Briefs: Retirement workshop scheduled at Cranberry library

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Steven Bertolo, president of StevenBlake, Inc, will conduct an informative session at Cranberry Public Library on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., with a repeat date slated on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m.

Some of the topics he will address include “Understanding your Social Security Statement” and “Planning Strategies & Options.”

Registration is required and can be made at the Circulation Desk or by calling 724-776-9100.

Shamrock Shuffle

On Saturday, March 15, the Zelienople Rotary Club and the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Shamrock Shuffle, featuring three races, food, music, green beer, prizes and more in the heart of Harmony.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a hilly half marathon, followed at 10 a.m. by a scenic 5K run, and then a 1-mile race at 11 a.m.

All three races will begin and end in downtown Harmony.

The event will benefit the Zelienople Rotary and Zelienople-Harmony Chamber.

For information or to register, contact Joella Baker at 724-321-4265 or e-mail

Shooting rangeto stay indoors

The developer of a $14 million indoor shooting range on Route 19 has scrapped plans for an outdoor archery range on the property.

During the Cranberry Planning Commission meeting last week, developers for the Ellwand Shooting Sports Academy said they needed more time to address township officials' concerns about safety.

Community Development Director Ron Henshaw said the developers could still put an archery range inside the 143,000-square-foot building with the shooting range.

The developers could revisit the outdoor archery range later, Henshaw said.

Request to raisetaxi rates denied

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has rejected Cranberry Taxi's request to raise rates.

According to the commission, the taxi company, under the name Veterans Taxi, wanted to increase revenue by $19,079 by assessing a 17 cent per mile fuel surcharge and raise the waiting time from 25 cents to 55 cents a minute.

In a 5-0 vote on Feb. 20, the commission said that the company did not meet the burden of proving that the surcharge was “just and reasonable.”

Veterans Taxi operates in Butler and Allegheny counties.

Learn to Swim program begins

Seneca Valley Swim Club is holding its spring Learn to Swim program beginning March 31 and running through May 10.

The cost is $72 for group lessons, $30 per private lesson and $40 for semi-private lessons for two children. Lessons are for children ages 4 and up.

Lessons are held at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School pool, 126 Seneca School Road in Harmony.

For a full schedule of classes or to register for lessons, visit or email Karen Kavanagh at

Dance parties scheduled

They're not like a prom and you don't have to get all dressed up. You don't even have to bring a date, unless you really want to. But Cranberry's Parks & Recreation department is holding a series of monthly dance parties on Saturday evenings, and everyone 21 and over is welcome.

The parties will feature all types of dance music and for those whose dance moves have become a bit rusty, each evening will begin with a group class under the instruction of dance teacher Cathy Kelly. Swing will be offered at the start of the party on March 22. Instruction in Tango will conclude the series on April 26.

No advance registration is required. A $10 drop-in fee is payable at the door.

For details, call 724-776-4806, ext. 1129.

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