Slavic music and food at festival
Ambridge — Carpatho-Rusyn foods, pastries, music, dance, songs and artisans will be featured during the 21st Rusyn Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 450 Glenwood Drive.
Among the Carpatho-Rusyn foods will be pierogies stuffed with potato/cheese or sauerkraut, dumpling or noodle halushky, breaded chicken, kielbasa and kraut, stuffed cabbage, pagach (“Rusyn pizza”) borscht (beet soup), mushroom/bean soup, chicken soup and Rusyn summer salads.
Baked goods will include apricot and poppyseed rolls, palachinky (fruit and cheese-filled crepes), cheregi (Rusyn doughnuts), paska breads and Rusyn torte. The food will be served cafeteria style in the church’s air-conditioned parish center.
Traditional Carpatho-Rusyn arts will be featured and artisans will demonstrate pysanky (Easter egg decorating) and lace making. Among the sales items will be Rusyn ethnic CDs, shirts and sweat shirts, books and embroideries, as well as eastern Christian religious items such as books and icons.
The Slavjane Rusyn Folk Ensemble of McKees Rocks will perform Carpatho-Rusyn songs and dances at 3 p.m. Saturday.
West Nile virus spraying begins
Beaver County — The Beaver County West Nile program will conduct ultra-low-volume mosquito control spraying today to reduce populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile virus in parts of Marion and North Sewickley.
The treatments will be administered with a truck-mounted sprayer to control residential and recreational mosquito habitat.
The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 ULV at a rate of 1.50 ounces per acre. The material has very low toxicity to mammals and has little impact to non-targeted insects and the environment.
Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the state Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.
Weather conditions could delay the spray operation until Friday.
Tutor training course is offered
Center — Adult Literacy Action of Penn State Beaver will offer tutor training for the new GED test from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 at the ALA office, 336 College Ave., Beaver.
Topics will include all updates to the GED, sample question analysis, registration procedures and how to retake the exam.
For more information or to register: Jody Gibbs at ALA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-7810 by next Thursday.
Recycling grants for communities
Around the West — Four towns have received nearly $8,000 as part of the state’s Recycling Performance Grant program for their recycling efforts.
The grants provide incentives to help communities increase recycling and to promote economic growth through job creation and market expansion, according to state Rep. Robert F. Matzie, D-Ambridge.
The amount of each grant is based on each municipality’s population and the amount each recycled in 2012:
• Aliquippa — $1,349 based on 264.5 tons of recycled material.
•·Economy — $4,836 based on 612.9 tons.
• Ambridge — $1,421 based on 261.9 tons.
• Leet — $331 based on 58.3 tons.
Health department baits raccoons
Around the West — Starting next week, the Allegheny County Health Department will again distribute vaccine containing anti-rabies bait throughout the county.
Two types of bait will be used this year: One has the vaccine contained in a plastic sachet that is enclosed in fishmeal pellets and the other has the plastic sachet coated with fish oil scent. The vaccine, when eaten by raccoons, results in the animals developing antibodies to the rabies virus.
Neither bait type poses risk to humans or pets.
Road maintenance will restrict traffic
Beaver County — Traffic will be restricted this week during maintenance by state Department of Transportation crews on these Beaver County roads:
• Freedom Crider Road, New Sewickley — Patching between Route 989 and the Butler County line.
• Route 65 — Patching in various locations between the Allegheny County border and Route 51.
• Route 51, Rochester and Bridgewater — Patching between Route 65 and Leopard Lane.
• Route 18 (Frankfort Road), Raccoon and Potter — Patching between Green Garden and Raccoon Creek roads.
• Kane Road, Hopewell — Patching between Brodhead Road and Route 151.
• Braden School Road, Chippewa — Patching between Braun Road and Constitution Boulevard.
• Old Darlington Road, South Beaver and Darlington — Patching between Elmbrook and Wallace Run roads.
• Salem Church Road, South Beaver — Patching between Blackhawk Road and Constitution Boulevard
• Lisbon Road, Brighton and Ohioville — Patching between Tuscarawas and Salem Church roads.