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| Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

The Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong has opened the Section 8 Waiting List for income-eligible families. Applications for the program will be accepted at the Housing Authority Office, 350 S. Jefferson St., Kittanning, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on regular business days Sept. 15-30. Participants may also call the housing authority on or after Sept. 15 and have an application mailed to them. The housing authority will not process any application received or postmarked after Sept. 30.

The Section 8 Program is a rental subsidy program in privately owned dwellings that meet specific housing quality standards. Eligible tenants sign a lease with a private landlord, and the landlord signs a contract with the housing authority to allow for subsidies to be paid directly to the landlord on the tenant's behalf. The tenant's portion of the rent is based on 30% of adjusted family income. To qualify, families must meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Completed applications will be placed on the waiting list according to local preferences and date and time received by the Housing Authority. Questions concerning the application process will be taken at 724-548-7671. Landlords who may be interested in participating in this program may also call for additional information.

Concordia hosts fall plant sale

To raise funds for its children's bereavement retreat "Camp Good SAM," Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH), a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, is hosting a plant sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9, not Monday as was reported earlier, on the patio behind the Lund Care Center, 134 Marwood Road, Jefferson Township, Butler County.

Saxony Gardens Greenhouse will supply a selection of flowers and baskets. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit Camp Good SAM, an overnight bereavement camp for children and adolescents to help them cope with the loss of a loved one. Cash, checks and payroll deduction for Concordia employees will be accepted.

For information on the fundraiser, call Concordia Director of Development Jennifer McIntire at 724-352-1571, ext. 8363. For more on Camp Good SAM, call 800-720-2557. Visit GSH on the Web at

Author Mateer holds book signing

Author William Mateer will hold a book signing for his book "Pages From the Past" from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at F&M Bank, Market Street, Kittanning. Questions may be directed to 724-548-5503.

Watershed Celebration set for Sept. 15

The ninth annual Port of Pittsburgh-Ohio River Watershed Celebration will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 the day sailing the Allegheny River aboard the Gateway Clipper's largest boat, "Majestic." The free cruise, open to the public, is a regional celebration of environmental accomplishments occurring within the Ohio River Watershed. Jennings Environmental Education Center is a partner and supporter of the event, which last year, attracted more than 800 people. For information, or to register, call 724-776-0161 or visit

West Franklin has openings

West Franklin has two vacancies for auditors. Any West Franklin resident interested in filling these vacancies until the next municipal election, should send a letter of intent to West Franklin Township, 1473 Butler Road, Worthington, Pa. 16262.

Special Labor Day bingo scheduled

There will be a special Labor Day bingo on Sept. 6 at the Washington Township fire hall, Adrian-Reesedale Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo is at 7 p.m. There will be all you can play packages. Speedball, Bonanza, Jackpot and W.T.A. will be sold on the floor. Kitchen is open. Tickets are available for the 10 week dinner and the gun drawing held on Sept. 18.

No garbage pickup Monday

There will not be garbage pick up on Monday for Ford City Borough residents in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Garbage pick up will resume Tuesday.


• The Kittanning High School Class of 1953 has changed the place and date of its monthly luncheon. It will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Dizzy Lizzie's in Kittanning.

• The Ford City High School Classes of 1947 and 1948 will meet for a luncheon at 1 p.m. Friday at Gardas Restaurant, Route 66 South, four miles from Ford City. Those attending will order from the menu. Questions may be directed to Sally at 724-548-4089 or Bill at 724-335-0663.

• The Allegheny Valley Chapter of the Women's Business Network will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the UPMC Lighthouse Point at Chapel Harbor across the road from Waterworks Mall, Fox Chapel. The group meets bimonthly on the first and third Tuesdays each month. Meeting agendas include self-marketing, a business presentation by an individual member For information contact Maryanne Barnes at 412-781-3171 or

• The Armstrong County Newcomers Club provides women who have moved to the area the opportunity to meet other women through various social events such as shopping excursions, tourist outings, club dinners, bowling, miniature golf, and monthly meetings. New members are welcome. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Lisa Karenchak. Fall outings will be discussed and 2010-2011 Newcomer Club dues will be collected at this time. Women interested in attending are asked to call 724-548-5225 or 724-548-2755.

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