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Briefs: Route 19 project topic of meeting

| Thursday, May 8, 2003

Residents filled the Upper Saint Clair commissioners' meeting room Monday for the second public hearing on a proposed 22,000-square-foot office building along Route 19.

The two-story structure, including a 4,000-square-foot bank with a drive-through window, would be located across from Summerfield Commons, close to the Peters border.

The developers, Clair Boyce Associates, is asking for three zoning code modifications. They don't see the need to construct a loading dock, as the code requires, and they want to include the bank, which under the code should be in a building of 100,000 square feet or more. The third modification involves parking in the buffer zone along the perimeter of the property.

A traffic engineer has recommended that the developer construct a right turn lane along Route 19, northbound.

Upper St. Clair and the developer are under a federal Environmental Protection Agency order for the management of storm water on the site. Originally, the developer wanted to construct two buildings, but the EPA wouldn't allow this due to the additional water runoff it would create. The public hearing on this project will be continued on June 2.

Brentwood Students to plant garden along road

Students will be out this morning along Brownsville Road, planting a garden at the edge of the middle/high school campus.

When the students are done, two large garden beds will feature more than 1,300 plants. The planting is part of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy School Garden Initiative, and Pennsylvania American Water Co. is sponsoring the Brentwood garden and one in Westwood.

Canonsburg Legion asks delay on parking lot deal

Leaders of American Legion Post 253 say they need more time to come up with money to grade and pave a lot they may lease from the borough, for members' and public parking.

Under a tentative agreement, the American Legion would pay $1 a year for 25 years, to lease the lot next to its building. The borough would sell leases for 10 to 15 parking spaces, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, and the legion would have full use of the lot from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and on weekends.

Council is to vote on the deal at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. Originally, the lot was to be finished Sept. 1, but at post Commander Zolton Popp's request council agreed at an agenda meeting Monday to grant an extension, until Nov. 1. Councilman Bob Rudge said the paving project is estimated to cost $61,110.

Peters Township to honor 11 war veterans

Eleven Peters men who perished or are missing in action from World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War will be honored at a memorial ceremony at 9 a.m. May 17 at the municipal center on McMurray Road.

A color guard, music and refreshments are planned. The veterans are William Boyd Philips, Howard G. Bioni, George H. Engel, James L. Hayes, Albert Martik, John W. Proudfit, William B.Shearer, Thomas A. Shipe, Joseph P. Polen, Paul Urquhart and Herbert G. Devore.

Council members will raise the Missing in Action/ Prisoner of War flag donated by the Donnan Family. For information, call Michael Silvestri, township manager, at (724) 941-4180.

Notes

Buffalo: PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler and other officials will cut a ceremonial ribbon this morning to mark the historic National Road's designation as a National Scenic Byway "All-American Road." The ceremony will be on the "S" Bridge on Route 40 in Buffalo, Washington County. Similar ceremonies are set in the five other states through which the road passes.

Upper St. Clair: Commissioners on Monday unanimously granted final approval to St. Claire Pointe, a planned residential development adjacent to the Southwood Psychiatric Hospital off Boyce Road. Sixty-six patio homes are proposed for the 25-acre property.

Moon Robert Morris to graduate 1,206

Robert Morris University will graduate its largest class in a decade and its second-largest in school history on Saturday.

The university will award 1,206 degrees, including 17 as the first graduates from the engineering program and 14 doctoral candidates. The largest class, of 1,256, graduated in 1983 and 1984.

A doctoral degree will be conferred on Salim Sultan Al-Ruzaiqa, the first secretary of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman. A large delegation of Omani officials will join Al-Ruzaiqa at the ceremony, including Mohammed Ali-Al-Khusaiby, ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.

Joseph Hogan, president and chief executive officer of GE Medical Systems and a former New Brighton resident, will be the commencement speaker. He will be awarded an honorary degree in business administration.

An honorary doctoral degree in business administration will also be given to B. Kenneth Simon, a philanthropist and retired engineer.

Local Democrats name officers

The Moon Township Democratic Party has reorganized its officers.

