Franklin Regional ready to roll tape at meetings
School directors in the Franklin Regional School District have approved a pilot project for broadcasting their meetings. By a unanimous vote, the board agreed to videotape and broadcast its committee-of-the-whole meeting April 5 and its regular meeting April 19. The cost of the pilot project will not exceed $500.
Eight additional capital projects, with a total cost of $136,000, were approved as well. They include the step, playground paving and sidewalk projects at Sloan Elementary; a basement conversion and other remodeling at the middle school; and installation of bleachers and benches at the all-purpose field, the softball field and the Sloan baseball field.
A street by any other name ...
Hempfield Township supervisors have agreed to rename some streets in the Bovard neighborhood for men who died serving their country during World War II.
Nearly 150 residents signed a petition asking supervisors to rename the streets in honor of Walter Burak, John Thomas, Robert Price, Mario Prisani and Kasmir Dziedzickie.
Only one resident, Carol Badgley, of Third Street, turned out to oppose the renamings. Badgley was unable to persuade supervisors to hold a community meeting before they acted.
Supervisors unanimously approved a variation of all the names except for John Thomas because Thomas already is part of two other street names in the township.
The approvals call for First Street to be renamed Burak, Second to be called Prisani, Third to become Price, and Lincoln to be called Kasmir. A request to change the name of Third Street Extension to Chippy's Lane, in honor of a longtime resident, also was approved.
In addition, supervisors approved renaming Thomas Lane, in the township's Stone Villa section, as Thomas Richard Lane.
Communities throughout Westmoreland County are renaming duplicate streets to eliminate confusion in 911 dispatching.
School bells ring
The Franklin Regional school board has approved a calendar for the 2004-05 school year that includes two days for school closings because of inclement weather. If there are no cancellations, students will benefit from two extra days of classes, board members said.
Classes will begin on Aug. 30 and end on June 3, 2005, when commencement ceremonies will be held.
In-service days for teachers, which used to mean a day off for students, instead have been scheduled before the first day of school and after classes end.
In addition, the board added three advance courses to the high school curriculum. Honors English 11, Honors American Studies, and Honors Government and Economics will be offered.
A hint of spice?
North Huntingdon Township commissioners have agreed to screen two films rated PG-13 as part of this summer's Movies in the Parks program. Movies with this rating may not be suitable for children younger than 13, and parental guidance is suggested.
The other four films to be shown this summer will be rated G, for general audiences.
Specific films have not yet been chosen, but the commissioners want to be sure that potential audience members -- as well as those who might inadvertently see the movies -- are aware of the PG-13 ratings. They told recreation director Kevin Lucas that in addition to advertising the films, he should check the "dynamics of the neighborhoods to see who might be attending and who might have a line of sight to the movie screen."
The G-rated movies will be shown at Oak Hollow Park, Lucas said. The PG-13 movies likely will be shown at smaller neighborhood parks.
Five to drive
Golfers who play the Mt. Odin Park Golf Course in Greensburg this year will be able to drive the course in new golf carts.
City council approved buying five carts from Zanotti Motors of Butler for $17,910. The cost per cart is $3,582. Zanotti's bid for the five golf carts was $365 lower than a bid from Golf Cart Supply of New Castle, Lawrence County.
Greensburg has hired a Mt. Pleasant contractor to mow the lawn at the city's playgrounds, "tot lots" and rights of way, as well as to remove leaves from St. Clair Park.
D.L. Muerllerleile Landscaping & Supplies was awarded a contract for $37,975. The firm offered the lowest of five bids.
Yard sale ahead
The Youngwood Community YARD Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5. Register by May 15 to be included on the shopping maps. Submit your name, address, phone number and $2 fee for publicity to Mary Ann Klingensmith, c/o Something Special/Corner Video, 401Depot St., Youngwood, PA 15697. List special services if providing, such as food items, bathrooms, etc. Space behind the Community Center can be reserved by calling Polly Cupples at 724-925-3747. For general information, contact Susan Ayres, 724-925-3903, or Mary Ann Klingensmith, 724-724-7093 or 724-925-2480. The YARD Sale is sponsored by Youngwood Area Revitalization and Development.