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A Night of the Arts

Geneva College's Multicultural Student Services office will host "A Night of the Arts in Honor of Martin Luther King: The Man. The Vision. The Dream," at 7 p.m. Monday in Skye Lounge of the Student Center.

The event will feature singer and civil rights figure Rutha Harris from Albany, Ga., who was a member of the Albany Movement and the Original Freedom Singers in 1961. She traveled more than 50,000 miles with that group, singing and raising funds for The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

In 1961-62, Ms. Harris was jailed four times during the Albany Movement along with King.

Also featured will be Pittsburgh's COL Jazz band, which is a project of Center of Life, a faith-based community empowerment organization.

"A Night of the Arts" is free and open to the public.


Legislative office closes

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Robinson, has closed his Carnegie office at 115 E. Main St. and is looking into establishing an office inside the Carnegie Municipal Building, but with reduced hours.

His office for the 45th Legislative District remains open at 1350 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis.

Mr. Kotik, who was re-elected to a sixth term as a state representative, said he decided to close the Carnegie location for a number of reasons.

Besides not wanting to be locked into a two-year-lease, the legislator noticed that walk-in traffic has declined over the years at both offices. He attributes increased computer usage, particularly by younger residents, for much of the change.

Also, Mr. Kotik said elected officials are still awaiting a state Supreme Court ruling on redistricting, which he believes may give him more territory to cover, particularly to the north.

"I'm going to get some new communities," he predicted.

The phone number at Mr. Kotik's Coraopolis office is 412-264-4260.


Chamber endowment fund

The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that its 501(c)(3) entity - the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber Enterprise Foundation - has created an endowment fund in the name of its recently deceased president and CEO, Sally Haas.

The fund is one of the ways the chamber will memorialize Haas, who was the organization's president and CEO from October 1998 until she died Dec. 27.

The memorial fund will be used to further initiatives that were especially meaningful to Haas.

To donate, make checks payable to Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber Enterprise Foundation and send them to the chamber offices at 850 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, PA 15108.


Library official resigns

For the third time in 15 months, the executive director position at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is vacant.

Lois Wholey, who had been in that role since spring, is resigning to become development director with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Her last day was last Thursday. A replacement has not yet been named.

Despite her decision to leave the library, Ms. Wholey said she believes in its work.

"I will continue to serve the mission and hope Carnegie and the surrounding communities will continue to support the children's literacy program," she said. "My first love is children's literacy and I'm really sad to be leaving."

With many literacy programs and many new sponsors, she said, the library is "doing good things" to improve literacy for kids.


Overnight busway closings

The Port Authority will be closing a portion of the West Busway overnight each weekday through Feb. 14 during the installation of ventilation fans in the Berry Street Tunnel beneath Sheraden.

The closure will impact Ingram and Sheraden busway stations from approximately midnight through 5:30 a.m.

Due to the hours of the closure, only a handful of trips on the 28X Airport Flyer and G2 West Busway All-Stops routes are expected to be impacted. Temporary stops near the busway station entrances will be served during the detour.

Information: or 412-442-2000.


Fishing regulation change

Due to a regulation change, Raccoon Creek State Park's main lake in Beaver County will be removed from the early season trout-stocked waters program.

Its designation will change to approved trout waters open to year-round fishing.

Traverse Creek, however, will remain in the approved trout stocked waters program and will remain closed from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season on April 13.



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