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| Tuesday, March 30, 2004

MOUNT PLEASANT

The Mount Pleasant Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Eugene M. Dangelo and accompanied by Sue Ann Herd, will present two spring concerts in 2004. The first performance, titled "Spring Sing, 2004" will be held at the J.C. Penney first floor court at Westmoreland Mall at 3 p.m. April 4. That performance will include several well-known favorites by famous composers ranging from Irving Berlin to Johann Sebastian Bach.

The second concert titled "Melodic Meditations" will be held at Mount Pleasant's Bridgeport United Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. May 2. This performance will include meditational music by a variety of composers from many lands.

Work has begun on a major highway project at the intersection of routes 31 and 119. The $2,299,388 project includes concrete patching, resurfacing of Route 31 from an area near the Route 119 Interchange to First Street in East Huntingdon township and Mount Pleasant Borough. The project will also include the addition of shoulders, installing three traffic signals, constructing a left turn late at the Route 31/Route 3093 intersection. Traffic lights will be installed at each end of the bridge over the Route 119 interchange and one at the intersection of Route 31 and Old Route 119 that leads back to the Sony plant. The project includes the widening of Route 31 in this area, structure preventive maintenance and updating the guide rail, drainage and signing. The project does not include a third lane at the intersection of Morewood Street/Braddock Road with Route 31 Main Street). This may be considered as a separate project at a later date.

SCOTTDALE

Scottdale Borough Council recently accepted a bid from Allstates Wrecking of Saltsburg to demolish the old YMCA building on Spring Street. The borough owns the YMCA property, which will be the site of a new library facility in the near future.

The Scottdale business community was dealt another blow recently with the loss of its Stop 'N Shop grocery store. This was the last remaining grocery store in the community. "This is definitely a loss for the community," said Mayor Tim Carson. "It will have a serious effect on our senior citizens." The mayor continued, "People have to support local businesses, hopefully, if another business moves in, we won't take it for granted."

Jacobs Creek Watershed Association and the Coal and Coke Trail Chapter are asking local groups for assistance in removing trash from a local trail. The two groups are involved in a cooperative effort to rid the trail along the railroad tracks between Mount Pleasant and Scottdale of tires and other debris. Local organized youth groups are invited to participate and they will have a chance to earn up to $150. Any formally organized group helping to clear the area of tires will be given 75 cents per tire with a 200-tire maximum. There are about 1,000 tires to be cleared so many volunteers are needed.

Volunteers will meet at the trail behind Iron Bridge Auto at 8 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Anyone attending is reminded to dress appropriately with pants, boots and gloves to prevent injuries. For more information or to volunteer, contact Mike Barrick at 724-837-5271 or Ellen Keefe at 724-836-4129.

OTHER BUSINESS NEWS

The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County is looking to recognize smart growth developments, plans, and individuals/groups who have distinguished themselves by achieving the smart growth cause at its second annual dinner on May 13. Categories include: Community Service, Distinguished Service, Environmental Consulting, Existing Development, Proposed Development, Municipal Plan Implementation. For more information, visit the Web site at www.smartgrowth.org. Deadline is April 16.

Plan to attend the White House Conference on Faith-based and Community Initiatives to learn about government funding opportunities, participate in grant-writing workshops, and gain insight into successful practices from other organizations. The conference is scheduled to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh on April 21 from 8 am. to 5 p.m. Online registration is available at www.fbci.gov.

CALLING ALL WOMEN IN BUSINESS -- broaden your networks and expand business opportunities as Women & Co. showcases the diverse talents of Southwestern Pennsylvania's women-owned business. On April 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., National City Bank, 77 W. High St., Waynesburg. Cost $12 (beverages and hors d'oeuvres provided.) Register online at www.e-magnify.com or contact Seton Hill University's National Center for Women in Business at 724-830-4625.

Reminder: Nominations for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award are due by April 2. Finalists will be honored at a formal banquet on June 25 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh. For more information on the Western Pennsylvania program, contact Kevin. Wander@ey.com or 412-644-0614. To submit an application online visit the Ernst & Young Web site at www.ey.com/us/eoy.

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