Memorial Day Ceremony Set May 29
Cranberry’s annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony will once again honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the Veterans Memorial in North Boundary Park, the ceremony is presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 879.
The event’s guest speaker is Colonel Raymond Hyland Jr., Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing and veteran.
Participating organizations include the Cranberry VFW Post 879 color guard and the Ohio Valley Marine Corps League Detachment color guard and rifle squad.
Students from Seneca Valley High School will sing the National Anthem and a present a trumpet performance as veterans present six memorial wreaths. There will also be a remembrance of POW-MIAs with the release of white doves.
Refreshments will be served following the 45-minute ceremony.
CTCC, Cranberry CUP Team Up for Kids Castle ‘Fun’-Raiser
Two Cranberry community groups are teaming up again for familiar project.
The Cranberry Township Community Chest is once again partnering with Cranberry Community Uniting People (CUP) to complete renovations on the Kids Castle Playground in Community Park.
As the 2013 Cranberry Township Community Chest Project of the Year, the playground in Community Park replaced the existing wooden Playtime Palace with state-of-the-art equipment and a past, present, and future theme. While the facility itself was an incredible upgrade for recreation offerings in Cranberry, it also served as a great way to bring the community together. More than 300 volunteers built the area from the ground up.
Cranberry CUP was the presenting sponsor for that project as it adhered to the group’s mission of bettering the community.
Since then, Cranberry CUP has shifted focus to supporting and encouraging individuals and families facing hardship, including those battling serious illness. To date, the group has raised more than $2 million, with a benefactor family chosen each year.
After nine years of heavy use, Kids Castle needs some royal treatment, and Cranberry CUP is once again stepping up to help. As 2022 CTCC Fun-Raising Project, renovations will refresh the play area and make it safer for parents and children. New features will also be added.
For more information and to donate, visit yourctcc.org. To learn more or get involved with Cranberry CUP, visit cranberrycup.org.
Discounted Amusement Tickets Available
There’s a summer of fun on tap in Southwestern Pennsylvania – and Cranberry Township can help make sure it’s a little easier on your bank account.
Discount tickets are on sale at the Parks & Recreation Customer Service Desk for the Pittsburgh Zoo, Sandcastle, Hershey Park, Idlewild Park, Cedar Point and Kennywood.
Save between $4 and $12 per ticket, pending the destination.
See the graphic below for pricing information, and then stop by the Parks & Recreation Customer Service desk to purchase tickets.
For more information, contact Customer Service at 724-779-4FUN (4386).
Fire and Food Trucks to Heat Up the Summer
Food, fire, and fellowship are planned at Cranberry Township’s fire stations throughout the summer.
Fire and Food Trucks will take place from May through August at the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company’s Park Station (20727 Route 19), Haine Station (1629 Haine School Road), and Public Safety Training Facility (1000 Maintenance Building Drive).
In addition to a variety of food trucks, the stations will be open for tours. Members of the department will meet with the community and offer fire safety education programs.
Events and food trucks include:
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, Park Station on Route 19
PGH Crepes, Mobile Brunch Box, Le Petite Tour de France, B's Sips of Summer
• 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, Haine Station
Ash and Kris, Taquerio Acosta, Sweets for the Streets, Kona Ice
• 5-8 p.m. Monday July 11, Public Safety Training Facility
Mission Mahi, PGH Eatz, Sweets for the Streets, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kona Ice
• 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, Haine Station
Yovi's Chicago Style Hot Dog, Pittsburgh Smokehouse, Pappy Kettle Korn, Sweets for the Streets, Kona Ice
For more information on Fire and Food Trucks, or information on the Fire Company, visit ctvfc21.org or facebook.com/ctvfc21.
Tree Giveaway Highlights Arbor Day Celebration
Two groups committed to promoting an environmentally healthy Cranberry Township are joining forces this Arbor Day.
The Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee and the Southern Butler County Garden Club will host an Arbor Day Event from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Community Garden in the UPMC Passavant Sportsplex at Graham Park.
The EAC, a volunteer group focused on the environmental health of the Township, will give away 150 tree seedlings to interested residents. They will also provide information on how to best plant and grow the trees.
Seedlings are complimentary on a first-come, first-served basis.
At the same time, the Southern Butler County Garden Club will welcome arborist Ben Hartranft of Bartlett Tree Service for a pruning demonstration. He will also lead a question-and-answer discussion on proper tree care and maintenance.
Get Down to Business with Cranberry’s Business Trailer
The opening of a business is a celebration.
And Cranberry Township wants to help throw the party.
The Township’s Business Trailer, sponsored by Comcast Business, is available for grand openings, special events and promotions, and any other celebratory occasion.
