AROUND THE EAST
Towns here win recycling grants
The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in recycling grants to 131 municipalities for developing and implementing recycling programs.
Grant recipients from the East Hills and Westmoreland County are: Forest Hills, $190,000; Penn Hills, $156,200; Swissvale, $142,519; Twin Rivers Council of Governments, $145,582; and Wilkins, $29,727.
The towns from Westmoreland County are: Greensburg, $34,704; Murrysville, $77,476; and Youngwood, $77,130.7
Through the grant program, municipalities and counties are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Examples of eligible projects include operating compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational materials to encourage residents to recycle.
Grant will help business park
A $1 million state grant announced this week will spur development of a 311-acre business park in the township.
The Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, which operates the park, received the economic development grant through Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
Fay-Penn is developing the business park to address a shortfall in available land to accommodate the recent influx of natural gas-related industry.
The business park is on Route 119 and is close to the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport and the Penn State Fayette Campus, has rail accessibility and is centrally located near other gas and gas-related industries.
EAST ALLEGHENY SCHOOLS
Fashion show helps with prom costs
High school students will hold their third annual Prom Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school cafeteria to raise money to defray the cost of prom tickets.
Teacher Valerie Ekis noted that prom tickets can cost $50 to $70 per person.
During Friday's event, a grand prize prom package will be raffled off that will include $250 for a dress, a free tuxedo rental, prom tickets, money toward the cost to rent a limo, a set of cosmetic nails, free flowers and free cosmic bowling for two.
The event also will include a ticket auction, raffle and snacks.
Mrs. Ekis said that three years ago, members of the junior class cabinet came up with the idea for the prom fashion fundraiser.
A fish fry will be the second prom fundraiser this year. It will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. March 15 in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $10.
The May 10 prom is for junior and senior students and their dates, who must either be in high school or under age 21.
• The school board Monday hired Dominic Pecora of North Versailles to be the district's new head varsity football coach. Mr. Pecora was the head coach at Southmoreland High School and also coached in Baldwin, Yough and Norwin school districts.
CASA looks for volunteers
CASA of Westmoreland Inc. is holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. next Thursday in Jeannette City Hall, South Second Street, to recruit volunteers and share information about the program.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate - is a volunteer organization that provides a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County. CASA assists the courts in placing the child in a safe home.
Details: 724-850-6874 or www.westmorelandcasa.org.
Job fair set for next week
Local job seekers for full-, part-time and summer positions will have a chance to meet potential employers at the WANT Job and Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center.
The expo is free. Advance registration is not required, but those who preregister will receive information before the fair on how to market themselves. Registration: www.wantexpo.org or 724-836-7182.
In operation for nearly 20 years, Westmoreland Assists Native Talent, or WANT, Consortium is a collaborative effort among local colleges and universities, CareerLink offices, chambers of commerce and economic development entities in Westmoreland County.