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Dinner will honor retiring lawmaker

| Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003

A tribute dinner is scheduled for Jan. 12 to honor Ralph Kaiser, the Brentwood Democrat who left the state Legislature this month after 14 years.

The dinner is sponsored by the communities Kaiser served — Baldwin Borough, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, South Park, and Whitehall — and by his longtime ally, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, a Carrick Democrat.

The event will be at the Bradley House of Catering, 5239 Brownsville Road, Baldwin Borough, and tickets are $25 per person. Cocktails are from 5 to 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For information or tickets, contact Brentwood Mayor Ken Lockhart, at (412) 884-1500, Ext. 30.

Kaiser was reapportioned out of a seat last year in a plan by the Republican majority, with the tacit approval of Democratic leaders. He is starting a new job in the newly formed governmental relations department of WQED-TV.

Neville

Neville's streets are missing at least 40 street signs.

Commissioner Bill Leon said a township maintenance worker noticed this recently when he was checking to see that all addresses are marked. The commissioners have mandated that all address be marked, so that emergency vehicles can find them.

"This has happened over time," Leon said. The signs are valued at about $50 each, and theft of a sign could result in a misdemeanor charge.

Brentwood

Steelers fans are invited to watch playoff games this month on the Brentwood Library's 42-inch TV screen. They should bring their own Terrible Towels and snacks and soda. The library is at 3501 Brownsville Road; for details, call (412) 882-5694.

South Park

Networking will be the focus of the South Hills Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Jan. 21.

Tom Reda, the "Networking Guy" will lead attendees in a series of exercises on developing relationships, which he says are the key to networking.

Reda is the owner of The Small Business Network, a networking group in Pittsburgh.

The program will be held at the Garden Room, at the VIP Pit Stop in South Park. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members; for information, call (412) 833-1177.

Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon Public Library this month will offer chess lessons, stories and crafts, interactive learning and a concert, all free and especially for children.

For those in first grade and up, chess lessons will be at 11 a.m. Saturdays, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 15. Players should attend all six sessions, since each builds on what was learned previously. To register, call (412) 531-1913.

The public is invited to a concert by the Pittsburgh Chinese Youth Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra at 2 p.m. Jan. 12.

Also at 2 p.m. Jan. 12, children ages 4 and older and their families are invited to Northern Lights, an afternoon of stories and crafts with an Alaskan theme.

The Family Place: You and I Learning Together is a series of interactive art, game and learning programs for children ages 1 to 3 and their parents. The first session will be held at 10 a.m. on either Jan. 14 or 15. Registration is necessary; to register, or for information, call (412) 531-1912.

The library is at 16 Castle Shannon Blvd.

Region

The Three Rivers Chorale Society will hold auditions for all voice parts every Tuesday evening in January.

Founded in 1996, the non-profit, community-based masterworks choir performs a repertoire from the Renaissance, baroque, classic and contemporary periods, and crosses over to spirituals, gospels and jazz.

The choir is composed of auditioned adult singers from the Pittsburgh region, as well as some college students. Student choir members can apply for scholarships.

To schedule an audition, call (724) 348-5320 or visit www.3riverschoral.com .

The choir rehearses at Faith Lutheran Church of Upper St. Clair, 80 Bartley Road, near Borders Books South.

  • The township recreation department is sponsoring Time Management for Success from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15.

    Presented by Deirdra Makowiecki, president of MAKK Strategies, the seminar will present the S.P.E.C.S. system and cover topics such as priority setting, scheduling and organizing.

    The cost is $20 and registration is required. Class will be held in the recreation center on McLaughlin Run Road

    To register or get more information, call Karen Babej at (412) 831-9000, ext. 255.

  • The township recreation department will offer stress management and yoga classes Wednesdays, starting Jan. 8.

    Stress management class will be from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the library multi-purpose room on McLaughlin Run Road. The six-week session costs $45.

    Participants will practice light stretching, proper breathing, deep relaxation, imagery and meditation techniques.

    Beginner and Level I yoga classes will be from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.; Level I and Level II classes will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. All classes will be in Multi-Purpose Room I of the municipal building on McLaughlin Run Road. Yoga classes will run for 12 weeks and cost $70.

    Shannon Thompson is the instructor for all classes.

