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News briefs: Sidewalks planned at Rt. 228, Castle Creek

| Monday, Aug. 19, 2002

Seven Fields Borough will spend about $3,000 to bring sidewalks to the main intersection in the borough.

Three corners of the intersection of Route 228 and Castle Creek Drive will have sidewalks on the southeast, northeast and northwest corners. The new walk will be linked to sidewalks along Castle Creek Drive.

A contractor handling other sidewalk jobs in the borough at Northridge Park, along Cumberland Drive and the nature preserve will complete the work.

Meeting to update Cranberry Connector

A public information meeting to update the community on the progress of the Cranberry Connector will be conducted Wednesday.

PennDOT Engineering District 10, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, will sponsor the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry.

The meeting will include a formal presentation and a question and answer session.

Representatives from PennDOT; the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; and the Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh, the project's prime contractor, will be available.

When work is finished in 2004, the $44.3 million Interstate 79 Pennsylvania Turnpike Connector Project, also known as the Cranberry Connector, will provide a direct link between the interstate and the turnpike.

For more information, see the project's Web site at www.cranberryconnector.com.

Board approves two appointments

The Seneca Valley School Board unanimously has approved appointing board members John Mitro and Bob Hill to the Drug Screening Oversight Committee.

Their terms will run until the end of the school year. Board member Ken Brennan was named as an alternate.

Gerald Malecki, superintendent, or Denise Chappell, assistant superintendent for secondary education, also will serve as a member of the oversight committee.

Board OKs new drug abuse policy

Stiffer penalties and more clearly defined language were added for violations of the Seneca Valley School District's substance use and abuse policy.

The board unanimously approved the policy Monday.

The changes increase the duration of suspensions and enable the administration to better enforce drug-screening requirements for students who have been caught "under the influence" or in possession of illegal substances, look-alikes or drug paraphernalia.

Workshops to focus on middle school

Pine-Richland School District will sponsor the first in a series of workshops for parents of incoming sixth graders from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Pine-Richland Middle School, 100 Logan Road, Richland.

"Tools, Tips and Techniques" will focus on transitions to middle school and adolescence.

Elementary and middle school principals and counselors will share insights on what to expect from sixth grade and emerging teenagers.

Refreshments will be offered at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, call (724) 625-3111.

Group sponsors prayer service

The Shaler Area Young Life Committee will sponsor an interdenominational, community prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Shaler.

Participants in the prayer service will offer prayers for the public, parochial and private schools within the Shaler Area School District.

Prayers will be offered on behalf of students, faculty, administration and staff and the families within the district.

Young Life is a national organization whose purpose is Christian outreach to high school students and their families.

For more information, call Dave Anderson at (412) 487-2528.

Doctors to discuss hormone therapy

Allegheny General Hospital will sponsor a program about hormone replacement therapy at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cranberry Public Library, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry.

Doctors from the hospital's Women and Infants Center will answer questions and address concerns about recent medical studies about hormone replacement therapy.

Reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (724) 776-9100.

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