Like the Township’s Block Party Trailer for residents, the Comcast Business Trailer contains everything a business would need to throw a top-tier event.
It includes a loudspeaker with microphone and auxiliary cord for music, display boards, tents, tables, tablecloths, chairs, batteries, and other supplies.
And, did an event really happen if a ribbon wasn’t cut? The trailer has ceremonial ribbons, large and small scissors for photo-ops and everything needed to mark the occasion.
Additionally, the Trailer contains Cranberry Township and Comcast Business swag items for giveaways, and two sets of cornhole boards to keep the fun flowing.
“We’re proud to have the Comcast Business Trailer on hand to help celebrate Cranberry Township’s newest businesses,” said Aaron Mimran, Regional Vice President for Comcast Business. “Not only does our local team understand the needs of businesses in the Route 19 corridor, but they know how to assess a local network’s strengths and weaknesses to help implement the right combination of tools that work best for specific needs.”
The Comcast Business advanced network provides local businesses of all sizes with tools and security for Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi and Voice solutions, and Comcast Business SecurityEdge and Advanced Security can help protect against threats like malware, ransomware, phishing, and botnet attacks.
To reserve the Comcast Business Trailer, visit cranberrytownship.org/businesstrailer.
CTEMS Hosting Free Car Seat Check
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of injury and death in children, with over 70 percent of car seats misused or improperly installed.
Proper car seat use dramatically reduces the risk of serious injury or death, and Cranberry Township EMS is offering a free service to ensure children are safe when traveling near or far.
A free Car Seat Check is set for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the EMS building on Route 19.
The event is limited to 24 car seats, as each appointment takes about 30 minutes. During that time, a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will check each seat and make sure they are installed properly.
Appointments are strongly encouraged. To register, call 724-776-4480 ext. 1911 or email email@example.com.
Annual Drug Take-Back Event Returns
There’s only one safe way to dispose of unused medications – and Cranberry Township is working to help keep those items off the street.
The annual Drug Take-Back Event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in the rear parking lot of the Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road. It offers a safe way to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.
This event will also serve as a used eyeglass donation drop-off for the Cranberry Township Lions Club’s Mission-Vision to provide glasses to those in need. Glasses can be dropped off at any time during the event.
A few tips for the disposal of medications:
• Dispose of medications in the original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.
• Remove any identifying information if disposing in original container.
• If disposing of vape pens or other e-cigarette devices, remove batteries. If they cannot be removed, check with chain stores which may accept them for proper disposal.
• Liquid products such as cough syrup should remain sealed in their original container. Ensure the cap is tightly sealed.
• Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will NOT be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Communications Department Takes Home Top Honors
Communication is a key component of Cranberry Township’s success.
The Township’s efforts to keep residents, business owners, and visitors informed were rewarded as the Township claimed the top honor in Pennsylvania: the Outstanding Citizen Communication Award for Townships with a Population Over 5,000 in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' (PSATS) 54th Annual Citizen Communication Contest.
The state-wide contest recognizes townships that have successfully communicated programs and activities to their residents.
In addition to the Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, Cranberry Township also took honors in the following categories:
• Newsletters (1st place)
• Social Media (1st place)
• Audiovisual Communications
o Thank You to Cranberry Twp. Volunteer Fire Department (1st place)
o Be a “Roll” Model – Bike Safety (tied for 2nd place)
o A Community Thanks to Jerry Andree (3rd place)
• Other Publications (2nd place)
• Websites (tied for 3rd place)
Tina Fedko, Communications Director, said the community’s expectations for high-level service is a motivator for the six-member Communications Department.
“Our focus is to communicate the mission of the Board of Supervisors to our residents while sharing their stories in our community and beyond,” she said. “We’re extremely honored to have our work distinguished on a state-wide level by PSATS. We look forward to continuing to exceed resident’s expectations of transparent and well-versed communications.”
In all, 31 townships submitted 102 entries for this year's competition, and 17 individual townships won awards. All entries were judged on the usefulness of information presented and how well the information was communicated. Publications were also judged on their overall attractiveness and readability. Judges included PSATS staff members and township officials who volunteer through the Association's Power of One program.
Get Paid! Township Jobs Offer Paycheck, Incentives, Fun
Help wanted signs may be everywhere, but only Cranberry Township offers a summer of fun in the sun while earning money – and some great incentives.
A Seasonal Job Fair is set for 2-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.
Many of the positions are for the Township Waterpark, the region’s premiere outdoor aquatic facility. Featuring two pools, a waterslide, splash pad, and dump bucket, the Waterpark is a popular summer family destination throughout the region for eager swimmers and those looking to relax.
Positions include lifeguards, concession stand crew members, maintenance workers, and guest relations attendants. All Waterpark employees are eligible for up to $600 in bonuses and incentives. Additionally, lifeguards who commit to working the entire summer will earn their certification free of charge.
