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Rotary prepares for the holidays

Norwin Rotary Club members have announced that they will sponsor the downtown Irwin Christmas Tree. Decorating will start on Nov. 3. Light Up Night will be held Nov. 15.

The organization is looking for new members to help with upcoming projects. For details: Brenda Kacvinsky, 724-244-1941. Norwin Rotary meets at noon Mondays in Pluma's Restaurant, 100 Colony Drive, Irwin.


District chooses superintendent

The Gateway School District has selected its choice for a new superintendent.

The district has extended an offer to Nina Zetty, who is now superintendent of the Peters Township School District, a post she has held since August 2008, according to Gateway's acting superintendent, Bob Reger. Prior to assuming the top job, Ms. Zetty was the assistant superintendent in that district from 2006 to 2008.

The Gateway post was left vacant in April when superintendent Joseph A. Petrella accepted a job in an Illinois school district. He had been with the Gateway schools since 2004, serving as assistant superintendent until 2009 and substitute superintendent from 2009 to 2010 before assuming the top job. He received a salary of $140,000 a year as superintendent.

Ms. Zetty holds a doctorate from West Virginia University and bachelor's and master's degrees from California University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Reger said.

The Gateway school board was expected to vote Wednesday to approve Ms. Zetty's hiring.


Industry Council to open expanded office

Officials of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc. will cut the ribbon for the council's expanded facility at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9.

The organization broke ground in the spring for a 3,650-square-foot expansion at its headquarters at 219 Donohoe Road. The expansion includes three classrooms, a computer lab/classroom, three offices and 40 additional parking spaces.

PIC is a nonprofit workplace training and educational organization.

A number of state and county officials will attend, and tours of the facility will be available, along with detailed information about programs and adult education.

At 5:30 p.m., PIC will host its 12th annual Celebration of Achievement, a graduation for its adult education students.

Details: 724-836-2600.

• The Art in the Kitchen Tasting Tour, an annual project of the Women's Committee of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. This driving tour will feature four residential kitchens in Greensburg, Irwin and Murrysville as well as two cultural locations, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and The Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont.

This local tasting tour was initiated as a complement to the Women's Committee cookbook, "Art in the Kitchen," published in 1995. The food samplings available at each stop are recipes from the cookbook.

Kitchen hosts are the museum; Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont; Linda and Paul Bieterman and Sue and Ken White of Greensburg; Jackie and John Frank of Irwin; Judy and Ty Radcliff of Murrysville.

Tickets cost $25; $30 day of event. Proceeds benefit the museum.

Details: 724-837-1500, ext. 28, or visit


Forbes hospital sign to glow pink in October

In honor of breast cancer survivors and patients, Forbes Regional Hospital will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 1 by changing the color of the sign atop the hospital to pink.

The Forbes sign will remain pink all month in recognition of those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

The hospital will host a series of events to educate employees, patients and visitors about the importance of screening and early detection.

For more information about the new Breast Care Center at Forbes: 412-858-2656.


Flu shot clinic to be held Wednesday

Township commissioners will sponsor a flu shot clinic for Westmoreland County residents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Town House.

Cost is $26, but no fee will be charged for senior citizens with a Medicare or Security Blue card.

Preregistration is required. Details: 724-863-3806.


Garbage, raccoons concern apartment dwellers

Overflowing garbage and raccoons living in a large trash bin at the Parkledge apartments were discussed at last week's commissioners' meeting.

Carol Lewis said she and other residents pick up garbage from the parking lot that should be in the trash bin.

A resident at the meeting said the single trash bin is not big enough for the 90-some apartments in the building. The presence of raccoons in the trash bin is another concern for residents, they said.

"You open the Dumpster door, and there's raccoons in there," Ms. Lewis said.

Once, a raccoon was inside the building, she added.

Board President George Thompson said he would try to meet Monday with John Katz of the Brandywine Agency, which manages the apartments.

• Residents may dispose of prescription medicines at the municipal building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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