PSU students to help with relief efforts
In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., Penn State New Kensington’s student government association is conducting several activities to assist the victims, their families and relief workers.
Bottled water and new white socks are being collected at the school’s campus along Route 780 in Upper Burrell.
Volunteers also will be in New Kensington and Upper Burrell on Wednesday and Sunday to collect money for a national fund for families of victims.
A candlelight procession is scheduled for 8 tonight beginning at the Nittany Lion apartments.
For details, call (724) 334-6141, or (724) 334-6063.
The Plum Senior Community Center, 499 Center New Texas Road, will have an organizational meeting from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 with the goal of starting a new AARP chapter in the Plum area.
Bill Casile, an AARP representative, will discuss how to form a new chapter and answer questions about the association and its programs.
The proposed chapter would meet in the evening for the benefit of people 50 to 65 who work during the day.
For details, call the center at (412) 795-2330.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, the Safety Bug returns to Penn State McKeesport so students, faculty and staff can experience drunken driving with no danger.
Operators take the Safety Bug through a pylon slalom course, and a computer in the car can be programmed to delay its braking and steering reaction times to simulate the slowed times that alcohol-impaired drivers experience.
The Safety Bug was developed by the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association, and the event is part of the series of alcohol awareness programs sponsored by Penn State and the state Liquor Control Board’s Partnership for Prevention.
The Western Pennsylvania Safety Council is sponsoring a professional truck driver course from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in room 340W of the Pittsburgh Expo Mart, 105 Mall Blvd.
Topics include defensive driving strategies, driving large vehicles, lane management and driving conditions.
The cost is $95 for members and $125 for nonmembers.
The council also is sponsoring these courses:
All classes will be in room 340W of the Pittsburgh Expo Mart. For fee information or to register, call (412) 856-5400 or (800) 345-9772.
Residents who sign up as a member of the Community Library of Allegheny Valley during September will be invited to attend a special New Members Celebration with refreshments and free gifts from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Harrison Township library.
Patrons may sign up at either location, 1522 Broadview Blvd., or 315 E. Sixth Ave., Tarentum.
Members will receive invitations and RSVP instructions when they register. For details, call the Harrison library at (724) 226-3491 or Tarentum at (724) 226-0770.
is a former freelancer.