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Shell picks Potter
The economic effect of Shell Oil building a petrochemical plant on the former Horsehead site in Potter, and/or another company building a similar plant on the Aliquippa riverfront cannot be overstated.
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Hopewell depository opening May 8
If you have a 2019 Hopewell Township photo badge for the depository, you can bring your yard waste there beginning May 8.

But township officials are counting on your honesty to pay your $20 fee for 2020 once township offices reopen.

Regular depository hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Hopewell declares disaster emergency
Voting via conference call Monday, the Hopewell Township Commissioners unanimously agreed to approve a declaration of disaster emergency.

That gives Manager Jamie Yurcina and Solicitor Mike Jones the authority to:
Hire temporary workers
Rent equipment, regardless of cost
Purchase needed supplies

Jones said the hiring authority was granted should employees call off work because of the novel coronavirus now sweeping the nation.

The commissioners will continue to conduct phone meetings on their regular schedule.

Hopewell students return to classes Sept. 8
Hopewell Area School District students will begin classes Sept. 8 on a “yellow” schedule that involves a mix of classroom instruction and online learning at home.

In the yellow phase, students will be in school either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday, plus every other Monday.

The school board voted July 20 on a revised school calendar, which can be found here. Classes end June 10, 2021.

The board also agreed to:

Extend the district’s cyber learning program to students in grades K-4, meaning that it is now available to all grade levels.

Eliminate the girls golf team (girls are eligible to play on the boys team) and the boys tennis team.