Statistics don't lie: July was dry month

It may have seemed like it rained all of July, but statistics show the month was actually drier than normal in the Shenango Valley.
Aqua Pennsylvania Inc., which keeps such statistics, said precipitation for the month totaled 4.26 inches.
The average for the month is 4.67 inches.
Nevertheless, 2004 continues to be wetter than normal. Average precipitation for the first seven months of the year is 23.74 inches.
So far this year, it's reached 26.01 inches.
Cleanup day
Shenango River Watchers will hold its annual canoe cleanup day on the Shenango River Saturday.
The event will begin at the Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge in Pymatuning Township at 9:30 a.m.
Anyone who has a chain saw and can operate it is asked to bring it along.
Workers will use canoes to float down the river, cleaning up the banks as they go.
T-shirts will be given to those who preregister by calling the office at (724) 342-5453. Callers should leave their name, phone number and shirt sizes for all who will be participating.
A snack will be provided to the workers.
Farmers' Market
The Downtown Sharon Farmers' Market in Sharon City Centre at Water Avenue and West State Street has begun operations again this season, according to the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Fresh homegrown produce is sold from 7 a.m. until noon every Wednesday and Saturday.
Airport grant
State Rep. Chris Sainato of New Castle, D-9th said the state Bureau of Aviation has awarded the New Castle Municipal Airport a block grant for $270,834 for the purchase of a new automated weather observing system.
The system is a collection of sensors and transmitters that collect and disseminate weather information minute by minute, helping pilots and air traffic controllers predict weather patterns and plan flight paths.
Sainato said the project was funded under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Aviation Development Program, which is designed to improve airports across the state in an effort to boost the state's aviation commerce.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Harold Gwin of the Sharon Bureau and Laure Cioffi of the New Castle Bureau.

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