- Township Of Upper St Clair
- Tips for the Winter Season
- Fall Fun Continues at Annual USC Festival
- Color Crawl Is Another Success
- Costume Parade at the Community and Recreation Center
- USC Recognizes Firefighters and Fire Prevention Week
- New Health Coaching Services Available in Upper St. Clair
- USC Assistant Manager Wins Prestigious Award
- Upper St. Clair Commissioner Sworn In
- USC Presents On Stage With Jim and Lanny
- USC Recognizes PIAA Swim Champions
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the following volunteer firefighters for their years of service on Monday night:
-David Kropp, 30 years
-Daniel Barr, 20 years
-Douglas Heckman, 20 years
-Craig DeRoss, 10 years
-Sean Allebrand, 5 years
Commissioner Rex A. Waller presented the Certificates of Appreciation and thanked the firefighters for their dedication to the community.
In addition on Monday night, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 6-12, 2019 as fire prevention week in the Township. Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch, emphasizing that firefighters do more than put out house fires. Our Volunteer Fire Department also puts in a lot of time to teach fire prevention and keep the Township safe during and following storms.
"The community owes your a debt of gratitude and I personally want to commend you for your service," said Mr. Pardini.
The 2019 fire prevention week theme, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape," reminds citizens to take personal steps to increase safety from fire.
Pictured: Mark Mansfield, Assistant Township Manager of Upper St. Clair, and Larry Maggi, Washington County Commissioner
The Township of Upper St. Clair’s Assistant Manager Mark Mansfield is the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Local Government Joseph A. James Memorial Award.
This award is annually presented by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) to a municipal government elected or appointed official for a lifetime of exemplary governance or management; improving professionalism in municipal government; making a significant contribution to municipal government services; providing an outstanding service or facility; innovation, or outstanding leadership in a local government cause.
Following in the footsteps of past Township Manager, Douglas A. Watkins, Mr. Mansfield is now the second Township of Upper St. Clair official to receive this prestigious award reflecting decades of strong municipal leadership and governance within our community.
On July 29, the SPC Board awarded Mr. Mansfield in downtown Pittsburgh. Later that evening at the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners also recognized Mr. Mansfield for the impressive accomplishment.
Mr. Mansfield has professionally served Upper St. Clair for 31 years, supporting the Township and the Board of Commissioners. He led the development of a highly respected human resources program within the Township that serves as a model for other municipalities across the Commonwealth. In addition, Mr. Mansfield was instrumental in helping develop the Community & Recreation Center that has also become a model for other municipalities across the Commonwealth, as well as supporting and directing the several operating departments within the Township.
Mr. Mansfield’s professional involvement and leadership has contributed to a thriving and vibrant Upper St. Clair. He volunteers for the Local Government Academy, currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and he has led the Western Pennsylvania Municipal Managers Association, playing a big part in enhancing communication between the western Pennsylvania municipal managers and other municipal managers across the Commonwealth.
Mr. Mansfield’s commitment to professional municipal management, with the support of the Board of Commissioners and Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski, has helped Upper St. Clair to be recognized as one of the most well managed and respected local government organizations in the Commonwealth.
Mr. Mansfield holds a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Pictured: New Commissioner At-Large Rex Waller with Board of Commissioners President Mark Christie
Rex Waller was sworn in as an Upper St. Clair Commissioner on June 3. Mr. Waller, who served as Ward 2 Commissioner from January 2014 to January 2018, fills the Commissioner At-Large vacancy created when Russel Del Re resigned on April 29. The term expires on Dec. 31, 2019.
The Board of Commissioner interviewed five candidates in May and voted on their decision during their May Informational & General Affairs meeting.
The Township of Upper St. Clair proudly presents never-seen-before interviews between former Upper St. Clair High School football coach Jim Render and former Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare for Upper St. Clair fans.
Render, the winningest football coach in WPIAL history, shares some of his best memories and what’s next after announcing his retirement this past year. The show airs on Upper St. Clair’s cable station. It is channel 7 for Comcast and channel 42 for Verizon.
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday June 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday June 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The shows are also available for viewing at any time online: www.twpusc.org/video-gallery.
The interviews are made possible by 15241 TODAY talk, a new video collaboration between the Township of Upper St. Clair, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair Public Access Cable and UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine.
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized four members of the Upper St. Clair High School boys’ swim team in May. Josh Matheny, Jack Fitzpatrick, Reese Samuel and Ryan Senchyshak each received an official proclamation for their first place win as members of the 200-yard medley relay team at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships (PIAA).
Josh Matheny also received the proclamation for his first place in the 100-yard breaststroke in PIAA for the second straight year, setting National Federation of High Schools and PIAA records. Additionally, the Upper St. Clair High School sophomore placed fourth in the 200-yard IM with an All-America performance and a personal best time of 1:49.00 and was a member of the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed sixth.
At the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Championships, Mr. Matheny won the gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke with a record setting time of 54.70, and captured two silver medals in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. In addition, he placed third in the 200-yard IM.
Along with his first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, Jack Fitzpatrick placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, third in the 200-yard IM and sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the WPIAL Championships, the senior won the gold in the 100-yard backstroke with a record setting time of 48.20. He also captured three silver medals in the 200-yard IM, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Mr. Fitzpatrick plans to continue his swimming career at the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Reese Samuel, who was also part of the first place 200-yard medley relay team, placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the PIAA Championships. At the WPIAL Championships, Mr. Samuel won the silver in the 200-yard medley relay and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. The senior will swim for Howard University next season.
Like his teammates, Ryan Senchyshak also won some other notable races. The freshman captured the silver in the 200-yard medley relay and eighth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the PIAA Championships. He placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and 11th in the 100-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Championships.
