Shenango Valley residents are invited to meet representatives from area agencies May 17 during the Community Summer Programs Fair.
The event, sponsored by Sharon Lifelong Learning Council and the 21st Century Community Learning Center, will be in the Farrell Area School cafeteria.
Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The event will highlight summer learning opportunities for school-age children.
Mercury collection: Lawrence County residents turned over more than 60 pounds of mercury to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last month. The DEP and Lawrence County Recycling and Solid Waste office coordinated the effort, which included door-to-door collection.
Amy Jo Labi Carando, director of county Recycling and Solid Waste, said people storing mercury in glass jars turned them in. One man had a container filled with 10 pounds of mercury. There were also 80 mercury-containing devices, such as thermometers, handed over, she said. Exposure to mercury at high levels can cause brain and kidney damage. At low levels, mercury can affect the lungs, heart and blood pressure.
Job training: Low income youths will receive job training in Beaver, Greene and Washington counties, thanks to federal money released to the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Area. The group received $1,260,605 for counties to help low-income people ages 14 to 21 prepare for the work force through job training and education programs.
Bridge projects: PennDOT officials will conduct a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hempfield Township Volunteer Fire Department Hall to discuss two Mercer County bridge projects -- the Porter Road Bridge in West Salem Township and the Williamson Road Bridge in Hempfield Township.
Officials said they will discuss environmental and engineering studies conducted on the bridges and provide an overview of the projects. The public will be able to comment and make suggestions.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Laure Cioffi, Vindicator New Castle Bureau, Virginia Ross, correspondent.