The Job Fair will also feature other Township positions, including Camp Cranberry counselors, summer and seasonal groundskeepers, and various roles at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course.
For more information or for immediate consideration on employment, visit cranberrytownship.org/employment to apply.
Cranberry Hosting Hazardous Waste Collection
It’s time to get a jump on spring cleaning.
Noble Environmental will host a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Cranberry Township Public Works Building on Route 19.
Accepted chemicals include paint and workshop products; automotive products; cleaning products; lawn and garden products; pesticides; ever type of battery; every type of light bulb or tube; flammables; kitchen and pool chemicals.
Accepted electronics include computers, printers, phones, window AC units, dehumidifiers, mini fridges, microwaves, laptops, gaming devices, and any electronic device with a cord, screen, or circuit board.
• $0.25/lb. for freon devices
• $0.55/lb. for TVs and monitors
• $0.35/lb. for all other E-waste
• $0.55/lb. for waste paint
• $0.60/lb. for bulbs and batteries
• $0.90/lb. for all other chemicals
• $5/each for propane cylinders of all sizes
For more information or to register visit nobleenviro.com/e-waste-and-hhw/ or call 412-567-6566.
CranFest is Back
CranFest, the ever-popular community event that highlights cultural diversity, will return Saturday, May 7 to the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.
Cranberry’s cultural and social diversity event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the outdoor version in 2021 was scrapped due to inclement weather.
With a comeback of the popular indoor event, organizers are anticipating a celebration like no other.
“We are excited to bring our community together and put a spotlight on the amazing people from diverse cultures who are an integral part of CranFest,” said Sonia Jaiswal, Director of the Cranberry Area Diversity Network.
Key attractions of the event, which began in 2014, include live dance and musical performances, informational booths, vendors, and authentic cuisine from various cultures. Sponsored by CADN and the Township, the event runs from 11.a.m to 3 p.m. at the Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road.
The 2022 edition of CranFest will also aim to help a member of the community in need.
A Match for Jax booth and donor drive will be stationed in the Senior Center during the event.
Jax is a Seneca Valley Academy of Choice Cyber Student who needs a bone marrow transplant. In October, he was diagnosed with IPEX, an autoimmune disease that attacks every organ in the body. This rare diagnosis impacts just one in every 1.6 million people.
Because Jax is of mixed heritage and has such rare genetics, there is currently not a match for him. The Be the Match for Jax campaign aims to find a donor that can help save Jax’s life.
For more information, search social media for @bethematchforjax.
MEDIA ALRET: Media is invited to attend CranFest for colorful footage of live performances, cultural dance, and the culinary delight of authentic cuisine.
Camp Cranberry Promises Summer of Fun
There’s no better time than summer to get outside and enjoy nature – and there’s no better place to spend those summer days than Cranberry Township.
Running from June 6 to August 19, Camp Cranberry is a theme-focused day camp designed to challenge, entertain, and inspire. It focuses on developing physical, social, and decision-making skills, promoting self-confidence, and most importantly having plenty of fun.
Camp is separated into four groups: Mini Movers (ages 3-4), Little Achievers (ages 5-6), Youth Camp (ages 6-8 and 9-12) and Future Leaders (ages 13-15). Half day hours are available for Mini Movers and Little Achievers. Meal plans and extended care are also available.
In addition to fun activities, several entertaining and educational guests are slated to visit Camp Cranberry in 2022.
Campers also have access to the Township Waterpark each day, with a specific lifeguard assigned to keep watch. They’re just one of the camp staff that are carefully selected, highly qualified individuals who are passionate about working with youth.
Camp Cranberry is also focused on safety of both campers and staff, with a number of protocols and precautions in place to ensure that safety.
To view safety protocols, read testimonials from parents, meet the highly trained staff, and register visit cranberrytownship.org/campcranberry.
Seasonal Jobs Are Open in Cranberry Township
Where can you enjoy the outdoors, help create lasting memories for kids and adults alike, and earn money while doing it?
Cranberry Township has the answer, with several seasonal summer job openings currently posted. Many of the positions are for jobs at the Township Waterpark, including:
• Concession Stand Coordinator
• Concessions Crew Leader
• Concessions Attendant
• Guest Relations Attendant
• Maintenance Attendant
The Parks and Recreation Department’s renowned summer camp, Camp Cranberry, is also seeking a Camp Coordinator and Camp Counselors to work for the duration of the program. Camp Cranberry runs daily from June 6 to August 19.
The Parks Department is also seeking Attendants for its Kids Club program, as well as Volleyball Officials.
