U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, is among several congressmen from western Pennsylvania who are urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to suspend a requirement that gasoline distributors begin selling a “summer” blend of fuel despite shortages affecting local stations.

The EPA said Friday that it would not grant Pennsylvania’s request for a waiver that would have allowed gasoline terminals in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties to continue selling a “winter” blend of gasoline through the end of the month to mitigate supply shortages caused by a recent outage at a New Jersey refinery and a since-repaired leak in a pipeline that connects the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets.

Andrews Center hosts job fair

A Vet Net/Job Fair will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Seminar Theatre, Hiram G. Andrews Center, 727 Goucher St.

The three-hour program will feature representatives from area employers, agencies, and organizations. Panel presentations will deal with topics related to job searches and career goals.

Anticipated guest speakers include representatives from

SCI Somerset/Laurel Highlands, Riggs Industries, Alleghenies UCP, Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, JWF Industries, McAneny Brothers and Geneva College.

For more information or to register, call 255-7209 or e-mail bloughb@vlpwpa.org.

United Way raffling garden shed

The United Way is raffling off a medium-sized garden shed/ playhouse that was built by the carpenters union and donated to the charity to raise money.

The structure is 8 feet by 12 feet by 11 feet. It can be viewed at 142 Hamas Road behind the Country Inn Bar & Grill on Ragers Hill Road, South Fork.

Only 1,000 raffle tickets – at $10 each – will be sold. The winner will be determined by the Pennsylvania daily number on the evening of Labor Day. Contact the United Way of the Laurel Highlands for more information: 535-2563.

Ohiopyle project gets federal funds

OHIOPYLE – The Federal Highway Administration has awarded money to a scenic byway project as part of a national program to enhance the livability of communities.

The Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitors Center in Ohiopyle State Park was sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The visitors center is to receive $4 million in federal funds toward the overall cost of $6.8 million.

Project sponsors are responsible for providing the balance of the costs.

FHWA recently announced three Pennsylvania awards as being among 94 projects in 39 states to receive a total of $40.7 million.

Ohiopyle State Park, adjacent to the Historic National Road, is the portal to the region with more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

Junior Achievement receives grants

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania announced that it has received a $3,500 contribution from the MetLife Foundation Volunteer Project Fund.

The contribution was made in recognition of local MetLife associates who volunteered their time with JA throughout the 2010/11 school year.

Junior Achievement’s programs supplement school curricula by teaching students the basic concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. 

Hazardous waste collection scheduled

A collection of household hazardous waste products will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Concurrent Technologies Corp., Richland Township.

The event is being sponsored by Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc.’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh project in partnership with Allegheny County Health Department, UPMC, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, the HHW Task Force and other private and public sector partners.

Those dropping off waste materials will pay a fee of $2 per gallon and payment must be in cash only.

Examples of products that will be accepted are cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, car batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides and pool chemicals.

For more information, go to zerowastepgh.org or call (412) 488-7452.

Bookstore supporting library

Greg Kraycirik, manager of the new Books A Million Bookstore at The Galleria, said the store will be supporting the Cambria County Library through a fundraising opportunity.

One day per month, BAM will offer a percentage of its sales to the library. Dates chosen for the remainder of the year are: May 21, June 11, July 2, Aug. 13, Sept. 3, Oct. 8, Nov. 19 and Dec. 14.

Armed Services Day program planned

ALTOONA – The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center will host an Armed Forces Day program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the medical center. A ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

Activities include a keynote speaker, entertainment and military equipment displays on the front lawn.

Information displays will include: Health care eligibility, benefits services, veteran readjustment and counseling services and available health care programs. Veterans who are interested in enrolling for health care benefits should bring a copy of their DD-214 discharge papers and proof of combat status, if not indicated on the DD-214.

The program is free and the public is invited the event.

Campground reservation operation changes

SAXTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake has changed the operation of the Seven Points Campground.

During the peak recreation season of May 26 through

Sept. 5, all sites in the Seven Points Campground will be available for advanced reservation up to six months in advance of the stay.  

Reservations for campsites can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service online at recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.

Memorial ride reception scheduled  

PITTSBURGH – A reception has been scheduled to discuss a planned Let’s Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be included at the reception sponsored by SMC Business Councils at the Jerome Bettis Grill 36, 375 North Shore Drive in Pittsburgh.

The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 26.

Please RSVP Gretchen Stokes at (412) 342-1609 or gretchen@smc.org by May 24.

The organized motorcycle ride aims to honor the 40 innocent passengers and crew who were killed aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 and raise money to build the national memorial in Shanksville.

The ride will gather groups of 40 riders at designated locations along the jet’s flight path, including Philadelphia, Williamsport, Erie and Pittsburgh. Each sponsored bike will carry a flag bearing the name of one of the fallen 40.

They will hook up with hundreds of fellow riders from across Pennsylvania to attend the Shanksville dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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