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South West Communities Chamber of Commerce Offers Scholarship Opportunity

USC Administration - Tuesday, January 12, 2021
From South West Communities Chamber of Commerce:

The South West Communities Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The Common Good Foundation, the chamber’s sister non-profit, is excited to offer a considerable scholarship opportunity to high school seniors in 2021. The Common Good Foundation Scholarship 2021 will grant one exemplary student $1,000.00 to put towards their future education. 

Each year the South West Communities Chamber of Commerce hosts a car raffle in order to raise funds not only for the chamber of commerce, but also to raise money to support one meritorious students who is making a difference in the community. 

High school seniors from Upper St. Clair, Carlynton, Chartiers Valley and South Fayette school districts are eligible for The Common Good Foundation Scholarship. In addition, students must fit the following criteria: 

1.) High school senior 

2.) Must have a minimum final GPA of 3.2 

3.) Provide one teacher recommendation 

4.) Provide a copy of high school transcripts or most recent report card 

5.) Complete an application form, including a typed 450-600 word essay 

Find more information about the scholarship here.

About The Common Good Foundation:  

The Common Good Foundation is the 501©(3) non-profit arm of the South West Communities Chamber of Commerce. Established in 2008 to enhance our community outreach programs, and when possible to award a scholarship to a high school senior in the school districts served by the Chamber.  It is our hope that in the future these young men and women will participate in their community’s achievement and growth.   

About the South West Communities Chamber of Commerce:  

The South West Communities Chamber of Commerce is a strong, pro-business membership organization serving business and our communities for almost 100 years. Member municipalities include the Boroughs of Bridgeville, Carnegie and Heidelberg, and the Townships of Collier, Scott, South Fayette, and Upper St. Clair as well as surrounding regions in and around the South Hills. The Chamber provides the tools to assist in the operation and promotion of area businesses, and our members work together to make our communities desirable places to live and do business. 

Commissioners Approve Upper St. Clair Board and Commission Reappointments

USC Administration - Wednesday, January 06, 2021
On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners approved the following reappointments to various boards and commissions:

Building and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board, 3-year term:
-David J. McLean
-Robert T. Stevens, Jr.

Civil Service Board, 3-year term:
-Shon Worner

Library Board, 3-year term:
-Barbara Zimmt

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, 3-year term:
-William O. Barnard (Vice Chair)
-Diane Morris

Planning Commission, 4-year term:
-David Sirota

Zoning Hearing Board, 3-year term:

-Justin W. Hollingsworth
-Gregg R. Zegarelli

McMillan Road Closures Begin

USC Administration - Thursday, November 12, 2020

PennDOT District 11 announces milling and paving operations on Route 3034 (McMillan Road) in Upper St. Clair beginning Thursday, Nov.12 weather permitting.

Crews from A. Liberoni, Inc. will conduct milling and paving operations, base repairs and traffic loop sensor installation on McMillan Road between Painters Run Road and Fort Couch Road. To allow the work to occur, McMillan Road will be closed and through traffic will be detoured according to the following schedule:

-McMillan Road will close between Painters Run Road and Fort Couch Road from 7 a.m. Thursday morning continuously through 5 p.m. Friday.
-Restrictions will be lifted from Friday night at 5 p.m. through 7 a.m. Monday morning
-McMillan Road will re-close between Painters Run Road and Fort Couch Road from 7 a.m. Monday morning continuously through 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon

Posted Detours

From Painters Run Road
-From Painters Run Road, traffic would head east
-Painters Run Road becomes Gilkeson Road
-Turn right onto Route 19 (Washington Road)
-Turn right onto Fort Couch Road
-Follow Fort Couch Road back to McMillan Road
-End detour

From Fort Couch Road
-Same detour in the opposite direction

If work is completed early, the roadway will reopen to traffic.

West Penn Power Plans Outage for Halloween Morning

USC Administration - Thursday, October 29, 2020
On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, West Penn Power will perform a planned power outage from approximately 8 to 9 a.m. The outage will affect 1,333 customers in Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park. Click here to view the affected streets.

West Penn Power will send an automated phone call to affected customers. For questions, call 1-800-686-0021.

Firefighters Honored at Upper St. Clair Meeting

USC Administration - Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The following Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighters were recognized Monday night with Certificates of Appreciation for years of service:

-Doug Dennig, 45 years
-Keith Scannell, 40 years
-John Doebler, 25 years
-Michael Gannon, 15 years
-Marius Rosu, 5 years
-Richard Jurik, 5 years

Commissioner Rex Waller presented the certificates to the firefighters. Mr. Waller gave a heartfelt thanks to the men for their service and told them they have the full support of the Township. 

