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Briefs: McCandless - Forum to discuss training available

| Monday, March 25, 2002

A forum for families and caregivers to discuss education and vocational training for people with mental retardation who have reached the age of 21 will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Community College of Allegheny County North Campus, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

Representatives from several state, county and nonprofit services will be available to discuss resources that are available and where gaps exist.

Currently, formal education for mentally retarded individuals ends when they turn 21.

Sponsor of the session is State Sen. Jane Clare Orie, a McCandless Republican who introduced a bill last month to establish an Adult Education and Career Planning Program for people with mental retardation under the direction of the U.S. Department of Education. Orie said the purpose of the act is to provide opportunities for lifelong learning, career planning, job training, job placement and other forms of social, cultural and educational enrichment for Pennsylvanians with mental retardation.

North Allegheny schools - Applications for scholarships ready

The North Allegheny Federation of Teachers and Paraprofessionals is offering two 2002 college scholarships of $2,500 each.

Applicants must be North Allegheny seniors interested in becoming educators.

Applications can be picked up in the guidance office at North Allegheny Senior High School, 10375 Perry Highway, McCandless.

All applications are due back in the guidance office by 3 p.m. April 12.

For details, call the senior high school guidance office at (724) 934-7224.

Fox Chapel Area schools

Student helper program April 20

The Fox Chapel Area High School Student Council will sponsor its biannual Student Helper Program the weekends of April 20 and 21 and May 4 and 5.

Each weekend, Fox Chapel Area High School students will volunteer their time so members of the community can "rent" them to do jobs around the house or yard.

Students will be available to do yard work, wash cars, clean houses, mow lawns and handle any other reasonable task.

All students must be hired in groups of two for at least four hours. The fee for services provided is $5 per hour per student. Larger donations will be accepted.

The money raised will benefit the Fox Chapel Area High School Student Council and its programs.

Residents who would like to "rent" students can call Julie Susser at (412) 967-2424 and leave their names, phone numbers, dates requested and the number of students needed.

Today's meetings

= Adams Township supervisors: 8 p.m., township office, 170 Hutchman Road. Phone: (724) 625-2221.

Hampton Zoning Hearing Board: 7:30 p.m., township office, 3101 McCully Road. Phone: (412) 486-0400.

Marshall Township supervisors: Agenda meeting, 7:30 p.m., township office, 525 Pleasant Hill Road. Details: (412) 935-3090.

McCandless Town Council: 7:30 p.m., town office, 9955 Grubbs Road. Phone: (412) 364-0616.

Ross Township commissioners: Regular business meeting, 7:30 p.m., township office, 5325 Perrysville Ave. Phone: (412) 931-7055.

Zelienople Borough Council: 7 p.m., borough office, 111 W. New Castle St. Phone: (724) 452-6610.

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