Pitt-Greensburg 'springs' into streets
Today through Saturday more than 100 Pitt-Greensburg students, faculty and staff will take part in Spring Into the Streets, a bi-annual community service project at regional nonprofits. The event is sponsored by the student government and is designed to teach students the value of volunteering.
Here are some of the locations:
• Today from 2 to 4 p.m. volunteers will clean the beach house at Keystone State Park in Derry Township.
• Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. volunteers will do holiday cooking at Briarcliff Pavilion, a nursing home in Greensburg.
• Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be an outdoor cleanup, including painting and landscaping, at the Shop Demo Depot in Mount Pleasant.
• Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. the project "Clean Up Like Bookworms" - including potting plants, cleaning shelves and making fliers - is scheduled for Delmont Public Library.
• Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. a program called "Feeding the Spirit: Nourishing Bodies, Minds and Souls" will be held at Otterbein Methodist Church in Greensburg. Volunteers will serve meals and help with cleanup.
• Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at Westmoreland County Community College volunteers will help students with the "Bots! Robots," a science/engineering program.
• Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. a spring cleanup will be done at the garden and Fatima shrine at the Caritas Christi retirement home for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.
• Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. volunteers will help a Boy Scout earn his Eagle badge by cleaning Bell Trail at the Pitt-Greensburg campus.
• Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. volunteers will help paint offices of Circles Initiative Project at Westmoreland Community Action in Greensburg.
• Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. volunteers in the Hempfield Room at Pitt-Greensburg will help make dog treats for a local animal shelter.
• Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. volunteers will work the food line at the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont.
• Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers will help circulate fliers for an upcoming concert sponsored by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greensburg.
• Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. another outdoor cleanup will be held at the Shop Demo Depot in Mount Pleasant.
Details on volunteers and projects: 724-836-9937.
March for Parks on Saturday
Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation will hold its annual March for the Parks on Saturday morning at Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg.
The event raises money each year for various improvements to the county's parks. The march begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Some of the projects that marchers' pledges will support are:
• A dek hockey and general skating rink at the Twin Lakes Park Expansion Area
• An outdoor amphitheater for concerts at Twin Lakes
• Mammoth Park Lake dredging, Mt. Pleasant Township
• Cedar Creek Park Dog Park, Rostraver
• Little Crabtree Creek Trail near New Alexandria
• Extension of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail west from Saltsburg to Murrysville and Trafford
Last year, the Franklin Dog Park opened at Twin Lakes and completed Phase II of improvements. The project cost $100,000, and about $20,000 was raised through marchers' donations.
At last year's annual march, participants raised a total of $60,000 for improvements at the county's parks.
Dogs are welcome at the march. Supporters who collect $25 or more will receive a T-shirt, and those who pledge $100 or more will receive a gift card to Target.
A picnic lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and the event will conclude with raffle prizes and an awards presentation for the top fundraising teams. Home Depot is sponsoring a children's workshop.
Twin Lakes is at 194 Donahoe Road. Participants can register in advance at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks or 724-830-3950.
The annual event is presented by the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board.
Photo contest winners to be announced
Winners of the first "Churchill Impressions" photo contest are scheduled to be announced during a reception this weekend.
The contest was a first for the borough, Councilwoman Bonnie Pantlik said. There were youth and adult categories, and the only rules were that the photo had to be taken by a Churchill resident within the borough limits. More than 50 residents submitted photos, Ms. Pantlik said.
"The only disappointment was only one youth submitted three photos," she said.
Ms. Pantlik said residents were excited about the contest.
"It takes good friends ... and good neighbors to bring something like this to your community," she said.
Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday in the borough building's Yagle Room.
First-place winners will be awarded a gift certificate to D'Imperio's Restaurant in Wilkins, and second-place winners will receive gift certificates to Premier Imaging in Monroeville Mall. Premier printed the submitted photos, which will be displayed in the borough building for at least three weeks. The residents' photos will be featured on the borough's new website, scheduled to launch next month, Ms. Pantlik said.
Other sponsors included Ilona Tassone, Howard Hanna East Suburban Office; Diana Yankes, Suzuki Method piano teacher; Tyke's Auto Service Inc.; and Frame Outlet Inc.