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Irvine Weir named board chairwoman

Margaret Irvine Weir, president of NexTier Bank, has been appointed chairwoman of the Butler Health System Board of Trustees.

Ms. Irvine Weir has served on the Butler County Community College Board of Trustees for more than a decade and the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve of Cleveland for four years as a director.

Ms. Weir was appointed by the Butler County Commissioners to the 2008 Strategic Plan Task Force. She also served a three-year term as the chair of EconomicsPennsylvania's President's Council in 2008.

She is a current board member of the Community Development Corp. of Butler County, the Regional Learning Alliance of Pittsburgh and the Seneca Valley Foundation.


Route 65 improvements

Work to improve Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) between Chestnut Street in Sewickley and the Beaver County border will mean short-term, single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays until the end of the month.

Crews will be painting crosswalks, performing electrical work, repairing guide rails, installing handicapped-accessible ramps, fixing concrete walls in various locations.

The improvements are part of a $5.1 million project started last year.

The 4.5-mile project has involved milling and resurfacing, drainage, guide rails, curb, signs, signals, structure repairs and other improvements in Emsworth, Sewickley, Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Ambridge.

The prime contractor is Lindy Paving of New Castle.


Hard-to-recycle items accepted

Items that are hard to recycle such as televisions, computers, household chemicals, prescription drugs and building materials will be accepted during a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills parking lot.

Individuals can drop off "e-waste" such as computers and televisions, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges and CFLs - compact fluorescent lamps - at no cost.

For a nominal fee, individuals can drop off paper for shredding, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, specialty lights and small appliances that contain Freon.

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council's Zero Waste Pittsburgh program, which provides residents with a "one-stop shop" for information about disposal options for materials that are hard to recycle.

Information: 412-488-7452 or


Volunteer for statewide cleanup

Volunteers are being accepted for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.

The annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners involved in cleaning roadsides year round.

Individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort online at

This year, cleanup partner Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is hosting an American Cleanup Video Contest.

Interested individuals can send a three-to-five-minute video of their cleanup event to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful by May 24, with voting on the group's Facebook page.

For contest rules and information visit

In addition to the event, during the Pick It Up PA Days from Saturday to May 6 those registered have access to free disposal at participating landfills.

PennDOT provides gloves, trash bags and safety vests to Great American Cleanup of PA groups.

Red light enforcement grants

Millvale and Richland are among the recipients of grants from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program, which is funded from fines from infractions at 21 intersections in Philadelphia.

Millvale will receive $45,800 to upgrade several traffic signals to light emitting diode or LED and for a safety improvement project to upgrade traffic signals on North Avenue. Richland will receive $32,000 to upgrade several traffic signals to LED.

Statewide, approximately $4.7 million in grants is being distributed for projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion.



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