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Poster winners announced

Three students in grades six-eight are winners in the 14th annual environmental poster contest sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department in commemoration of Earth Day 2013, which is Monday.

The theme of this year's contest was Pollution Prevention Starts with You.

Pollution prevention refers to eliminating or reducing harmful waste and pollution before it is made.

Students were encouraged to create posters depicting their environmental knowledge of ways that pollution can be reduced, such as by recycling or limiting the use of electricity.

First place was awarded to Lucia Santos of Shady Side Academy Middle School in Fox Chapel for a poster asking, "Which path will you take?" and showing a fork in the road, with one path leading to Clean Air Ville and the other to Pollution Ville.

Second place was awarded to Camden Jennings of Mellon Middle School in Mt. Lebanon for a poster declaring "The world is in your hands" and showing a globe of the Earth in the palm of a hand with green leaves falling all around it.

Third place was awarded to Angeline Pho of St. Maria Goretti in Bloomfield for depicting a circular path listing pollution prevention actions along the way and stating, "The beauty of nature lies in the details."

Megan Stafford of Shady Side Academy Middle School received honorable mention for a poster showing ways to outsmart a fictional environmental villain with Earth-friendly habits that lead to a healthier planet.

The winning posters can be viewed on the health department's website:


Police to take part in medicine disposal

Bethel Park police will participate in the National Take Back Initiative for disposal of unwanted or expired medications in pill form.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

Two collection points will be available: the borough community center at 5151 Park Ave. and Highmark Direct in Norman Center II at 1775 N. Highland Road.

Pills should be removed from prescription bottles and placed in a plastic baggie.

No liquid medication or needles will be accepted.

For details: Officer Tom Rigatti at or 412-831-6800, ext. 104.

The national initiative is organized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


Prayer breakfast planned

The Bridgeville Ministerium will sponsor its first prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. May 2, the National Day of Prayer, at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, will give the opening address.

Local ministers will offer prayers for the community, commonwealth and the country. Breakfast and fellowship will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Details: Pastor Bryan Thiessen of Journey Church, 412-221-9000.


Open house set for service agency

Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services will hold an open house at 4 p.m. May 16 for the opening of its new 32,000-square-foot service site at 250 Chamber Plaza.

In 2006, the organization moved its operational headquarters to Charleroi, renovating the former Montgomery Ward building in Chamber Plaza. Now, the agency has expanded that facility to include programs from sites throughout the Mon Valley. The programs include Riverside Horizons, a therapeutic activity center for intellectually disabled adults; In-Home Aging Services; a mental health partial hospitalization and social rehabilitation program; and offices for mental health case management staff.

More than 140 staff will work in the new service site. With the additional new space, 350 people work at the Charleroi location. They serve more than 1,300 Mon Valley and Washington County residents.

The project cost was $1.8 million, financed through the use of a local tax-exempt note made possible by the Washington County Industrial Development Authority, the Washington County commissioners and PNC Bank.


Celebration emphasizes early education

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit and The Waterfront will hold a celebration of The Day of the Child from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Macy's courtyard in Homestead to commemorate the Month of the Young Child. The event will include activities such as games, crafts and storytelling.

The Day of the Child celebration will highlight quality early childhood education and encourage families to enroll their children in kindergarten or in a high-quality early childhood education program.


Earth Day celebration set for April 27

The Mt. Lebanon Environmental Team will host this year's Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Mt. Lebanon Park. The family-friendly event will include food, eco-friendly gifts, farm goods, live music, educational experiences and outdoor activities for all ages. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.

Participants will see a Chevy Volt and electric scooters and bikes. Volunteers from the high school's environmental club will be on hand, Girl Scouts will provide children's activities and demonstrations, and the PTA will collect old sneakers for Nike's recycling program. Shoes do not need to be Nikes to be donated.

Boy Scout Troop 28 will have a climbing wall, Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse will host a "Reuse-a-palooza," and ZeroFossil will power things up with green energy generators.

Participants can produce their own sustainable energy on a stationary bike, shop for recycled and green goods from local artists, and tie-dye a T-shirt made from locally reclaimed iron oxide. Information will be available about drinking water and what happens to storm runoff presented by Stormworks and Clean Rivers Campaign. Conservation Consultants Inc., Farm To Table, Penn Future and Construction Junction also will be on hand. Details:

Outreach Teen & Family Services, based in Mt. Lebanon and Downtown, will hold its annual fundraising gala, Ritz & Glitz on Grandview, at 6 p.m. April 27 at LeMont on Mount Washington. This year's gala will honor David Hartman for his years of leadership on the board.

The evening includes dinner, raffle, auction and entertainment by Mt. Lebanon High School students. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased at or 412-561-5405. Proceeds go to continuing the service's mission to provide affordable family counseling.

The Mt. Lebanon commission is seeking resumes from residents interested in serving on a municipal volunteer board. There are openings on the board of appeals (codes); community relations (at-large and Ward 1); and traffic. Terms begin immediately.

A description of duties, meetings and terms is at Interested residents should submit an application, available at, with a resume by May 9 to assistant manager Marcia Taylor, 710 Washington Road, Pittsburgh 15228.

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