July in the Shenango Valley was a bit drier than normal, but the valley is still ahead of the average annual rainfall for the year. The Shenango Valley Division of Consumers Pennsylvania Water Co., which measures local precipitation, said rainfall for July this year totaled 3.4 inches, 1 inch below normal. That brings the total so far in 2002 to 26.45 inches, thanks to a very wet spring, and that's nearly 4 inches above the average of 22.87 inches for the first seven months of a year. The valley has been hit with lower than normal precipitation in the last couple of years. The 34.71 inches recorded for all of 2001 was about 5 inches below average.
Relay for Life
A Farrell woman has been designated as one of 32 "Relay Community Ambassadors" to represent northwestern Pennsylvania at the Relay for Life Celebration on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Susan Leach of Shenango Boulevard will join 3,000 American Cancer Society representatives in urging Congress to make cancer a national priority. The event is designed to make those volunteers a political force in the fight against cancer, both in Washington and communities across the country, said Heather Collins, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society.
Looking for interns
U.S. Rep. Melissa Hart of Bradford Woods, R-4th, is accepting applications from college students in her district interested in fall internships at her office. All applicants must have one year of college. Limited positions are available, and applicants will be selected on academic qualifications and work experience. Those interested can call Hart's Cranberry office at (724) 779-1330 or apply online at www.hart.house.gov.
Fish and Boat Commission
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is seeking nominations for the 2002 Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award. The award was named in memory of conservationist Ralph Abele, executive director of the commission and a columnist for the Pennsylvania Angler. The award recognizes Pennsylvania residents who made outstanding contributions to the protection, conservation and enhancement of the aquatic resources of the Commonwealth. Nominations may be sent to Dennis Guise, deputy executive director/chief council, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, Pa. 17106-7000, no later than Aug. 30. The award will be presented at a ceremony this fall.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau, and Laure Cioffi, New Castle Bureau.