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Rotary plans scholarship benefit dinner
The Rotary Club's annual spaghetti dinner is set for 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Community Center, 5151 Park Ave.
Proceeds from the dinner go to scholarships. The club recently presented $1,000 scholarships to Bethel Park High seniors T.J. Sedor-Franzak and Nicholas Cvetic.
Delivery will be available noon to 1:30 p.m. for orders of 10 or more. Tickets cost $9; seniors $7, discounts for children. There will be a raffle and an auction.
Details or to place orders, call 412-855-4633 or 412-854-2845.
• Registration ends at 1 p.m. today for people 55 and older interested in St. Clair Hospital's Oct. 21 flu shot clinic.
Registrants must bring their medical insurance card and are asked to verify coverage before arrival. A prescription is not required to receive a flu shot. Immunizations are $37 for those uninsured, and payment is due at time of service.
St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center at Village Square, 2000 Oxford Drive, is in Bethel Park and is located across from South Hills Village and St. Thomas More Church.
Call 412-942-6566 to register. Spots are limited.
Council: Chairs OK two days before parade
In case you missed it: Canonsburg council passed a compromise Monday night that will let residents set out chairs early - but not too early - to claim coveted spots along the Fourth of July parade route.
In a 6-3 vote, the council agreed to let residents place chairs along the route beginning at 6 a.m., 48 hours prior to the parade date.
Third Ward Councilmen Tim Bilsky, Joseph Graff Sr. and Paul Sharkady opposed the plan.
The compromise replaces the rule passed in July that no chairs would be allowed along Pike Street before 6 a.m. on July 4.
For years, Canonsburg residents have decorated lawn chairs and placed them in their favorite spots along the 1.5-mile route days before the 50-year-old Independence Day celebration, what planners call the state's second-largest Fourth of July parade.
Several council members said residents went too far this year: Chairs were out too early and some were locked and tied to trees, poles and other chairs presenting a safety hazard and liability issue, some council members said.
Fundraiser to help Hollywood Theater
Artist Colin Matthews of Mount Washington will host a movie and art exhibition Oct. 25 to raise funds for the independent Hollywood Theater.
"I was inspired by work I've seen in other cities like Austin and Los Angeles. Pittsburgh's sudden film resurgence and thriving art community seemed like a natural fit for a similar event," said Mr. Matthews, 26, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus in a statement.
His event, Steel City Secret Cinema, will feature a surprise movie filmed in Western Pennsylvania and will showcase a dozen artists whose work is based on local movies. The event also will have music, food and raffles.
Mr. Matthews said his love of movies drove him to devote so much of his time to the project. He works as an engineer for Giant Eagle during the day.
"When I was growing up, there was nothing I enjoyed more than the movie theater experience. That experience started in the lobby with the movie posters. ... I wanted to take a unique blend of this with a focus on local art and film," he said.
The fundraiser comes at an important time for small theater operators as the movie industry switches from 35mm - a standard since about 1910 - to digital, a format that's cheaper for both studios and distributors and doesn't scratch as traditional film will.
Still, the switch means theater owners must buy new projection equipment, computers and a sound system.
The 300-seat Hollywood Theater, which first opened in 1933, is one of the last surviving single-screen movie houses in the region. Recently renovated, it features a balcony, a large concession area and a lobby with spacious seating. It is handicap accessible.
Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door and include a custom movie poster. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Hollywood Theater, a nonprofit that operates the theater, and the MGR Foundation, a nonprofit that provides youth programs here. Tickets can be purchased online at steelcitysecretcinema.com/tickets.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @SteelCityCinema.
Titanic-era fashion luncheon planned
An 1890 bustled velvet gown and a gentleman's black tails from the Elizabeth Township Historical Society's vintage clothing collection are among the items to be featured at the society's Titanic Era Fashion Luncheon at noon Nov. 9 and 10 at the Boston Shoppes.
Other period fashions will show trends from the late Victorian through the 1920s. Insight will be offered into how these fashions reflect the changing roles of women from the 1890s to the 1920s.
Proceeds benefit the society and efforts to restore its 1790 log house in Greenock. Tickets, $25, are limited to 25 for each luncheon. Deadline is Nov. 2. Call 412-751-4580.
n The historical society also will host a Fall Crawl along the Yough River Trail on Oct. 20, with stops at three participating eateries. Gathering time is at 3 p.m. at Rich's Parkside Inn near the trail's parking lot in Boston.
Bagpiper David Olson will then play "Scotland the Brave" to lead walkers on the trail to the Boston Waterfront and then to The Country Club Tavern. Reservations at $10 are available by calling 412-751-5389.
$2.4 million pipeline project coming
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. will replace more than 7,700 feet of existing steel pipe in Mt. Lebanon, a project that will affect 275 customers in the municipality through May 2013.
Bower Hill Road, Clokey Avenue, S. Meadowcroft Avenue, Serrano Avenue, Lansdale Place, Lavinia Avenue, Marlan Drive and Coolidge Avenue will be affected. Traffic may be restricted during working hours.
The construction will require a temporary interruption of natural gas service for individual customers while their service is linked to the new gas main. The Canonsburg company will contact customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.
Library AC back
After a delay of seven weeks and just in time for cool autumn temperatures, the air conditioning system is functioning again in the public library in the municipal building on Lindsay Road.
"My office was 69 degrees," said Janet Forton, library executive director, after the air conditioning became operational again Oct. 4. "Our days of averaging 80 degrees are over, I hope."
Other offices or departments in the building were not affected.
Why the repair took so long is not clear, since officials contended with the issue in August and again in September. On Sept. 25, officials were told the repair parts had been ordered that week.
Commissioner Bill Wells, who said Scott budgets $600,000 annually for maintenance, was mystified about the lengthy repair time.
"I really feel this was not a priority, as it should have been," he said.
Libraries are vulnerable to heat and humidity because books are made of paper, which is a medium that mold and mildew can feed on. When a library's temperature and humidity are both above 70 percent, mold and mildew growth becomes most possible.
The library's windows do not open.
Mrs. Forton said she did not know whether the air conditioning malfunction kept patrons away, but added that it has been a burden to staff and volunteer workers.
"I didn't realize how much a difference [air conditioning] makes," Mrs. Forton said.
Despite the heat, the Friends of the Library made $5,000 at its annual book sale Sept. 20-23.
First Published October 11, 2012 6:42 am