Elsewhere, the Township’s Public Works Department is seeking Long Seasonal and Summer Seasonal Groundskeepers to be employed from March through November. Cranberry Highlands Golf Course is also seeking both Long Seasonal and Short Seasonal Greenskeepers.
To view all open positions and to apply, visit cranberrytownship.org/employment.
Cranberry Makes It A Perfect 10
For the 10th consecutive year, Cranberry Township has been named a Banner Community by Allegheny County and the Allegheny League of Municipalities.
Being recognized as a Banner Community indicates a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Dick Hadley said receiving the award for the 10th time is confirmation that Cranberry Township continues to move forward in the right direction.
“Our elected officials and staff have gone above and beyond to ensure we continue to offer the highest quality service possible,” he said. “Being named a Banner Community shows our continued commitment to making Cranberry a great place to live, work and play. Providing such quality services is part of how we do business.”
Hadley also recognized that Cranberry must stay motivated to earn the distinction again in 2023.
“We will continue to stick to the plan and make the best decisions we can for the future of Cranberry Township,” he said.
Cranberry is one of 16 municipalities to have been part of the Banner Community Program since its inception in 2013.
The Allegheny League of Municipalities is a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate, and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.
Name That Snowplow Contest looks for nicknames on Groundhogs Day
Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog has forecast 42 more days of dreary winter.
And while Cranberry Township hopes the clairvoyant rodent is wrong, the Public Works Department will be ready to hit the streets if snowflakes fly.
What better time for the Township to ask residents to name one of their snowplows in the Name That…Snowplow Contest.
Names will be accepted from February 2-16 via a survey at cranberrytownship.org/NameTheSnowPlow.
Five entries will be selected, and public voting will run from February 16 through March 9 on the Township’s website and social media pages.
Participants are asked to use the hashtag #CranberrySnowPlow?and tag the Township on various platforms to campaign for their favorite name. The Township’s social media includes:
The winning slogan will be painted on a Township plow later this year – just in time to go on attack in the winter months. The person making the winning suggestion will receive a Township prize pack and other surprises.
For more information and to submit a name, visit cranberrytownship.org/SnowPlowContest.
Cuisine and Culture Brings Community Together
The best food perfectly blends ingredients to make a perfect dish.
The Cranberry Area Diversity Network aims to blend cuisine and conversation with a side of culture in its next virtual event.
Set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays in February, Cuisine and Culture will bring participants into their neighbor’s kitchens to learn about a favorite dish. The event will feature a discussion of the origins of the foods and cultures surrounding them.
• February 3 – Italian
• February 10 – Haitian
• February 17 - Hawaiian
• February 24 - Sri Lankan
RSVP for the free event at cranberrydiversity.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Angels! Snow Angel Program Needs Helpers
There are angels among us.
Snow angels, that is.
The Township’s Snow Angel program has been activated once again due to a need in the community. The successful program is seeking both volunteers and those in need of assistance as the winter weather turns frightful.
Cranberry Snow Angels is designed to help minimize the difficulties of snowstorms by matching community volunteers with elderly or disabled residents to assist with snow shoveling. Snow Angels are partnered with residents to remove snow and help keep sidewalks and driveways safer for everyone.
Snow Angels will run from January until last snowstorm of winter 2022.
Let it snow - we are ready!
To help or receive help, visit CranberryTownship.org/SnowAngels.
MEDIA ALERT: Cranberry Township can coordinate interviews with volunteers and those in need for coverage purposes. Please email email@example.com if interested.
CADN Film Series Brings Entertainment, Discussion
The Cranberry Area Diversity Network’s popular Film Series returns in 2022 with three marquee films and engaging discussion.
Each film will be shown at noon in the Cranberry Public Library’s Franklin Station. The 2022 edition features:
• Saturday, January 8 – “In the Heights”
• Saturday, February 12 – “Minari”
• Saturday, March 12 – “Queen”
Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided. A facilitated discussion will follow each viewing.
Pre-register at cranberrydiversity.org/cadn-film-series. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hodder Scholarship to Award Community Service
A new scholarship will reward selfless community service in honor of a longtime member of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
The Thomas S. Hodder Memorial Scholarship was recently created to honor Hodder, a life member of the CTVFC who passed away in September 2020.
Over his 48 years of service, Hodder served as an EMT and past vice commander for the Cranberry Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He also volunteered for the fire police in his later years. He selflessly served his community and exemplified the definition of volunteering
The scholarship will recognize and be awarded to an active member of the CTVFC who exemplifies the qualities Hodder: dedication to the community through volunteering within the CTVFC and ideally, other outside organizations.
This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient annually. Hodder’s family, including his daughter Kim Cannon, will select the winner each year.
For more information or to apply, visit ctvfc21.org.
