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Road maintenance

Traffic is restricted this week for maintenance by state Department of Transportation crews on these Beaver County roads:

• Blockhouse Run Road, Daugherty - Patching between Harmony and Wises Grove roads.

• Engle Road, Industry and Ohioville - Crack sealing between Midland-Beaver and Tuscarawas roads.

• Glen Eden Road, New Sewickley - Shoulder ditching between Route 989 and Butler County.

• Hanover-Kendall Road, Hanover - Shoulder repairs between Sipp Drive and Frankfort Road.

• Interstate 376 (Beaver Valley Expressway) in Center, Hopewell and Aliquippa - Shoulder repairs between the Center and Hopewell interchanges.

• Ninth Street/Freedom Crider Road, Freedom and New Sewickley - Side grading between Third Avenue and the Butler County border.

• Park Road, Brighton and Chippewa - Drainage repairs between Bradys Run and Achortown roads.

• Route 30, Hanover and Independence - Crack sealing between Frankfort Road and the Allegheny County border.

• Shippingport Hill Road, Greene - Wall repairs between Cain and Shaffer roads.

• Zelienople Road, Franklin - Patching between Route 65 and Mercer Road.


Girls on the Run

Students in grades 3-5 at Propel Montour in Kennedy raised more than $1,000 and donated it to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC through their after-school Girls on the Run program, led by AmeriCorp leaders.

The program focuses on the social, emotional and physical well-being of girls in those grades. Part of the program includes a community service component, and Propel Montour girls chose to hold a month-long "coin war" within their school to raise funds for a local organization.

Their goal was to raise and donate $500, but the final tally was $1,042. The funds were donated to the Family Life Fund at Children's Hospital. The Family Life Fund provides education, support and activities to help families cope while their child is in the hospital. The goal of the fund is to heal the family and give them support to continue their child's recovery process.


Welding technology program

Pittsburgh Technical Institute has received approval from the state Department of Education to offer a 12-month welding technology certificate program.

The program, which will begin in October, will address the need for skilled welders in industrial and commercial welding and in welding in the oil and gas industry.

Also, the program will offer studies related to commercial and industrial concepts and technologies and will prepare students for jobs such as arc welder, MIG welder, TIG welder, layout fitter, fabricator, pipe welder, brazer and structural welder. The program also includes pipe welding and other courses to train students for careers in the oil and gas industry.

Graduates can receive the American Welding Society certification and the SENSE Plates certification.


Safe Schools grants

More than $50,000 in grants from the Safe Schools Targeted program have been awarded to four school districts in the western suburbs to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence.

The grants are among more than $479,000 awarded to 37 public schools throughout the commonwealth, state Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced recently. More than $120,000 of that amount was awarded to schools in Allegheny and Washington counties.

The grants in the western suburbs are $15,000 to Aliquippa School District, $14,658 to Fort Cherry School District, $13,500 to Keystone Oaks School District and $9,764 to Moon Area School District. In a news release, the state said the focus of the grant program is to assist schools by reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; providing professional development to staff using research-based violence prevention and classroom management programs; and enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations. Schools were eligible to receive up to $15,000.



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