Dave Schraven coaches the Upper St. Clair boys’ swim team. Overall, the team achieved a second place finish at the WPIAL Championships and 5th place at the PIAA Championships.
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued an official proclamation congratulating the Upper St. Clair High School speech and debate team.
The 34-member team earned a second win in three years at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) Championship. They placed first in the Sweepstakes Championship and second in the Debate Sweepstakes. Additionally, the team took home its second Cumulative Sweepstakes Award and Jeanne Lutz Award for continued excellence.
The members of the team include: Atharva Barve; Vivek Babu; Sunny Chai; Annika Chaves; Mayka Chaves; Claire Chen; Eshita Chhajlani; Brooke Christiansen; Antara Cleetus; Hashim Durrani; Devan Ekbote; Charlize Goff; Matt Hornak; Yash Jajoo; Mathena Jencka; Meghan Joon; Arushi Khaitan; Basir Khan; Shanthi Krishnaswamy; Suemin Lee; Dina Leyzarovich; Richa Mahajan; Mallika Matharu; Maddie Nolen; Neha Patel; Hridhay Reddy; Riwk Sen; Paarth Shankar; Ayush Sharma; Anika Sinha; Anoushka Sinha; Jami Stout; and Caroline Wolfe.
Special recognitions were made to the members who earned individual PHSSL Championships: Paarth Shankar in extemporaneous speaking; Riwk Sen in humorous interpretation; Hashim Durrani in dramatic interpretation; and the team of Devan Ekbote, Mathena Jencka and Anika Singha in parliamentary debate.
The team was under the direction of Mr. Ben Edwards, Mr. Dave Watson, Ms. Liz Barnes and Ms. Kate Shuey.
A total of nearly 100 schools attended the PHSSL Championship at Bloomberg University on March 16, 2019.
On behalf of the residents of Upper St. Clair, the Board commends and congratulates the entire team and coaching staff for an outstanding 2018-19 season. Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly presented the proclamation to the team at the May Board of Commissioners meeting. He had the team’s best spontaneous speaker, Antara Cleetus, read the proclamation for the audience.
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation this month recognizing the Girl Scout Gold Award Achievement of Alexis Feldman.
The Upper St. Clair High School senior has been a Girl Scout member for 13 years. She recently completed her project that focused on personal wellness including two in-school yoga classes, the development of a monthly schedule of yoga classes, and the formulation of a committee of students, parents, community members and school district officials to explore options in creating a designated wellness space at Upper St. Clair High School.
Miss Feldman “demonstrated leadership and citizenship through her activities and notable achievements both in and out of scouting,” stated the proclamation, which Commissioner C. Elise Logan proudly presented during the May Board of Commissioners meeting.
May 19-25, 2019 is Emergency Medical Services Week in the Township of Upper St. Clair.
The Board of Commissioners presented Tri-Community South EMS with a proclamation earlier this month. Director Nora Helfrich and Supervisor Chuck Bryan, who has been with Tri-Community South EMS for 40 years, proudly accepted the proclamation from Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini.
“It is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers and, in particular, Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich and her dedicated and highly skilled team, by designating Emergency Medical Services Week,” the proclamation stated.
This week’s theme is EMS STRONG: Beyond the Call. Tri-Community South EMS is hiring fulltime and part-time paramedics and EMTs. Visit http://tcsems.org/employment-opportunities to learn more.
The Board of Commissioners urge residents to subscribe to Tri-Community South EMS each year. Tri-Community South EMS receives no tax subsidies from the Township; it runs on subscriptions and donations. In addition, a subscription covers 50 percent of co-pays and deductibles from an ambulance ride or treatments/non-transports to hospital instead of the normal 100 percent. It is a cost saving measure if emergency services are needed to someone at your home. Visit http://tcsems.org/subscriptions-n-billings/residential-subscription to subscribe.
Upper St. Clair is seeking a resident to serve the remainder of Commissioner Russell Del Re’s term following his resignation.
“He has been a very influential member of the community,” said Mark D. Christie, President of the Board of Commissioners. “I would like to thank him and commend him for his service to the residents and the Board.”
Any resident interested in being considered for appointment to this vacancy should send a resume and letter of interest to Matthew R. Serakowski, Township Manager, Township of Upper St. Clair, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. This information must be received at the Township Manager’s Office no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Qualifications for Commissioner At-Large are U.S. Citizenship and residence in the Township for a minimum of one (1) year. The individual must be a qualified voter of the Township and remain the same during the term of office. The individual appointed to this position will serve the remainder of the term of December 31, 2019.
Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Township Manager’s Office at 412.831.9000, ext. 216.
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners declared April 7-13, 2019 Library Week in Upper St. Clair.
Commissioner Elise Logan presented an official proclamation to Library Director Helen Palascak during the commissioners’ April meeting. Mrs. Palascak thanked the commissioners, staff and residents for their continued support of the library.
As some libraries across the country face struggles, the Upper St. Clair Library thrives. Circulation has increased over the past year in Upper St. Clair, and the library has focused on organizing more events for Township residents to attend.
The Upper St. Clair Library continues to provide many electronic checkout options for residents and librarians continue to field many technical questions about computers from library patrons.
The proclamation states that today’s libraries are at the heart of cities, towns, schools and campuses and are not just about books but what they do for and with people. Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where people of all backgrounds can be together and connect. Libraries and librarians build strong communities through transformative services, programs and expertise, and promote the free exchange of information and ideas for all, which are the cornerstones of democracy. Libraries promote civic engagement by people informed and aware of community events and issues.
Residents are encouraged to visit the Upper St. Clair Library this week to explore what’s new.