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Traffic signal

PennDOT District 12 wants to inform motorists of traffic signal activation that will take place on Route 51.

The newly installed, full-cycle signal at the intersection of Route 51 and Route 4010 (near the UPS Building) in Menallen Township has been placed into flash mode and will become fully activated on Sept. 23.

The new full-cycle traffic signals with left turn and side road traffic detectors replaced flashing signals.

Motorists are warned to be prepared for stopped traffic and to obey Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Laws.


Lecture series

New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss will appear at Seton Hill University as part its 2003 lecture series.

Feiler has traveled to more than 60 countries and immersed himself in different cultures, recording his experiences in six books: “Learning to Bow,” “Looking for Class,” “Under the Big Top,” “Walking the Bible,” “Abraham” and “Dreaming Out Loud.” He is a contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and writes for the New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Gourmet. Feiler will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, with a book signing reception to follow the lecture.

Maraniss is the author of “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton,” and the soon-to-be-released “They Marched Into Sunlight.” The forthcoming book is a narrative focusing on a battle in Vietnam and a protest in the United States that took place simultaneously over two days in October 1967. Maraniss will speak at Seton Hill at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, with a book signing reception to follow the lecture.

Both lectures will take place in Cecilian Hall. Tickets are $10 for lecture only; $15 for lecture and book signing reception. For tickets, call 724-830-4626.


Finding pets

Is your pet missing• Let help! In May 1997, Curtis Esche was praying for two things: an idea for a small business and a vision for his life. Both requests were answered while on vacation in New Jersey. “We took the dog with us on vacation. She temporarily got away from us. Thankfully, we got her back within a few minutes. I suddenly realized how decentralized and unorganized the whole process of searching for a missing pet was. You place a flyer on a telephone pole or at the grocery. This means that whoever has your dog or cat must walk or drive by and notice your flyer. The probability of success is low. What was needed was a centralized community bulletin board specifically for posting missing pets. Not only is this possible with the Internet, but you don’t have to limit yourself to the local community,” says Esche. is a non-profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. The purpose of is to provide a nationwide system to post missing pets in order to reunite them with their families.

The Web site is divided into lost and found dogs, cats, and other pets. Advertisements are listed alphabetically by state and city with a reference number assigned to each pet. When a tip comes in regarding a pet, contact information is e-mailed to both parties, whereupon they contact each other.

There are more than 9,000 pets on the Web site from all over the world. Pet owners can post an ad for as long as they like at no cost. can be translated into multiple languages.


Telephone survey

Westmoreland County Planning Department officials have announced that a county-wide resident telephone survey will be conducted for the purpose of measuring citizen attitudes and preferences on a variety of community development and planning issues. The survey will be undertaken this week and is one of several citizen input techniques planned by the county as part of its comprehensive planning process.

Westmoreland County is currently preparing its first ever comprehensive plan for future development. The plan is designed to take stock of existing conditions and trends, to articulate a vision of the county’s future, and to describe the steps that must be taken to move the county in the desired direction. The commissioners are strongly supportive of the comprehensive planning process.

“A total of 400 telephone surveys will be completed, which is sufficient to produce a statistically valid sampling,” according to Eric Fulmer, of Mullin & Lonergan Associates, the consulting firm selected by the county to prepare the comprehensive plan.

The 400 telephone numbers will be selected at random by a market research firm from Pittsburgh in the 412 area code. The telephone will involve approximately 30 questions. Most of the questions use a multiple-choice format. Certain questions are designed to measure the intensity of the resident’s feelings about community development issues. The telephone survey can be completed in about 10 minutes.

“If you receive a call from our surveyors, I strongly encourage you to participate,” said Larry Larese. “Your investment of time in answering the questions will help us to chart a course for the county’s future.”

Additional information on the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan can be found on the county’s Web site at


Book sale

Reeves Memorial Library at Seton Hill University will host its annual “Big Sale,” featuring a wide variety of used books and other items for readers, from Sept. 26 to 29 during library hours: Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information on the book sale, call Marcia Pietrala, public service librarian, at Reeves Memorial Library, 724-830-1174. For more information on Reeves Memorial Library at Seton Hill, visit


Lost radio

A state police portable radio hand held unit was lost in the Smithton area in the locations of the Smithton Truck Stop, Dutch Hollow Road or Route 981 through the borough. If found, please return to or contact the state police at Belle Vernon at 724-929-6262.


Walkers wanted

On Sept. 28, citizens of Penn State will participate in the annual Walk for Farm Animals — a national campaign to raise public awareness about farm animal welfare, and to raise needed funding for farm animal rescue and protection efforts.

The Penn State Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Sunset Park, Pavilion 2. Registration begins at noon. For more information on the Penn. State Walk or to register as a walker, call 814-234-3423.

Renowned artist Peter Max has created original artwork from the 2003 Walk for Farm Animals event. The design features “Cinci Freedom,” the cow who captured the nation’s attention when she jumped a six-foot

fence to escape a Cincinnati, Ohio, slaughterhouse last year. Freedom, who now grazes green pastures with friends at Farm Sanctuary’s shelter for farm animals in Watkins Glen, N.Y., is featured receiving a big kiss from her new best friend, a fellow sanctuary cow, in the artwork by Peter Max.

More than 1,000 activists in over 30 cities and 20 states will participate in the Walk for Farm Animals campaign. The event is sponsored by Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest farm animal rescue and protection organization, which operates two national shelters for nearly 1,500 farm animals in New York and California.

For more information, visit or


County needs

“Housing in Westmoreland County: An Assessment,” a report commissioned by the Westmoreland Coalition on Housing and compiled by two professors at Seton Hill University, will be the topic of a meeting of local housing representatives and public officials held Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 207 of Seton Hill’s administration building. Dr. Jim Paharik, associate professor of sociology and Dr. Marilyn Sullivan-Cosetti, associate professor and director, social work program, worked together in developing the assessment, and will speak on their findings. The meeting is closed to the public.

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