    For more information, call Karen Babej at (412) 831-9000, ext. 255.

    Jefferson Hills

    Story time and a chess tournament for kids, as well as tax advice for adults, will be offered this month and next at the municipal complex, 925 Old Clairton Road.

    Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to hear stories and make a craft at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, in the library.

    The library's annual chess tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 22.

    Children in fourth grade and under will compete in the junior division and those in grades five and six, in the senior division. Division winners will advance to the finals.

    Practices for the tournament will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.

    Adults are invited to the municipal building's community room at 7 p.m. Jan. 27, for a free H&R Block tax advice seminar.

    Register for these events at the library or by calling (412) 655-7741.

    North Strabane

    Canonsburg General Hospital will have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23, in its McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard.

    Instructors certified by the American Heart Association will teach adult, one-person CPR and techniques for dealing with choking.

    The class costs $25, class size is limited and registration is required.

    To register, call (877) 284-2000.

    South Strabane

    A dealership that will sell Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles, as well as dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and other merchandise, is to open in July in the former Strive fitness club.

    The Route 19 building will have two stories and a glass elevator.

    "This would be the biggest Harley-Davidson/Honda dealer in Washington County," David Bakos, director of motorcycle operations and general manager of Washington Harley-Davidson Honda in Strabane Square, told township supervisors recently.

    He expects the grand opening to take place in September. There will be at least 200 bikes in the showroom at a time, he said, and used vehicles also will be sold.

    "We're completely gutting the building and adding a 5,000-square-foot showroom to a quarter of the building. We're adding a second floor, a glass elevator and a balcony," Bakos said.

    "Currently, Washington Harley-Davidson Honda employs about 20 people," he said. "We'll be hiring at least 20 more once we move in to our new building."

    Peters

    Peters Township Park and Recreation Department sponsors an ongoing water exercise program called Swim Fit.

    The class will be held two times per week, beginning Jan. 19.

    Classes are held at the Peters Township High School pool, 264 E. McMurray Road.

    Two classes are scheduled:

  • Noon to 1 p.m. Sundays and 9 to 10 p.m. Thursdays.
  • 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

    Cost is $28 for residents and $42 for nonresidents.

    For details, call the department at (724) 942-5000.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site No. 141 has moved to South Hills Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray.

    Free tax service will be offered there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through April 15.

    Doors will open at 8 a.m., and appointments are not necessary.

    VITA volunteers will assist taxpayers in preparing federal tax returns, Pennsylvania tax returns, real estate-rent rebate forms, PACE forms and local wage taxes.

    Taxpayers should bring W-2 forms, interest and dividend statements, pension information, Social Security or railroad retirement statements, total amounts of itemized deductions (medical, interest, taxes, charity and miscellaneous), copies of federal and Pennsylvania returns for the 2001 tax year and 2002 tax packages received in the mail.

    Gallery Drive is about 6 miles south of South Hills Village on the west side of Route 19, across from Sears Service Center. The church is beyond Festival of Foods. Follow signs past the church to the building's rear entrance.

    Please do not call the church about VITA.

    Washington

    Tying fly patterns will be the focus of a Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation program this month.

    The program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 16 and 23 in Room 104 of the Courthouse Square Building, 100 W. Beau St., Washington.

    Cost is $10 for materials.

    To register, call (724) 228-6867.

  • The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation will begin accepting 2003 shelter reservations for the three county parks Jan. 13.

    Shelter reservations for Mingo Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Cross Creek county parks can be made in person from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the department office, Courthouse Square Building, Room 604, 100 W. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301.

    Those who wish to apply by mail can pick up applications at the Avella County Market, Bentleyville Library, Burgettstown Borough Building, Canonsburg Borough Building, Finleyville Giant Eagle, Peters Township Municipal Building, Eighty Four Agway and McDonald Borough Building.

    For details, call (724) 228-6867.

  • Photographer Harry Corbett will present an exhibition titled "People of Chinatown, San Francisco" at Washington & Jefferson College's Olin Gallery, 285 E. Wheeling St.

    The opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; the exhibit will run from noon to 7 p.m. daily Saturday through Feb. 7.

    It is a black and white photographic study of people Corbett has encountered over many years while visiting Chinatown, San Francisco.

    For details, call (724) 223-6546.

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