Group to discuss trail benefits
Economic benefits of the hiking and biking trails being built across the Pittsburgh region will be discussed Sept. 26 when the Hollow Oak Land Trust meets.
Stephen Farber, a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, conducted a study on this in cooperation with the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Economy League.
The study will be discussed at the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the land trust office at 400 Mill St.
The land trust is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the conservation of open space and a smart growth approach to land use. For details, call (412) 264-5354.
The Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon will present a program on the history of the Mt. Lebanon School District at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Mt. Lebanon public library.
'Toward Excellence: Teaching in Mt. Lebanon, 1931-1970' will be presented by Foster Sisson, who taught with the district during that period of time.
Also at the library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, career marketing consultant Dennis Pad suggests 'Dynamic Answers to Tough Interview Questions' during a workshop. It is one in a series of 'Get That Job' workshops Pad is presenting.
The library is located at 16 Castle Shannon Blvd. For more information on these and other programs, call (412) 531-1912.
Volunteers are needed to help make the Peters Township Haunted Trail II a success.
Scene planners and decorators, performers, storytellers, guides, Haunted Land decorators are needed, as are volunteers to staff Haunted Land in costume, make luminaries and carve jack-o-lanterns.
Call the Peters Township Park and Recreation Department at (724) 942-5000 or come to the Haunted Trail II organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the township Community Room, behind the municipal building at 610 E. McMurray Road.
Dates for Haunted Trail II are a 7 p.m. dress rehearsal Oct. 4 at Peterswood Park Shelter 4, and the event from 7:45 to 10:15 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6.
South Fayette Township schools
The South Fayette Township School District received at total of $49,894 in federal class size reduction funds during the 2000-01 school year, which is used to lower class size in the primary school grades.
The funding enabled the school to hire one half-time teacher for one session of kindergarten.
Examples of the program's success can be seen in the third grade level, where an additional teacher was hired in the first year of the program.
The children tested improved or at least maintained their achievement levels when the class size at the third-grade level was decreased.
The Sto-Rox Alumni Marching Band is forming, and will have its first performance Sept. 29 at the Sto-Rox Band Festival.
Organizers are looking for past musicians, Vikettes, majorettes, colorguards and rifle corps members. The first practice will be Sept. 23 in the auditorium of Sto-Rox High School, McKees Rocks.
Those interested should call Keith Cosentino at (412) 322-5198 or e-mail email@example.com .
The first Western Pennsylvania St. Jude Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Southpointe Golf Club in Cecil Township.
The Captain's Choice/Scramble format with teams of four players will begin at 10 a.m. Golfers can participate for a donation of $250 each, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner and prizes.
Proceeds will benefit the children and research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For details and registration, call (724) 743-7743, extension 241, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 14th annual Indian Summer Festival is scheduled Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at Cecil Township Park off Route 50.
The festival is a showcase of hand-crafted items, and will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28; 10 a.m. until the fireworks start on Sept. 29 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 30.
The Peters Township Council is seeking a volunteer to serve on the township library board.
Anyone interested should send a letter of interest with a background to township Manager Mike Silvestri, 610 E. McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Deadlines for submission is Oct. 12.
South Strabane Township
The March of Dimes Annual Ride, a motorcycle event, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23, with one of the starting points at the Washington Mall.
Registration is at 9 a.m. at the mall, 301 Oak Springs Road, South Strabane Township.
Registration is $25 for the driver and $15 for the passenger. After the race, all riders will convene at the mall for games, prizes, music and raffles. Riders are encouraged to collect donations for the entry fee to earn incentives.
The top dollar winner will receive two Dunlop tires. Call 1-800-4-BABIES for more information or to register.
Other starting locations are at the Home Depot, Routes 30 and 66, Greensburg, Westmoreland County; and Home Depot, 2670 Constitution Blvd, Chippewa, Beaver County.
Hours are 6 to 9:30 p.m. both days at the dealership at 507 Washington Road, South Strabane Township.
State law mandates that all drivers age 55 or older receive a minimum 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums for three years after completion of this course.
The American Automobile Association program is a refresher course on safe driving techniques. There is no written exam or behind the wheel testing.
Class sizes are limited; register early by calling (800) 559-4880.
The Washington Family YMCA is accepting registration for the Indian Princesses and Trailmates programs for girls in grades one through six and their fathers.
The group meets monthly and has one outing monthly. For details, call (724) 225-0811.
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