Joe Martonik, a Moon school teacher, has been appointed as the new party treasurer. He replaces Fabian Careres, who was elected to replace Kristen Kniss as party secretary.

The party will fund a biography piece to be mailed to Democrat voters before the primary election May 20 outlining the qualifications of the endorsed Democrat candidates. Party meetings are now open to the public.

Residents to get letter on drug dangers

More than 13,000 residents in the Moon area will receive a letter from the Moon Area Support Organization about two weeks before graduation, advising them about the dangers of youth alcohol and drug use.

The organization's secretary, Kathy Stewart, said the letter is being sent out as a proactive measure to raise awareness. "By doing nothing, things will not change," she said. "Too many times, we are busy being reactive instead of proactive."

The organization has received donations of $750 each from the Moon Area School District and Moon Township and also will seek a contribution from Crescent. The organization will pay the balance of the $2,038 cost of the mailing, which will reach 13,100 households.

Kennedy Little League gets $500 grant

Kennedy Township Little League has received a $500 grant from Duquesne Light in recognition of the volunteer efforts of township resident Tom Zieger, a journey lineworker in the utility's Preble Avenue service center.

The grant will benefit the league's general fund and the purchase of equipment. It was one of three monthly minigrants made by the company's Connections program to recognize and support the volunteer efforts of its employees. Zieger volunteers as an assistant coach and helps with ball field maintenance and lighting repairs.

Robinson Commissioners to decide on dam

Robinson commissioners this summer could be faced with deciding what to do with Lake Steuben dam.

The state last year said the dam on Aiken Road is a threat to life and property. The surface of the dam was recently cleared of trees and brush, and township Engineer Larry Lennon said it could take another three to four months before an inspection and report on the dam's condition is finished.

Lennon said he still recommends that the township breach the dam and drain the lake rather than pay to maintain it.

Baldwin-Whitehall

Special Olympics to hold games

Special Olympics Allegheny County will hold its annual Summer Games on Saturday at Baldwin High School on Route 51 in Whitehall.

More than 500 athletes and coaches and 1,000 volunteers will participate in the day-long event. The games feature competition in track and field, aquatics, power lifting, bocce and wheelchair events. A student committee from the high school helps to organize the event.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m. WBZZ-FM radio disc jockey Melanie Taylor will be master of ceremonies.

McAnnulty named school of excellence

The National Parent Teacher Association has certified McAnnulty Elementary School in Whitehall as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence.

The program recognizes schools that uphold the highest standards in parent involvement and that help meet parent involvement provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act.

As part of the certification process, McAnnulty formed a team including the principal, teachers, parents, students and the community to complete a self-assessment and apply for certification.

PTA selected for Hearst award

Whitehall Elementary's PTA has been selected as the state's nominee for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst-National PTA Excellence in Education Partnership Award for 2002-03.

The award recognizes PTA units whose collaborative efforts with parents, families, educators, and community members promote parent-family involvement with ongoing programs that encourage student success.

Bethel Park District team 3rd in CMU quiz bowl

A team of five gifted students from Bethel Park High School finished third at the Carnegie Mellon University Quiz Bowl.

Seniors Joshua Cippel, Jarred Dimmock and Matt Sedlock, and juniors Adam Chmelynski and Shan Gaur competed against teams from 13 other high schools.

Shan Gaur is team captain and Mike Bruce, the school's gifted program coordinator, prepared the team for competition.

The team will compete in the National Quiz Bowl on May 31 and June 1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Senior named finalist for merit scholarship

Daniel Myers, a Bethel Park High School senior, has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

He achieved finalist status by having outstanding SAT scores, high academic standing and involvement in extracurricular activities. He now will compete in a national group of 16,000 students for a National Merit Scholarship.

Last year, he scored in the top 1 percent of all Pennsylvania students who took the PSAT, for which he was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

Bethel Park High School seniors Erin Bock, James Hessler, Jeffrey Matthews and Craig Obenauer-Motley were named National Merit Scholarship commended students this year.

