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Locals can help storm victims

Volunteers are taking donations for storm victims from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday at the Shur-Save parking lot on Route 22 in Murrysville.

The donations will be delivered Sunday directly to sites on the East Coast. Items should be placed in cardboard boxes with contents labeled on the outside. Items needed include rubber boots, work gloves, batteries, blankets, flashlights, nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, toiletries and pet food.

The effort is organized by Franklin Regional School District retirees and the Tri-State Antique Truck Club.

For details and a complete list of needs, call 412-310-9962.


Hunters sponsor safety event Sunday

The Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg will hold its annual hunting rifle and pistol sight-in day from 11 a.m. until dusk on Sunday at the club's ranges off Mount Pleasant Road near the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.

The Sportsmen's Association urged all hunters to come to the event and sight in their rifles and pistols before deer hunting season. The club will have experienced help available to assist shooters and to assure range safety.

A $3-per-gun donation is requested to cover the cost of targets, ear protection and range maintenance. For details, call Darryl Musho, 724-593-2618.


Parks and rec launches winter photo contest

Monroeville's Department of Recreation, Parks and Human Services has announced a winter photo contest.

All photos entered in the Give Us Your Best Shot contest must be taken in Monroeville during the 2012-13 winter season, and each family may submit up to five digital photos.

A winner will be selected by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and prizes will be donated by local businesses.

The deadline for entries is April 1. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the Monroeville Recreation and Parks Department office, 2700 Monroeville Blvd.

Details: 412-856-1006.


Free shopping day to be held Saturday

The district will host its second annual free shopping day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sheridan Terrace Elementary School.

Clothing for the day was gathered during the second annual Knights Helping Knights clothing drive and ranges from newborn to junior sizes.


Board approves borrowing for renovations

School directors have approved borrowing $9.5 million for renovations to the high school that will begin in 2014. The district plans to borrow the same amount in 2013 and again in 2014 for upgrades that will total $30 million, said superintendent Thomas Butler.

The vote came during Monday's meeting.

The district's first priority is to replace existing and outdated electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems.

"The behind-the-walls types of things need to be first. The [building's] infrastructure is absolutelyNo. 1, nonnegotiable," Mr. Butler said, adding that this summer, the district spent $250,000 to replace 40-year-old piping in the high school that had rotted.

"In the next eight months we will be looking at designs for turning the building into a 21st century learning environment and making sure our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas are up to date," he added. Mr. Butler said that the school's auditorium will be addressed as well.

The high school was built in 1972 and renovated in 1996.


Children's Institute to host family event

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, 1405 Shady Ave., will host a free family event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as an alternative to the traditional Downtown lighting celebration.

The second annual Bright Spot on Shady, will also mark the founding of the institute, which has been part of Squirrel Hill for 110 years.

There will be entertainment and food.

Details on the institute and the event:

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