Union, nursing home to meet for final talks
Representatives of a Washington nursing home and the union of its 177 employees will sit down to negotiate for the last time today before a strike deadline next Wednesday.
The contract for workers at Presbyterian Medical Center expired at the end of 2001. Service Employees International Union Local 585 voted to strike at 6 a.m. next Wednesday.
Workers from the union staged a rally at the nursing home yesterday, which was attended by representatives from other unions as well.
Pamela Templeton, spokeswoman for the union, said negotiations have been difficult. She said the main issues are non-economic ones relating to health and safety language in the contract.
"I hope we can move on it, but management has forced us into a corner," she said.
Earl Bugaile, spokesman for the nursing home, said it is not proper to comment on ongoing negotiations, but he said he is hopeful that an agreement can be reached.
Presbyterian Medical Center has 159 beds at the center and 54 residents at an assisted-living facility.
The Montour School Board plans to ask residents what type of leader should take the reins of the district after Superintendent Joseph Karlik retires.
The board will conduct a town hall-styled meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the large group instruction room at David E. Williams Middle School in Kennedy Township. People can offer opinions on the qualities they want in the next superintendent. Residents also will be updated about the search for a new schools chief.
Greg Clarke, the school board's personnel committee chairman, said the board "wants this most important of decisions to be a collaborative process between the board, our parents and our staff."
The district has about 3,400 students from Kennedy Township, Robinson Township, Ingram, Thornburg and Pennsbury.
Allegheny General Hospital will offer a free seminar on "Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in council chambers at the municipal building on West Manilla Avenue.
The seminar, sponsored by Green Tree Public Library, will inform participants about the therapy, as well as the latest data regarding the hormone replacement-breast cancer controversy. Conducting the seminar will be Dr. M. Denice Leonard.
Pre-registration is required by calling Suzy Schultz, assistant librarian, at (412) 921-9292.
Upper St. Clair
South Hills Junior Orchestra will offer open rehearsals Jan 12, 19 and 26 at Upper St. Clair High School.
The Saturday rehearsals will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring registration will be conducted from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 and 26, and a parents' information meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19.
The orchestra is open to students ages 8 to 18 who have had two years of school instruction or one year of private lessons. Students should bring their instruments to rehearsals. For more information, call John Howard at (412) 531-7455 or Lauren Tripson at (412) 885-5526.
In addition to a spring concert, the orchestra will perform at Upper St. Clair Community Day, and members will participate in a three-day tour in June.
Washington County commissioners have approved letting the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Chartiers Township continue to conduct tours in the county courthouse.
This year's agreement with the museum, at a cost of $4,000, will be paid for with hotel tax money, unlike years past when the county budget accounted for the expense.
Last summer, commissioners approved a 3 percent hotel tax throughout the county, with money going toward tourism promotion and grants for tourist attractions. The county Tourism Promotion Agency is getting ready to release grant applications to the public.
Mary Jeanne Maggi will work for Aging Services for $25 an hour for no more than 800 hours a year. The contract extends to the end of 2004.
Maggi's husband, Larry Maggi, was recently re-elected as county sheriff. He will be sworn in for a second term next week.
Mothers and More, a national support group for stay-at-home moms, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills on Washington Road. For further information, call (412) 851-0209 or visit their Web site at www.geocities.com/mothersandmore_swpgh .
The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office will be at the Brentwood Library at noon Jan. 7 to teach a crime prevention program to adults. The program emphasizes awareness techniques adults can use to keep out of trouble and lessen their chance of becoming victims of crime.
The class is limited to 50 adults. Register at the library or call (412) 882-5694.