Kennedy Students to perform signed national anthem

St. Malachy Catholic School students will perform the national anthem in sign language at 7 p.m. May 21 before the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

The 55 first- through eighth-grade students have been practicing since February. Tickets for the game are $10 each until Friday, with partial profits to benefit the St. Malachy School Angel Fund. For tickets or information, call the school at (412) 771-4545.

Moon Area Night at the Races planned Saturday

Moon Area High School Lady Soccer will host a Night at the Races, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 865 Fourth Ave., Coraopolis.

Admission is $12 per person, which includes a buffet by Metro, draft beer and soft drinks. A horse may be "purchased" for $20 and a race may be sponsored for $100. The races and a Chinese auction start at 7 p.m.

For tickets, sponsorship or information, call Jon Helegda at (412) 299-0601.

Scott Our Lady of Grace to aid Haiti school

For the past five years, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School's student government has led drives for clothes, food or baby items, to be sent to the children and families served by Father Pierre's School in La Croix, Haiti.

This year, the students and their parents have collected health care and medical supplies, such as vitamins, pain relievers, soaps, antibiotic ointments, anatacids, rubber gloves, alcohol swabs and a variety of medical sponges and gauzes.

They have donated more than 30 boxes of medical and health care items through Thomas Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, which regularly sends teams of volunteers to Haiti.

South Fayette Veterans to get high school diplomas

Veterans who left high school to serve their country during the Korean War can receive their diplomas and participate in this year's graduation ceremony at South Fayette High School.

Last year, the school district honored World War II veterans in this way. A change in the law makes it possible to extend the honor this year to Korean War veterans.

Requirements are:

  • Honorable discharge from U.S. armed forces.

  • Current resident of South Fayette Township School District.

  • Attended high school in South Fayette Township School District.

  • Served in World War II between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 31, 1946, or

  • Served in Korean War between June 20, 1950, and Jan. 31, 1955.

    Applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to participate in the graduation festivities June 6. A family member can apply on behalf of someone who is deceased.

    For an application, call Donna Urbanek at (412) 221-4542, Ext. 221.

    Sto-Rox Year-end event scheduled listed

    Sto-Rox High School has announced the following year-end events:

  • High school spring concert: 7:30 p.m. May 17

  • Middle school spring choral concert and student art show: 7:30 p.m. May 22

  • High school prom: May 23

  • Senior banquet and National Honor Society induction: June 4

  • Finals: June 2-6

  • Class of 2003 graduation: June 11

  • School picnic: June 12

    Upper St. Clair 'Celebrating Arts' on tap Saturday

    This year's "Celebrating the Arts" will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Upper St. Clair High School.

    Performers include: "Man in Motion," Dan Kamin; Mark Weakland, a singer-songwriter who won the 2001 Parent's Choice Award for his release, "Little Animals;" Attack Theater, a dance performance troupe ; Big Band Memories; and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra's Brass Quintet.

    There will be cake decorating in the cafeteria, crafts in the commons, "Annie" in the theater, music in the gym, plus a visit from the crew of WYEP-FM's "Saturday Light Brigade."

    Local artists and artisans will show and sell their works.

    The Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair joins the Upper St. Clair School District in sponsoring this yearly celebration, which is free and open to the public. For information, call Pam Kilgore at (412) 854-4827.

    Students' statement on ethics approved

    Upper St. Clair School Board approved an ethics statement written by students at Upper St. Clair High School.

    The statement includes pledges by students to treat each other equally, despite ethnic background; to work as team members with parents, faculty and other students; to honor school rules, and respect family, community and themselves.

    "There is no shortage of cads and monsters in the world," said board President Dr. Mark Trombetta. "After sitting in on your meetings, I know our country's future is very bright," he told students.

    Notes

  • Upper St. Clair School District directors David E. Bluey and Barbara L. Bolas were honored with certificates for participating in educational programs for board members.

  • Two Upper St. Clair High School Students, Ellen Goodlett and Mrudula Kudaravalli, both participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair in April. Goodlett won the American Society of Civil Engineers Award, and U.S. Army Award, while Kudaravalli took second place in microbiology, and earned a $5,000 scholarship from Chatham College.

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