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Bethel Church Road in USC to Temporarily Close

USC Administration - Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The southbound lane of Bethel Church Road near Alton Drive in Bethel Park and next to Upper St. Clair will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. The closure, which is expected to last until Friday, Aug. 17, is required for core drilling of the pavement as part of a landslide investigation, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Crews will perform their work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and there will be alternating single-lane traffic in the northbound lane. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area. 

The work will be done by D'Appolonia of Churchill, PA. 

Low-Interest Loans Available for Upper St. Clair Flood Victims

USC Administration - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Homeowners, renters and business owners impacted by the June 20 flood in Upper St. Clair may be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Programs. 

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial qualifications. 

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be set up in Bridgeville to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. 

Where: Bethany Presbyterian Church
740 Washington Ave.
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Opening: Thursday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Days: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, July 29
Closing: Thursday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Why: SBA customer service representatives will issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their applications.

Individuals unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Bridgeville (see above for hours) or mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 24, 2018.
The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications in April 24, 2019.

Raccoon Found in Upper St. Clair Tests Positive for Rabies

USC Administration - Friday, June 29, 2018
From the Allegheny County Health Department:

The Allegheny County Health Department has confirmed that a raccoon brought to one of its facilities has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was discovered near the intersection of Murdstone Road and Salem Drive in the Township of Upper St. Clair.

Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal if left untreated. Any individual who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from a stray or any other animal, should immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health Department (412-687-2243) to report the incident. 

Residents should always avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies. Residents should also have their pets vaccinated, and watch for unusual behavior. If any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately. 

This is the eighth rabid animal reported in Allegheny County so far in 2018: four raccoons and four bats. 

Tri-Community South EMS Receives Three-Year Accreditation

USC Administration - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tri-Community South EMS, which serves the communities of Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park and South Park, has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Tri-Community South EMS is one of more than 180 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process which included completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in emergency medical services. With this achievement, Tri-Community South EMS becomes the third ambulance service to be accredited in Pennsylvania.

The Commission is a nonprofit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America's transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission's standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service's total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public and the medical community. The Commission's standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements. 

Township Manager of Upper St. Clair Matthew R. Serakowski said accreditation "represents our firm commitment to our patients and community. We continuously strive to do our best and we view accreditation as another step toward excellence."

"Our staff has been key to our successful completion of the process. I think it gives the feeling of prestige and pride to work in an accredited ambulance service," said Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich. "Everyone here played a valuable role in our ability to meet the Commission's high standards. We have achieved accreditation, but I believe it can only be a stimulus for continued improvement." 

Morrow Road Bridge Closed Due to Flood Damage

USC Administration - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Morrow Road Bridge is closed until further notice due to flood damage. Detour signs are posted.

The Township of Upper St. Clair has declared a State of Emergency due to the severe storms and heavy flooding that took place on June 20, 2018 in the Township and surrounding area. 

Here are the other facilities closed until further notice:

-Marmion Field (Baseball and soccer fields)
-Municipal Playground (adjacent to the Upper St. Clair Library)
-Founders' Field
-3-Hole Golf Course
-Tennis Courts along McLaughlin Run Road

USC Commissioners Honor Eagle Scout

USC Administration - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized Alexander Thomas Wolfe on Monday night for becoming an Eagle Scout.

Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented Mr. Wolfe, of Scout Troop 4, with an official proclamation. Mr. Wolfe completed his Eagle Scout project as a service to our community where he expended 118 hours with 16 volunteers building a retaining wall and installing benches and landscaping at the Children's Theater in South Park. 

"Alexander has demonstrated leadership and citizenship through his activities and notable achievements, both in and out of Scouting," the proclamation stated.

Mr. Wolfe is a 2017 Upper St. Clair High School graduate and now attends Duquesne University. 

May 20-26 Is EMS Week in Upper St. Clair

USC Administration - Monday, May 21, 2018
The Week of May 20-26, 2018 is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in the Township of Upper St. Clair. 

The Board issued a proclamation to officially designate the week at their May Board meeting. Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich and some members of her dedicated and highly skilled team. 

