community updates

PLAYDATE ON ICE Most Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Mt. Lebanon Ice Center, $4.25 will buy you and your preschooler-through-kindergartner two hours of skating-around fun, including skating tips, refreshments and a free group lesson the third Thursday of the month. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 412-343-3409.


tax_formsFREE INCOME TAX HELP The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available From February 1 through April 15 to help taxpayers who earn less than $52,000. No appointments necessary. For help, go to the Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive in McMurray, (five miles past South Hills Village) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Taxpayers can receive assistance with federal, state and local wage tax returns and real estate/rent rebate and PACE applications. Please bring: W-2s, all 1099s, (interest and dividend statements, social security and pension statements), totals of itemized deductions (medical, taxes, charitable) and social security cards for you, your spouse and dependents. Also bring copies of your 2015 federal and state tax returns, real estate tax receipts and receipts for large purchases such as cars. For direct deposit of refund, have your bank account and routing numbers. Bring proof of identification for yourself and your spouse.


deer yardDEER ON THE MOVE A hilarious recording of a phone call has been making the rounds on the Internet. A woman calls a local radio station to complain about the placement of new deer crossing signs in her town. It seems the signs have been placed in an area known for congested traffic. She suggests town officials move the signs to a quieter street so that the deer will cross in a safer area.

Deer are very active at this time of year, and we wish they could read, too. Thankfully people, can, so the municipality has installed new deer crossing signs to remind drivers of areas where deer tend to congregate. The map is available online.

The best we can do is to be extra careful when driving, especially at dawn and dusk, knowing that our deer travel just about anywhere. Keep a safe speed wherever you drive, even below the speed limit in areas where you know deer cross.


HOSPITAL HELP St. Clair Hospital needs volunteers for a wide variety of challenging assignments. Adult volunteers are needed for clerical duties, to work in the gift shop and information desks, deliver mail, visit patients, transport wheelchair patients and to work in the surgical family waiting room, keeping families of patients undergoing surgery informed of their progress. Junior volunteers are needed for the gift shop, gift cart, information desks and escort. Training, free parking and discounted meals are provided. Call 412-942-2085 to schedule interviews.