Animal Response Team Needs Volunteers
When disasters strike, flaws in family preparedness become obvious to emergency responders. One consistent problem is the failure to account for livestock and family pets.
To help prepare more adequately to save livestock and pets, many counties have formed Animal Response Teams to plan and coordinate care for animals during emergencies.
With winter coming, I wanted to get the word out that Greene County’s Animal Response Team is in need of volunteers to keep it going.
A few years ago, during severe winter weather, the team cared for dozens of pets whose owners needed to seek shelter.
Today, the Greene County Team is operating with only one volunteer, County Coordinator Derek Forman. The group needs volunteers for all sorts of jobs, from caring for animals to taking care of paperwork and publicity.
Forman will host an orientation for potential at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Greene County Emergency Management Agency office, 55 W. Greene St., Waynesburg.
If you can’t make the meeting and want some information on volunteering, call 724-966-8687.
Communities to Receive Recycling Grants
The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $12,000 in recycling grants to local communities.
These grants are intended to promote recycling as a way of protecting our environment. Encouraging people to reduce the waste stream is an investment in preserving what we have for future generations.
The grants were awarded under a state program that started in 1988 with Act 101. The Recycling Performance grant program reimburses counties and municipalities for costs involved in implementing and promoting recycling. The grants are based on the municipal population and the amount recycled.
The grant recipients are:
Washington County - $3,051
Chartiers Township - $4,153
McDonald Borough - $1,483
Canonsburg Borough $3,795
Nottingham Township - $313
Carroll Township - $2,591
Scholarships For 'Non-Traditional' Students
The Community Foundation of Greene County is offering a scholarship to assist individuals who live or work in Greene County and who are planning to attend or return to post-secondary education after a break in their formal education.
The scholarship may be used to attend non-four-year programs at accredited technical or community colleges, or to attend an accredited four-year college or university.
For eligibility information, and more scholarship opportunities, click here
Long-Needed Highway Improvement Set to Start
Due to Act 89, the state’s new transportation plan, a long-awaited $7.7 million project will get underway after Labor Day weekend to improve a section of Interstate 70 from approximately PA 221 (South Bridge Road) to the Washington Crown Center in Buffalo and North Franklin townships in Washington County.
Work will occur over two construction seasons, address approximately eight miles of roadway, and include bituminous patching, milling, resurfacing, bridge repair on a four-lane roadway, work on inlets, signing, guide rail and other construction. The contractor on the project is Lane Construction Corp.
Nighttime restrictions will be in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. There will be no work on Friday or Saturday nights. Drivers will need to be alert for changing traffic patterns along the roadway as work takes place.
PennDOT will issue updates on this project as work progresses. Motorists are advised to be cautious when driving through work zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.
Lane Closures Scheduled for Road Work
PennDOT is also advising drivers of single lane closures on Interstate 70, between Route 519 west to one mile past the Interstate 79 interchange in South Strabane Township, Washington County.
The night time restriction will be between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. starting Monday, Sept. 8 through Oct.1. Closures will occur in both directions, one direction at a time.
The restrictions will allow crews to drill core samples at various depths in both the east bound and west bound lanes of Interstate 70. Traffic will be restored to normal flow during daylight hours.
Chartiers Township Hosting Safety Day
The Chartiers Township Fire Department is holding a Safety Day from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 at their department headquarters, 2450 West Pike Street in Houston.
The event will include refreshments, tours and equipment displays.