Municipal authority looks to borrow $5M

The Plum Borough Municipal Authority is preparing to borrow $5 million for a variety of capital improvements, authority Manager Howard Theis said.

The projects include water and sewage work, with about $1 million going toward work on Sardis Road, Theis said. There also will be “spot repairs” in several areas, including the Holiday Park and Regency Park neighborhoods, and painting of a water storage tank on Logans Ferry Road.

The borough guarantees the bond so the authority can get a better interest rate, Theis said.

The impact of the borrowing was included in a customer rate increase that took effect Feb. 1, Theis said.

Oakmont library offers chess club

A free chess club for kids ages 8 to 19 is available at the Oakmont Carnegie Library.

The class meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays. No experience is necessary, and no registration is required. Sessions will include introducing chess pieces and how they move, opening moves and setups, controlling the center and mid-game scenarios, checkmating and endgame, and chess etiquette.

The library is at 700 Alle­gheny River Blvd. in Oakmont.

For more information, call 412-828-9532.

Variety show on tap

The second annual “Feed The Need Variety Show” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont.

The event is being produced by Audacy and hosted by Larry Richert of the KDKA Radio Morning Show.

Proceeds from the charity event will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature music and comedic acts by Bubba, Cale Berger, Ki Ki Brown, Elista and Joe Starkey.

Ticket prices are $30 for theater seating or $140 for a VIP table, which seats four guests.

To purchase tickets, go to For more information, go to

Ladies society’s March meeting set

Plum Area Ladies Society (PALS) will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at Plum Community Center.

PALS is a service and social club, open to women from Plum, Penn Hills, Monroeville and surrounding communities. Newcomers are welcome at the monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month from September through April.

The service project for March will be to fill 40 Easter baskets with candy and small toys for children served by the Plum Food Pantry.

The speaker will be Brian from Plum EMS, who will explain the EMS’s mission to raise funds for car seats and cribs for families in need. He will be accepting donations from members.

For Ladies Day Out, the members will be attending the 55 and Over Comedy Tour at 8 p.m. March 9 at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont. To sign up, call Lynda at 412-298-1269 by March 1.

At the meeting, members may pay $30 for their admission to the May 4 banquet at Pugliano’s Italian Grill on Golden Mile Highway. The theme is the Kentucky Derby.

For more information, call Mary Lou at 724 327-8265.

Group offers support for weight loss

The Oakmont TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter, a support group to help those struggling with weight loss, meets Tuesday evenings at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1261 Pennsylvania Ave. in Oakmont. Meetings begin with a private weigh-in between 5:45 and 6:10 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining can attend a meeting and decide if TOPS is right for them. For details, call 412-828-3854 or email

Plum School District seeks bus, van drivers

Plum School District is hiring bus and van drivers.

Bus drivers are paid a base rate of $23.45 per hour; van drivers are paid $18. An overtime rate of $33.90 is available beyond 40 hours per week for bus drivers for field trips and activity and athletic runs.

Van drivers can be paid while completing training for a commercial drivers license with school bus driver certification.

Bus aide and substitute bus driver positions are also available. Bus aides are paid a base rate of $16.75 per hour.

For information about the positions, call 412-798-6350.

History of Kaufmann’s subject of program

The Plum Community Library will offer a historical program “The History of Kaufmann’s Department Store: Everything Under the Sun!” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the library, 445 Center New Texas Road.

Robert O. Stakely from the Senator John Heinz History Center will be the speaker.

Reservations are required and can be mande at

Rotary scholarships available to seniors

Applications are being sought for the Bob Williams Rotary Memorial Scholarship Program for the 2023-24 academic year.

Eight need-based scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded.

High school seniors in Alle­gheny County are eligible to apply, as are vocational students, GED students and those attending parochial, charter and private schools.

Students must have a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and must complete an essay highlighting their community/school service.

Complete application and criteria materials are available on the Rotary District 7305 website or from area high school counselors.

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 29.