of 31 Banner Communities also redesignated 18 towns, including two in the South suburbs  — Upper St. Clair and Whitehall.

The others that received the designation again were Collier, Cranberry, Etna, Hampton, Indiana Township, Leetsdale, McCandless, Moon, North Fayette, Ohio Township, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Sewickley, Tarentum and Wilkins.

To be eligible for the Banner Community program, towns must take part in educational or training programs through Allegheny League of Municipalities, Local Government Academy or the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development or in a governing mentoring program and be active in a council of governments, participating in a COG cooperative purchasing program and at least one shared municipal service.

Other criteria include promoting local government or communicating with the community about delivery of services, achieving certification through Sustainable Pittsburgh, managing employee pensions at funding levels of at least 90 percent, and maintaining an up-to-date municipal comprehensive plan.

Orchestra to go to the movies

Washington, Pa. — The Washington Symphony Orchestra season finale May 3 at Trinity High School, 231 Park Ave., will take its audience to the movies with music from films including a Charlie Chaplin silent feature and a James Bond thriller. Seating will start at 7:15 p.m.

Tom Roberts, Pittsburgh musician, composer and arranger, will play “The Pawn Shop,” one of the Chaplin's works, to start a pre-concert at 7:30 p.m. At 8, the full orchestra takes the stage. Other selections will include music from “Chariots of Fire,” “Indiana Jones” and “How to Train Your Dragon.” 

Advance tickets are available now at Washington Financial banks, Citizens Library in Washington, and Peters Township Public Library. Tickets also are available at or 724-223-9796. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6 p.m.

Unwanted medicine to be accepted

Unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, including medicine for animals, will be accepted for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at locations throughout the region as part of the eighth National Drug Take-Back Day.

For information and locations:

Mt. Lebanon tops among digital schools

Mt. Lebanon School District — The district has been named among the top ranked school districts in the nation in the 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

The survey showcases exemplary use of technology by school boards and districts to govern the district; communicate with students, parents and the community; and improve district operations. This year’s survey recognized districts for expanding use of innovative technologies districtwide as well as in the classroom.

Mt. Lebanon was the only district in Pennsylvania ranked in the mid-sized student population category of 3,000 - 12,000 students.

Free shredding offered

Washington — Free shredding of unwanted documents will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 in the parking lot of the office of state Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, at 1825 Washington Road. 

To protect against identity theft, residents may bring unneeded documents that contain personal information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Such documents include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records, medical information and retirement or pension fund documents.

No taxpayer money is being used to offer the shredding, according to Mr. Neuman, who is sponsoring the service with state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, and Canonsburg Mayor David H. Rhomen. For more information: 724-743-7602.

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