Register and Win at Preschool Open House
It’s never too cool for school.
Cranberry Township’s Early Learning Center continues to offer high-quality education for children 2 ½ -to-5-years old, and curious families are invited to learn more at an Open House event Thursday, February 17.
The Open House, set for 5-7 p.m. at the Early Learning Center, 2525 Rochester Road, will allow parents and their children to learn about the programs, explore classrooms, and ascertain sanitation and safety measures firsthand. Guests at the open house will also have the opportunity to personally meet the Center’s excellent teachers and staff.
The Center includes advanced security and sanitation features, an in-house library and a full-size gymnasium. A 5% discount is available for siblings.
Registration for the 2022 school year is now open. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come first serve basis with an anticipated waiting list. As a bonus, those registering during the open house are automatically entered into a drawing to win a Gift Card that can be used toward any program that is offered through the Township’s Park & Recreation Department.
For more information on the Early Learning Center, visit cranberrytownship.org/earlylearning.
Outreach Aimed at Aiding Tornado Victims
Cranberry is a community that cares.
With the devastation that occurred during tornados in Kentucky and surrounding areas, the Township is partnering with Grace Community Church, Graf Custom Construction, Home Depot, General Rental and other local agencies in a relief effort.
A collection event is scheduled for Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19 at Grace Community Church, 9160 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township.
Items of need include:
• Tarps and/or plastic sheeting (6 mil thickness, minimum)
• Flashlights and batteries
• Large Rubbermaid or similar bins with lids
• Personal hygiene items and baby care items (please place these items in tote bags)
Collection times are set for 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Tractor trailers will be leaving around 2 p.m. Sunday to deliver donations to Kentucky.
For more information, please visit mygcc.org/tornado-relief-outreach/ or contact Cindy Zonts at email@example.com or 724-822-4446.
Early Learning Center Open House Set
Children ready to take the next step in their education will have a chance to learn more about Cranberry Township’s Early Learning Center.
The Center will welcome parents of preschool-age children to an Open House from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday, November 15 inside the Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road.
Families considering enrolling their children are welcome to attend and tour the state-of-the-art facility. The Center includes advanced security and sanitation features, an in-house library and a full-size gymnasium. Additionally, COVID-19 safety precautions and procedures can be reviewed during the Open House. Masks are required and CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitation will be observed.
Staff will be available to meet parents and students and answer questions. Registration will open to the public at 4 p.m. Monday, November 15. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come first serve basis with a waiting list used if necessary.
The Early Learning Center holds morning sessions for 2 ½ year olds as well as morning and afternoon sessions for 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds.
The Center’s program for 2 ½ year olds is designed to be a child’s first classroom experience with an emphasis on language and social development.
Twice-weekly programs for 3- and 4-year olds cultivate creative growth and motor development and offer early exposure to art, math, and science. Three-day and four-day Pre-Kindergarten programs for children ages 4 and 5 focus on preparation for Kindergarten. Themes and activities enhance the child’s social skills and promote development in language, math, science, art and motor skills.
Registration is not necessary for the Open House. All are welcome.
Display Highlights Women Who Served
Whether behind the scenes or on the front lines, women have helped support American military operations for decades.
In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, Cranberry Township will host “American Women Serving Our Country During Wartime” display from November 9 through 19.
The display was created by Ed Catozella and Gail Mashuda after they researched female support and involvement in various American conflicts, including:
• World War I: 35,000 Army, 11,000 Navy nurses
• World War II: 60,000 Army nurses, 80,000 non-combatant specialists
• Korean War: 12,000 nurses
• Vietnam: 9,000 Army nurses and the first aviators
• Desert Storm: 24,000 women deployed, including the first women in combat
• War on Terror to Present: full combat roles, the first B-52 pilot, Army Rangers, and Navy combat ship commanders
• American Red Cross: always there, stateside and in combat zones
The display can be found in front of the Customer Service Department at the Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road.
Santa Making ‘First Stop’ in Cranberry
After a year hiatus, Santa and Mrs. Claus will kick off the holiday season by making their first stop in Cranberry Township.
The Township’s traditional annual event, set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 19 at the Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, features crafts, games, food trucks, live reindeer and more. The event is presented by Karski & Spokane Orthodontics and supported by Armstrong and UPMC Passavant.
Program Won’t ‘Leaf’ Residents Hanging
The Leaf Angel Program aims to match local volunteers to Cranberry Township residents who need assistance from November 1 through December 10. It is modeled after the Township’s successful Snow Angel Program that assists residents in need of snow removal.
MSA Thruway Unveiled
A project decades in the making was unveiled Thursday as the ribbon was cut on the MSA Thruway project.
