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Help appealing an assessment

If you're appealing your Allegheny County assessment, Scott Township Public Library has a program that will provide strategies and insights to reach your goal of a fair property value.

Attorneys Kenneth R. Behrend and Barbara Ernsberger will present a free seminar on property assessment strategies from 7 to 8 p.m. next Thursday in the main meeting room of the Scott Municipal Building, 301 Lindsay Road.

Besides the lawyers' presentation, attendees will receive a free workbook. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period. The program is open to nonresidents, too.

Advance registration is required.

Information: 412-249-5380.


New board members elected

G.R. Orr III, first vice president/wealth management. co-branch manager of the Janney Montgomery Scott office in Beaver, has been elected to head the board of directors of Heritage Valley Health System.

Also elected as new officers were Dennis Pegden, as vice chair; Johannah Robb, as treasurer; and A. Gary Chace, secretary.

The board also has a new member - Elisa DiTommaso of Sewickley, president of the Child Health Association of Sewickley, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization involved in charitable giving and volunteer service to help the quality of life of children in Western Pennsylvania.

Most recently, Ms. DiTommaso was the senior vice president of finance and treasurer for iStar Financial and chief financial officer for TriNet Corporate Reality Trust.


Beaver County tourist days

All residents of Beaver County will be admitted free to Old Economy Village during select times between Sunday and May 25 as an appreciation for support for the National Historic Landmark, 270 16th St., Ambridge.

To accommodate visitors, free admissions will be staggered by dates and zip codes:

• Sunday-March 9, Ambridge (15003).

• March 10-30, Aliquippa (15001).

• March 31-April 6, Baden (15005), Industry (15052), Midland (15059).

• April 7-13, Beaver (15009).

• April 14-27, Beaver Falls (15010).

• April 28-May 4, Conway (15027), Freedom (15042), Georgetown (15043), Hookstown (15050), April 28-May 4.

• May 5-11, Monaca (15061).

• May 12-18, New Brighton, (15066).

• May 19-25, Rochester (15074), South Heights (15081), Darlington (16115), Fombell (16123), Koppel (16136), New Galilee (16141).

Information: 724-266-4500 or

Free admission passes can be obtained at the Village visitor center with proof of ID, such as a driver's license or utility bill. Old Economy is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.


Long-term closing begins Monday

The second half of the $16.6 million rehabilitation project on the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will begin at 7 a.m. Monday when the bridge linking the communities closes. It will remain closed for nearly nine months and is expected to reopen in mid-November.

The closing will force detours for about 12,588 vehicles on an average day. The detour is 11th Street, Duss Avenue (Route 989), 8th Street, Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard), Sewickley Bridge and Route 51.

The 10-span, two-lane bridge crosses the Ohio River and connects routes 65 and 51. The rehabilitation project involves deck and sidewalk replacement, concrete spall repair, steel repair and replacement, railing, structural steel painting, bituminous pavement patching, pavement markings and other improvements. The prime contractor is Trumbull Corp.


Roadwork will restrict traffic

• Bocktown-Cork Road, Independence - Shoulder improvements between the Allegheny County line and Route 151.

• Duss Avenue, Harmony - Inlet repairs between Legionville Road and 24th Street.

• Freedom Crider Road, New Sewickley - Shoulder improvements between Route 989 and Lovi Road.

• Harmony Road, New Sewickley and Daugherty - Drainage improvements between Tegrant Corp. Drive and Brush Creek Road.

• Kelly Road, Industry - Crack sealing between Wolf Run and Engle roads.

• Kennedy Boulevard, Aliquippa - Crack sealing between Broadhead and Monaca roads.

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

• Wallace City Road, Glen Eden Road, New Sewickley - Shoulder improvements between Freedom Crider and Brush Creek roads.


Looking for 5K race contributors

Organizers of the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department 5K Run/Walk on April 27 are inviting businesses, organizations and individuals interested in contributing to defray the costs of this year's event.

Details about race sponsorship can be found at, or by contacting Police Chief and Manager Jeff Harbin,

The advance registration deadline is March 28. After that date, the cost will increase from $15 to $20. Race proceeds will benefit fire department operations.

Also, race organizers are partnering with the Chartiers Service Center to collect used running shoes and running apparel. Race participants and spectators are asked to donate shoes and clothes on race day and place them in designated collection barrels. The items will be turned over to the Chartiers Service Center on West Main Street for distribution to less fortunate area residents.

In a related race fund-raising event, Chief Harbin will wait tables from 8 a.m. to noon April 20 at Bob's Diner, 211 Mansfield Blvd. All tips will be donated to the fire department.



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