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Butler County briefs: Alameda Park haunted bonfire; DEA collecting medications

| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.


Haunted Bonfire on tap in park

The public is invited to Alameda Park's annual Haunted Bonfire from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Shelter.

Registration is $9. For that price, visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn and a hot dog while listening to featured storytellers tell ghost stories by the bonfire.

There also will be a piƱata and the popular Alameda Treasure Scramble. Visitors can dress in Halloween costumes and should bring lawn chairs for the event.

For more information, call Butler County Parks and Recreation at 724-284-5383.

DEA to collect unwanted medications

The Drug Enforcement Administration will collect unwanted or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Pennsylvania State Police Department's Butler Barracks, 200 Barracks Road. The service is free and anonymous. No questions are asked.

Other collection sites in Butler County are searchable at, or by calling the Butler County Department of Recycling & Waste Management at 724- 284-5305.

Paper bags available for leaf collection

Butler Township will offer 30-gallon, biodegradable brown paper bags for 30 cents a bag from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Butler Township Garage, 290 South Duffy Road.

Leaves will be picked up during the week of Oct. 28. Leaves in plastic trash bags will not be collected.

Bags are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Butler Township Municipal Building, 290 South Duffy Road. There is a maximum of 75 bags per household.


Halloween Night Hike set for next week

The Black Bats & Witches Hats: Halloween Night Hike will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2591 Prospect Road.

Educators at Jennings will provide a look at the myth and reality of Halloween followed by a night hike into the forest. No fee or registration is required.

For more information, call Jennings at 724-794-6011 or email program coordinator Miranda Crotsley at


Meeting scheduled for business owners

Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree and director of community development Ron Henshaw will host a 90-minute get-together for local business owners and managers at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Butler County Community College's Cranberry campus, 250 Executive Drive.

The gathering targets principals of small businesses who are considering either locating in or expanding in Cranberry.

Participants will learn about community-college programs and share information about township projects and plans for future development, and listen to local business owners about their own company needs.

The meeting is free. Township residents are also welcome.

Lane restrictions tabbed for Thursday

Single-lane restrictions and shoulder closures will be in effect while pipe and inlet inspections are conducted on state roads Thursday in Cranberry.

Traffic will be affected on Route 228 between Dutihl Road and Route 19 and on Freedom Road between Route 19 and the old Sheetz store.

Motorists should expect congestion and delays in the area during the day.

Sunrise Rotary hosts run/walk event

The Cranberry Sunrise Rotary will host the fourth annual Zombie 5K and 1 Mile Candy Corn Family Run and Walk Oct. 27 at North Boundary Park.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run at 10:15 a.m.

As a special feature, participants are asked to come in costume.

For details about the event, go to


Harmony Musuem offers Sunday brunch

Harmony Museum is hosting a pumpkin pancake brunch Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St.

Brunch will include pumpkin pancakes, regular pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit and assorted beverages.

The entrance cost is $10 per person or $7 for children younger than 10.

The brunch will benefit Historic Harmony, which operates the nine-site museum.

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