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North Strabane

Canonsburg General Hospital's Beverly Mueller won the Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Emergency Nurses Association.

The award honors an individual who has leadership qualities that involve mentoring, coaching and support of peers on local, state and national levels.

Ms. Mueller has been a member of the Emergency Nurses Association for 25 years, holding state and chapter offices. She is a graduate of Waynesburg University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

n The hospital's 25th annual benefit golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 14 at Valley Brook Country Club in Peters. Proceeds benefit the Patient Gateway project at the hospital, which will include a new hospital entrance with an extended portico and two more traffic lanes.

The event, co-sponsored by the hospital's medical staff and Angelo Falconi's Moon auto dealerships, includes brunch, dinner, raffle and skill prizes.

For more information, call Becky Biddle, director of development at 724-745-3913.


Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is holding a family-friendly "Anything on Wheels" display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 28.

More than 50 antique cars will be on display while oldies music plays. There will be unlimited trolley rides and complimentary tours of the 30 trolleys in the Trolley Display Building. There will also be rides offered on a diesel locomotive for a small fee. There will be food vendors and entertainment.

In addition visitors can see a new photographic exhibit, "Let's Ride! 150 Years of Pittsburgh Transportation History" and shop in the Museum Store in the Visitor Education Center.

The museum is open to the public every day of the week through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more, call 724-228-9256 or visit www.pa-trolley.org.


Dr. Gary Cartwright, an orthodontist, has awarded four $500 scholarships to students who entered an essay contest to answer the question, "Why have you chosen to pursue your vocation?"

Winners this year are:

• Courtney Ficorilli, of Ringgold High School, who will study physical therapy at Slippery Rock University.

• Samantha Danyo, of Chartiers Houston High School, who will study nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.

• Carl Medvid, of Peters High School, who will attend Clarion University, but is undecided on a major.

• Eric Sevcik, of Bentworth High School, who will study nursing at Duquesne University.

Dr. Cartwright has awarded the scholarships for 10 years.

South Strabane

Supervisors have been considering an ordinance to regulate outdoor wood-burning fireplaces, in response to complaints from people who are upset with the smoke and odor caused by their neighbors' burners.

Betsy Crumrine, 615 N. Wade Ave., has asked about the issue at several meetings. She told supervisors one wood fired boiler in her neighborhood is a nuisance because the smoke doesn't dissipate, resulting in an odor.

Supervisors are studying a draft ordinance prepared by solicitor Thomas Lonich.

Ed Larson, owner of Larson's Wood Heat, was invited to speak to the board during its June 9 meeting.

He said the fireplaces should be used to burn dry, seasoned logs, as opposed to creosote logs, green wood, trash, tires and newspapers. The wrong materials are what cause excessive smoke. Others can burn materials such as coal and organic fuels.

Mr. Larson suggested an ordinance contain specifics, such as the distance in feet such a fireplace must be from a neighbor's house.

• Park and Recreation council members Bob Giacometti and Shane Rumbaugh presented police Chief Donald Zofchak with a $300 check for the Officer Nathan Burnfield memorial fund. The money was raised from dunk tank proceeds from the recent Community Day.

Mr. Burnfield died Nov. 4 after being struck by a dump truck while he and two other officers were clearing tires from Interstate 70.

Later in the meeting, supervisors voted in favor of purchasing a memorial plaque for $872 in honor of the officer.

• Supervisors hired Nathan Sprowls as a part-time summer laborer at a rate of $7.75 per hour.

• The board approved entering into storm water conveyance easements with Simyet Inc. and Sarah C. Duncan for property at the end of Emerald Drive, at no cost to the township.

• The board voted to have a Marine Corps Toys for Tots receptacle placed in the foyer of the municipal building.


The Artists' Co-op, a non-profit artist cooperative located in the Washington Trust Building, 30 E. Beau St. is recruiting new members. Applications can be picked up at the gallery during business hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday; or call 724-229-0365. The next screening date is 7 p.m. on July 6.

• The deadline for eligible homeowners and renters to submit property tax/rent rebate applications has been extended to Dec. 31.

The program provides rebates for property taxes or rent paid in 2008. The maximum rebate is $650. Rebates are available to eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people 18 or older who have disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, excluding half of their Social Security income.

For applications, visit www.PaPropertyTaxRelief.com.

California University

Because of ongoing construction projects at Roadman Park, California University of Pennsylvania's annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display will not take place this summer.

Many other fireworks displays and celebrations will be held nearby, including events along the Monongahela riverfront in Charleroi and Fredericktown.

n The college's Government Agency Coordination Office is hosting a free Doing Business with the Commonwealth seminar from 9 a.m. till noon June 25, at Waynesburg University in Greene County.

Representatives from the state departments of General Services and Labor Law will provide information about state purchasing policies and procedures, eBusiness, complying with labor requirements in state contracts and the state certification process for minority- and women-owned businesses.

To register online, visit www.cup.edu/advancement/gaco.

For more information, contact Tracy Julian at 724-938-5881 or julian@cup.edu.


A group of fourth- and fifth-grade students at McMurray Elementary presented a check for $380 to the Allegheny Valley School for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to Elizabeth Cope, daughter of legendary Pittsburgher Myron Cope.

Each year, groups of classrooms in McMurray Elementary are divided into "neighborhoods;" it has become a McMurray tradition for the students to name their neighborhood after a hero. This year, the building boasts "Myron Cope's Terrible Towel Terrace."

Each neighborhood completes service projects throughout the year. This spring, the fourth grade Economics Fair and the fifth grade's Minutes Read events, pledges for the amount of time they read during Read Across America Month, raised $380.

Greene County

The latest in the Greene County Covered Bridges puzzle series is now available from the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency.

The Shriver Covered Bridge puzzle marks the sixth release in the series of seven puzzles featuring images of Greene County's historic covered bridges. The vibrantly colored puzzle features the A.B.A.T.E. motorcycle club riding along the bridge.

Each costs $20 and serves as a fundraiser for the tourist agency. For more information, call 724-627-TOUR (8687), e-mail tourism@co.greene.pa.us or visit www.greenecountytourism.org.

• Greene County Fairgrounds will host the fourth annual Black Diamond Cluster Dog Show today through Sunday. Judging will begin each day at 9 a.m. and should conclude by late afternoon. Admission to shows is free, but there is a $3 parking fee.

The all-breed shows are organized by the South Hills and Mountaineer Kennel clubs.

For more, call Bill Guappone at 724-366-1645.


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