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Bus schedule changes

Seasonal schedule adjustments have been implemented on four Port Authority bus routes in the North Hills. Schedule brochures have been reprinted for all routes to include new fares, but only the following routes have adjustments to their timetables or routing:

• 2 Mount Royal - Downtown routing and stops have been changed. Buses stop on Liberty Avenue at Seventh Street instead of Liberty at Tito Way or Sixth Street) and at Seventh at Fort Duquesne Boulevard instead of Sixth Street at Fort Duquesne.

• 4 Troy Hill - Downtown routing and stops are changed. Buses stop on Liberty Avenue at Seventh Street instead of Liberty at Tito Way or Sixth Street) and at Seventh at Fort Duquesne Boulevard instead of Sixth Street at Fort Duquesne.

• 6 Spring Hill - Routing between Chestnut Street at East Ohio Street and Downtown is changed. Buses, which had traveled via the Strip District and the 16th Street Bridge now follow East Ohio to Cedar, Stockton and Sandusky streets to the Seventh Street Bridge. In Downtown, the route serves Seventh Street, Liberty Avenue and Penn Station. All Downtown stops have been moved. Also, trip times are changed and weekday frequency increased from 30 minutes to 25 minutes during peak house and from 60 minutes to 50 minutes during the off-peak. Weekend frequency has changed from 60 minutes to 70 minutes.

• 8 Perrysville - School trips were added.


Saxonburg Boulevard restrictions

Traffic is being restricted to a single lane on Saxonburg Boulevard between Kay Drive and Berryhill Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 26 during subsurface research drilling.

The work is in conjunction with a future improvement project at the bridge over Little Pine Creek.

Crews from SJB Services Inc. are performing the work. Flag crews will control traffic.


La Roche honored

La Roche College is one of 633 colleges across the country and one of 220 in the Northeast to be included as a Best Northeastern College by Princeton Review.

The list honors academically excellent institutions of higher learning.

The colleges that were chosen met the standards for academic excellence within their region required by Princeton Review. Also, the college's students were able to be surveyed anonymously, either through an online survey or a paper survey that was distributed and collected on campus.

"We are very pleased to have received this honor for the eighth consecutive year from Princeton Review," Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs and academic dean, said in a news release. "The success of our students is of paramount importance in all that we do here, and we are committed to providing a learning environment which is conducive to academic achievement."

For the full college listing:

• As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, La Roche is announcing the creation of the Distinguished Alumni Circle, which will honor 50 graduates who have achieved outstanding professional success, who have demonstrated a significant dedication to community service, and whose lives reflect a strong commitment to the values embodied in the college's mission.

Any of La Roche's 12,000 alumni are eligible for the honor. They can be nominated by alumni, parents, friends, and others affiliated with La Roche.

Nomination forms can be completed online at

Hard-copy nomination forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Miller, director of alumni relations, at 412-536-1085, or The nomination deadline is Oct. 31.

The induction of the 50 distinguised alumni will be April 19.

nThe college has two new members to its board of trustees - Michael A. Mlinac of Southlake, Texas, and Nicholas D. Varischetti of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Mlinac, the chief financial officer of the University of North Texas Foundation, is a graduate of La Roche College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Varischetti, is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Burns White. He also is a member of Varischetti Sports, LLC, which owns a minority interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Route 28 restrictions

Traffic on southbound (inbound) Route 28 will be reduced to a single lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays between the 40th Street Bridge and East Ohio Street. Brief traffic stoppages in both directions may also occur for truck access.

The work is part of the $36.4 million Route 28 Phase IV improvement project. The prime contractor is the Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh. Overall work will conclude in fall 2014.


Arboretum is open

Sherwood Oaks, a UPMC retirement community, is making its Arboretum available to those interested in learning more about the 100 different varieties of trees on its 84-acre campus.

The Arboretum was founded in 2000 when the Sherwood Oaks Landscape Committee partnered with the Chatham University Landscape and Design Department for scientific and aesthetic advice.

The display began with 51 specimens and grew to 100 trees and shrubs through planning, generous donations and the dedication of groundskeepers and residents. Most trees can be viewed from covered walkways on the campus, and each tree has an aluminum marker identifying its scientific and common name.

Visitors on a walking tour will receive a map showing the location and name of each tree.

To schedule a walking tour, call 800-642-2217. Sherwood Oaks will arrange for a resident guide.


Halloween activities

The Zelienople Area Public Library is sponsoring several Halloween activities:

• The library will host the country fall festival pumpkin decorating contest.

Children and adults can pick up pumpkins to decorate - not carve - at the library, 227 S. High St., with a donation of $1 per pumpkin.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third in adult and children's divisions.

• Children can make a fall colored tie-dyed t-shirt at the library on Saturday. Participants should bring a white or light-colored t-shirt. The library will provide the supplies for project.

• Dress you pet in a costume for the pet photo costume contest.

Individuals can bring pets wearing costumes into the library Monday through Oct. 20 and library personnel will take a photo. Pictures will be posted in the library for patrons to vote on. The winner will be announced on Oct. 29.

• Pittsburgh author Tom White will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. Monday to share stories he has collected from his book Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, including some from our area. This is an adult and teen program.

Information: 724-452-9330 or


Breast cancer awareness

The high school student council is hosting the second annual pink balloon release in memory of and to honor loved ones and friends with breast cancer on Oct. 26 at halftime of the varsity football game at Golden Rams Stadium in Harrison.

Student Council members are asking for a $1 donation for each balloon. Each balloon will have an honoree's name attached to it. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Donations can be sent in marked envelope to HHS Student Council, re: Pink, 1500 Pacific Avenue, Natrona Heights PA 15065.

Information: Michelle Dickerson or Jennifer Galcik at Highlands High School, 724-226-1000.

The football game versus Knoch will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cheerleaders from both teams will wear pink and encourage each team's fans to make a "Pink Out" at the game by wearing pink in the stands. Parent volunteers will be selling pink items also.

All proceeds from sales benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



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