The Medical Equipment Recycling Program (MERP) run by the UPMC Horizon Foundation deals primarily in used medical equipment for adults. So, it was some delight that the program recently received a truckload of equipment built for children. The Education Center at The Watson Institute, a school for children with disabilities in Sewickley, Pa., had the extra equipment and contacted Darlene Dohany, MERP coordinator, to make the donation. "It is rare for us to get equipment sized for children and I've never taken delivery on 36 items in one donation," Dohany said. The contribution included three wheelchairs, seven walkers, a stroller, various therapeutic and specialized chairs and a variety of standers, which support children in an upright position. MERP is at the Salvation Army building on Fisher Hill Street in Sharon.
A buzz about seminars: Looking for a new hobby to occupy your free time? The Penn State Cooperative Extension Service in Beaver, Pa., is offering two Beginning Beekeeping seminars Feb. 16 and 23. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first is at the Beaver County extension office at 1000 Third St., Beaver, Pa. The second will be at the Mercer County extension office on U.S. Route 19 north of Mercer. Each seminar will present the same topics for beginners. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and the book "The Fundamentals of Beekeeping." Registration deadline is one week before each seminar. To secure a registration form and brochure, contact: Beginning Bee, Penn State Cooperative Extension, 1000 Third St., Suite 102, Beaver, Pa., 15009 or call (724) 774-3003 or fax (724) 774-0971.
Honoring past president: It's a record for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber recently honored 94-year-old Dr. Wilbur Flannery as the oldest living past president of the organization. Flannery served as chamber president in 1952. He and 15 other past presidents were honored at a luncheon Friday at the New Castle Country Club. Immediate past president Jerry Prestopine was inducted into the past presidents group during the luncheon.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau, and Laure Cioffi, New Castle Bureau.