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					                           THE PENN TOWNSHIP

                 PIPELINE                                            VOLUME 15, NUMBER 4

                                                      A refund can be given at the end of the year if
COMMUNITY NEWS                                        the employed has income from all sources less
                                                      than $12,000.
Winter Snow Reminders                                 Self employed individuals that have not received
                                                            their Local Services tax form should
The township staff would like you to
                                                            contact the tax office at 724-744-1414.
keep these items in mind as we head
through another winter snow season.                         Important Note: If you have a business and
                                                            have not paid your LST, you are required
Remember to keep roads accessible to
                                                            by township ordinance to pay this $52 tax.
snow plows. When snow is predicted,
                                                            This includes all self-employed
please park your vehicles in your garage
or driveway. An unobstructed road
means a clearer road.                                 2011 Westmoreland County/
                                                      Penn Township Real Estate Taxes
Snow can cause problems for firefighters when
the hydrants become difficult to access. Please       The Westmoreland County and Penn Township
help by pitching in and removing snow from            real estate tax statements and street light
around area fire hydrants.                            assessment statements for the year 2011 are
                                                      scheduled to be mailed by 3/1/2011.
Third, please do not shovel snow into the
roadways. It is a violation to do so.                 Property owners who don’t receive their tax
                                                      statements within 7 days of this date should call
Fourth, please make sure your mailbox post is
                                                      the Penn Township real estate tax office,
secure. A secure post helps avoid delays in mail
delivery caused by hidden mailboxes.
                                                      Also, call if you believe that you received a tax
                                                      statement in error (e.g., it should have been sent
From the Township                                     to your mortgage company).
Tax Collector                                         Tax Office Contact Information
2010 School Real Estate Taxes
                                                      The office of Larry Wojcik, the Penn Township
All real estate taxes for the current tax year 2010   Tax Collector and Treasurer, is located in the
are required to be paid by 12/31/2010.                municipal building, 2001 Municipal Court,
                                                      Harrison City, PA 15636. His phone number is
All payments made after 12/31/2010 must be
made at the Westmoreland County Courthouse’s
Tax Claim Bureau.
2010 Local Services Taxes
The fourth quarter payments for the Local
                                                      Inside this issue...
Services Tax (LST) for the year 2010 are due by        Community News ............................................1
1/31/2011. All persons who are employed or             Calendar of Events..........................................2
self-employed, including both resident and non-        Club and Organization News ..........................2
resident individuals, eighteen years of age or
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older as of January 1, 2010, engaging in an
occupation within Penn Township are liable for
this tax.
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                                                   FEBRUARY 2011
Keep Those Pipeline
                                                   February 2010 – PTAE Spring Class
Contributions Coming                               Registration Begins
The Penn Township Pipeline is entering its         Spring classes offered by Penn-Trafford Adult
16th year! The Penn Township Pipeline remains      Education (PTAE) will start in mid-March.
available each quarter via the township web site   Registration will begin in February. Class
( and via email with an ever-      schedules will be included in the February issue
growing mailing list.                              of the Penn-Trafford Prospectus (school district
Keep in touch with the community with your         newsletter mailed to households in the Penn-
contributions that can be either e-mailed to       Trafford School District) and posted on the or mailed/dropped off to      group’s web site,, near the middle
The Penn Township Pipeline, P.O. Box 452,          of February.
Harrison City, PA 15636.                           MARCH 2011
                                                   No events scheduled.
           ALSO SEE the Club and
        Organization News section for              CLUB AND
       information about other events.
                                                   ORGANIZATION NEWS
December 26 - January 10 –                         Recreation
Christmas Tree Recycling
The Community Women’s Club
of Level Green will accept live                    Penn Area Library
Christmas trees at the parking lot       ,
next to the PTARC ballfield at the intersection    724-744-4414
of Route 130 and Murrysville Road in Level
Green, December 26 through January 10, 2010.       What’s New @ Penn Area Library

This is an open drop-off (unmanned with no set     E-Books: The Penn Area Library is getting
hours). Ornaments and lights must be removed.      ready for e-books! The libraries of
                                                   Westmoreland County are working together in a
LIVE TREES ONLY!                                   cooperative initiative with OverDrive to bring e-
If you have questions, contact Sue Rometo at       books, downloadable audio books, music and
412-493-0957.                                      movies to all patrons. Look for these new
                                                   resources to be available at the end of January,
January 8 & January 15 –                           2011. A list of compatible devices that you’ll be
Christmas Tree Recycling                           able to use to access your downloadable
Alwine Community 4-H Club will be recycling        selections appears at the end of this article.
