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Training set for water quality volunteers

A two-session training course has been scheduled for anyone who would like to help protect and improve the water quality of Washington County streams.

The Consortium for Science Assistance to Watersheds, or C-SAW, will conduct the sessions to train volunteer water quality monitors. The training is for new volunteers but also will serve as a refresher course for those who have experience. The training, however, is intended for active volunteers and for new volunteers who will commit to volunteering during the coming year.

Both sessions are free and will be held at the North Strabane municipal building on Route 519.

The first session, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, will focus on water quality training. The second session, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5, will focus on identifying macroinvertebrates, tiny creatures that live in the streams, which is essential in determining the water quality of the stream.

Attendance is limited to 25. Preference will be given to members of the Chartiers Creek and Buffalo Creek watershed associations.

To-register: Beth Kahkonen, 724-503-4785 or


Beer tasting to benefit foundation

A beer tasting featuring 35 varieties of beer from 20 breweries has been plannned to benefit the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair.

The tasting will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Thomas More Family Life Center, 134 Fort Couch Road.

A donation of $35 per person includes a souvenir tasting glass and samples of American and European beers. Raffles also will be held.

Participants must be 21 or older to attend and must bring proper identification.

The number of tickets is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. To attend, respond by Friday. To purchase tickets, learn about the foundation or make a donation:


Wanted: winter clothing, Halloween costumes

Rainbow Kitchen is collecting winter clothing and new or slightly used children's Halloween costumes for needy people. The organization also is accepting new and slightly used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves for men, women, children and infants.

All coat sizes are needed, especially XXL and larger.

Donations can come from individuals, or those who want to help can hold a coat drive at work, school, in their neighborhood or at their place of worship.

Donations are requested by Oct. 11 and can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Rainbow Kitchen, 135 East Ninth Ave.

The clothing will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26.

More information: Marlene Murphy, or 412-464-1892.

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