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CYF Renovations Begin in Kittanning

The front awnings have been removed at the headquarters of Children & Youth Services on South Jefferson Street in Kittanning, showing one of the former uses of the building as the Print Shop of W. C. Heider.

by Jonathan Weaver

While renovations at a local children’s agency office began, County commissioners have acknowledged a financial change.

A $500,000 debt ordinance with First National Bank was approved at the end of August for renovations and improvements to the Children, Youth and Family Services building along South Jefferson Street in Kittanning, but County Planning and Development Executive Director Rich Palilla explained the new ordinance needing acknowledged.

“Earlier this year, (commissioners) passed an ordinance in anticipation of incurring debt with First National Bank – subsequently, we found out they were not able to provide the terms that the County needed, so the decision was made to move to NexTier Bank.

“And, it’s actually a slightly-lower interest rate than we originally anticipated.”

First National Bank previously provided a 2.58-percent interest quote.

NexTier Bank now offers a 2.55-percent interest rate during the next five years.

The change was first approved at the commissioners’ September work session.

Children, Youth and Family Services Administrator Dennis Demanogone previously stated that he hopes to address a heating issue before this winter. Other renovations include to building insulation and security.

“We have been having some heating and cooling issues in the older part of our office building for a number of years,” Demangone said. “(Other than) the addition of our building back in 1999, really nothing has been done to the older part of the existing building we moved into.

“There are a number of deficiencies this renovation project will correct.”

Frozen water pipes left staff members and visitors without water this past winter for “several” days.

After the recommendation by Palilla and RSSC Architecture’s Bruce Pollock, commissioners awarded the project’s General Construction to Fred L. Burns, Inc. of Shippenville, Mechanical and Plumbing Construction to Sentry Mechancial, LLC of Pittsburgh and Electrical Construction to Right Electric, Inc of Butler. September 17.

At the beginning of September, nearly 20 construction crews placed their bids to work on the building – including Enders Plumbing and Heating in Kittanning.

Up to 30 employees work for Children, Youth and Family Services in the Kittanning office – which used to be a residential health club with four racquetball courts.

Inaugural ‘Spirit Week’ Starts Before Armstrong Homecoming

Prior to the start of the football season, players traveled around Kittanning and Ford City showing the River Hawks Pride. The excitement continues in the student body this week in preparation for Homecoming this Friday night. WTYM AM 1380 will carry live coverage of the festivities. (KP File Photo)

The first Armstrong Junior-Senior High School River Hawks Homecoming festivities begin today.

For the next four days, students are encouraged to dress in spirit week attire: including red, white and blue today during ‘Merica Monday,’ similar to another student during ‘Twin Tuesday,’ their favorite shade of pink during ‘Pinkout Wednesday’ and all their new orange-and-blue during ‘River Hawk Spirit Thursday.’

The inaugural semi-formal Homecoming dance, dubbed “A Black Tie Affair”, will be held for students in grades 9-12 from 7-10:30PM Saturday in the high school atrium.

Homecoming dance tickets were sold until Friday, October 9.

The 12-student Homecoming court was decided by students last week.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at David “Red” Ullom Field during Friday night’s game against the Brashear High School Bulls.

While the River Hawks have an even record at 3-3 following their win over Greensburg Salem October 9, Brashear posts a 5-1 football record (second in the City League conference standings) after they also won Friday, 11-0 over Westinghouse.

The remainder of the homecoming royalty will be announced along with announcing the Sophomore and Freshman attendants.

Homecoming was celebrated by West Shamokin High students during halftime of their October 2 football game – which was unfortunately a loss to Burrell.