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PENN STATE BEAVER

Application workshop

The Penn State Beaver admissions office will host an application workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a financial aid workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Student Union Building.

Participants may complete an admission application, and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived and all are asked to bring transcripts.

Those attending the financial aid workshop will be introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Staff members will offer tips on navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education.

Campus tours will be available. To register or for information: br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

CARNEGIE

Annual 5K benefit run/walk

Registration is under way for the sixth annual Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department 5K Run/Walk that will take place at 8 a.m. April 27.

Participants can obtain a registration form at the Carnegie Borough Building on Veterans Way, various businesses in the borough and at www.carnegieborough.com.

The fee is $20 -- $15 if registered by March 29.

The race for individuals, families and pets with children begins at the borough building and follows a flat course to Jane Street before returning to the start point.

Nearly $55,000 has been raised for the volunteer fire department since the first race took place in April 2008.

As a kickoff to this year's event, Jeffrey Harbin, police chief and borough manager, will serve as a guest waiter April 20 at Bob's Diner on Mansfield Boulevard.

He will be pouring coffee and serving food. All tips will be donated to the fire department.

MOON

Public awareness weekend

Nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in a public awareness weekend broadcast from noon to 9 p.m. March 15 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 on Moon Community Access Television - Comcast channel 14 and Verizon channel 35.

The live event will feature 30-minute interviews during which the organizations can tell viewers about themselves.

MCA-TV reaches approximately 25,000 households in Moon and several surrounding communities.

Interviews will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis at asergeant@moontwp.com or 412-269-1191.

OLD ECONOMY

Garden Mart vendors

Registration is under way for vendors wishing to participate in the annual garden mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Old Economy Village in Ambridge.

The event will feature vendors selling plants, products and information in the historic location.

The cost is $25 for a 12-by-12-foot space, which includes a table and two chairs. Vendors may bring their own pop-up tent if desired.

For more information or to register for a space, contact Mary at 724-266-4500, ext. 114 or c-mdemars@pa.gov. The registration deadline is May 11.

Behind the scenes at the village

Visitors can see artifacts in the upstairs collection storage rooms and archive during a behind-the-scenes program from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Old Economy Village.

Among the items are artifacts such as the robe and Bible of George Rapp, founder of the Harmony Society. Economy was the third American Harmonist settlement.

The staff also will take visitors to the site and unlock the doors in various buildings.

While waiting for their tour, guests may enjoy wine and cheese and browse the first floor of the Visitor Center.

The cost is $25 - $20 for Friends of Old Economy Village members. The reservation deadline is Tuesday: 724-266-4500, ext. 101, or c-evoss@pa.gov.

AROUND THE WEST

New chamber interim president

Bernadette "Bernie" Puzzuole, an attorney at Rothman Gordon PC, has been named interim president/CEO of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds Sally Haas, who died Dec. 27 after serving as president/CEO for more than 14 years.

Ms. Puzzuole of Castle Shannon will serve for 12 months beginning Monday. She is an attorney who practices real estate and nonprofit law. She has been a member of the chamber board of directors and executive committee and has served as the organization's first female chair of the board.

Ms. Puzzuole also chaired the committee working to implement a state grant to create a business resource center in the airport corridor.

CHIPPEWA

Route 51 plans displayed

Improvement plans for Route 51 (Constitution Boulevard) in Chippewa and Darlington will be displayed from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in an open house in the Blackhawk High School Auditorium, 500 Blackhawk Road.

A presentation will be given at 5:30.

The project will improve 4.3 miles of Route 51 between Route 251 (Shenango Road) and Cannelton Road.

Among the improvements will be bituminous resurfacing, concrete reconstruction, bridge work, guide rail upgrades, new median cable guide rail installation, signal upgrades, ADA ramp construction and other items.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring.

The display will identify the project details, traffic impacts, schedule and other information.

PennDOT's project team will be available for questions and answers.

Comments on the proposed project will be accepted. Information: 412-429-4869 or eporter@pa.gov.

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