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Dr. Donald Keenan, a breast surgeon, has relocated his practice to Canonsburg General Hospital's Ambulatory Care Department.

Dr. Keenan's move is part of the hospital's long-range commitment to women's health. Future plans include the creation of a Women's Center at the hospital. For more, call 724-942-5493.


The fifth annual Sarris Candies' "Run for Alex" is set for Saturday in Bentleyville. The event includes a five-mile run, a two-mile run and a one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk.

Races begin at 9 a.m. from the Bentleyville Social Hall on Main Street.

The run is held in memory of Bentworth High School scholar and athlete Alexzandra Loos, who died in August 2004 after being struck by a car as she walked from school following soccer practice.

All proceeds from the race go to the "From Alex with Love Foundation," a scholarship and philanthropic fund that will provide 18 scholarships to students from Washington and Greene counties.

Registration is online at www.fromalexwithlove.com or at the Bentleyville Social Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow or 7 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Information on "Alex's Law," named for Alexzandra, will be available on race day. The bill, which has been reintroduced in the state Senate and House of Representatives, would provide measures in the state vehicle code for invoking mandatory testing and harsher penalties for habitual offenders.


Council is expected to vote Monday on an agreement that will allow the construction of an access road, ending in a cul-de-sac, to the proposed Ft. Pitt Business Park.

The agreement is in lieu of a developer's agreement and stipulates the road will be turned over to the borough once completed. Developer David Stoehr must meet a list of conditions before he can begin constructing his business park. One of the conditions as part of the subdivision approval council granted in April included a developer's agreement.

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington wanted a separate agreement regarding the road, because it is paying for the construction of the road, which will include underground utilities and lighting.

The authority has awarded a $345,069 bid to Elisha Construction of Belle Vernon. Construction is expected to begin next week and last for two months.

The 700-foot road will provide access to Four Coins Drive, which connects to Weavertown Road.

The agreement to dedicate the road, however, is with Stoehr Development Group Inc.


Jump safely into the summer months by learning lifesaving skills such as first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation at classes sponsored by the American Red Cross in Washington.

Classes start Wednesday and will be held at the Red Cross training center, 524 E. Maiden St. For a list of classes, costs, times and dates, visit swpa.redcross.org or call 1-888-217-9599.


Since the township municipal authority did not seek federal or state assistance for the Millers Run sewer project to lower its impact on ratepayers, state Rep. Jesse White, D-Washington, said he has drawn up a package of bills that would require municipal authorities to seek such assistance.

The township authority financed the project through multiple private bond issues, contributing to a tap-in fee charge to local residents of $6,200, higher than what many other authorities charge.

Mr. White's proposals include a bill that would require municipal authorities to apply for federal and state financing assistance for public works projects of more than $1 million and a bill that would subject municipal authorities to performance audits and examinations by the state auditor general. A third bill in the package would require authorities to offer customers an installation payment plan for tap-in fees at a fixed interest rate if the tap-in fee is more than $1,000.


The township public library is now offering downloadable audiobooks through a new digital media library.

Patrons can check out and download titles by visiting the library home page at www.ptlibrary.org and clicking on the download audiobooks graphic.

To check out, users will need a valid library card and an e-mail address. Once downloaded, digital titles can be viewed with a computer or transferred to a supported device, like an MP3 player. Many audio titles can also be burned to a disk. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the collection. There are never late fees or damaged materials.


The Department of Environmental Protection plans to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Elrama section of the township.

From 1995 to 2004, various businesses operated out of the building at 28 Davidson Ave. State Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny/Washington, said in a news release that the building was abandoned in 2004 along with chemicals used in the electroplating process. For nearly five years, the DEP had tried to keep the dilapidated building sealed and the public away from the site by padlocking the doors, yet trespassers continue to break in.

"I am pleased funding is now available to tear down the building and remove contaminated soil in the area," Mr. Levdansky said.

The DEP found soil contamination under the building's floor and foundation, as well as contamination inside the building, on the walls and on the floors. The potential for groundwater contamination also exists.

A public hearing on the plan will be held June 23 at the Elrama Volunteer Fire Hall. To testify, call Katy Gresh at 412-442-4203 before noon June 23.

South Strabane

Rankin Road in South Strabane will be closed for three months starting Monday so that the road can be relocated. Traffic will be detoured on Route 136, Route 519 and Route 40.

This is part of the bridge replacement project on Interstate 70 and the Zediker Station Road closure and detour that tentatively will be completed in late 2010. The contractor on this $9 million project is Golden Triangle.


Four students from Peters Township Middle School have earned recognition for their essays in the Law Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Washington County Bar Association.

Of more than 40 entries from five school districts in the county, seventh-grader Sami Benbourenane placed second overall for his essay and earned a $125 cash prize. Eighth-grader Josh Bowman placed third for a $100 prize. Seventh-graders Nathan Wolk and Rachel Ferraco received honorable mentions. The theme of this year's contest was "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial."

Greene County

The county Department of Recreation is offering swimming lessons at Foundation Coal Family Aquatic Center in Waynesburg and at Carmichaels Pool in Camichaels.

Lessons are $20 per class and each class is designed for swimmers of certain skill levels. Sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the aquatic center and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Carmichaels Pool.

Here is information on the county's three pools, which are now open for the summer season:

Admission at the aquatic center in Waynesburg is $5 for age 17 and younger and for age 62 and older and $7 for ages 18 to 61. The pool is open noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For Carmichaels Pool, admission is $3 for age 17 and younger and for age 62 and older and $5 for ages 18 to 61. Pool hours are 1 to 7 p.m. daily.

At the Mon View Pool in Greensboro, admission is $2 for age 17 and younger and for age 62 and older and $4 for ages 18 to 61. The pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. only on weekends through the summer but will be open daily while the summer Day Camp program is in session from June 22 to July 31.

All pools remain open until Labor Day, Sept. 7.

For more, call 724-852-5323; Foundation Coal Family Aquatic Center at 724-852-2088 or Carmichaels Pool at 724-966-5910.


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