Christmas trees at Schramms Farms & Orchards       Story Times: Story times will begin again in
on Harrison City-Export Road on January 8 &        January. Registration starts on Monday, January
15, from 9 am – 1 pm.                              10th and will run for 2 weeks.
January 2010 - PTARC Winter/Spring                 Story times will start the week beginning
Class Registration                                 January 24th.
The Winter/Spring Activity Guide from PTARC        Toddlers ages 2 and 3 will meet on Mondays at
(Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission)         10:00 am and 11:00 am beginning Monday,
was mailed to all residents in the Penn-Trafford   January 24th. Each story time lasts
school district during the week of December 27     approximately 35 minutes.
and is now available on PTARC’s web site
(                                       Pre-schoolers, ages 4-6 will meet on Tuesdays at
                                                   11:00 am and 1:00 pm beginning on Tuesday,
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January 25th. Each story time lasts                   Library Receives Grant: Penn Area Library has
approximately 45 minutes.                             received a generous grant from the Baughman
                                                      Family Charitable Fund (A Fund of American
These story times will run through March.
                                                      Endowment Foundation). These funds will help
The Reading PALS, girls’ reading club, will           to enhance their collection of large print and
resume in January. Girls ages 7 and up are            audio books for their patrons. Look for new
welcome to join this ongoing group. The girls         selections arriving soon!
meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at
                                                      Book Sale! The Friends of Penn Area Library
6:30 pm. The first session is on Wednesday,
                                                      will be holding their next Book Sale on March
January 26th.
                                                      4th & 5th, 2011. As always, they will have great
Chess Classes: Chess classes continue for two         selections organized by genre and subject. Stop
more months. The classes will be held on              by and gather some good reads – $5/bag. It’s a
Thursday, January 6th and February 3rd from           great way to support your library.
6:00 -8:00 pm. Call the library at 724-744-4414
                                                      More Programs and Activities: Check our web
to register.
                                                      site, for upcoming special
Other Exciting Things are Happening Too...            programs and activities.
Robotics Team: In December, the Penn Area             Call the library any time with questions and/or
Library Robotics team “Robo-PALs” competed            suggestions: 724-744-4414. They welcome your
with 72 other teams at the FLL Robotics               input.
Competition held at CMU. The Penn Area
                                                      **Here are some of the many compatible
Library's team won third Place for their
                                                      devices that you’ll be able to use to access your
innovative robot design, and ranked sixth
                                                      downloadable selections:
overall! Participating on the team were Travis
Barkefelt, Isabel Siergiej, Anthony Johnson,          eReaders*
Julianna Wozniak, and Reilly Jamison.
                                                      • Sony Reader Daily Edition
Congratulations, Robo-PALs!
Multi-Generational Wii Bowling: Penn Area                 PRS-950SC
Library team members – Marjorie Hoehn and
                                                      • Sony Reader Pocket Edition
her granddaughter Kieya Brewer – were the
winners of the library's first multi-generational
Wii Bowling Tournament! This program,
sponsored by the Westmoreland Library                 • Sony Reader PRS-505
Network, consisted of participants from seven             PRS-700
libraries in the district. The championship           • Sony Reader Touch Edition
tournament was held at Greensburg Public                  PRS-600BC
Library on November 3rd. It was a fun event for           PRS-650BC
                                                      • Barnes and Noble
Quilt Being Auctioned as Fundraiser: The                  Nook
library's friends from the “Quilting Connection”          Nook 3G
have generously donated a beautiful quilt to be           Nook Color
auctioned off to raise money for the library. The
members of this group, led by Kathy Cisko,            • Literati Reader
have been meeting at the library for 10 years.        • Kobo Ereader
During that time they have raised money not
only for the library, but for other local             • Panditigial Novel
organizations including the Food Bank. The            Mp3 Compatible Only*
“Cathedral Window” quilt, their latest project –
a labor of love, hand sewn over the past year and     • Barnes and Noble
a half – will be on display at the library over the       All Nook Readers
next few months. Stop by to see it…it’s really        • Htc G1
amazing. And make your bid…you just might be
the lucky winner!                                     • Sony Reader Daily Edition
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• Sony Reader PRS-505                             Penn-Trafford Adult Education (PTAE)
                                                  Spring Brochure of Classes Coming in
For Audiobooks *                                  February: The brochure containing the spring
WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MP3                       classes organized by Penn-Trafford Adult
                                                        Education (PTAE) will be included in the
• Apple Ipad & Ipod                                     February issue of the school district’s
• Audiovox: Ppc-6700; Xv 6700                           newsletter, The Prospectus, to be mailed
                                                        to all residents of the Penn-Trafford
• Coby Mp (Multiple Models)                             school district.
