Category: Leechburg

Wind Chills Cause School Delays

A maintenance employee removes snow and slush from the Armstrong Junior/Senior High parking lot Tuesday.

A maintenance employee removes snow and slush from the Armstrong Junior/Senior High parking lot Tuesday.

Due to extreme wind chills, the Armstrong School District is operating on a two hour delay today.

National Weather Service forecasters predict wind chills could reach negative 20 degrees in the higher elevations – which can quickly produce frostbite on exposed skin.

Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Rayburn Township has a few tips for pet owners during cold weather like today:

* If you can bring your outside pet inside while the temperatures are frigid, keep them in a cooler area such as the basement or garage to avoid extreme temperature changes.

* If your pet is outside, make sure he has a dry, draft-free shelter. They should be able to sit and lie down comfortably. Don’t make it too large, however: it should be small enough hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.

* Increase the amount of food you provide in the winter: the extra calories will help keep them warm.

*Check often to make sure they have unfrozen water. Don’t use metal bowls: when it is cold your pet’s tongue may freeze to the metal. Plastic bowls are better!

* Keep your indoor pets safe by not leaving them outside for extended periods of time when the temperature drops below freezing. Sweaters not only look cute, but also help keep shorthaired dogs comfortable during outdoor jaunts. Wipe feet with a damp towel every time after coming in from outdoors to remove harmful salt.

*Before you start your car, bang on the hood to scare away cats or small wildlife that may have crawled up under the hood to keep warm.

*Wipe up any spills of antifreeze, which is a deadly poison. The sweet taste attracts animals and children. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife, or people.

In addition to Armstrong, Apollo-Ridge, Freeport, and Leechburg school districts also operated under a two-hour delay schedule, as did Lenape Technical School.

Local Churches Pack Meals for African Nation

Volunteers gathered at Leechburg's United Methodist Church to pack meals to be sent to Uganda.

Volunteers gathered at Leechburg’s United Methodist Church to pack meals to be sent to Uganda.

by Saundra McKee

A total of 30,024 meals packed by over 80 volunteers at Leechburg’s United Methodist Church from eight area churches were sent to Uganda, one of many desperately poor African nations.  Most of the meals are given to schools for children who see education as their only hope out of dire poverty.  For many children the school meal is the only meal they get for the entire day.  Stop Hunger Now was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, an ordained Methodist minister, to end hunger in our lifetime.  Since 1998 they have provided over 225 million nutritious meals in 74 countries.  The cost per meal is 29 cents.

Local churches who participated included:  New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Apollo, Vandergrift First Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Kittanning, Manorville United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church of Tarentum, Leechburg First United Methodist Church, Pine Run Community Church in Apollo and Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Kittanning.  Local Scout Troops #589 from Apollo/Spring Church and #670 from Ford City also assisted.

Individuals and/or churches are welcome to get involved in this local effort.  Next year’s packing of meals will be sponsored by the New Beginnings Church and will be held at the Oak Hill Fire Hall in Apollo.  The tentative date for the event is September 23, 2017.  The next planning meeting will be held on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the Oak Hill Fire Hall at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Royanne Brayshaw at