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F.O.R.seeks Pittsburgh Gives donors

Today, Focus On Renewal is participating in Pittsburgh Gives, a resource of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Donations of $25 or more submitted today to F.O.R., based in McKees Rocks, through the Pittsburgh Gives website,, will have a portion of the gift matched.

To be eligible for the match, donations must be made through the website with a MasterCard or Visa credit card today only.

Last year, F.O.R. raised more than $10,000 from 90 individuals through the Day of Giving. The agency's goal this year is $15,000.

Donations will help support all of F.O.R.'s programs, including the food pantry, community center, library, early childhood and the arts.

Information: 412-771-6460, ext. 305.


Lincoln Park presents fall shows

Students from the music and literary arts departments of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School will present "Once in a Blue Sun," a program of music, literature, dance and theatrics at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in the center, 1 Lincoln Park.

It's the first program in a series of performances in the fall show schedule in the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

The fall orchestra concert will feature the student orchestra and wind, percussion and string ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, performing works written for the opera and theater stage by Borodin, Rimsky-Korsokov, Mozart and Verdi. The concert choir, women's choir, men's choir, women's chamber choir and seventh- and eighth-grade choir will present Night Song, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

On Nov. 5 and 6, the literary and media arts departments will open the LAVA series with student readings in the studio theater and a student art show in the atrium. The art show is free and open to the public at 5. Student readings begin at 6. Admission is $5.

Improv Night, based on the TV series "Whose Line is It Anyway?" will invite the audience to interact in improvisational scenes under the direction of Tom Schaller at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

Tickets are $5 for each student show except for the free art show Nov. 5 and 6; at the box office, at 724-576-4644, or


New campus faculty and staff

Five new faculty and staff members have joined Penn State Beaver. They are:

• Amy L. Deuink, head librarian. Ms. Deuink was reference and instruction librarian for the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona for six years and held the same position at the Ciletti Memorial Library at Penn State Schuylkill for four years. She holds a master's degree in library and information science from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Penn State.

• Sherry L. Kratsas, instructor in computer science and engineering. Ms. Kratsas is co-founder of and software developer for Appenstance, LLC in Sewickley. Previously, she was senior engineer for Accipiter Systems Inc.; software engineer for Nomos Radiation Oncology; systems analyst for Askesis Development Group Inc.; software engineer for Cellomics Inc.; and junior software engineer for Azimuth Inc. She holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from West Virginia University.

• Susan Mansuetti, director of the Adult Literacy Action program. Ms. Mansuetti is a former employee of ALA, where she was a family literacy specialist from 2000-02, then family literacy coordinator until 2006. In 2007, she accepted a position as family literacy adviser for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, where she was named professional development coordinator and adviser in 2012.

• Shaun Schetka, women's varsity soccer coach. Mr. Schetka was head soccer coach at South Side High School and is also assistant soccer coach for the Steel Town Magic Soccer Club. He is a soccer official with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National D coaching license. He received a master's degree in sport management and intercollegiate athletic administration as well as a bachelor's degree in sport management from California University of Pennsylvania.

• Kimberly M. Worst, laboratory preparation technician. Ms. Worst was employed as a metal working fluid specialist for the Huston Group in New Castle. She also taught chemistry and physical science at St. Michaels Middle High School in Maryland and conducted research as an intern in Kent State University's Liquid Crystal Institute.


Montour Trail section to close

A short portion of the Montour Trail in the vicinity of the Cliff Mine Road crossing will close for about four hours Tuesday or Wednesday to allow installation of a culvert. The work, which will occur in the area where the cross alert signals flash, is about a half mile west of the Parkway West (I-376) and about 1.5 miles from the Enlow Tunnel. A bridge is being replaced at that point on Cliff Mine Road just west (upstream) of the newly paved trail parking area. Crews will be installing a 24-inch concrete culvert with a connection to a catch basin. The trail must be closed to facilitate the construction work.


Fall compost demonstration

The Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program and Beaver County Waste Management will hold a compost demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday in Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park in Fallston. Beaver County master gardeners will demonstrate compost techniques and answer questions related to composting. Backyard composting information packets will be distributed. Each participant must preregister and pay a $5 registration fee at the door.

Participants should bring a folding chair as seating will not be provided. Information or registration: 724-774-3003. Registration deadline is Friday.


Hard-to-recycle collection event

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will be host to a "hard-to-recycle" collection event that will accept electronics, polystyrene packaging materials and used cooking oil for recycling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Mall at Robinson parking lot near Sears.

Among items accepted without charge will be computers, printers, monitors, fax machines and laptops, stereos, small appliances, cell/home phones and printer/toner cartridges.

There is a nominal fee for batteries, fluorescent tubes, small Freon appliances and paper for shredding. Up to two televisions will be accepted free. For more than two TVs, the fee is $10 each for those 25 inches or smaller and $15 for 26 inches and larger. Up to five CFL bulbs will be accepted free. Additional bulbs are $1.

There is no charge for polystyrene packaging material under a partnership with NOVA Chemicals and Appliance Warehouse.

Used cooking oil will be accepted free in partnership with ReFuel Pgh, a program of GTECH Strategies. The oil will be recycled into a cleaner-burning biofuel. Vegetable oil must be stored in a plastic container with a screw-on-lid. Containers such as coffee cans, hummus containers or containers previously used for chemicals will not be accepted.

For a list of items accepted and the prices: or 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

This is the final hard-to-recycle collection this year. At the first three collections, more than 1,385 households recycled 153,000 pounds of e-waste, 5,700 pounds of paper and 2,490 cubic yards of polystyrene.



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