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Disbanding women's club donates money for flags to North Belle Vernon

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 10:29 p.m.

In one of its last actions as a group, the Women's Club of Belle Vernon recently made a $300 donation toward the purchase of new American flags for Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon.

Mayor Patricia Angelo, who announced the donation at Tuesday's borough council meeting, said the group is dissolving because of a lack of membership.

"They tried to keep it going with about 10 or 12 members, but I guess it just didn't work," she said.

Club President Muriel Nalepa of Lynnwood said members wanted to help buy the flags because "years ago" it was one of their projects to have flags displayed on holidays.

"This will be the last time we bought flags," she said when contacted at her home.

The club, founded in 1934, also is planning to make a donation to the Belle Vernon Public Library, which it helped start soon after the club was formed.

She said the club is dissolving because of age.

"There's only about 10 of us, and I'm the youngest" said Nalepa, 74. "We just cannot function anymore."

Nalepa said the women had tried meeting every other month as a social club, but it didn't work out.

When she joined the club more than 11 years ago, there were more than 100 members, she said.

"It's sad because the women are so nice and we get along so well," she said. "I guess everything has to come to an end."

In other business at the meeting, council authorized the placement of stop signs at five alleyway intersections and an ordinance in support of the stop sign.

Public Works chairman Lloyd Sichi said he isn't sure which intersections will be chosen, but Wilson Street and Trail Alley is a certainty.

There have been several accidents at that intersection, he said.

Sichi originally proposed that stop signs be put up at 16 alleyway intersections, but agreed to reduce it to four or five.

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