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Westmoreland museum gets $8 million grant
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has received an $8 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the capital and endowment campaign. The campaign includes plans for a new wing, renovation of the existing 50-plus years old building and a complete re-design of the grounds. The gift is the largest contribution to-date received by the Museum. Of the $8 million, $2 million will be reserved to shape a challenge to other donors later in the campaign.
The fundraising goal of $35 million includes $15 million for construction, $15 million for endowment and $5 million to support museum operations during the life of the campaign.
Planning was initiated in 2009 in response to the growth of the museum's collections, programming,and exhibits.
The museum is in the design phase of with Ennead Architectsof New York City and LaQuatra Bonci Landscape Architects of Pittsburgh.
Tennis league seeks members
The East Hills Summer Tennis League is looking for new members for this season.
The league, which has existed for more than 40 years, had more than 150 members in 2011 competing in 13 separate singles, doubles and mixed doubles divisions of varying skills.
The league schedule is flexible - scheduled opponents agree to the specific date, time and location of their match. Players of all skill levels are welcome.
The majority of the league members live in the eastern suburbs, extending from Churchill to Delmont.
The league also sponsors an end-of-season tournament, a family picnic and an awards banquet.
Details: email@example.com or visit www.ehstl.com
Meeting to display plans for I-70 interchange
The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to display plans for the I-70 New Stanton Interchange project, located in New Stanton and Hempfield.
PennDOT is considering options to improve the current interchange and replace the structure on Center Avenue spanning I-70, among other improvements.
The meeting will be held tonight in the social hall of the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department, 108 S. Main St., New Stanton, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Details: Project manager Jerome Bendo, 724-439-7377, and www.I-70projects.com.
Frosty event for kindergartners
As part of Catholic Schools Week activities, St. Maurice School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., is inviting all 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to begin kindergarten or first grade in August to attend a story time "Winter Picnic with Frosty Friends," set for 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Registration is required by Monday. Call 412-351-5403.
Board OKs preliminary budget, tax increase
The Gateway school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to adopt a preliminary $69.6 million budget, including bumping up the millage rate 2.78 mills to a total of 23.80 mills for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Business manager Paul Schott reminded the board and the public that is only preliminary, and final budget figures won't be passed until June.
The board also voted unanimously to accept the offer from Pitcairn to buy Pitcairn Elementary School and surrounding properties for $300,000.
n The Gateway High School Senior Class Council will hold a blood drive on Friday. It will be held in the high school dance studio from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Central Blood Bank.
The top three schools that give the most blood will receive money. If Gateway wins, the funds will be donated, via a drawing, to seniors who donated blood during the drive. Community members are encouraged to give blood because the more people who give blood, the greater the chance to distribute money as scholarships for Gateway students. Walk-ins are welcome, but all guests must check in at the high school office before entering the building.
Details: Call Tina Hershberger or Tain Schlesman at the high school at 412-373-5743.
Band, color guard to be featured at events
The Norwin band and color guard will be featured in several events throughout the month of February.
The Norwin band concert will be held on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Norwin High School auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults $2 for Norwin students.
The Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association show will be held at Norwin High School on Feb. 4 beginning at 2 p.m. Norwin, Gateway, Penn-Trafford, Yough, Kiski and Jeannette are some of the 44 guard units participating in the show.
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region 1 concert will be at Norwin High School on Feb. 24. The concert features 144 students from schools all over the Pittsburgh area and as far north as Beaver County.
Films, talk at library
Oakmont Carnegie Library is offering a new series entitled "From Page to Screen". in which movies inspired by favorite books will be shown nd then discussed.
The first movie will be "Water for Elephants" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
Because of time constraints, the film screening and discussion will be held on separate evenings. The discussion, accompanied by a DVD feature with an interview with author Sara Gruen, will be held on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
To register, call 412-828-9532 or visit website, www.oakmontlibrary.org.
Dinner to raise money for foundation
The Woodland Hills Foundation, which gives scholarships and grants for students and teachers in the Woodland Hills School District, will hold a gala fundraising dinner and present this year's Friends of the Foundation Award.
The Chocolate and Diamonds Affair will be held Feb. 11 at the Edgewood Country Club.
Barb Amick, the recipient of this year's Friend of the Foundation Award, has been an art teacher in the Woodland Hills School District for the 36 years. She is being recognized for her dedication to the students and the district, her creativity as an artist, her limitless efforts as a volunteer and her generosity as a donor to the Woodland Hills Foundation.
For tickets or more information, call 888-281-3241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A $1,350 grant from the Consortium for Public Education Great Idea Grant Program was recently awarded to the Woodland Hills Academy to help students hone writing skills and eventually create and publish their own children's book.
After students publish their books, they will be distributed to classrooms in elementary schools so younger students can enjoy the work of student authors in the district.
Ideally, the "Academy Authors" program will encourage students to write more after creating and publishing their own books.
The published books will be available for purchase.
First Published January 26, 2012 12:00 am