The MSA Thruway connects Interstate 79 to Cranberry Springs, as well as Cranberry Springs to Cranberry Woods. It utilizes roundabouts on each side to keep traffic moving, taking up to 1,350 vehicles off I-79 and 700 vehicles off Route 228 during peak times.
It’s not just about traffic, however. The project eliminates the “weave” merge from I-79 to Route 228, as motorists no longer need to cross four lanes of traffic to get to Cranberry Springs, creating a safer commute.
The Thruway, paid for using developer-paid transportation impact fees to leverage federal and state funding, is named after MSA Safety, a longtime business staple in the Township. The company donated much of the land on which the Thruway traverses.
Featuring bike and pedestrian lanes, the project also makes the Route 228 corridor a walkable business center. With that increased connectivity for both motorists and pedestrians, it plans for the anticipated additional growth in the undeveloped area north of Route 228 and the potential creation of thousands of full-time jobs.
The tunnel is expected to open to traffic in the coming weeks.
The ribbon-cutting event featured guest speakers from MSA Safety, Allegheny Excavating, Butler County Commission, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Westinghouse, local and state legislators and the Township’s Board of Supervisors.
“This project could not happen without the support of our community, our residents, our business partners, and our government associates,” said Dick Hadley, Board of Supervisors Chairman. “When you look at this tunnel, it’s much more than just a means to decrease traffic on Route 228 and improving access for motorists and pedestrians. It’s a display of what can happen when a community works together.”
Study Confirms Traffic Circle Success
It’s not circular logic – roundabouts improve traffic safety.
And a new PennDOT study that includes data from Cranberry Township proves it once again.
Media Invited to MSA Thruway Opening
After two years of digging beneath Route 228, the MSA Thruway is almost set to open.
Media are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 14 at the southern entrance to the Thruway past the Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott hotels. This event is not open to the public.
Hazardous Waste Event Set October 23
With winter weather approaching, fall is the time to make room in the garage and clean up exterior spaces.
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is schedule from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 23 at the Township Public Works building off Route 19.
The event requires advance registration at www.ecsr.net.
Rates for specific items include:
• $0.60/lb. TVs, Monitors, Printers & Towers
• $0.40/lb. All other electronics and
• $0.70/lb. Small freon containing devices
• $0.63/lb. Paint
• $1.00/lb. Household Hazardous Waste
• $0.75/lb. Universal Waste (Bulbs and Batteries)
• $4/ea. Propane Tanks
Some items are not accepted, including explosives, fire extinguishers, radioactive material, elemental mercury, ammunition, tires, medical waste, syringes, smoke detectors and large appliances.
Pet Costume Contest Back for Another Spooktacular Year
Run, gallop, trot, fly or crawl to your attic, and break out your pet’s best Halloween costume.
For the third year, the Township’s SPOOKtacular Pet Costume contest will find the cutest, most frightening outfit donned by our friends with four legs, two legs or no legs. Pets of all types and sizes are encouraged to enter.
Cranberry Township’s Facebook friends will decide the winner, with the pet gaining the most “likes” being crowned Cranberry’s Best Pet Costume. The proclaimed champion will receive a basket full of treats which have been donated by local pet stores.
• LIKE the Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania Facebook page
• MESSAGE us via Facebook a photo of your pet dressed in costume by October 17.
• Eligible photos will be posted in our Contest Pet Album on October 18.
• Tell your friends and neighbors to LIKE THE PHOTO of your pet from October 18-28.
The winner will be announced at noon Friday, October 29.
Need some help taking a photo of your pet or making your pet look glamorous?
The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber is partnering with the Township on a contest that can help!
The Chamber’s BARKTOBERFEST will be held at the Cranberry Township Farmers Market at the Municipal Center from 3-7 p.m. Friday, October 1.
Bring your pet in costume and get their photo taken at the Chamber’s BARKTOBERFEST photo booth. By doing so, your pet will automatically be entered in the 2021 contest hosted by Cranberry Township.
Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit Fire Company
Dinner will be served Saturday, October 2 as the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner.
Set for 4-8 p.m. at the Park Station on Route 19, the dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs with sauce, salad, rolls, and dessert.
Tickets are available at the door for $8 (adults) and $5 (kids). Children 3 and under are free. Take out is available.
In addition to dinner, the Auxiliary will raffle 20 baskets and one door prize. Raffle sheets are $20. A 50/50 raffle is also planned, with an arm’s length of tickets for $10.
All proceeds go toward supporting the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Fire Company to Commemorate 9/11
The Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company will pause this September 11 to commemorate, reflect, and honor those lost during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A large American flag will be hung from a ladder truck beginning at sunrise on September 11, 2021, and will remain until sundown, at the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, 20727 Route 19.
