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USC Issues Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week

USC Administration - Saturday, October 06, 2018
The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018 as fire prevention week in the Township. 

Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch. 

Mr. Orchowski said, "The Township of Upper St. Clair is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our Township.

"Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the location where people are at greatest risk from fire. U.S. fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that resulted in 2,735 civilian deaths, representing a majority (4 out of 5) of all U.S. fire deaths. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to U.S. fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980. 

"Residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working fire alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half, therefore residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Residents should listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and when it sounds respond by going outside immediately to the designated meeting place. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire. 

"The Township of Upper St. Clair first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education. Residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes.

"The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere," effectively serves to remind us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire. 

"The Board of Commissioners urges all residents to be aware of their surroundings, look for available ways out in the event of a fire, respond when a smoke alarm sounds by exiting the building immediately, and to support the public safety activities and efforts of the Township of Upper St. Clair's fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018."

Upper St. Clair Library Earns Gold Star from Pa. Library Association

USC Library - Friday, October 05, 2018
Upper St. Clair Township Library earned a gold star status from the Pennsylvania Library Association. It is one of eight libraries in Allegheny County and one of 40 across the state to earn PA Forward Star Library status. 

"Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring their continued connection in their local communities," said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director.

"Our libraries provide safe spaces, shelter and community connections to programs ranging from financial education to how to care for others dealing with unexpected life changes," said Buker. "Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to showcase their efforts and help all residents connect more with these community pillars."

PA Forward works through five key literacies -- Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial -- to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association launched the Star Library Program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category. Libraries must demonstrate proficiency with each of the five literacies when working toward the silver level of the program.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis. The Allegheny County libraries honored are:
-Bridgeville Public Library - Gold
-Community Library of Castle Shannon - Silver 4
-Monroeville Public Library - Gold
-Plum Community Library - Silver 1
-Sewickley Public Library - Bronze
-South Fayette Township Library - Silver 5
-South Park Township Library - Silver 2
-Upper St. Clair Township Library - Gold

USC Commissioners Honor Firefighters

USC Administration - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Pictured from left to right: Abbey Scannell; Capt. Keith Scannell; Isabella Oprison; Michael Moore; Donald DeLeo; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; and Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Russ Rauch

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the following volunteer firefighters for their years of service on Monday night:

-Donald DeLeo: 45 years of service
-Daniel Ferguson: 40 years of service
-Gerald Kopach, Jr.: 35 years of service 
-Drew Gerlach: 20 years of service
-Michael Moore: 15 years of service
-Mark Krzywicki: 15 years of service

Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the Certificates of Appreciation and thanked the firefighters for their dedication to the community. 
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