Towns win recycling grants
The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in recycling grants to 131 municipalities for developing and implementing recycling programs.
Grant recipients in the South Hills are:
Collier, $69,012; Mt. Lebanon, $31,500; Scott, $38,222; Twin Rivers Council of Governments, $145,582; West Mifflin, $137,475; and Washington, $246,861.
Through the grant program, municipalities and counties are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Examples of eligible projects include operating compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational materials to encourage residents to recycle.
AROUND THE SOUTH
GetGo opens on South Side
Giant Eagle's new Southside Works GetGo opened last week at a former brownfield site at East Carson Street and South 33rd Street. The new 24/7 location has 16 fuel pumps and a 15,500-square-foot store with fresh foods and a cafe that seats 26.
The location also has two surcharge-free ATMs, free air for vehicle tires and free WiFi. In addition, it has lottery services, a Red Box DVD kiosk, retailer gift cards and an in-store wireless center with no-contract phones and prepaid wireless cards.
The new store also incorporates many of the environmentally friendly features that have helped Giant Eagle obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification at its GetGo locations in Pine and on Baum Boulevard.
One of the store's more prominent features is the solar canopy roof that helps offset the store's need for electric power from traditional sources.
Another GetGo will open soon on McKnight Road in Ross.
• The Denis Theatre Foundation will host two parties on Oscar night, Feb. 24, in Mt. Lebanon and Peters. Proceeds from tickets go to the foundation.
The parties will start at 7 p.m. at Walnut Grill, 660 Washington Road, in Mt. Lebanon and at Atria's Restaurant and Tavern, 4049 Washington Road, Peters.
The event includes appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. Festive Oscar wear - formal or otherwise - is welcome but not required.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. To purchase tickets online: www.denistheatre.org/oscars.
Washington's business trips explored
George Washington's business and surveying trips to the region will be the topic of Conversations in History led by Miles Richard of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Coates House, the society's museum and library at 5811 Smithfield St., Boston.
"Here On Business" will look at Washington's trips in 1770 when he bought a grist mill in Perryopolis and his return visit to the grist mill and other property in 1784.
Upcoming topics will be Braddock's Road on March 10 and the Civil War on April 21.
Municipality certified for sustainability
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program has awarded the municipality a silver certification for meeting the performance criteria of the program, which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.
The certification - developed by the nonprofit group Sustainable Pittsburgh - is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities.
UPPER ST. CLAIR SCHOOLS
Kindergarten registration scheduled
Registration packages for kindergarten students are available at each elementary school. To be eligible to attend kindergarten in 2013-14, a child must turn age 5 on or before Sept. 1.
Parents may attend a registration session at any elementary school on these dates:
Feb. 26 - Baker school, 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 - Eisenhower school, 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.
Feb.28 - Streams school, 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.
March 12 - Central office in the township building, 6 to 8 p.m.
Parents must provide proof of district residency, child's date of birth and immunization history. Children do not need to accompany parents to registration.
For questions about the district's attendance areas, call 412-833-1600, ext. 2202.
Parents of elementary school-age children may apply for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program at Streams. PYP serves students in grades K-4. An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 4 in Streams gym. The deadline for PYP application forms for K-4 is April 25.
Parents of students in the Streams attendance area who do not wish to enroll in PYP may enroll their child at Baker elementary. The deadline to select Baker is also April 25.
Robinson denies drilling request
Robinson supervisors voted 3-0 Monday night to deny two requests by Range Resources to drill the Marcellus Shale in their township.
Chairman Brian Coppola said Range Resources failed to provide sufficient information and documentation to comply with township law.
In late January, Range Resources-Appalachia-LLC of Cecil filed lawsuits against Robinson in Washington County Common Pleas Court and in Commonwealth Court. The firm claims it is entitled to approval of its plans, said Jonathan Kamin, special legal counsel for the township.
Range Resources has proposed drilling multiple natural gas wells on 168 acres owned by Micheale F. Parees and Robert M. Frame on Midway-Candor Road and on 84 acres owned by Rodger C. and Susan C. Kendall on Valleyview Road.
About 80 people attended the township meeting Monday, including drilling leaseholders who criticized the board for delaying approvals.
Steve Duran said the community needs the jobs and economic activity spurred by drilling.
Dorothy Bassett defended the supervisors, saying they were acting responsibly and protecting the rights and well-being of citizens.
Mr. Coppola said the board denied the conditional-use applications because Range Resources didn't submit an appropriate site plan, neglected to provide specific answers to the board's questions and failed to demonstrate compliance with the township's noise standards and zoning ordinance.
Mr. Kamin said if an application does not meet all the conditions of the ordinance, the board cannot approve it.
WEST MIFFLIN SCHOOLS
District to host community night Feb. 28
West Mifflin Area School District will host its second annual community night, in conjunction with curriculum night for grades K-12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the middle school.
A meet-and-greet will be held with public television film director and producer Rick Sebak. The evening will end with a fireworks display.
More than 100 district employees are involved in the event. In addition to educational sessions - on topics such as Cool Tech, JROTC and kindergarten registration - students will perform. Other activities include face painting, blood-pressure screenings and visits from the Pirate Parrot and Kenny Kangaroo.