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Butler briefs: SV budget raises taxes 2.5 percent

| Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

SENECA VALLEY

$101M budget raises taxes 2.5 percent

The Seneca Valley School Board last week approved a $101 million budget for 2013-14 that raises taxes 2.75 mills, or 2.5 percent.

The board balanced the budget with a combination of increased revenue, including a $350,000 jump in earned income taxes and changes in personnel, including retirements and several furloughs, that are expected to save more than $750,000. The board voted 6-1 to approve the budget, with Eric Gordon voting no. Jim Welsh and Kelly Kopera did not attend the meeting.

The 2012-13 budget was $97.4 million.

BUTLER TOWNSHIP

Session set on merger of fire departments

A public forum to explain the proposed consolidation of the Greenwood Village, Lyndora and Meridian Fire departments is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the township building, 290 South Duffy Road.

A presentation from members of the departments will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Free yoga planned

Free yoga classes will be held at Preston Park in Butler Township at 6:30 p.m. July 2 and July 9.

People interested in attending can meet instructor Paula Miller in the Preston Park parking lot before the class. The class will be held at the Butler Township Park building if it is raining.

Sun safety topic at VA

VA Butler Healthcare will host a seminar Friday on how to keep safe in the sun and avoid skin cancer.

The seminar is open to veterans, employees, volunteers and the general public. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn outside the Primary Care Center entrance at 325 New Castle Road.

CRANBERRY

Children to learn computer programming

Computer programming classes for children will be offered in Cranberry for four days starting in late July.

The classes for children between the ages of 6 and 9 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 1 in the township's municipal center.

Children will learn a simple programming language called Scratch, which is used to create geometric designs, animated stories, video games and music.

The program costs $140, or $126 for Cranberry residents with a resident discount identification card.

For more information, call 724-776-4806, ext. 1129, or visit www.cranberrytownship.org/programs.

COUNTYwide

Homeownership help receives $21K boost

The Butler County Homeownership and Housing Counseling Program received a nearly $21,500 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The program provides residents with information and resources about home buying, renting, budget and credit counseling and how to avoid foreclosure and evictions.

It began in Butler County in 1997 and since then has served more than 1,000 people.

Slice out time for pizza cruises

Each Wednesday though Aug. 28, a pizza cruise will be held on Lake Arthur In Moraine State Park.

The cruises start at 5 p.m. on the lake's north shore at the McDanels Launch.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-368-9185.

For more information, visit www.morainepreservationfund.org.

REGION

Send detailsof July 4th plans

Planning fireworks or a town picnic for the Fourth of July?

Communities and organizations are invited to send notices for holiday activities and events to announcements@tribweb.com for publication.

The deadline is June 28.

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