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Penn Township attempts to pace itself

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:01 p.m.

Penn Township and the Penn-Trafford School District have joined forces to reduce traffic accidents.

The first step is the Penn Township Pace Car Program: A bumper sticker will be affixed to the car of all residents who register with township police, promise to obey all traffic laws and drive at the posted speed limit.

Ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students at Penn-Trafford High School are being asked to devise a slogan for the bumper stickers. The one who comes up with the best slogan will win a reserved parking space for his or her senior year.

To win, a student must create a phrase of no more than 10 words that can be used as the slogan. In addition, a 150-word essay must be submitted touting the importance of participating in the Pace Car Program, obeying the traffic laws and speed limits, and making roads safer.

The slogans will be judged by a panel of educators, elected officials and community leaders.

Timely arrival

Penn Township 's police department has been awarded a $10,000 state grant through the Community Revitalization Program.

Police Chief Mike Mastroianni said the department plans to use it in three ways.

Some of the money will go toward the new 800-megahertz radio system that is expected to be implemented in Westmoreland County this summer.

Other funds will be used to purchase video-conferencing equipment needed for the county's new night court arrangement.

The rest will help to upgrade some of the department's computer equipment.

Mastroianni said township police Lt. Ralph Boura was instrumental in obtaining the grant.

"There is never a bad time to get $10,000," Mastroianni said. "But this came at an opportune time."

Use it again

The Ridgeview Academy Charter School, in Latrobe , will receive free equipment as a reward for the success of its cell phone and printer cartridge recycling program.

Through the FundingFactory Recycling Program, Ridgeview earns points for each donated cell phone or printer cartridge. The points can be redeemed for equipment such as computers, printers or software.

FundingFactory donates used phones to nonprofit groups, including women's shelters, that sell the phones to refurbishers.

The printer cartridges are sold to recycling companies to be retooled.

Program directors estimated that the school has collected more than 500 printer cartridges and about 20 cell phones. The collection continues.

Phones or cartridges can be dropped off at Ridgeview Academy, 1005 Village Way. For more information, call 724-537-9110.

Cool treats

A new frozen yogurt and custard store is planned for a former automotive repair shop along Mt. Pleasant Street in Greensburg .

City council recently approved plans for the store, The Meadows, to occupy the former vehicle inspection station at Dornin and Mt. Pleasant streets. According to the plans, the store will have a drive-through window and indoor eating area.

Owner Bob Derito, of Greensburg, said he plans to keep the store open year-round.

Don't plan on it

Sewickley Township has postponed Monday's public meeting, when official intended to discuss the township's comprehensive plan.

The meeting had been scheduled to take place at the Herminie Volunteer Fire Department hall. Township officials said no new meeting date has been set.

100 candles, one Web site

The Trafford Centennial Committee is seeking volunteers to help with a weeklong celebration planned for August.

In addition, the group is offering celebratory banners to adorn the borough's streets for $100.

Those interested in volunteering or purchasing a banner can drop by the committee headquarters on Cavitt Avenue, at the site of the former Trafford library, or call Les Race at 412-373-1175 or Carol Richardson at 412-372-4884.

More information about the borough of Trafford is available on its new Web site. Residents who log onto the Internet can find out what they missed at a council meeting, learn about new borough ordinances or contact their council members. The Web address is users.adelphia.net/~kblloyd/TraffordHomePage.html .

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