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Norwin-area happenings

| Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:12 p.m.
Barbecued chicken
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Barbecued chicken

North Huntingdon is offering its police officers an incentive to retire, but at least five officers must take the offer for it to be effective.

Township commissioners authorized offering the retirement incentives on April 19.

The details, which weren't available, will be finalized by the township solicitor.

Norwin OKs contract that includes $850 payments for janitors, maintenance staff

Norwin's janitorial and maintenance staff of about 50 employees has a new three-year contract, retroactive to July 2017, that gives members an $850 payment in lieu of a salary increase for the first year of the deal.

The contract approved by the school board on April 16 gives members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 83 Local 1474 a 60-cent-an-hour raise for the 2019-20 school year and a 50-cent-per-hour increase in the 2019-20 school year.

The membership approved the contract on April 8 by a small margin, said Donald Griner, a staff representative for AFSCME.

The union members will pay see their health insurance premiums rise from about $48 per pay to $60 per pay in the 2018-19 school year and to $70 per pay in the final year of the agreement.

With the increase in wages and benefits, the overall net increase in cost for the three-year pact is 1.8 percent, the district said.

The contract gives Norwin the right to use substitutes, which the district says will contribute to more efficiencies and cut the cost of overtime pay.

Police to take unused, unwanted drugs

The North Huntingdon police will participate in a drug take-back program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the police station in the Town House on Center Highway.

The police, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will take unused drugs, outdated drugs and liquid prescription medication. No needles or EpiPens will be accepted, Officer Tom Harris said. DEA agents will collect the unwanted drugs and destroy them, Harris said.

Lions Club to sell barbecue chicken

The Stewartsville Lions Club will sell barbecue chicken from 11 a.m. April 29 until it's sold out at Holiday Travel, 12239 Route 30, North Huntingdon, across from Norwin Town Square.

The food is takeout only, and the cost is $7.

North Huntingdon seniors to meet

The North Huntingdon Senior Citizens AARP Chapter 3221 will meet May 3 in Mack Hall of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Leger Road.

Board members will meet at 10:30 a.m. and the social hour will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Creston McKennsy will play saxophone for entertainment.

Tickets will be on sale at the May 3 meeting for the installation of new officers, which will be held June 7 at Banquets Unlimited, North Huntingdon.

Women's business group to meet

Business Women Connect, a monthly networking group open to business women interested networking and connecting with other area women entrepreneurs and professionals, will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at Tapped Brick Oven, 6044 Route 30, Hempfield.

Those attending the event should bring 25 to 30 business cards and be prepared to give a “60-second commercial” about their business.

Those attending are responsible for the cost of their lunch.

Attendees must RSVP to Donna Cheswick at 724-493-9695 or no later than May 2.

Church plans flea market

A flea market is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the First United Church of Christ at 400 Main St., Irwin.

Saturday is $1 Bag Day for shoes and clothing and half off all other items.

Garden club plans plant sale

The Irwin Garden Club Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 19, at the lower parking lot of the Norwin Public Library, Caruthers Lane, Irwin.

The sale will be held regardless of the weather. For more information contact club president Bette at 724-863-7363.

St. Edward Parish to hold oldies dance

St. Edward Parish, 120 St. Edwards Lane, Herminie will sponsor an oldies dance with a disc jockey Georgio from WKFB 97.5 FM from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. April 28 in the church hall.

Admission is $10 per person in advance and include beer, beverages and door prizes. Tickets are $12 at the door.

This is a bring your own bottle and snacks event. A drawing and raffle baskets will be featured.

Those attending must be at least 21 years old.

For more information, tickets, and table reservations, call Tony or Dianna Turchetta at 724-864-7086.

Hampton Inn wins award

Hampton Inn & Suites North Huntingdon-Irwin, owned and operated by Millcraft Hospitality, has been named a recipient of Hilton's 2017 Lighthouse Award. The Lighthouse Award is presented to the top five percent of Hampton hotels in the United States.

Winners of the award are selected based on their total quality scorecard, which takes into account Hilton's satisfaction and loyalty tracking and the quality assurance score.

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