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Pine officials are reminding residents that dogs age 3 months or older must be licensed.

Lifetime dog licenses that do not need to be renewed each year also are available, but the dog must have a microchip implanted to ensure that it is reunited with its owners if lost.

The licenses are issued by the Allegheny County Treasurer’s office, which is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number to reach Treasurer’s office staff is 412-350-4111.

The state requires that all dogs be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year regardless of when the license was purchased the previous year.

Owners can be fined up to $300 plus court costs for having an unlicensed dog.

Pine seeks volunteers

Pine Township has two volunteer opportunities — one on the Planning Commission and the other on the Environmental Advisory Council.

For more information regarding the Planning Commission, contact Larry Kurpakus, Assistant Township Manager and Director of Land Development & Code Administration.

For more information about the Environmental Advisory Council post, contact John Swinderman, Code Enforcement Officer. Applications of Interest can be submitted online.

Baseball and softball registration open

The Pine Richland Baseball and Softball Association registration for the 2021 spring season is now open for youth ages 3-18 in the Townships of Pine and Richland. New for this year, t-ball now includes ages 3-5. For more information or to register, see: prbsa.com.

Blood drive benefits North Hills charity

CHROME Federal Credit Union in Wexford is hosting a blood drive Jan. 27 to help replenish the region’s supply and raise money for North Hills Community Outreach. For every donor, Vitalant, which handles the blood collection, will make a donation to NHCO that will be matched by the credit union.

Appointments to donate blood can be made online or by calling 412-209-7000. Appointments also can be made by contacting Cyndi Funk at [email protected] or 412-477-2957.

Mercuri sworn in as 28th state House District rep

Republican state representative-elect Rob Mercuri of Pine took the oath of office Jan. 5 for the 28th District House seat.

Mercuri, who defeated Democrat Emily Skapov in the Nov. 3 general election to win the seat, was sworn in the House chamber at the state capitol complex in Harrisburg. He replaces former state House Speaker Mike Turzai, who held the office for 20 years.

Turzai resigned in June to take a job as general counsel with Peoples, the Pittsburgh-based gas utility.

The district comprises Pine, McCandless, Marshall, Franklin Park and Bradford Woods.

Week-long event scheduled to collect glass for recycling

North Hills residents who no longer have glass picked up at the curb as part of their municipality’s recycling program can make sure it stays out of a landfill by dropping it off at week-long glass collection event in Hampton.

Between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4, glass bottles, jars and jugs of all colors can be dropped off in the Hampton Swimming Pool parking lot at 3101 McCully Road. The event is being hosted by the township and state Rep. Lori Mizgorski, R- Shaler.

The event is open to residents of any community that does not offer curbside glass recycling and people who want to ensure that the glass they discard is recycled instead of being sent to a landfill. Glass containers should be empty and rinsed with the lids and labels left on. Bags and boxes used to transport the glass must be discarded off-site.

The traveling recycling bin program is conducted by the Pennsylvania Resource Council with sponsorship from Owens-Illinois and CAP Glass, which uses the glass to make new bottles, jars and other products.

More information about glass recycling events is available online or by calling PRC at 412-488-7490.

Allegheny County hiring park rangers

The Allegheny County Parks Department is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers, including positions in North Park.

Park rangers learn valuable skills patrolling and interacting with visitors, leading public programming, building and maintaining trails, working on resource management projects such as tree plantings and invasive species removal, teaching outreach groups and managing volunteers.

Applicants must have a minimum of 45 college credits in parks and recreation management, biology, environmental science or a related field of study.

An equivalent combination of education and experience can be substituted. Applicants also must be certified in CPR when they are hired. The pay rate is $10 an hour.

More information about the qualifications and duties and a link to the application is available online.

Richland seeking to fill open water authority seat

Richland Township is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Richland Township Water Authority’s board of directors.

The board oversees the operation of the authority, which distributes water to residents of Richland Township and Valencia borough and portions of Adams, Hampton and West Deer townships.

The water is purchased in bulk from West View Water. The authority’s employees maintain the waterlines and respond to customer inquiries.

Interested applicants for the volunteer position should send a letter of interest and a resume to township manager Dean Bastianinni, 4019 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

Questions should be directed to the township office at 724-443-5921.

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