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Wednesday, September 17, 2003


The Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from charities in its area to be the beneficiary of its December luncheon and silent auction.

Applications should include a copy of the 501(c)3 certificate, a description of the organization, its mission statement, a description of those served by the organization, a copy of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations certificate of registration and the organization's most recent financial statement. Mail the information to Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce, 5000 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090, or fax to 724-934-9710.


Sprint Inc. has donated $5,000 to the city's Shade Tree Commission for its Main Street Project. To date, Sprint has donated $10,000 to the project.

The project began a year ago when more than 60 trees along Main Street were replaced. More improvements are planned, including decorative lighting, planter boxes and baskets.


The county is sponsoring an electronics recycling day to recover lead, copper, glass, plastic, metals and other materials contained in old computers, televisions and other electronic products.

The items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Mine Safety Appliances Building in Cranberry Woods, off Route 228. Donors are asked to line up along MSA Drive so staff members can help unload the items from their vehicles.

Items to be accepted include radios, printers, mobile phones, scanners, stereos, VCRs, copiers and more. The service is free; no receipts will be issued to donors.

For more information, call Lorin Meeder at 724-776-4806, ext. 1176.

Deer Lakes schools

The school board hired Thomas Lesniewski, of Butler, as middle school principal Monday. He will replace Christopher Brough, recently named principal of Curtisville Primary Center.

According to superintendent Mark King, Lesniewski has been serving as principal of Riverside High School in Beaver County since 1999. Before that, he was the assistant principal at Knoch High School in South Butler Area School District.

A former social studies teacher, Lesniewski earned a bachelor's degree from Edinboro University, a master's degree from Westminster College, New Wilmington, and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

"Dr. Lesniewski interviewed here before a committee of 11 teachers, administrators and school board members, and he was the unanimous choice," said King. "He understands the middle school concept although he hasn't worked in a middle school, and I'm very happy to welcome him on board as soon as he can be released from Riverside."

Parents can meet their children's teachers and tour the school during these open houses: East Union Intermediate Center, 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 57 E. Union Road; Deer Lakes Middle School, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25, 17 E. Union Road; and Deer Lakes High School, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7, 163 E. Union Road.

For more information, call 724-265-5300.

Fox Chapel Area schools

Kerr Elementary School has been given a $1,850 grant from Dominion Peoples to expand the Kerr Organic Garden to include the study of insects and animals.

The grant was awarded at a July workshop and luncheon, sponsored by the company.

Hampton schools

Art teachers from Central, Poff and Wyland elementary schools have been awarded a $5,000 grant from Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence.

The grant will enable Janis Allen, Marcy Bogdanich and Karen Vachon-Thaner to work to improve pupils' skills in writing and visual arts.

The midpoint review of the district's strategic plan is available to the public by appointment at the administration building through Oct. 2.

The plan outlines the district's goals and objectives from 2000 to 2006. Call Cheryl Griffith at 412-492-6305.

Hampton Middle School has gotten a $4,000 grant from Project PA's Healthy School Nutrition Environment.

Debroah Neal, middle school food service manager, and Sandra Sulkey, family and consumer science teacher, applied for the grant to improve nutrition and nutrition education at the school.

The project is a collaboration between the Penn State University Department of Nutrition and the state Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition.


Township supervisors agreed Monday to consider hiring an outside accounting firm to audit township finances for 2003.

The decision was prompted in part by a petition signed by more than 70 residents requesting an independent audit. The township has three elected auditors and last hired a firm to conduct an outside audit in 1998.

"When people think you should have an outside audit, it's time [to do one]," said Supervisor Robert Seibert. "It clears the air."

The elected auditors have not yet produced a report on the township's 2002 operating budget, which was due March 15, Seibert said. He said it is almost time for the township to begin planning the 2004 budget, and it is unlikely now that an audit will be produced in time to be helpful in planning.


Northland Public Library has received the AARP Pennsylvania 2003 Excellence Award in recognition of its mini-library program at area nursing homes and personal care facilities.


Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church in Harrison has received a $500 grant from Duquesne Light Co. in recognition of the volunteer efforts of Duquesne Light employee Doug Deemer, of New Kensington.

Deemer volunteers with the church's youth groups, which will be beneficiaries of the grant.

North Allegheny schools

Peebles Elementary School has received a $10,000 grant from the Highmark Challenge for Healthier Schools program.

It was chosen its approach to instilling behaviors that reduce health risks and enable pupils to be alert and ready to learn.

Peebles is one of four schools in the elementary category to receive the grant from 56 Western Pennsylvania schools that applied.

Shaler Area schools

The school district is scheduled to approve a three-year agreement with insurance provider Reliance. The contract, effective Oct. 1, will supply the district with basic life, supplemental life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. The agreement has a three-year rate freeze.

The carpet in third-floor classrooms in Shaler Area High School will be replaced with tile. Massaro Industries was awarded the contract at a cost of $30,925.

The district intends to extend its Sunday community recreational swimming by two hours at the middle school pool.

The program will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. It will start Oct. 6 and continues through February. The rate will be $90 per family and $70 per individual, a $10 increase in both rates over last year.

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