Commissioner Robert Orchowski presented a proclamation to Russ Rauch, Upper St. Clair's fire prevention coordinator, declaring Oct. 4-10 Fire Prevention Week in Upper St. Clair. This year's theme is "Serve Up Fire Prevention in the Kitchen" due to the fact cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 

Fundraising for the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department is down this year due to the pandemic. Visit the USC VFD website to learn how you can help.

"Let's do our darndest to get that (fundraising) number up to support this great group of folks," Mr. Orchowski said. 

Commissioner Pamela Enck Honored with Certificate of Achievement

USC Administration - Tuesday, September 15, 2020

PA State Rep. Natalie Mihalek honored Upper St. Clair’s new Commissioner Pamela L. Enck with a Certificate of Achievement at the Board’s September regular meeting.

“She’s always ready to volunteer in the community, from charities to church,” said Rep. Mihalek.

Mrs. Enck was sworn in as a commissioner on Aug. 3, 2020 to finish the term of C. Elise Logan, who had resigned. Rep. Mihalek said she especially appreciated Commissioner Enck stepping up to serve her community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenging time for many local leaders.

Upper St. Clair Recognizes World Odyssey of the Mind Champions

USC Administration - Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued an official proclamation recognizing the Upper St. Clair High School Odyssey of the Mind Division III Problem Performance Team 2019-20 for placing first at the World Finals.

Commissioner Pamela L. Enck presented the honor to the team, consisting of Victoria Cuba, Brianna Lin, Joseph Markovitz, Max Murtough, Sammie Seewald, Constantine Tripodes and Eric Wang. Coaches Laura Murtough, Stacey Seewald and Meridith Markovitz led the team in defeating 36 other teams at the World Finals. It was the only team from Western Pennsylvania to earn an award at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals and the only Pennsylvania team to earn first-place honors.

The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, set to take place at Iowa Stat University in May, was canceled, providing more than 850 teams around the world the opportunity to submit their performance by video. One judge noted that, “this (Upper St. Clair) team’s video was the single biggest takeaway” he had from this year. He said the virtual tournament helped showcase creativity in new ways

“These kids had to adjust to perform virtually. What they achieved is just awesome,” said Commissioner Enck.

Visit Upper St. Clair’s Odyssey of the Mind website to see the World Champs’ performance and video.

Bethel Church Road Closure Begins Sept. 8

USC Administration - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

From the Allegheny County Department of Public Works:

The westbound lane of Bethel Church Road will close between Alton Drive and Walther Lane in Bethel Park starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The closure, which is expected to end in December 2020, is required for construction of a rock embankment, extension of a stormwater pipe, and replacement of pavement and guide rail.

The eastbound lane will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Westbound passenger vehicles will be detoured using Logan Road, South Park Road, and Drake Road. Due to a weight restriction on Logan Road, westbound trucks weighing more than 10 tons will be detoured using Fort Couch Road, Washington Road (Route 19), and McMurray Road.

New Upper St. Clair Commissioner Sworn In

USC Administration - Tuesday, August 04, 2020

On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni officiated the swearing-in of appointed Commissioner Pamela L. Enck. Commissioner Enck will finish the term of C. Elise Logan, who recently resigned. 

"I've known Commissioner Enck for some time now and I know she will a great asset to your Township," said the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni. 

Masks were removed for the photos. 

Part of Painters Run Road Reopens and Another Part Closes

USC Administration - Thursday, July 30, 2020
From Allegheny County Department of Public Works:

Allegheny County Department of Public Works reopened part of the 1800 block of Painters Run Road in Scott Township and Upper St. Clair to traffic. The closure, which began on July 20, 2020 as part of an ongoing project, was required for preservation of Painters Run Bridge No. 9. That work included repairs to the bridge deck, installation of guide rail, and paving.

Another part of Painters Run Road – just west of its intersection with McMillan Road in Upper St. Clair – is now closed. While completing drainage work there, crews encountered an unmarked underground mine void that might affect the road’s stability. As a result, Allegheny County Public Works will keep that section of road closed until it can ensure that it is safe for drivers.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation are being brought in to evaluate the mine void and potential remediation options. At this time, there is no timetable for when the road will reopen. When one has been established, that information will be provided to the public.

Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road.

As previously announced, paving work will begin on July 31, 2020 on other sections of Painters Run Road between Bower Hill Road in Scott Township and Cedar Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon. The majority of that work, which is expected to last at least two weeks, will occur overnight – between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday. The department worked with the affected municipalities for a waiver of their noise ordinances and is notifying property owners who might be impacted by the night work.

While paving work is taking place, drivers can expect to experience short stoppages in work zones. Flaggers will be used to control traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area.

After the paving work is complete, crews will return to working between daylight hours only – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – until the project ends. The project was expected to end in August, but the mine void could alter that schedule.

The project is being done by Northeast Paving, a division of Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, of Pittsburgh, as part of the $10.7 million 2019 Capital Roads contract.
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