Rostraver compacts garbage fee
Residents of Rostraver Township will be paying less for garbage pickup next year.
At a recent meeting, township commissioners announced that the annual fee would drop from $85 to $65.
Senior citizens will get an extra break. Their fee will go from $65 to $40 in 2004.
Ready for anything
Rostraver Township commissioners recently voted 4-1 in favor of buying a four-wheel-drive police vehicle to replace one that had broken down.
The 2004 Ford Explorer XLT will cost the township $28,035.
Commissioner Don Yoder voted against the purchase, saying he thought the township should begin shrinking its fleet of police vehicles.
But Commissioner Nick Lorenzo said that with winter coming, the police likely will need the four-wheel drive capability. "I feel they really need it to get around," he said. "When they're called, the police need to get there."
Mt. Pleasant Township supervisors have set a schedule for adoption of the municipality's 2004 budget.
They plan to vote on a tentative budget during a meeting set for 4:05 p.m. Nov. 26. The budget will be available for public viewing beginning Dec. 2 at the township office in Mammoth, and a final budget vote will be held at a special meeting set for 4:05 p.m. Dec. 30.
While you were out ...
Parents in Unity Township can carve out time alone for holiday shopping by dropping off kids, ages 5-12, at Unity-4-Kids Holiday Workshop, sponsored by the township's recreation department.
Holiday crafts, a movie and pizza are on the agenda at the event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the township municipal building along Beatty County Road.
Cost is $10 per child; Nov. 24 is the registration deadline. For more information, or to register a child, call 724-539-2546.
Upping the ante
Strawpump Volunteer Fire Department in North Huntingdon Township has received $104,171 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighter Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Strawpump was among 13 western Pennsylvania fire companies to receive grants.
Other departments on the most recent list of FEMA grant winners were Sewickley Township VFD No. 2, in Lowber , $65,543; Sewickley Township VFD No. 3, in Rillton , $52,340; Smithton VFD, $43,470; and Slickville VFD No. 1, $41,047.
A list of all award recipients announced to date is available on the U.S. Fire Administration Web site, www.usfa.fema.gov/grants.
Beyond the border
Two teachers in the Greensburg Salem School District are planning to take a group of students to Canada and Costa Rica next June.
The district's school board has approved a request from Judith Washburn to accompany as many as 40 students on a field trip to explore French customs and culture in Montreal and Quebec City.
Tammy Lyons was given permission to escort no more than 18 students on a field trip to experience Hispanic culture in Costa Rica.
Penn-Trafford school board this month named four people to extracurricular positions.
Matt Bacco will serve as boys seventh-grade head basketball coach at Penn Middle School. Thomas Bekavac will be a consultant for the spring musical, Laura Wurzell will be the musical's choreographer and Sharon Schaller will be the musical's vocal director.
Greensburg officials are reminding residents that the city will stop using its leaf collecting machine the first week of December. If snow falls earlier, the leaf collection will end sooner because city trucks will be plowing snow.
The city also will continue to collect brush and cut tree branches until the first week of December.
Volunteer of the year
Murrysville Council is seeking nominations for the 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Written nominations will be accepted until Nov. 24. Each should include the name and address of any candidates, a description of their volunteer efforts, a history of their involvement with the community organization and any other relevant information.
Nominations should be submitted to Donald C. Pepe, chief administrator, 4100 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA 15668.
Off to a good start
The Franklin Regional Community School Readiness Fair will be held 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 22 at Sloan Elementary School.
Kindergarten staff and other School Readiness Transition Team members will answer parents' questions about expectations and materials available to enrich the early learning program.
Topics of discussion will include speech and language development, fine motor skills, literacy and math expectations, behavior and social skills, "play with a purpose," the lending library and wellness.