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Butler County briefs: Seneca Valley buys land

| Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 6:06 p.m.

SENECA VALLEY

Seneca Valley buys land

The Seneca Valley School Board has approved the purchase of a property adjacent to the district's secondary campus.

School board members unanimously approved a sale agreement to buy 114 Seneca Valley Road for $100,000.

Linda Andreassi, district spokeswoman, said the board does not yet have plans for the property, but it makes sense to own it.

The district and property owners Harold and Awynn Moyer came to an agreement on Aug. 8.

PORTERSVILLE

Star gazing party on the horizon

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and the Kiski Astronomers Group are hosting a star gazing party beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the bike rental station on Moraine State Park's North Shore, 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville.

The AAAP will have several telescopes to try out and will provide guidance to locate sights in the night sky. There also will be a presentation of pictures from the cosmos.

The park's naturalist will be on hand.

Visitors are asked to bring a blanket, chairs, bug protection and snacks for the free event.

For more information, visit www.3ap.org.

BUTLER TOWNSHIP

Music to play at Succop Nature Park

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold “Picnics and Music In the Park” at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Succop Nature Park.

The bring-your-own-dinner event includes live music by the Allegheny Drifters.

Attendees can bring their own blankets.

MORAINE STATE PARK

Pizza cruise to set sail Wednesday

The Nautical Nature, a 37-passenger enclosed pontoon boat, will host a pizza cruise at 5 p.m. Wednesday on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.

The cost is $30 for two adults and $50 for a family of four. For more information or to make reservations, call 724-368-9185 or visit the Owlet Gift Shop.

Road rally to celebrate car club anniversary

A road rally beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Butler Old Stone House Region car club at Alameda Park in Butler Township.

The 80-mile rally will leave the park and visit a few sites in Butler County, stopping for lunch about noon.

It then will visit more sites and return to Alameda Park about 3:30 p.m. A free car cruise follows from 4 to 8 p.m.

There will be a display of antique cars built in Butler.

For more information, visit aacabosh.org or call 724-290-3721.

RENFREW

Creek cleanup event scheduled

The Allegheny Aquatic Alliance is hosting the third Annual Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday beginning at the Beacon Hotel, 231 Beacon Road, Renfrew.

Volunteers who help clean the creek will receive a T-shirt, lunch and be invited to a party with food, drink and live music afterward.

Volunteers are asked to bring trucks, non-motorized boats, shovels, winches, rope, chains and hip waders.

For more information, email Christina at alleghe nyaqauticalliance@hotmail.com, call 724-371-0416, or visit www.alleghenyaquaticalliance.com.

NORTH WASHINGTON

The North Washington Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 55th annual Professional Rodeo at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday at the North Washington Rodeo Grounds, 2225 Oneida Valley Road, Petrolia.

Admission is $14 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 or younger.

The rodeo, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, will feature bareback bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping and bull riding. There also will be musical performances each night before the rodeo begins.

In addition, there will be a kickoff parade at 6:30 p.m. Monday in town.

Proceeds benefit the North Washington Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, visit www.nwvfd.com/rodeo/ or call 724-287-6170.

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