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Connellsville Twp. to offer safety awareness program for women

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
 

Women can learn how to avoid becoming victims when a new seminar titled “Refuse to be a Victim,” sponsored by the National Rifle Association, is offered in Connellsville Township.

Todd Brothers, township constable, said the NRA recently awarded a $4,000 grant to the township to fund the four-hour seminar.

Funding is available to educate and provide training to about 200 women during classes that will be offered at the township municipal building, according to Brothers.

“It's a safety awareness program,” Brothers said. “Awareness is provided to women about the Internet, traveling, home and domestic issues and bullying problems.”

Even though the seminar is funded by the NRA, Brothers said it does not provide any information about gun use or gun safety.

“It's more about teaching women to be aware of their surroundings,” he said. “If a woman goes away on a conference, it teaches her how to check into the hotel without giving her name out and to ask for someone to take her to her room if a man is lingering in the lobby and she doesn't feel safe.”

Brothers said the NRA will provide all of the educational materials, including brochures and pamphlets, that will be used during the seminar.

“It is free to township residents, but women from outside the township are welcome to attend if we have enough space available at the seminars,” Brooks said.

In other business, the township announced that its engineering firm, K2 Engineering of Uniontown, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are investigating allegations of illegal fill dumping in the township.

Chairman Tom Cesario said township supervisors will discuss the allegations with K2 Engineering and the DEP to find out the township's options.

“We really don't know exactly what's going on right now, but we're going to find out,” Cesario said. “We don't want to release any details until the investigation has been completed and recommendations are made.”

In other action, the township set the hourly wage for roadmaster James Stoots at $18.25, effective Jan. 1, and restored his seniority and vacation time.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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