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Gilfillan Park access road plans delayed

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002

Residents applauded Monday when Upper St. Clair commissioners agreed to delay access road plans for Gilfillan Park.

Residents of neighboring areas complained that traffic on access roads to a proposed historical center would have been disruptive. They also worried that a road tied in to Orr Road or Fieldcrest Drive would lower property values and endanger children.

The commissioners decided Monday to reconsider the project at their 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 meeting - at the earliest.

Until then, the Gilfillan Park Planning Committee will explore ideas with the Upper St. Clair Historical Society to instead create an access road through the 15-acre Gilfillan Farm property next to the park, off Route 19.

Commissioner Gloria Smith is the chairwoman of the planning committee, and commissioners Ernest T. Harris and Bill Bates also are members.

The historical center is proposed on 60 acres of township-owned land. The facility would support the historical farm, which the historical society owns and is renovating.

Smith said the planning committee also will consider building a smaller center and parking area than originally planned, restricting the hours and days of operation.

Brentwood

The Brentwood Library will host its House and Garden Tour on Sept. 8.

The tour - which runs from noon to 4 p.m. - features stops at six Brentwood area houses including the Waterford Bed and Breakfast on Brownsville Road.

Tickets for the tour are available at the library, 3501 Brownsville Road, for $10. They're also available at the doors of the houses on the day of the event for $12. For more information call the library at (412) 882-5694.

Upper St. Clair schools

The Upper St. Clair School Board next month will consider candidates for the superintendent's position and a strategic plan for the district.

Bob Valasek of Boyden Global Executive Search updated board members Monday on the district's search for a superintendent to replace William Pope at the start of the 2003-04 school year.

Boyden was hired in April to conduct an extensive nationwide search at a cost of $40,000. Pope, who is retiring after 31 years with the district, earns $135,300 annually.

Valasek said while the firm has yet to identify a specific time frame, representatives expect to have at least six candidates for the board to review by the meeting in September. Names of prospective candidates could not be divulged because of their present employment status with other districts.

Also, the district's strategic plan for the 2002-03 to 2008-09 school years passed preliminary approval Monday night.

The board will present elements of the strategic plan at a community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the high school's large group instruction room. Residents can review the document in its entirety at the municipal library until the board's final approval next month.

Region

The Port Authority of Allegheny County will offer expanded bus service - including a new route from Moon - to Heinz Field for University of Pittsburgh home games.

When Pitt hosts Ohio University on Saturday, the Port Authority will be running a new route, the 99K from the new 600-space park-and-ride lot on Beers School Road along the West Busway to the North Shore. The 99K also will serve park-and-ride lots in Crafton and the city, for another 282 spaces. The trip to the game will depart about 90 minutes before kickoff.

The Port Authority also will offer the 99B route, from the park-and-ride lot in Jefferson Hills and the Century III lot, for a total of 769 spaces. That bus departs one hour, 55 minutes before kickoff.

Also, the 99P route will take travelers from the South Hills Village lot to the game, departing two hours before kickoff and offering more than 900 parking spaces.

All buses will leave Heinz Field 20 minutes after the end of the game from North Shore Drive. One-way adult fares are $3.50 in Zone 1 and $4.50 in Zone 2.

Green Tree

The Friends of Green Tree Public Library will hold its annual used book sale in mid-September, in the library's Sycamore Room, 10 W. Manilla Ave.

A members-only book sale preview is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. New members can join at the door and returning friends can renew their memberships.

Book sale hours will be: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14; noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept.16.

On Sept. 15, used books will cost $4 a bag; on Sept. 16, $3 a bag. Donations will be accepted Sept. 12 and 13, also in the Sycamore Room.

For information, contact Suzy Schultz at (412) 921-9292 or schultzs@einetwork.net .

  • Allegheny General Hospital will hold a free seminar on hormone replacement therapy from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept 10 at the Green Tree Public Library, 10 West Manilla Ave.

    Rita Raymond, certified registered nurse practitioner, will discuss how hormone replacement therapy recently has been shown to increase the risks of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots for women dealing with symptoms of menopause.

    Pre-registration is required. For information or to register, call 1 (877) 284-2000.

    Moon

    The Moon Parks and Recreation Department will present the finale of its summer concert series Friday night.

    The Granati Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. at the ARL Amphitheater in Moon Park. Admission will be free. For more information, call the parks office (412) 262-1703.

    Robinson, Findlay

    The days are numbered for the park-and-ride lot at The Mall at Robinson.

    The Port Authority's lease on the lot expires Saturday, and service will resume Tuesday at Settlers Cabin Park.

    The 28J Robinson Park and Ride Express bus will be renamed the Settlers Cabin Park and Ride Express, providing weekday service about every 15 minutes between 5:56 and 9:36 a.m. Outbound buses will leave the Downtown stop at Seventh Avenue and Smithfield Street every 11 to 15 minutes between 2:55 and 6:53 p.m.

    Coraopolis

    The impact of this year's drought will be discussed Thursday during an Oak Leaf Forum at the Hollow Oak Land Trust office in Coraopolis.

    David Plank, chief of the state Department of Environmental Protection's technical services section of water supply management, will present information on the state of the region's water supply and conservation measures.

    "There are many easy things that local residents and communities can do to make sure that they only use water for necessary things and eliminate waste," Plank said.

    For more information, contact the Hollow Oak Land Trust office at (412) 264-5354.

    North Fayette

    Western Allegheny Community Library, 8042 Steubenville Pike, North Fayette Township, will hold "End of Summer," a Kindermusic story time, Thursday.

    For children 18 months to 3 years, storytime is from 10:30 to 11 a.m.; for children 3 to 6 years, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Call to register.

    Fall story times will begin Sept. 9 at the library. Story times also offer music, finger plays and crafts. Registration is necessary for the six-week program. For times and days of the week story times will be offered to various age groups, call the library.

    Mad Science of Southwestern Pa. will offer "Detective Science" at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the library. Children 7 through 12 will learn how to dust for and lift fingerprints, trace evidence to a suspect and study written materials.

    Registration, including a $3 fee, is necessary and space is limited.

    For information or to register, call (724) 695-8150.

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