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March 9, 2014

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Dog wardens begin checking licenses, shots

Dog wardens will be canvassing the area to check whether dogs have current licenses.

Dog owners in Pennsylvania are required to have licenses for dogs 3 months of age or older.

The dogs also must have a current rabies vaccination.

Licenses are available at the county treasurer’s office.

Auditor general approve's Boswell relief group’s operations

The relief association of the Boswell Volunteer Fire Company has been found by the state to have operated according to state law.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said that the relief association received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws and procedures.

Relief associations receive state aid from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state insurance companies.

Pitt-Johnstown students receive Heinz scholarships

Two Pitt-Johnstown students, Lynette Connacher and Suzanne Normile, have been named the recipients of the 2014 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership.

Both recipients will be studying abroad this summer.

Connacher is a sophomore biology major and the daughter of Charles Connacher and Margaret Robine of Ashville.

She will use the scholarship to study South Africa’s political history, regional medical practices and use of native plants at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Normile, a sophomore environmental studies major and the daughter of Mark and Annette Normile of South Park, Allegheny County, will use the scholarship to study community development and social justice at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion.

Reservations due for murder mystery dinner

A murder mystery dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Imperial Room, 2443 New Germany Road near Ebensburg, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger health system.

A three-course dinner will be served with a side of mystery and a silent auction.

Guests will be asked to participate in a murder mystery-themed dinner in the era of the popular PBS show “Downton Abbey.”

Would-be sleuths will try to solve the mystery for a chance at prizes.

The cost is $30 a person and $50 per couple. The reservation deadline is March 17.

Proceeds will help provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger.

To register or for more information, contact Vanessa Houser at or at 943-8887.

Register online at

St. Pat’s, nutrition events planned at senior community

McCullough House, a senior living community located at 500 Cheney Oaks Drive in Southmont, will conduct two community events this month.

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. March 17 and will feature Irish music, door prizes and refreshments.

 The nutrition awareness day hosted by Medi Home Health and Hospice Agency will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21.

Participants will receive nutritional education, blood pressure screenings and refreshments.

To RSVP for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration or learn more about nutrition awareness day, call Natalie Riccilli at 255-2213 or email

Free student aid session scheduled at college

Allegany College of Maryland in Somerset will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at George S. Cook Founders Hall.

Financial aid staff will help family from any high school to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA form. Students and potential students should bring income statements with them.

Campus tours will be given at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The event is free.

For more information, visit or call 445-9848.


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