• Creative Muvo (Multiple Models)                       Registrations are accepted up until one
• Creative Zen (Multiple Models)                  week before the class begins.
• Dell Axim X51v                                  About Penn-Trafford Adult Education: Penn-
                                                  Trafford Adult Education is an all-volunteer
• Iriver T10, T30                                 organization that has been providing educational
• Samsung Yp (Multiple Models)                    opportunities for adults since 1962. For more
                                                  information on the group and its programs,
• Scandisk Sansa Clip (Multiple Models)           contact Devra Cherrone, chairperson, at 724-
• Scandisk Sansa (Multiple Models)                744-2303.
• Sony Walkman (Multiple Models)                  Penn-Trafford Adult Education is always
                                                  looking for new volunteers to help organize and
*The library does not endorse or promote the      run classes for the community and instructors for
devices listed here. This is meant for            new classes. Contact them if you are interested.
informational purposes only and the consumer
should choose according to his/her needs.         Penn-Trafford Area Recreation
Call the library for more information: 724-744-   Commission (PTARC)
4414.                                             Winter/Spring Activity Guide Mailed:
                                                  PTARC’s Winter/Spring Activity Guide was
                                                  mailed to residents of the Penn-Trafford School
                                                  District during the week of December 27.
                                                  Classes for all ages from tots through seniors,
                                                  trips, discount tickets to area ski resorts, and
                                                  many special events are offered.
                                                  The activity guide was also posted online at
                                         Extra copies of the guide may
                                                  also be obtained at the PTARC office in the
             The Penn Township                    Penn Township Municipal Building.
           is published quarterly by              PTARC Fundraisers: Friends of PTARC will
      the township. Your comments and             be holding their annual FACE Gala on April 30,
      contributions are always welcome.           2011. Nominations for the FACE award are
 Mail, e-mail, or drop off your information to:   being accepted until March 18. For details, visit
                                                  the PTARC web site at
         The Penn Township Pipeline               About PTARC: PTARC is a nonprofit,
                P.O. Box 452                      intergovernmental organization formed between
          Harrison City, PA 15636                 the boroughs of Penn, Trafford, and Manor,
                    Penn Township, and the Penn-Trafford School
          Thank you to Annette Blanar
         for volunteering her time to edit
                                                  PTARC’s mission is to provide the opportunity
   The Penn Township Pipeline and to everyone     for life-long learning, fitness and fun through
    who contributed information to this issue.    wholesome, affordable, recreational activities
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and safe, appealing facilities. They can be          Fire Department Meetings: First Tuesday of
reached at 724-744-2171, ext. 204 or 205.            every month. Always looking for new members.
                                                     Fireman’s Auxiliary Meetings: First
Volunteer Fire Departments                           Wednesday of the month. New members always
Grandview VFD
                                                     Kitchen: Open Mondays from 5-9 pm and
Grandview VFD meetings: Third Wednesday of           Thursday 6-10 pm. Thursday is Wing Night, eat-
each month beginning at 8:00 pm.                     in special. Run by the Auxiliary.
Grandview Auxiliary meetings: First Tuesday          Social Club: Membership is $5.00 per year.
of each month from September through June.
Meetings begin at 7:30 pm. New members are           Banquet Hall: Available for all occasions. For
always welcome.                                      more information, please call Chris at 412-380-
Bingo: Weekly bingo on Monday night
beginning at 7:00 pm with 50/50 early bird           Paintertown VFD
games beginning at 6:15 pm. As well as regular
                                                     Fire Department: Meetings on the second and
games, specials and quickies, there is a 600
                                                     fourth Tuesday of every month. Always looking
point progressive jackpot. It is always a pleasure
                                                     for new members. Need community service for
to see new players on Mondays. The kitchen
                                                     high school credit? Contact Chief Brian Lee at
opens at 5:30 pm with a variety of food.
