Murrysville: Egyptology program, Veterans Day actions, zoo speaker, extra

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Delmont ministry seeks food donations for Thanksgiving dinner

Delmont-based nonprofit Seed Ministries is seeking food donations for its annual Thanksgiving dinner, held this year on Nov. 18 at Covenant Care Ministries in Southwest Greensburg.

They are seeking 10-12 large cans of yams, after having received other food donations from local grocery stores. Donations can be arranged by calling 304-413-6752 or 724-461-7015.

The dinner will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at Covenant Care Ministries, 533 Sidney St. in Southwest Greensburg.

AMVETS, Legion, VFW announce joint Veterans Day activities

The White Valley AMVETS, Export-Murrysville American Legion and Delmont VFW will sponsor Veterans Day ceremonies Nov. 13 at the following dates and times:

• 9 a.m., Eastview Union Cemetery, 350 E. Pittsburgh St. in Delmont

• 9:15 a.m., Delmont honor roll, 77 Greensburg St.

• 9:30 a.m., Delmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 101 Church St.

• 10:15 a.m., Export American Legion honor roll, 5764 Kennedy Ave.

• 10:30 a.m. Murrysville Community Park honor roll, 4856 Wiestertown Road

• 11 a.m. White Valley AMVETS Post 85 honor roll, 2100 Carolina St. in Murrysville

• Noon, luncheon for veterans at White Valley AMVETS

Delmont library clothing collection will end Nov. 6

November 6 will be the final day that Delmont Public Library patrons to donate hats, gloves and scarves for donation to the homeless through Greensburg nonprofit Feeding the Spirit.

A donation box is set up inside the front door at the library, 75 School St.

For more, call 724-468-5329.

Emmanuel Lutheran to install new pastor on Sunday

Emmanuel Lutheran Church will officially install new Pastor Caleb Douglas at a 3 p.m. service Nov. 7 at the church, 5000 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville. The installation will be followed by a harvest dinner at the church.

Douglas attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and graduated from the NALC seminary in Ambridge in 2017. He is currently pursuing a doctorate through Marquette University in Milwaukee. Beginning in their third year, doctoral candidates are encourage to complete their thesis while serving a congregation.

For more, call 724-327-2190.


Church will host former Air Force One chief steward

John Haigh of Murrysville, former chief steward to three U.S. presidents aboard Air Force One, will be the featured speaker at the “Boomers and Beyond” speaker series at Mother of Sorrows Church.

Haigh’s talk will be at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 9 at the church’s social hall, 4202 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville. Sessions are free and open to the public. No registration is needed, and participants can bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

AAUW to host Egyptology program, one-day book drop-off

The Murrysville chapter of the American Association of University Women will welcome Lisa Saladino Haney as its Nov. 11 guest speaker, to discuss her work in Egypt, her current research and her role in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s upcoming permanent exhibit, “Egypt on the Nile.”

Haney is the museum’s assistant curator.

The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Murrysville Community Library’s TechNook area. No registration is required. Attendees are required to wear a mask. For more, email or see

• In addition, the AAUW will host a one-day-only book donation drop-off drive.

It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 13 in the parking lot at the library, 4130 Sardis Road in Murrysville.

Club members will be on hand to accept, in good condition, books, CDs, DVDs, games and records, which can be brought in boxes or bags. All donations will be taken to Half Price Books, and proceeds will benefit the library.

Those unable to make it the day of the drive can take donations directly to Half Price Books, 3757 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, and forward the proceeds to the library.

Library presents ‘Pittsburgh’s Impact on the World’

The Murrysville Community Library will host staff from the Senator John Heinz History Center who will touch on the impact that Pittsburgh’s residents and their innovations have have on the world, from the banana split and Heinz ketchup to the Zippo lighter.

It will take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 15 at the library, 4130 Sardis Road in Murrysville.

Register online at or by calling 724-327-1102.

Murrysville Woman’s Club to meet Nov. 18

The Murrysville Woman’s Club will meet at 11:15 a.m., Nov. 18 at the Penn Murry Kitchen, 5089 Cozy Inn Cutoff in Murrysville.

