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The Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau has elected three new members to three-year terms on the board, which is composed of one elected representative from each of 11 membership groups.
Jake Weiland from Moraine State Park will serve on the great outdoors group, replacing Dan Bickel, also of Moraine State Park.
D. Todd Wehr from Bear Run Campground will serve on the campgrounds group, replacing Ed Tanski from Buttercup Woodlands Campground.
Vicki Hinterberger from Butler Media Group will serve on the fairs, festivals, attractions/family entertainment group, replacing Jim Zanella from North Washington Rodeo.
Other board members are Kathy Allen of Armstrong Farms, bed and breakfasts group; Larry Berg of Maridon Museum, history group; Ed Wadding of Butler Arts Council, arts and culture group; Nicolette Tolomeo-Germain of Nicolette's Tailor Shop, shopping group; Jackie Gillespie-Ralston of Pittsburgh Marriott North, hotels group; Bob McCafferty of North Country Brewing Co., restaurants group; Wayne Conley of Conley Resort, golf group; Rodney Schaffer of Con Yeager Spice Co., agri-tourism group.
The 1300 block of Roosevelt Road will be closed after 9:30 a.m. today during an evacuation drill involving more than 700 students and staff at Avonworth Elementary School.
Ohio Township police and fire officials have organized the drill to prepare for a real emergency. The evacuation will enable school occupants to be familiar with how to vacate the building in a safe and orderly manner.
Police Chief Norbert Micklos said the drill will be a joint training for public safety officials in the community.
"Our emergency responders have to continually adapt and train for myriad school threats impacting our children," he said in a news release. "I feel this exercise will benefit the community and illustrate cooperation between multiple agencies, thus maintaining a safer learning environment for our children."
The police and fire departments will close Roosevelt Road between Mount Nebo and Crawford roads during the evacuation drill.
Students will vacate the elementary school and walk to the fire hall under the supervision of elementary staff and police officers. Students with special needs will be transported on buses.
In the event of inclement weather, the drill will be conducted Wednesday.
The Orchard Park Neighborhood Association has organized a Christmas luminary sale, with a goal of selling 500 kits through mid-December. The sale is a fundraiser for the Allegheny Land Trust's acquisition of the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property.
The kits, which will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walmart on Route 8, cost $10 for eight, 15-hour votive candles and eight white paper bags, and $20 for 20 candles and bags.
After this weekend, kits will be available at Weischedel Florist and Greenhouse on Route 910 and in the Richland municipal building, 4019 Dickey Road. Order forms also will be inserted in several church bulletins. Any congregation interested in participating can contact the neighborhood association, 724-444-6314.
Kits also can be ordered at www.orchardparkneighborhood.info.
The fundraiser goal is to help raise the $140,000 community share of the $1.4 million needed to purchase the 180-acre tract on Bakerstown Road.
The Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, is offering free movies this month at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Wednesdays:
• Tuesday, "The Campaign;" Nov. 13, "Rock of Ages;" Nov. 20, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World;" Nov. 27, "Brave.
• Wednesday, "Hysteria;" Nov. 14, "Moonrise Kingdom;" Nov. 21, "Magic Mike;" Nov. 28, "Your Sister's Sister."
The Kean Theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.
Canned food drive
California Pizza Kitchen in Ross Park Mall will hold a canned food drive to benefit North Hills Community Outreach Monday through Nov. 11.
Individuals who donate five boxed or canned items will receive 20 percent off their order.
Information: 412-548-1399 or www.cpk.com.
First Published November 1, 2012 6:51 am