                                                     724-863-7769. Web site:
Hall rentals: For weddings, anniversaries,
                                                     Ladies Auxiliary: Meets on the second
graduations, birthdays, etc. Call 724-523-8251
                                                     Wednesday of every month. President Tracy
for information about hall rentals.
                                                     Pany is welcoming new members – call 724-
Harrison City VFD                                    864-0334.
Unless otherwise noted, for more information on      Social Club / Kitchen: Accepting social
HCVFD events, visit their web site                   members for only $5.00 per year. Come in and                                       try their famous wings, fish sandwiches, salads,
                                                     and more. The kitchen is open every Monday,
Harrison City VFD’s Pavilion Rental: Perfect         Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Call the club
place for your family gathering, graduation party    for hours – 724-863-7769.
and any other outdoor celebration. On January
30, 2010, the department will be booking the         Social Hall: Accommodates 200. Great for
pavilion for the summer of 2010 at the truck         showers, small weddings, graduation parties,
garage from 10 am - 12 pm.                           and holiday events.
Harrison Room Banquet Hall: Seats up to 450          Claridge VFD
people comfortably. Perfect facility to make
                                                     For more information on the Claridge Volunteer
your day special. Please call to set up an
                                                     Fire Department, call 724-744-2400.
appointment to view the room with their rental
agent.                                               Colton Social Hall: Perfect place to hold any
                                                     event, especially your wedding reception. They
Tours: If you would like to tour the station or
                                                     offer several caterers for you to choose, ample
see any of their fire equipment, please feel free
                                                     parking, and comfortable seating for up to 500
to stop by any Monday night after 6:00 pm.
                                                     guests. Please call today to set up a tour of the
Level Green VFD                                      facility.
Unless otherwise noted, for more information on      Weekly Bingo: Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00
LGVFD events, call 412-372-9669 or visit their       pm. Warm-ups start at 6:25 pm.
web site,
Weekly Bingo: Mondays. Doors open at 4:30
pm. Bingo starts at 6:30 pm. For more info, call
412-372-9669 or 412-372-9625.
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Churches                                            Penn Township Recreation Board - 4th Thursday
                                                    of each month, 7:30 pm, Penn Township Municipal
Zion’s Lutheran Church                              Building.
Located on Route 130, Harrison City, PA 15636       Penn Area Library Board - 2nd Tuesday of
The Rev. Roger L. Steiner, Pastor                   alternate months beginning in January, 7:30 pm,
                                                    Penn Area Library.
January, February, March, April 2011
Worship Service 9:00 a.m.                           Penn Township Sewage Authority Business
Wednesday Holy Communion Service 7:00 p.m.          Meetings - 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm,
Friday Bible Study 11:00 a.m.                       Sewage Authority building at 1032 Nike Site Road.

Penn Lutheran Church                                Penn Township Sewage Authority Workshop
                                                    Meetings - 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm,
Harrison Avenue, Penn, PA 15675                     Sewage Authority building at 1032 Nike Site Road.
The Rev. Roger L. Steiner, Pastor
                                                    Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority - 3rd
January, February, March, April 2011                Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm, Sewage treatment
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.                          facility on Route 993.
                                                    Penn Township Business Association - For meeting
Community Meetings                                  dates visit
                                                    PTARC (Penn-Trafford Area Recreation
Get involved with YOUR community! Attend
                                                    Commission) - 1st Monday of each month, 3:00 pm,
community meetings to learn what’s happening
                                                    Warrior Center.
and voice your opinion! A complete description
of each of Penn Township’s boards and                   CLIP OUT AND SAVE
commissions and their meeting dates can be          The deadline for material for the Spring 2011 issue
found on the Penn Township web site.                of The Penn Township Pipeline, which will include
                                                    information for April, May, and June 2011, is
Penn Township Commissioners Business Meetings
                                                    Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
- 3rd Monday of each month, 7:30 pm, Penn
Township Municipal Building.                        When submitting information on events, please be as
                                                    specific as possible. Please include what the event is,
Penn Township Commissioner Caucus Meetings -
                                                    who is sponsoring it, where it will be held, and when
Wednesday preceding the third Monday of the
                                                    it is (the date and time).
month, 7:30 pm, Penn Township Municipal Building.
                                                    For all submissions, please include a contact person
Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board - 2nd
                                                    and telephone number for additional information.
Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm, Penn Township
                                                    As always, please get your material in early. Late
Municipal Building.
                                                    submissions may not be able to be published
Penn Township Planning and Zoning Commission
- 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, Penn
Township Municipal Building.
                                 DIRECTORY (All area codes are 724 unless otherwise noted)
EMERGENCY CALLS                                                       911    U.S. SENATE
PENN TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONERS                                                  Bob Casey, Jr.                               866-802-2833
                                                                             Arlen Specter                                412-644-3400
Ward 1 – Kenneth Darragh                                      523-5355
E-MAIL: None AREA: Grandview, Oakford Heights, Pheasant Run, Shanty          PA STATE SENATOR
Town, Burrell Hill, Boquet, Mt. Manor (south side), Observatory, Penn        Kim Ward                                         600-7002
Heights mobile home park, Walton Crossings
POLLING: 1-1 Grandview Fire Hall; 1-2 Westmoreland County Community          PA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
College - Bushy Run Campus                                                   George Dunbar                                    744-0305
Ward 2 – Ed Sullivan                                          523-8757       PENN TOWNSHIP
E-MAIL: AREA: Harrison City, Harrison Park,
Harrison Estates, McCullough, Skyview, Penn Glade, portions of Deerfield
                                                                             Base number for the extensions                    744-2171
plan, Mt. Manor, (north side) Stoney Creek, Lorrie (south side), Bushy Run   Township Manager/Secretary-Bruce Light             ext. 201
Fields, Johntown                                                             Director of Finance-Linda Iams                     ext. 202
POLLING: 2-1 Warrior Center (High School Stadium); 2-2 Harrison City Fire    Community Development Director-Dallas Leonard ext. 207
                                                                             Chief Building Inspector/Zoning Officer-Mike Stack ext. 208
Ward 3 – Paul Wersing                                         744-4887       Sewage Enforcement/Occupancy Inspection            ext. 208
E-MAIL: AREA: Claridge, St. Barbara, Boxcartown,              Landfill                                           ext. 207
Country Farms, one-half of Prosperity Farms (divided by Seanor Rd), Penn
Highlands, Oak Farms Estates, Blackthorne, Deerfield north of Waugaman
                                                                             Community Dev. Secretary-Jean Ann Greer            ext. 210
Rd., Bella Victoria, Campbell Farms                                          Police                                            863-1119
POLLING: 3-1 Colton Hall in Claridge; 3-2 Township Municipal Building        Road Department-Tom Lamacz                        863-5710
(Library); 3-3 New Life Church on Raymaley Road                              Library-Christine Miller, Director                744-4414
Ward 4 – Charles Horvat                                       744-2607       Sewer Authority-Stan Caroline, Authority Manager 744-4333
E-MAIL: AREA: East side of Paintertown Road,              Emergency Management-George Adamson                ext. 213
Sunrise, Rose Acres, The Villa, Meadow Wood, Penn Towne, Country View
area, The Willows, one-half of Prosperity Farms, Cortina Marie, Mull High    PENN-TRAFFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT
Acres (west portion)                                                         Superintendent-Dr. Deborah Kolonay               744-4496
POLLING: 4-1 Sunrise Estates Elementary School; 4-2 Rescue 6 on Sandy        Business Office                                  744-2121
Hill Road
                                                                             Transportation Office-Matt Harris                744-4496
Ward 5 – Michael Ginsburg                               412-372-6289         TOWNSHIP AND SCHOOL TAX COLLECTORS
E-MAIL: AREA: Level Green, Deer Run, portions of
Baker School Rd, west side of Paintertown Road                               Township-Larry Wojcik                            744-1414
POLLING: 5-1, 5-2, and 5-3 Level Green Community Building                    School-Centax Corp.                              744-0104
WESTMORELAND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS                                            TOWNSHIP WEB SITES
Tom Balya (Chairman)                                           830-3101      Penn Township (official site) 
Ted Kopas                                                      830-3103      Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission
Charles W. Anderson                                            830-3104      Penn-Trafford School District
                                                                             Penn Area Library              
DISTRICT MAGISTRATE                                                          Penn Township Police Dept.
Helen M. Kistler                                               744-3031
Tim Murphy                                                412-344-5583

The Penn Township
Winter 2010
Volume 15, Number 4
P.O. Box 452
Harrison City, PA 15636