John Pristas, CTVFC’s Assistant Chief, will play “Taps” in front of the company’s 9/11 Memorial outside of the fire station at the following times:
• 8:46 a.m., American Flight 11 hits the North Tower of the World Trade Center
• 9:03 a.m., United Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower
• 9:40 a.m., American Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon
• 9:59 a.m., World Trade Center’s South Tower collapses
• 10:03 a.m., Hijacked flight United Flight 93 crashes into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
• 10:28 a.m., World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses
Media are welcome to attend this moving tribute to America. Pristas will be available for interviews following each of the tributes.
Additional information on the 9/11 Memorial can be found at ctvfc21.org/content/911/.
Cruisin’ Into Fall: Rescheduled Car Show is September 18
The rescheduled 12th Annual Cruisin' Cranberry car show, sponsored by Flynn's Tire, is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 18 at the Waterpark parking lot in North Boundary Park. The event will feature classic cars, food vendors and more.
Dogs to Take a Dip During Annual Puppy Plunge
The dog days of summer may be ending, but not without one last splash.
The popular Puppy Plunge at the Township Waterpark is scheduled for two sessions from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 11.
Dog owners must bring their dog's current veterinarian certificate to document current rabies vaccination. Dogs without current veterinarian certificate will not be admitted. Rabies tags will not be accepted. Additionally, aggressive dogs will not be allowed.
Shoes must be worn by all owners. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
A Cranberry resident program fee of $5 per dog – $6 for non-residents – is payable at the time of registration. Pre-registration is strongly recommended at cranberrytownship.org/register.
Slow Down For Start of School
For many students, there’s no rush to get back to school.
Cranberry Township is asking drivers to take that same approach and slow down as kids return to the classroom.
Using radar speed signs, hundreds of yard signs will be placed throughout various neighborhoods, as well as an increased police presence from the Cranberry Township Police Department. The fall edition of the campaign is set for August 25 through September 8 and coincides with the Seneca Valley School District’s return to school.
The radar signs are moved every day to different neighborhoods, and the data gathered is used as the basis for making changes to the program or stepping up awareness of the initiative.
The program is funded through local business sponsorships and the Cranberry Township Community Chest. Participating neighborhoods include: Bristol Creek, Clearbrook, Cranberry Heights, Cranberry Park Place, Cranberry West, Crystal Springs, Fox Run, Franklin Crossing, Freedom Woods, Goehring Road, Hampshire Woods, Havenwood, Hazelwood Farms, Hunter's Creek, Marshall Woods, Meeder Neighborhood, Oakview Estates, Orchard Park, Pinehurst, Scenic Ridge, Shadow Creek, Walden Pond, Deer Run, Norberry Court, Spring Meadows, The Glen at Woodside, Villas of Isleworth, Wakefield Estates, Winchester Farms, Winchester Lakes, Woodbine Estates, Woodlands.
The movement inspired by the national “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25” program is designed to raise awareness of speeding on residential roads. Find more information and register to participate at cranberrytownship.org/slowdown.
Cadet Fire Academy Launches in August
Facilitating fun while forming future firefighters.
That’s the goal of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company’s Cadet Fire Academy. Set for August 2-6, the program is open to boys and girls ages 14-18 who want to one day become firefighters – or just want to know more about the job.
Parks & Rec Personnel to be Celebrated at Community Days
Cranberry’s parks are some of the best in the region, but they wouldn’t be as great without dedicated staff working hard each day.
That’s why the Board of Supervisors recently adopted a resolution declaring July 16, 2021 as Park and Recreation Professionals Day.
And, as part of that celebration, the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society will visit the Township during the biggest celebration of the year.
PRPS President Tim Herd will visit Community Days at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10 in Community Park. The visit is one of three statewide as part of the organizations spotlight celebrations in the leadup to Park & Recreation Professionals Day.
Members of the Township Board of Supervisors, as well as staff, will be on hand to welcome Herd and highlight the Township’s commitment to provide excellent parks and programming to residents.
DUI Moving Memorial Visits Cranberry Township
The PA DUI Association in partnership with partnering agencies like the Cranberry Township Police Department are presenting the DUI Victims’ Moving Memorial Tour and visiting Cranberry Township. The statewide events are open to the public, with encouraged attendance from participation from partner agencies, and affected family members.
Cranberry Township continues work with Autism Employment Network
Cranberry Township prides itself on being an inclusive place for residents, visitors, and employees alike.
A successful partnership that began in 2020 is giving opportunities and helping develop skills for members of the community who otherwise may have a hard time finding such a chance.
A partnership with the Autism Employment Network and Progress City LLC includes training and education for Township staff, including autism awareness and techniques for workplace inclusion. Weekly check-ins are maintained to ensure the program is running smoothly, and a continuing discussion of other possible jobs will occur.
