Officials consider refinancing bond
Shaler officials have received an offer to refinance a bond issue and save $180,000 in the process.
Shaler officials received an offer from Hefren-Tillotson Inc., a Pittsburgh-based financial services firm, which has offered to refinance a $3.1 million bond issue, Shaler manager Tim Rogers said. The township would continue to pay off the bond at previous levels but would receive a cash payout of $180,000. The money would go into Shaler's general fund.
The bond, which was taken out in 1993 to pay for road repairs and a booster station for the Shaler water department, will be paid off in 2017, Rogers said.
Shaler commissioners are expected to consider the plan at a future meeting.
Throughout February, UPMC Passavant, McCandless, and UPMC Passavant Cranberry will provide cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.
Cholesterol screenings cost $2 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday starting this week in Passavant's employee wellness office and Passavant Cranberry's outpatient lab. Registration is required; call (412) 367-5200, option 2.
Free blood pressure screenings will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays starting this week in Passavant's Health Lifestyles kiosk in the main lobby and Passavant Cranberry's main lobby in front of the cafe. No registration is needed.
The Fox Chapel Area High School choral department is cosponsoring a concert by the Estonian Television Girls' Choir at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road.
The choir was founded in 1990 and includes 25 girls between the ages of 14 and 19 who sing classical, modern, sacred and folk music accompanied by dance movements and modern pop-jazz.
The choir has sang at Moscow's 850th anniversary celebration, the 17th World Children's and Youth Film Festival Culture Program and the second World People's Music Festival and has toured many countries.
A donation of $10 per person is requested.
Women are invited to deepen their relationship with God at a Franciscan retreat Feb. 7 to 9 offered by the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, 146 Hawthorne Road.
Activities include a labyrinth prayer walk, Reiki healing and massage therapies and the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist. The cost is $70 for adults, $20 for college students, which includes room and board.
Feb. 1 is the registration deadline. For details, contact Sister Kathy Adamski at (412) 215-7708, (800) 689-8237 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
UPMC Passavant, 9100 Babcock Blvd., will have a refresher course for drivers 50 and older Feb. 6-7 and March 6-7.
Participants who complete the two-day course are eligible for a 5 to 10 percent reduction on car insurance premiums. The cost is $10, and registration is required. Call (412) 367-5200, option 2.
Also on Feb. 6, a 12-week "Lifestyle Weight Management Program" begins in the hospital's Donor Hall conference room in the main lobby and continues from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday.
Topics include healthy eating habits, nutrition education, stress management and physical activity. An optional, supervised, half-hour walking group ends each session.
Registration is required. Call (412) 647-8762.
Heritage Valley Health System will give free heel screenings to detect osteoporosis from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 3 at the Beaver County YMCA, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Health Hut, Chippewa, and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at the Aliquippa Senior Center.
Participants will remove one sock for the radiation-free, noninvasive screening, which takes about five minutes. Pantyhose should not be worn.
Scans will be done first-come, first-served and are not appropriate for people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or have had a full bone density test. For details, call (724) 378-9400 or (724) 775-9400.
Sewickley Valley Hospital, 720 Blackburn Road, is forming a new program called volunteer ambassadors to assist and direct patients and guests entering the hospital.
The position requires much walking, and both morning and afternoon weekday positions are available. For details, call Irene Dailey at (412) 749-7052.
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve's current quarterly bird seed sale ends Feb. 4.
Many varieties, some specially blended for western Pennsylvania birds, are available, and discounts are available if ordered by then. There are five pickup locations.
For details or an order form, call the reserve at (412) 963-6100.
"What We Can Do to Reduce Waste" is the theme of the 2003 Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest sponsored by the Butler County Department of Recycling and Waste Management.
Butler County students in grades one through 12 are eligible. Posters will be due March 13, and judging will be March 14. Winners will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond, be recognized at a Butler County Commission meeting and have their posters displayed in the Butler County Government Center lobby.
For rules and an entry form, contact Sheryl Kelly at (724) 284-5305 or email@example.com .
Democrat Mary Zacherl, 59, is the secretary and treasurer for Clinton Township.
The three incumbents, Democrat Glenn Anderson and Republicans Scott Lowe and James Kennedy, also have announced their intentions to run.
In a news release announcing her candidacy, Zacherl cited her experience as a township secretary and her work with the Butler County Community Development Corp.
Cranberry residents soon will be able to have their sewer and water bill payments automatically withdrawn from their checking accounts.
"The only thing you will have to worry about is making sure there is money in the account," Cranberry Supervisor Chuck Caputy said.
Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said the move will help the township save some money on the processing of the paper checks. He said the goal is to get 15 percent of the township's sewer and water customers to participate.
Andree said many other utilities use a similar method.
If supervisors approve the plan at their meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building, 2525 Rochester Road, the pay would take effect with the commission's Feb. 12 meeting.
The seven commission members would get $35 per meeting, which is what members of the zoning hearing board get.
"The planning commission does a fantastic job," Andree said. "They save a lot of work for the board" of supervisors.
The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code approved compensation for planning commission members last year.
The project is part of a $2 million plan to extend Thorn Hill Road, which will be paid for by the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The half-mile stretch of four-lane road will begin north of the Wesco building and continue to Freedom Road. The new road will intersect with Freedom Road near the United Methodist Center. A traffic signal has already been approved for the location.
Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said township officials agreed to pay for realigning the intersection of Thorn Hill and Rolling roads.
Estimates are the intersection realignment will cost about $250,000. The realignment will coax drivers to follow Thorn Hill Road out to Freedom Road rather than cutting through the residential areas to access Freedom Road.
The Butler County Chapter of the American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives at three locations over four days this week. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 105 pounds and be in generally good health.
Drives are from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at Dutilh Church, 1270 Dutilh Road, Cranberry; 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Road, Chicora; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Slippery Rock University Union multipurpose room.
For details, call (724) 283-2810.
The fourth in a series of flea markets to benefit the Harmony Museum, Main and Mercer streets, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 in the museum's Stewart Hall and nearby Mercer Street log house.
Table rentals cost $10 for one, $15 for two, and sellers may set up the previous day. Food will be available, and the museum welcomes donated items for its own sales area.
For details or to reserve tables, call (724) 452-5860 or the museum office at (724) 452-7341.
Seven speakers are scheduled for the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce's open membership meeting at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Kaufman House, 105 S. Main St.
The cost is $6, and menu choices are a short stack with bacon or a ham and cheese omelet. Make reservations with food choice by Feb. 12 by calling (724) 452-5232.