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Oh my gosh, by golly, it's [almost] time for mistletoe and holly. ... The city is already planning its Christmas holiday parade, which is set for noon Nov. 23 on Main Street.

There will be 70 units in the parade, which steps off at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, walking south to City Hall. Last year the parade drew 8,000 spectators.

If you are interested in participating, a registration form, due Oct. 23, is online at

Details: 724-834-4880.


Ladies Night shopping event planned

Planning is on for the annual Ladies Night set for Nov. 7 in the downtown hosted by the Business and Professional Association.

There will be a shoppe crawl, dinner specials, a coupon book, demonstrations, and wine and beer tastings, auctions and raffles. Last year approximately 1,000 women attended.

Details, times or to volunteer, contact Amanda Maderas at 724-382-5166.


Flu shots available

Commissioners will sponsor a flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Town House on Center Highway. Shots cost $26 if not covered by insurance. There is no charge for senior citizens with Medicare or Security Blue cards.

Preregistration is required; call the township office at 724-863-3806.

• The Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring a Youth Fishing Derby at Indian Lake Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5.

The event is open to ages 14 and younger, with a fee of $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. Limited bait and refreshments will be provided.

Registration is now being accepted at Town House, and will also be accepted the day of the fishing derby, starting at 7 a.m.


Sinkholes need to be repaired

Officials said no grant money is available to sink into two holes in Rich Blumette's backyard.

Mr. Blumette, 232 Greensburg Pike, came to last week's commissioners' meeting to ask for help in repairing the 4-foot-wide sinkholes. He said he is afraid that someday his vehicle will sink into one of them. Mr. Blumette keeps the sinkholes covered to keep rain from widening them.

"We've applied for a grant to repair that hole," township engineer Dave Gilliland said.

"I heard that two years ago!" Mr. Blumette said.

"We keep applying," Mr. Gilliland said.

Commissioners' President George Thompson said he, Mr. Gilliland and Commissioner Russell Saula would inspect the holes this week.

• Commissioners accepted the resignation of Susan Wagner from the library board. Mrs. Wagner said she resigned because she can't serve on two boards and is on the zoning board.

Residents interested in serving on the library board can submit a letter of interest to the township manager before Tuesday.

• Commissioners voted 5-1 to accept the 2012 audit done by Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Wood. Commissioner George Beswick said he voted against it because he had no time to read it.

• Commissioners voted to accept a proposal from MRM Trust through the HDH Group for general liability, police and auto insurance for $66,339.

• Commissioners voted to pay Lawson Excavation $36,900 for work on the Osborne Street Bridge. Work on the bridge has been completed, township officials said.


Response procedures studied

The school board has approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and the Penn Hills Police department to establish procedures for responding to the possession of a weapon, acts of violence, possession or sale of a controlled substance, purchase or consumption of alcohol, gang-related activity, ethnic intimidation and harassment and stalking on school property, at school-sponsored activities and on school buses.

This agreement also allows the school to disclose a student's education records to the police without the limitations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

State law mandates that all school entities develop such procedures with local police.


Permit amendments passed

Commissioners last week approved amendments to the township schedule for various municipal permits and services.

While fees for permits and services have not changed, manager Bruce Light said changes were made to include that permits must be obtained for third-party plan examiners for commercial and industrial projects; charitable and nonprofit organizations are no longer exempt from obtaining permits for certain projects; and permits are not needed for nonstructural remodeling work on residential buildings.

"These were basic wording changes to make enforcement go smoother," said Mr. Light. "We encourage anyone planning a project to contact the township" to see which permits may be required.

• Commissioners established a 2014 Community Development Block Grant priority schedule that gives top priority to rebuilding of Cozy Lane.

The commissioners then discussed the elimination of sidewalks and rebuilding of roads in the McCullough area, and if such a project would qualify under the grant program.

Upon recommendation from solicitor Les Mlakar, who pointed out that the township could be held liable legally for injuries that occur due on unkept sidewalks, the commissioners decided to give the McCullough project second priority for CDBG funding.


Composting workshop set for October

A workshop on composting will be held at the Wilkins Township Community Center next month.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will run the workshop, which will include lessons on how to set up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.

Wilkins residents as well as those who live outside the township are welcome to attend. The workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the community center, 110 Peffer Road, Wilkins. Registration is $50 for an individual or $55 for a couple. Participants will receive an 80-gallon compost bin.

Details:, 412-488-7490, ext. 226, or 412-824-6650.

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