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Registrations for Penn-Trafford rec programs up for year

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

An uptick in program registrations has put the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission's bottom line almost $9,000 ahead of last year at this time.

The organization's account balance was $79,187 as of May 2, director Cheryl Kemerer said at Monday's PTARC board meeting. Program registrations are up 14 percent to 1,384 so far this year, she said.

In particular, the group's special events — such as the Dad and Daughter Night Out — have rebounded. PTARC canceled the dance last year because of a lack of interest, but the 109 registrations last month cleared the group $903.

“That is good news,” Kemerer said. “Everything continues to grow, pretty much.”

PTARC also is getting a $2,000 boost from the Penn-Trafford High School's Coffee for a Cause fundraiser.

Meeting time

Board members briefly discussed changing their meeting time again to accommodate a representative from Manor before deciding to stick with monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month at 4 p.m.

The meeting time has been a frequent topic over the past couple of years, but members said they didn't see a reason to change it because they are able to get a quorum at their current time.

“You can go over this every single month, and there's always somebody who could have a conflict,” chairman Randy Dreistadt said.

Manor Councilman Bruce Hartman, an alternate on the board, has said it has been difficult to find someone available to attend. Manor's representative must be an elected official, appointed official or employee.

Triathlon

PTARC is seeking 60 volunteers to help during its annual triathlon on June 15 at Penn-Trafford High School.

Kemerer said she hopes the race attracts 200 participants.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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