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SouthBridge cuts van transportation
Wheelchair van transportation has been discontinued by SouthBridge Emergency Medical Service of South Fayette as of Feb. 1. All other services remain intact, director Dennis Valentine said.
He said due to new Public Utility Commission regulations, SouthBridge decided to drop the wheelchair shuttle, which was only a small portion of its business.
St. Clair Hospital, which was the main customer for those shuttles, continues to call upon other providers, Mr. Valentine said.
Officials of the medical service spoke Monday night at the Bridgeville council meeting to assure the public that rumors are untrue that SouthBridge is closing.
SouthBridge is a nonprofit that provides paramedic, ambulance and other services to the communities of Bridgeville, Cecil and South Fayette.
Cancer & Heart Association
Jack Simon of Chippewa has been elected president of the Beaver County Cancer & Heart Association for the 11th year.
Also elected were Ron Schollaert as vice president; attorney Thomas Matvey as secretary and chiropractor David Cutich as treasurer.
Other members of the board of directors are Christena Williford of Beaver Falls; William Ferri of Beaver; James Wilde Jr. of Freedom; Donald Flick of Chippewa; Julia Swink of Monaca; Aloha Widmer of Rochester; Tracy Horvath of Beaver Falls; and Jacqueline Gill of Beaver Falls.
Among the activities provided by the association are assistance to Beaver County families who have a child diagnosed with cancer and/or life threatening heart disease, breast and skin cancer prevention education, reduced-cost mastectomy bras and breast forms, an ostomy support group, community cholesterol screenings and reduced-price nutritional supplements.
Girls' engineering program
The Geneva College Department of Engineering and Computer Science will host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for girls in grades 4-12 to explore the field of engineering from 5:15 to 8 p.m. next Thursday in Alexander Hall on campus in Beaver Falls.
There will be activities in the Science and Engineering building and the Rapp Technical Design Center, such as paper bridges for grades 4 and 5, lip gloss for grades 6-8 and water filter system for grades 9-12.
There will be a parent session at 6:15; the day will end with cookies, certificates and T-Shirts.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement to show women about careers in engineering.
Activities will be conducted by female engineering students from Geneva College who are working to establish a collegiate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.
PENN STATE BEAVER
Program for prospective students
An application workshop for prospective students will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the admissions office, Student Union Building, on campus, Brodhead Road, Center.
Participants may complete an application, and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived, and all are asked to bring transcripts. Campus tours will be available.
Information: 1-877-JOIN-PSU or www.beaver.psu.edu.
Hospital sponsors community survey
Ohio Valley General Hospital is conducting a public survey to identify community health needs and priorities.
The survey can be found at: www.getstrategy.com/ovcommunitysurvey/ or www.facebook.com/ohiovalleyhospital.
For those without Internet access, surveys are available at the hospital's information desk, Heckel Road, and at Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks.
The survey is part of an overall comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment process that is being conducted by the hospital with consulting assistance from Strategy Solutions Inc.
The deadline to complete the survey, which will take about 10 minutes, is March 1.
All paper copies are to be returned to Ohio Valley marketing department.
In addition to the community survey, the assessment process involves a review of more than 140 health status indicators, interviews with community leaders, a compilation of community health resources and a prioritization and action planning process.
Interchange repairs begin
A $2 million project to improve the Route 22/Route 980/Potato Garden Road interchange will begin Monday - weather permitting.
The project involves bridge superstructure and interchange rehabilitation, milling and resurfacing, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, shoulders, signing and pavement marking and other improvements.Work will begin on the ramp from Route 980 and Old Steubenville Pike to eastbound Route 22.
The bridge on the Montour Trail, which is between Route 980 and Old Steubenville Pike, also will be rehabilitated. The bridge will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Monday continuously through late August.
Access from Old Steubenville Pike to eastbound Route 22 will remain open.
Cooking for crowds food workshop
A workshop about serving food at nonprofit events such as fire company barbecues, church pancake breakfasts and sports booster club hoagie sales will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday in the Beaver County office of Penn State Extension, 1000 Third St., Suite 3.
The fee is $30 per group, which includes one Cooking for Crowds manual and up to five members from the group. Additional members may attend for $5 per person. Copies of the manual also will be available for $9.
In 2009, there were 27 food-born outbreaks with more than 800 individuals affected from food purchased at nonprofit food fundraisers in Pennsylvania.
The registration deadline is Tuesday. Information: 724-774-3003.
Road repairs mean restrictions
There will be traffic restrictions this week during maintenance by state Department of Transportation crews on these Beaver County roads:
• Interstate 376, Hopewell - Shoulder improvements between the Allegheny County line and the Center interchange.
• Kennedy Boulevard, Aliquippa - Crack sealing between Brodhead and Monaca roads.
• Midland-Beaver Road, Industry - Crack sealing between Engle and Barclay Hill roads.
• Wises Grove Road in North Sewickley, Daugherty, Marion - Drainage improvements between Route 65 and Brush Creek Road.
• Park Road, Brighton and Chippewa - Drainage improvements between Bradys Run and Achortown roads.
• Phillips Street, Harmony - Drainage improvements between Legionville Road and Anthony Wayne Drive.
• Route 30, Hanover and Independence - Crack sealing between Park and Frankfort roads.
• Sunflower Road, Pulaski and Daugherty - Shoulder improvements between 38th Street and Route 68.
• Tulip Drive, Daugherty - Drainage improvements between Route 68 and Harmony Road.
• Sunflower Road, Daugherty and New Sewickley - Shoulder improvements between Marion Hill Road and Deer Lane.
• Wallace City Road, New Sewickley - Shoulder improvements between Freedom Crider and Brush Creek roads.
• Wolf Run Road, Industry - Crack sealing between Midland-Beaver Road and Brookwood Drive.
Route 68 bridge improvements
Work to replace bearings on the bridge that carries Route 68 over Little Beaver Creek will continue through late April.
The bridge will remain open with traffic shifted around work areas long term.
Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns in the bridge area between Calcutta Road and Tuscarawas Road near the community of Glasgow.
The project is part of a $1.8 million contract with Allison Park Contractors Inc. for improvements on several bridges.
First Published February 14, 2013 7:35 am