Lunch will be served at noon and the featured speaker will be Paul Selvaggio of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

To attend or join the club, call Beverly Bella at 412-720-8372.

First Presbyterian Church to host seasonal sale

First Presbyterian Church in Murrysville will host its annual seasonal sale with fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas items on Nov. 6.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Laird Hall at the church, 3202 North Hills Road in Murrysville.

Proceeds will go toward the church’s mission projects.

For more, call 724-327-0728.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit FR Band Boosters

A Nov. 13 spaghetti dinner at First United Methodist Church in Murrysville will benefit the Franklin Regional Band Boosters and the Panther Marching Band.

It will be from 3-6:30 p.m. at the church, 3916 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville.

Reservations can be made at

Upcoming public meetings

• Franklin Regional school board committee-of-the-whole (no voting), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8 at the Murrysville municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road. Meetings are broadcast on Comcast local access Channel 19, and archived at

• Delmont council, 7 p.m., Nov. 9 at the borough building, 77 Greensburg St.

• Franklin Regional school board voting meeting, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the Murrysville municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road. Meetings are broadcast on Comcast local access Channel 19, and archived at

Vehicle emission law could change

Legislation to update the annual emission inspection tests for newer vehicles has passed the Pennsylvania Senate.

Senate Bill 777 would exempt the five newest model year vehicles from emissions testing and remove the gas cap testing requirement for vehicles without a gas cap.

Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Clearfield, said more than 21 million newer vehicles tested over the past decade have a 99.65% pass rate, proving the test to be less effective at reducing air pollution.

The bill now is headed to the House.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh to open poker room

Officials at Live! Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield’s Westmoreland Mall are preparing to open a poker room. The 1,400-square-foot room featuring seven tables is expected to open early next year pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

It will be located on the second floor of the facility, adjacent to Sports & Social Steel City. The room was originally designated as a banquet facility that could be used for private meetings or special events. It will generate about 25 new jobs.

“Our new poker room will be exciting and provide our guests with yet another reason to enjoy their time with us at Live! Casino,” General Manager Sean Sullivan said in a news release.

Announcement of the poker room comes almost a year after Live! Casino Pittsburgh opened in the former Bon-Ton storefront at the mall. The $150 million casino, owned by The Cordish Cos. in Maryland, has 30 table games, 150 slot machines and restaurant and entertainment facilities.

Pitt-Greensburg to host public vaccine clinics

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Mainline Pharmacy will sponsor five covid-19 vaccine clinics on Tuesdays through November. The clinics are free and open to the public as well as the campus community.

The clinics will provide the Moderna vaccine for those 12 and older. Both initial shots and boosters will be available. Clinics will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 16 and 23 in Chambers Hall at Pitt-Greensburg’s campus at 150 Finoli Drive, Hempfield.

Officials asked that those planning to attend the clinics register in advance at

A Pitt spokesman said the clinics are part of an outreach effort that began with the first clinic last spring.

Passport office at courthouse extends hours

The Westmoreland County Courthouse office that processes U.S. passport applications will have extended hours one day a week, officials announced.

The fifth floor Prothonotary Office at the courthouse, 2 N. Main St. in Greensburg, will be open two additional hours every Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to process passports.

It’s a resumption of a program that had been place prior to March 2020 when most courthouse functions were halted at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The office will continue to process passport applications on Mondays through Wednesdays and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Police: Apartment search turns up pot, THC cartridges

A 21-year-old Delmont man faces drug charges because police said a search of his apartment turned up marijuana, THC vapor cartridges and marijuana “wax.”

Delmont police said they were contacted over the summer by residents and management about drug activity at the Valley Stream apartment complex on Old William Penn Highway.

After opening an investigation, performing weeks of surveillance and making controlled purchases of marijuana, a search warrant was obtained for a unit in Valley Stream’s 101 building, belonging to David Michael Clarke, 21.

A warrant was served Oct. 21 by Delmont police and agents from the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, who found 101 grams of marijuana, 79 grams of marijuana “wax,” 60 grams of THC liquid in vaping cartridges, more than $2,600, scales and other packaging materials.

Clarke was charged with drug possession, possession with intent to distribute and drug paraphernalia. He faces a Dec. 21 hearing.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter .

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