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Block Northway hosting students art exhibit

Art created by students in the North Hills is on display through Feb. 18 at The Block Northway in Ross.

The artwork was made by elementary, middle school and high school students in the Hampton and North Hills school districts and Holy Cross & Blessed Trinity Academy.

The display also features a giant quilt made up of 310 ceramic tiles created by students at Hampton’s Wyland Elementary school.

The pieces also will be featured on The Block Northway’s website throughout the year.

“We hope the students’ art will continue to inspire the community to celebrate the arts and embrace creativity, dreams and passions in their children,” said Frank Licata, president and principal of LRC Realty, which owns and operates the shopping center.

“We really appreciate all the hard work and dedication from contributing artists and their teachers,” he said. “The exhibit is another way we honor and respect the important role the visual arts play in the lives of so many students and is designed to give guests an opportunity to view the talents of local student artists.”

The art is being displayed in the South Corridor, Upper Level between Land’s End and DSW.

‘Beloved’ bus driver mourned by North Hills community

Students, staff and parents in the North Hills School District are mourning the death of Bob Klinefelter, a long-time bus driver for the district.

“He knew students by name and loved driving for the district,” school officials wrote in a tribute to Mr. Klinefelter posted on the district website. “He cared deeply for his students and they adored him.”

Klinefelter died Dec. 30 from covid-19 complications. He was 82.

The driver of bus No. 368 was affectionately known by his students as “Mr. Bob.”

He drove students to McIntyre and Ross elementary schools, the middle school and the high school during his 15 years as an employee of both ABC Transit and First Student, which provides bus service for district students.

North Allegheny kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for North Allegheny’s 2021-22 school year is open. Parents can begin the online application process and schedule an appointment. The district will book appointments to meet with parents between March 1 to 8.

Before beginning the registration process, parents should review the district’s interactive kindergarten registration handbook, which outlines the registration process, supporting documents, appointments and other important information.

Links to the application and additional information are available on the district’s website.

Local college student achievements

The following students from the North Hills were recognized for their academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester by being named to the dean’s, president’s or provost’s list at the college or university they attend:

• Bucknell University: Annie Maley and Lauren Partridge, both of Wexford.

• Slippery Rock University: Wexford — Jiley Berger, Michael Bjalobok, Michael Bruzinski, Caitlyn Byerly, Angelo Caggiano, Valen Chrostowski, Zachary Cienek, Elizabeth Gallagher, Victoria Grabosky, Amelia Grech. Erica Haas, Amanda Herr, Belinda Howland, Iryna Khalymon, Benjamin Luiken, Brianne McDonough, Lauren McElree, Hannah Muth, Haylee Nickel, Kevin Parry, Ilaria Perry, Emilie Raymond, Turner Robinson, Victoria Roller, Alina Schlichtkrull and April Swatchick. West View — Rebekah Froehlich and Chase Matvey. Ross — Morgan Hurley and Anna Igims.

• Bob Jones University: Grace Welsh, Wexford.

• Belmont University: Jacob Mellinger, Wexford

• Capital University: Ian Toogood, Wexford.

Upcoming 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 by telephone at 412-477-2957.

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 a link to the application is available online.

Radon detectors available for loan

Northland Public Library in McCandless is offering Airthings radon detectors for checkout thanks to a generous donation.

Radon detectors can tell when harmful radon gas is in the air of a home or building. The new detectors available at the library are easy to use and need only about seven days in a building to provide an accurate reading.

The units were donated by Jeremy and Stacey Shaffer and dedicated to people who have lost their lives to lung cancer.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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