The partnership is in effect for the 2021 calendar year.
No Need for Speed: Slow Down Campaign speeding up
The Slow Down Campaign returns after a hiatus in 2020 but is back in full force this year. The movement inspired by the national “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25” program is designed to raise awareness of speeding on residential roads.
Memorial Day Ceremony Returns In Person
After a virtual service in 2020, Cranberry Township’s Memorial Day service returns as an in-person event.
Set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial in North Boundary Park, the ceremony is presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 879.
Camp Cranberry Promises Summer of Fun
Camp Cranberry has always been the best way for kids to have fun in the sun.
This year’s Camp will be bigger and better – and safer – than ever with the expansion of fun and educational presentations.
Running from June 7 to August 20, Camp Cranberry is a theme-focused day camp designed to challenge, entertain, and inspire. It focuses on developing physical, social, and decision-making skills, promoting self-confidence, and most importantly having plenty of fun.
Hazardous Waste Event Set April 17
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is schedule from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 at the Township Public Works building off Route 19.
Drug Take-Back Event Set April 24
The Cranberry Township Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies across the country in accepting unwanted or unused medications during the annual Drug Take-Back event.
Vendors Sought for 2021 Cranberry Farmers Market
The 2021 Cranberry Township Farmers Market will kick off Friday, June 4. It will be held from 3-7 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer in the front parking lot of the Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road.
Cranberry Police Partner with ‘Neighbors’ App
A new partnership between the Township Police Department and the makers of Ring doorbell will help the community stay informed about local safety incidents and share information with the department.
Hop to It! Easter Bunny to Tour Township
Set from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, the Easter Bunny Tour will travel through Community, North Boundary and Graham parks, as well as past the Municipal Center. The Easter Bunny will mount a Township fire engine to spread cheer prior to Easter Sunday festivities.
Kindergarten Prep Class Helps Young Learners Achieve
A year of virtual learning and limited social interaction can have a long-lasting impact on a child’s development.
Cranberry Township’s new Kindergarten Prep class, part of the Cranberry Early Learning Center, aims to close the gap to ensure young students are ready to take the next educational step.
The program is designed for children who missed the Kindergarten cutoff date or those in need of one more year of preschool to refine skills to set them up for success in Kindergarten. It will use a hands-on learning approach in both large and small group differentiated, theme-based centers.
The program will focus on math, literacy, STEM, social, emotional, dramatic play and sensory activities on a weekly basis. The environment is designed to cultivate a well-rounded learner prepared to confidently start Kindergarten.
Open to children aged 4 ½ to 6, students in this class should have already completed at least one year of preschool or pre-k. Children must be turning 5 by March 1, 2022.
The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon September-May in the Bear Run Room at the Municipal Center, with limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. All CDC safety guidelines will be followed, and increased sanitation protocols are in place.
Registration is now open, and a waitlist will be used if capacity is reached. For more information, visit cranberrytownship.org/preschool or call the Parks & Recreation Customer Service Department at 724-779-4FUN (4386).
Cranberry to Come Together to Develop Understanding of Other’s Beliefs
A song once asked, “what’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?”
For the organizers of the Cranberry Area Diversity Network’s next virtual event, the three concepts can’t exist without one another. The event, titled “Come Together to Understand Each Other’s Beliefs,” will aim to promote engaging conversation to help participants better understand several world religions.
The webinar, set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 31, will feature presentations from high school students on Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. There will be a question-and-answer session following the presentations to learn more about these often-undiscussed topics.
The event is being held in conjunction with World Religion Day, which is held January 17 this year. Participants are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own to understand the basic tenets of other religions. The aim is to unite everyone, whatever their faith, by showing that there are common foundations to all religions.
To register, visit cranberrydiversity.org/come-together-beliefs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do Not Knock List Accepting Enrollees
Limit the number of times you ask “who’s there” by enrolling in the Township’s Do Not Knock list.
Township residents can choose not to have door-to-door sales of any goods, commodities, or services at their home by registering each year.
New enrollment began November 1, 2021 and continues to update as residents register. The list is purged each year on December 31, regardless of the enroll date.
Residents who previously were on the list prior to November 1, 2021, must register again. Non-solicitation requests do NOT carry over.
The registry is available to residential homeowners who wish to make the individual decision to prohibit commercial door-to-door sales calls at their homes. Attempts to register large numbers of addresses will be identified by the system.
Soliciting is restricted to the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and not permitted on Sundays or holidays. Individuals going door-to-door not selling anything are not required to have a permit. This includes conducting surveys, distributing religious literature, and political canvassing.
Those soliciting must wear an identification badge issued by the Cranberry Township Police Department.
For more information and to register, visit www.cranberrytownship.org/donotknock.