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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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      -- Thomas Jefferson
GetGo looking for liquor license,
Primanti's thinking about Center site

Giant Eagle is seeking the transfer of a liquor license so that it can sell beer and wine at a GetGo store to be built on the site of the shuttered Toys “R” Us in Center Township.

Township development director Frank Vescio said Giant Eagle bought the location along Route 18 at auction for $3.75 million, outbidding rival Sheetz by about $1 million.

Vescio also said that Primanti Bros., the eatery noted for piling French fries and cole slaw on their sandwiches, is looking to open a location in a former drug store in the Walmart Plaza, though a building permit has not yet been issued.

The chain operates 44 restaurants in seven states.
Hopewell awards bids for road repairs
(Aug. 26, 2019)

Several roads and a municipal parking lot will be improved under a contract awarded Monday by the Hopewell Township Commissioners.

The bid of $444,180 awarded to Youngblood Paving Inc. of Wampum was slightly less than the township had estimated.

To get an overlay are:
Washington Street between Harding and McKinely avevues
Cleveland Avenue from Washington Street to Brodhead Road
Roosevelt Avenue from Washington Street to Brodhead Road

To be tarred and chipped are:
Longvue Avenue/Sohn Road from Brodhead Road to Sweet Briar Drive, Sweet Briar Drive to the depository and the depository to the 90 degree bend
Creese/Juniata streets
Boake Drive
Davidson Lane
Rhode Island Avenue from Maratta Road to Massachusetts Avenue
Beaver Lakes Boulevard
West Main Street

Youngblood will also tar and chip the Hopewell Township Municipal Building parking lot.

Hopewell Dog Park, a local Scout's Eagle project, has its grand opening
Hopewell Area High School student and Eagle Scout candidate Chandler Dameron recently cut the ribbon on his project a dog park at Hopewell Community Park. CLICK HERE TO SEE A GALLERY of photos from the Oct. 26 event.
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Oct. 26 provided a dog day afternoon for Hopewell canines as a project four years in the making was officially opened.

For his ambitious Eagle Scout project, Chandler Dameron raised more than $25,000 to build a dog park in Hopewell.

He had the assistance of many local businesses and groups, including his sister's Girl Scout troop, which provided the park's agility equipment.

The park is on Laird Road, near the entrance of the community park.

It features separate areas for agility, large dogs and small/elderly dogs, as well as an area in which leashed dogs can frolic in a stream.
Hopewell residents to pay more
in taxes, garbage fees in 2020
The Hopewell Township Commissioners recently approved a 2-mill tax increase for 2020, the first increase since 2010.

They also replaced Waste Management with Valley Waste Services, which was the low bidder for removal of garbage, bulky waste, yard waste and certain recyclable materials.Residents will see their bills increase by only about $5 for the year.

Township manager Jamie Yurcina said the tax hike was necessary to avoid deficit spending.

He said that 41 percent of the township’s general fund goes toward expenses associated with its police department.

The current police contract ends Dec. 31, with an arbitrator set to listen to both sides in January.