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A Taste of Autumn fundraiser

An auction, wine, hors d’oeuvres and music will be featured at the Taste of Autumn celebration fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Laughlin Memorial Library, 99 11th St.

The library was dedicated to Ambridge by the Laughlin family in 1929 in memory of their son, Alexander. All proceeds from the event will benefit the library.

Tickets, which are $30, are available at the library. Information: 724-266-3857.


Discussions about facilities plan

Chartiers Valley superintendent Brian White wants to make sure as many district residents as possible have a say in the development of a long-term facilities plan.

“We want to develop a long-term strategy we can afford,” he told Scott commissioners Oct. 22, inviting officials and residents from Bridgeville, Collier, Heidelberg and Scott to participate Wednesday in the facilities forum in the high school on Thoms Run Road in Collier.

Eight presentations, each expected to last about two hours, will start at 20-minute intervals from 5 to 7:20 p.m. The presentations will discuss topics such as the current status of the district, projected enrollment, evaluation of the educational program, building options and cost analyses.

Though the district underwent an expansion in 2007, it spends about $500,000 a year on capital projects and nearly $1 million annually on utilities. Consequently, the district is looking into how to make the schools more efficient.

Architectural Innovations, LLC has reviewed the district’s buildings and made recommendations, some of which involve more than just energy improvements. School leaders are seeking opinions from residents about what should be done.

Mr. White said officials want to come up with a five-15-year plan with the help of community input and contracted engineers and architects.

Registration is requested: 412-429-2201 or


Financial aid workshop session

PA CareerLink Beaver County and Job Training for Beaver County Inc., will host a financial aid workshop at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at PA CareerLink Beaver County in the Sears corridor of Beaver Valley Mall.

A financial aid expert from Pittsburgh Technical Institute will talk about applying for financial aid including grants, loans and scholarships. High school students and their parents, adults and dislocated workers are invited.

Registration: 724-728-4860, ext. 215.


Fall production is ‘Spoon River’

Geneva College student performers will present ‘Spoon River’ at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, next Thursday and Nov. 8 and 9 in Geneva College’s Studio Theatre, Fourth Avenue, Beaver Falls. There will be matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 8.

Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for general admission and $3.50 for seniors, faculty and staff. Reserve tickets: 724-847-5099.


Holy Child armed services tribute

A musical, “Don’t Say No to the U.S.O,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Holy Child Catholic School, 220 Station St. The presentation is free. There will be a tribute number to all branches of the armed services.

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