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Two shredding sessions set
State Rep. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, is offering free document shredding for residents of the 42nd Legislative District from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Independence Middle School parking lot, 2807 Bethel Church Road.
Residents may bring unwanted personal documents.
A free shredding event for personal documents also will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the parking lot of Home Instead Senior Care, 2000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park.
Limit is two boxes of material to be shredded per person.
BETHEL PARK SCHOOLS
More negotiation talks added
It's getting down to the wire in Bethel Park, where the district and its teachers union have added three more dates of contract talks the week before classes start.
They will meet Aug. 23, 28 and 31. Superintendent Nancy Rose Aloi said last week the two parties were "making baby steps toward progress" on a new collective bargaining agreement.
"Baby steps is pretty accurate," Diann Smith, president of the Bethel Park Federation of Teachers, said Wednesday. "We pretty much were able to come to terms on a couple of small items, but we're still working on the big items."
Teachers in the district have been working under an old agreement since their contract expired in June 2010, and they staged a strike that fall.
The two parties have been adding dates as talks continue. The district's team, led by its solicitor, met with union representatives Tuesday and Friday after previous meetings, including July 25 and Aug. 6.
Streetscape work nearly done
Manager Lori Collins told borough council Monday night it will take about two more weeks to complete the Washington Avenue Streetscape project and Home Depot will help the borough with plantings for the project.
Councilwoman Mary Weise said the landscaping work should be done by late September and early October, and council will ask business owners to help with watering the greenery.
Council authorized paying $50,249 to Tony Baiano Construction Co. Inc. of Pittsburgh for work on the streetscape project. The payment was made with grant money the borough received from the federal government.
Council President Nino Petrocelli Sr. said the public works department helped in the streetscape project and saved the borough money with the work it did. The savings were estimated at $15,000.
• Councilman Jason Sarasnick proposed that the borough place no-smoking signs in the community parks, but Councilman Bill Colussy wanted to know if a section in the parks could be set aside for smoking. Council tabled the motion until the matter could be discussed in more detail.
• Police Chief Chad King reported that the rabies test conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a sick raccoon captured in May was negative. Several sick raccoons were reported in the borough at that time, and officials were concerned they may be rabid.
Health screenings on campus
Students and other members of the California University of Pennsylvania community will find "A Wealth of Health" at the university's 25th annual health fair, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 on the main campus.
The free event, open to the public, is coordinated by the university's Health and Wellness Education Center. More than 30 representatives of the health care industry will staff booths addressing topics such as diabetes, smoking cessation, orthopedics and more.
Screenings for blood pressure, glucose and skin, dental and foot problems will be available.
The first 1,000 people to attend the health fair will receive a soft backpack, and T-shirts will be distributed randomly throughout the day.
Details: Fran Fayish, 724-938-5922 or email@example.com.
Police warn of burglaries
Castle Shannon police are warning residents to be vigilant after the borough's third burglary in recent weeks.
The latest break-in happened early Wednesday at a home on Sixth Street, near Whitehall, where at least one person climbed onto lawn furniture to enter through an unlocked kitchen window. The burglar took cash from a purse and left.
A similar case was reported Saturday at a home near the border of Baldwin Township. A burglar cut a screen to climb into a rear window.
And on Aug. 7, a burglar entered a kitchen window during the day and stole jewelry.
Castle Shannon police urged homeowners to check their windows and doors at night, consider installing a security system or place a bar between windows and sliding glass doors.
Anyone with information on suspicious activity is urged to call Castle Shannon police or 911.
Brew fest fundraiser planned
Lebo Brew Fest 2012, a fundraiser for the Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial and Outreach Teen & Family Services, is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Clearview Common. It will feature some 35 brews.
The event, with music, is hosted by the municipality and Sunrise Rotary. Last year's fest raised more than $18,000 for the memorial, which was dedicated on Memorial Day.
Tickets -- which include a souvenir glass -- are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate and are available at www.mtlebanon.org, the municipal building and a variety of local businesses.
Firefighters plan golf outing
The firefighters of the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department are planning to trade their hoses for golf clubs at the department's first golf outing Sept. 9 at the Club of Shadow Lakes on Beaver Lakes Boulevard in Aliquippa.
"We wanted to try something different," said Lt. Patrick Walther, event organizer. "This benefit will help us purchase new bunker gear and equipment. An engine can cost over $500,000, and the typical price tag to safely outfit one firefighter is about $6,500."
He said the department recently purchased a new engine with a compressed air foam system, which will enable the firefighters to put out fires faster.
The fundraiser will include 18 holes of golf with golf carts provided, a catered dinner, skill prizes, a ticket auction and a 50/50 raffle. Participants will be home in time to watch the Steeler game that night, which is away and starts after 8 p.m.
To participate, golfers must submit $100 by check to Patrick Walter/Golf Outing, c/o Bower Hill VFD, 161 Vanadium Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Registration also can be found online at http://www.bowerhillfire.com/Images/Documents/golf2012.pdf.
Deadline is Monday.
Trucks, tractors on display
A Trucks, Tractors & Trolleys show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
Dozens of restored antique trucks will be displayed, and members of the Tri-State Antique Truck Club and Washington and Greene County Antique Tractor Association will be on hand.
Visitors can explore a World War II encampment and a model train display from the East Penn Traction Club.
Admission includes unlimited rides on three different trolleys, tours of the museum and activities for kids.
Admission: $9 for adults; $8 for age 62 and older; and $6 for ages 3-15. A family rate also is available.
Information: 724-228-9256 or www.patrolley.org.
First Published August 16, 2012 7:24 am