Free signs for farmers markets
The Allegheny County Health Department is helping Tarentum promote its farmers market by providing free signs under a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Tarentum is among six towns that participate in Allegheny Together, a business district revitalization program sponsored by the county Department of Economic Development.
The County Health Department is partnering with Allegheny Together and Town Center Associates, which provides management services to Allegheny Together, to promote access to fresh produce and more active lifestyles for residents of the six towns.
Allegheny Together encourages communities to host ongoing activities, like Farmers Markets, and make their business districts the center of shopping, dining and community life.
Design and production of the Farmers Market signs as well as window decals for other business district merchants were funded by a Safe and Healthy Communities grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Preventive Health Services Program.
WIC vouchers now accepted
The Shop 'N Save, 1620 Babcock Blvd., has joined the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food and nutrition program.
More than 100 grocery stores throughout Allegheny County participate in the WIC program and collectively redeem about $13 million in food vouchers a year. Locations and directions to the stores can be found on the Allegheny County Health Department's website, www.achd.net/wic.
WIC is a federally funded program for income- and medically eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breast-feeding mothers and children younger than 5.
The income limits are an annual gross income of $21,257 for a family of one; $28,694 for two; $36,131 for three. Add $7,437 for each additional member.
WIC families receive nutrition counseling, breast-feeding support and food vouchers redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula; infant cereal; milk; eggs; cheese; juice; cereal; peanut butter; whole grains, including bread, tortillas, oatmeal and rice; soy milk; tofu; jarred baby foods; dry or canned beans; canned tuna/sardines/pink salmon; and fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables.
Additional vouchers are available during the summer to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce at participating farmers markets and farm stands.
Free movies at Kean Theatre
Summer at the Oscars is the theme for the free movie schedule for July at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road:
Tuesdays@2 - "The Sessions," Tuesday; "Silver Linings Playbook," July 23; "Moonrise Kingdom," July 30.
Wednesdays@1 - "Lincoln," Wednesday; "The Master," July 24; "Zero Dark Thirty," July 31.
The theater is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System, which consists of St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Rudolph Auto Repair and Beautiful Buys.
Pearce Mill Road closing till fall
A $2.6 million project is underway to reconstruct and widen the intersection at Route 910 to add turning lanes in all directions just north of North Park.
Pearce Mill has been closed between Route 910 and Brown Road. The detour is Babcock Boulevard. The work will continue until the fall.
The project also will improve drainage, traffic signals and will resurface the intersection. And, several slides on Pearce Mill Road will be repaired. Overall work will conclude this fall.
The prime contractor is the Joseph B. Fay Co.