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Two boroughs join for health talks

Churchill and Forest Hills are partnering in a series of health talks, the first of which is Sunday.

The first talk will feature Hilary Tindle, author of "Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging." Dr. Tindle studies how optimism is beneficial to health and longevity.

The talk will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Yagle Community Center, 2300 William Penn Highway, Churchill.



Middle school principal hired

School directors have approved hiring Andrew Leviski as principal of Franklin Regional Middle School at an annual salary of $100,000.

Mr. Leviski is assistant principal at Springdale Junior/Senior High School in the Allegheny Valley School District.

Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said a start date for Mr. Leviski has not yet been determined, but state law requires Mr. Leviski to start within 60 calendar days, and superintendents at both schools are working on a transition plan.

Shelley Shaneyfelt is interim principal at the middle school and will continue until Mr. Leviski arrives.


Excela Health to hold awareness walks

Excela Health is holding "Flip-Flop Walks" throughout October to spotlight breast cancer awareness and promote mammography screening.

Participants will wear pink flip-flops as they follow a prescribed route at each venue. Informational displays regarding breast health will be staffed by members of the Excela Health Imaging Department and appointments for annual mammograms also will be scheduled.

In addition, Excela Health will be part of the pink movement in Westmoreland County, with banners hanging outside the health system's hospitals in Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant and Greensburg, as well as Mountain View Medical Park, Laurel Surgical Center, the Corporate Services Center, Excela Health Orthopedics and Excela Square at Norwin.

All walks take place at noon, with displays staffed between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on the following dates: Wednesday, Westmoreland Hospital; Oct. 11, Excela Square at Norwin; Oct. 16, Latrobe Hospital; Oct. 17, Frick Hospital; Oct. 18, Laurel Surgical Center; Oct. 24, Corporate Services Center.


Leaf, trash collections announced

Municipal trash collector Allied Waste will collect leaf and yard waste Nov. 2.

Residents should place leaves in biodegradable leaf bags at the curb. Do not place grass clippings or any other refuse in the bags. Yard waste such as sticks, twigs and small brush less than 3 inches in diameter and 48 inches in length should be tied in bundles and placed at the curb.

Residents may dispose of household hazardous waste products - spray paints, antifreeze, fertilizers, insecticides and more - by taking them to the Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood campus during daylight hours on Saturday. There is no charge.

Details: Cherie Weber at 724-327-2100 ext. 130 or

• An application for site plan approval for a new STORexpress self-storage facility at 6335 William Penn Highway was tabled by council last week. Council told developer Steve Mitnick, representing STORexpress, that the building must use brick or another acceptable material on the exterior to comply with the municipal architectural standards. Council was expected to make a decision at last night's meeting.

• Council approved plans for a new Auto Zone retail store to be located at 4830 William Penn Highway.

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