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| Friday, June 7, 2002

FC Area seniors graduate Friday

Fox Chapel Area High School 2002 graduation for about 327 seniors will be at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at 4141 Fifth St. in Pittsburgh's Oakland section.

There will be a reception at 4:30 p.m. for graduates and their parents on the third floor of the hall.

County hearing locations listed

The Allegheny County's Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review has established a schedule of appeals hearings that will be held in county neeighborhoods to serve residential property owners who are unable to travel to downtown Pittsburgh.

Each community hearing site will handle 150 hearings per day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The site locations closest to the Lower Valley and hearing dates are:

  • ...North Hills: July 8-12, and July 15-19. Community College of Allegheny County, North Campus, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

  • ...Eastern Suburbs: Aug. 5-9, and Aug. 12-16. Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus, 595 Beatty Roadd, Monroeville.

  • ...Allegheny Valley: Oct. 7-11, and Oct. 15-18. Harmar Municipal Building, 701 Freeport Road, Harmar Township.

    Residential appeal hearings begin June 10 at the County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., in downtown Pittsburgh. The same hearingg officers and county personnel who work downtown on appeal hearings will be conducting the community sessions.

    Property owners who are unable to travel to downtown Pittsburgh for an appeal hearing should call the county's assessment office at 412-350-4600 to schedule an appointment in their community. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

    DUI Task Force makes 4 arrests

    The Allegheny County North Hills DUI Task Force detained 20 vehicles and arrested four individuals for drunken-driving after administering sobriety tests during a roving sobriety checkpoint held from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. May 31 along Saxonburg Boulevard and Little Deer Creek Road in West Deer and Indiana townships.

    Four citations and 10 warnings were issued for motor vehicle code violations. Four people were arrested for underage drinking and four people were arrested for disorderly conduct for possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Tax discount deadline delayed

    Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein reminds county taxpayers that the 2 percent discount deadline for this year's county taxes has been extended to June 30.

    Due to the confusion surrounding the countywide reassessment and the delay in the adoption of the 2002 tax millage rateee, this year's tax bills were delayed by more than 90 days.

    O'Hara Cove opening

    The O'Hara Township Parks and Recreation Commission and the Audubon Society will join June 9 to celebrate the grand opening of The Cove at St. Charles.

    Beginning at 2 p.m., the Audubon Society will provide free guided žòwˆxžÿd™nature walks through the natural wetlands at The Cove, showcasing the dozens of plant and wildlife species indigenous to western Pennsylvania waterways. A storyteller will be on hand to entertain children.

    To get to The Cove, take Freeport Road north through Blawnox, turn right on Boyd and head down to the water.

    The event is a summer program of the O'Hara Township Parks and Recreation Commission.

    For details, call 412-1400.

    Audubon camps offer registration

    FOX CHAPEL: Registration is being accepted for Audubon at Beechwood's Summer 2002 Outdoor Discovery Camps.

    Eleven age-appropriate camp packages for children ages 6 to 11 will be from June 21 to Aug. 15. The five-day packages include a nature-related week of activities, a "Day Away" trip to a local destination, and a "Day at Play."

    New this year are "Camp Samplers" - shortened versions of programs for potential day-campers and their parents. Each sampler provides parent/child activities, children-only and parent-only mini-sessions.

    Also new this year areee parent/child overnights for youth ages 6 to 14 and an adult that include cooking over an open fire, naturalist-led games, nature program, night hikes and an evening around the campfire.

    Camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Most sessiiions end at 5 p.m. Friday. An after-camp care is available for an additional fee.

    Registration is required for all camps.

    For a brochure or details, call 412-963-6100.

    Summer hours begin at zoo

    PITTSBURGH: The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has switched to its summer hours of operation. The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with admission gates closing at 5 p.m.

    The zoo is at One Wild Place, Pittsburgh. For details, call 412-665-3639.

    Water treatment plants honored

    The Allegheny County Health Department honored area water treatment plants and distribution systems for exemplary compliance records in 2001.

    The awardees have implemented detailed plans for operation and maintenance, emergency response, cross-connection control and disposal of water treatment wastes.

    The award-winning treatment plants are Aspinwall and Shaler. The distribution systems cited for excellence include Blawnox, Fox Chapel Authority and Hampton Township Municipal Authority.

    UPMC driving class scheduled

    PITTSBURGH: UPMC St. Margaret's 55 Alive Mature Driving Program will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 and 12 at the hospital near Aspinwall.

    The theory-only class spans two days and provides a review of basic driver's education, along with tips on how to compensate for age-related vision and reaction time changes.

    The cost is $10 per person.

    Coffee and tea will be served.

    For details, call 412-784-4144.

    Volunteers sought for River Sweep

    State Rep. Frank Pistella, D-Allegheny, urged county residents to volunteer forrr the 13th annual River Sweep from 8 a.m. to noon June 15.

    "Volunteers collected almost 2,000 bags of trash and thousands of tires during last year's sweep," Pistella said. The cleanup will focus on the Ohio, Allegheny, Beaver, Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and their tributaries.

    To volunteer, call DEP, 412-442-4182, or e-mail Betsy Mallison, southwest regional community relations coordinator for the department, bmallison@state.pa.us.

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