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Search on for senior volunteer

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, is honoring contributions of those 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite cause.

Nominations are accepted through March 31. Call 1-866-996-1087 or visit

State winners will be selected by popular online vote April 15-30 at A panel will then chose a national winner.

Home Instead will donate $500 to each of the state winners' favorite nonprofits. Then, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's nonprofit charity of choice.

The agency has offices in Whitehall, Oakmont, Corapolis, Jeannette, Pittsburgh, Zelienople and Washington.


Borough looks to cut tax rate

Borough council voted unanimously Monday to advertise an ordinance cutting the real estate tax rate for 2013 from the current 6.75 mills to 5.50 mills, a 22 percent reduction.

With the reduction, the borough hopes to stay within the 5 percent windfall requirement for municipalities after the countywide property reassessment.

If receipts exceed the windfall requirement, they will be allocated to sanitary sewer capital improvement projects, according to the proposed ordinance.


County Controller seeks re-election

Michael Namie, 48, of Canton, has announced he will seek a fourth term as county controller.

Before his election in 2002, Mr. Namie was deputy county controller from 1991-2002.

The 1986 Washington & Jefferson College graduate has served as past president of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers. He also serves on the Washington County Prison Board, the county Salary Board and the county Pension Board.

Mr. Namie and his wife, Cindy, have two children.



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