Commissioner Orchowski encourages the community to recognize the value and accomplishments of Tri-Community South EMS this week as they continue to provide superior service to Upper St. Clair and the entire South Hills. 

Your annual subscription/donation provides the revenue for Tri-Community South to operate in Upper St. Clair. No tax dollars are used to financially support Tri-Community South. Please be sure you make your annual subscription of $60. 

Commissioners Recognize Outstanding Swimmers

USC Administration - Friday, May 11, 2018
On May 7, The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized three accomplished Upper St. Clair High School swimmers. 

Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis presented Josh Matheny with an official proclamation and Abby Matheny and Jack Fitzpatrick with certificates of achievement.

Mr. Matheny captured the swimming state title Class AAA at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships. He won a gold medal with a finish time of 54.55 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, surpassing his first place winning time of 54.94 seconds at the 2018 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Championships. A freshman at Upper St. Clair High School, Mr. Matheny is one of the youngest swimmers to win a gold medal at the PIAA. The last time a freshman won an individual state title at the Class AAA level was in 2008 when Upper St. Clair's Kyle Dudzinski captured the 100-yard backstroke gold.

In addition, Mr. Matheny placed eighth in the 200-yard IM and was a member of the boys' 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed ninth at the PIAA Championships. At the WPIAL Championships, Mr. Matheny placed second in the 200-yard medley relay, third in the 200-yard IM, and fourth with his freestyle relay team.

The Board of Commissioners congratulated Mr. Matheny for his valuable contribution to the team's achievement of runner up at the WPIAL Championships and attaining an overall ranking of ninth place at the PIAA Championships. 

Mr. Matheny's sister, Abby, was also recognized on Monday night. Miss Matheny won the 2018 WPIAL 200-yard freestyle; placed second in the 500-yard freestyle; second in the 200-yard freestyle relay; and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the PIAA Championships, Miss Matheny placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle; eighth in the 200-yard freestyle; and 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Board commended her for her valuable contribution to the team's second place finish at the WPIAL Championships and 14th place at the PIAA Championships. The high school senior will swim for Williams College next year.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunities Upper St. Clair swimming has given me," Miss Matheny said. "It has helped develop me into the person I am today."

The Board also recognized Jack Fitzpatrick for being the highest point scorer on the Upper St. Clair High School boys swim team at the PIAA Championships by placing third in the 500-yard freestyle; fourth in the 200-yard IM; and ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay team. At the WPIAL Championships, Fitzpatrick earned second place in the 200-yard IM; second place in the 500-yard freestyle; second place in the 200-yard medley relay team; and fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The Upper St. Clair High School swim coach was at the meeting for the special presentation.

"We really appreciate the recognition from the Township," said Coach David Schraven. "It was a really great year for us."

USC Commissioners Honor Girl Scout Award Honoree

USC Administration - Tuesday, May 08, 2018
The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners honored an Upper St. Clair High School sophomore on May 7 for earning a Girl Scout Gold Award.

Commissioner Elise Logan presented Gabriella Spina on with the official proclamation. Miss Spina completed her project called "Taking Care of Your SELFie," which was a free one-day workshop for girls in grades 6-8 to address and combat stress and low self esteem. The workshop included aspects such as practicing yoga, identifying positive role models and learning social media safety. 

In addition, Miss Spina serves as secretary and treasurer of the sophomore student council and has been a Girl Scout for 14 years. Mrs. Logan commended Spina for valuable civic contributions to the community.

"Girl Scouts have helped girls become leaders in their communities. You're a prime example of that," Mrs. Logan said to Miss Spina. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition issued by the Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Planned Power Outage for Boyce Plaza Road

USC Administration - Monday, April 30, 2018
On May 8, 2018, West Penn Power will conduct a planned outage in the Boyce Plaza Road vicinity to upgrade facilities.

The planned power outage will occur from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will affect about 230 customers in the Boyce Plaza Road area in Upper St. Clair and in the Liberty Avenue area in Pittsburgh. If there is inclement weather, the planned outage will be rescheduled for Wednesday, May 9. West Penn Power will notify customers via an automated phone message. If customers have question, please contact West Penn Power's contact center at 800-686-0021.
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