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Memorial-brick sales effort expands

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:27 a.m.

For the birds

Songbirds benefit from the Loyalhanna Watershed Association's annual fund-raiser, a bird-seed sale set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the association office in Ligonier .

The association offers a variety of seeds including Loyalhanna Custom Mix, a blend designed to attract songbirds common in western Pennsylvania. Nine other seed varieties and a selection of bird snacks also will be offered.

Seed orders can be placed in advance, but requests also will be filled for drop-in customers. Buyers are advised to order enough for winter feeding -- with the exception of the Loyalhanna mix, the association does not warehouse seed.

An end-of-season seed sale is planned for February, as well. Proceeds from both sales support programs and projects that protect natural resources within the Loyalhanna watershed.

The association's office is along Old Lincoln Highway, behind Luther P. Miller Gas at the western end of the borough. For directions or to place an order by phone, call the office at 724-238-7560.

Brick by brick

Now anyone, not just township residents, can buy a brick with an inscribed name to be placed in Washington Township Veterans Memorial Park.

A yearlong lag in brick sales prompted park supervisor John Yetsconish to begin soliciting veterans, citizens and businesses across America.

"Fourteen names are needed for a slab, which is then cut and delivered. We've gotten some sales here and there, but we're trying to get them in quicker," he said, adding that profits from brick sales fund other park needs, such as new flags.

Since late 2001, the township has sold more than 450 bricks at the monument, Yetsconish said.

Veterans' names appear on 9-by-4-inch granite blocks that cost $40. Each is placed at the base of a large stucco star honoring their service.

The names of all other patrons appear on 4-by-8-inch clay bricks that cost $50. Those border a concrete walkway leading to the monument.

To order a brick for a veteran, submit the person's name, branch of service, and conflict or service dates to: Pauline Baker, 1231 Linn Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012; enclose a $40 check made payable to "Washington Township Memorial Fund." For nonveterans, include three lines of text (no more than 15 characters per line) and a $50 check payable to the fund.

For more information, contact the township municipal building at 724-929-6333.

Journal entry

Mark Surovchak, director of bands and instrumental music at Belle Vernon Area High School, will have an article published in November's edition of "Percussive Notes," an international music journal.

The question-and-answer piece profiles Momoko Kamiya, a world-renowned marimba player from Japan.

"I think it's a real accomplishment for someone that has worked so long in the field, to be published," school board member Dale K. Patterson said.

Surovchak began interviewing Kamiya via e-mail in December 2003, when he was a graduate student at the University of North Texas. The project began as an assignment given to him by teacher Mark Ford, president of the Percussive Arts Society.

"This is my first published work," Surovchak said.

Kamiya is scheduled to perform later this year at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Surovchak plans to attend and meet her for the first time.

"I ordered two more copies of the journal, one for her to autograph for me so I can frame it and another for the school library," he said.

It's in the bag

Residents of Delmont are being asked to bag all leaves for a residential curbside collection.

The borough will collect bags Nov. 9-11, Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 23-24. No grass or brush should be placed in the bags.

Easy as 1-2-3

Penn-Trafford School District students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to participate in a math lab beginning the first week of November.

The lab will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the school year. A morning session will be held 8-8:45 a.m. and an afternoon session 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Peggy DiNinno, administrative assistant, said teachers will address students' needs and use the reinforcement and re-teaching activities that are part of the district's new math series.

"They're taking the reinforcement and re-teaching activities and putting them right into the math lab," DiNinno said. "When the kids go to the math lab, there will be a direct correlation between the math lab and what they're doing in class."

Check it out

Jeannette Council is advertising for a housing rehabilitation inspector to handle assessments for homeowners participating in the city's housing rehabilitation program.

The program is designed to help homeowners make improvements on their property to help cut energy bills or meet city codes.

Whoever is picked for the job would work only as needed, and would be paid on a per-job basis.

"He does an inspection of the house and reports (code) deficiencies," said Diana Reitz, community development director. "He would also do an estimate on the work that needs to be done to meet the codes. I would use his business specs to solicit contractors."

Jeanette had an inspector on staff, but that person has been retired for more than a year.

Reitz said she hopes to fill the job by December.

Letter perfect

Jeannette is working to replace faded street signs and stop signs throughout the city.

"If you can't see a stop sign and think it needs to be replaced, let us know, we'll get somebody on it," Councilman Mark Clark said.

To report a faded sign, call City Clerk Ronald Dinsmore at 724-527-4000, Ext. 10.

No vacancy

Robert Horn has been appointed to the Jeannette Recreation Commission to fill the expired term of Jamie Varsafsky.

Horn is a member of the city's health service authority.

His appointment was effective Oct. 9, and his term will expire Oct. 10, 2009.


Penn Township commissioners are seeking residents to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions in 2005.

Two vacancies are anticipated on the recreation board (five-year term), along with two on the planning and zoning board (four-year term), one on the zoning hearing board (five-year term), two on the library board (three-year term), one on the sewage authority board (five-year term), four on the agricultural security area advisory committee (one-year term) and one on the police pension advisory board (one-year term).

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and resume by the close of business Dec. 3 to: Bruce R. Light, Township Manager, Penn Township, P.O. Box 452, Harrison City, PA 15636.

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