Cranberry Township Waterpark to Open June 20
Just in time for summer, Cranberry Township’s Waterpark at North Boundary Park will open for the season beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020.
To keep both attendees and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic, several new protocols will be in place, including:
• The pool is open to current Waterpark members and Cranberry Township residents only.
• This includes all memberships previously purchased – both residents and non-residents – prior to April 15, 2020.
• Proof of Cranberry Township residency is required for daily admission.
• The number of those admitted each day will be limited. When capacity is reached, new guests will not be allowed in until others exit.
• Enhanced sanitation protocols and operating procedures will be in place and follow CDC guidelines.
• Guests can enter through the main entrance only.
• The sand volleyball court and sand play are closed this season.
• Limited deck chairs are available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own to help with sanitation efforts.
• Consideration is being given to aquatics programs to ensure the safety of staff and participants.
• The concession stand is open with limited menu options. No outside food is permitted, although lunch box coolers are still permitted. The concession stand will have limited operating hours from noon to 6 p.m.
Hours for the Waterpark are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Daily admission will increase by $1 for each pricing tier. Special night swim events will be announced at a later date.
To purchase a resident membership, visit cranberrytownship.org/waterpark.
Blood Drive Set at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
With the need for blood donors at a critical level, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will host a blood drive from 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 29.
The event, held in conjunction with the Cranberry Township Sunrise Rotary, will be staged in the Clubhouse and Tartan Hall at the Golf Course, 5601 Freshcorn Road, Cranberry Township.
Organizers said the drive will help increase regional supplies that have been depleted during the coronavirus pandemic. Hospital demand for blood has grown by 30 percent after sharply declining in early April amid the rapidly changing and complex public health crisis.
“As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused, the Red Cross is in need of healthy donors to support our community blood drives in order to avoid a blood shortage this summer,” said Barb Kimbell, account manager for American Red Cross Donor Services in Beaver, Lawrence, Mercer, Butler, and parts of Clarion counties.
To promote social distancing, all donors must have an appointment, and must wear a mask. Only donors are permitted in the blood drive area.
Those with recent tattoos, piercings or travel to a malarial area are under a 3-month deferral. Previously, it was a 1-year deferral. Those who were deferred for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the past will now be eligible to donate. This was previously a lifetime deferral.
All donors will be eligible for a $5 Amazon Gift card via email courtesy of Amazon.
For more information or to register, visit redcrossblood.org and enter CHGC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Cranberry Public Library to Begin Accepting Returns
As Cranberry Township transitions into the yellow phase of the state’s re-opening plan, the Cranberry Township Public Library will begin accepting returns on checked-out items.
Beginning Monday, May 18, the Library’s outdoor book drop at the Municipal Center will be open.
To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, all materials will be put into quarantine for 72 hours prior to being re-stocked.
This process will delay the return system, leading Library officials to extend current due dates to June 15. No late fees will accrue on accounts that were originally due during the closed period.
While the Library remains closed, online resources are available 24 hours a day via the e-Resources page where books, magazines, audio items and more are available for checkout.
Library staff are also overseeing the “Cooped-Up Cranberry” page, a joint venture with the Cranberry Township's Parks & Recreation Department. It features activities, story times, exercise classes and more to help beat boredom.
For more information on these programs, visit cranberrytownship.org/library.
Virtual Job Fair to Help Residents, Businesses
A virtual job fair featuring more than 40 companies is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Among communities and organizations in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties, the free event is sponsored by the Tri-County Growth Collaborative, which Cranberry Township is proud to be part of. It aims to create and showcase opportunities for residents and local business owners to find employment or hire, respectively.
Registration for the event can be found on the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber website at https://members.pghnorthchamber.com/events/details/virtual-job-fair-9510?calendarMonth=2020-05-01.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the virtual event will feature several job-specific portions, including:
• 9-10 a.m. - Healthcare
• 10-11 a.m. - Education, Non-Profit, Childcare, Training
• 11 a.m. to noon - Finance/Banking, Tech/IT, Legal, Marketing & Sales
• Noon to 1 p.m. - Retail/Food, Tourism & Hospitality
• 1-2 p.m. - Manufacturing, Construction
Participating Employers include: Express Employment Professionals, Advance Sourcing Concepts LLC, UPS, ConnectiveRx, Butler VA, Quality Life Services, Sunnyview Nursing & Rehab Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Anova Health Care Services, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Newhaven Court at Clearview, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Butler County Tourism, Job Corps, Lightbridge Academy, Community Options, Computer Fellows, Mars Bank, Media Post, Curt Whipple, The Lynch Law Group, Mary Kay Cosmetics, WoodmenLife, Hobby Express Inc., Tri County Mgmt – McDonalds, United Plate Glass, JSP, Insight Pipe Contracting Inc., Eisler Landscapes Inc., Woodward Inc., Career Opportunities for the Disabled, South Butler County School District, PA CareerLink, CareerLink of Butler County, Dollar Bank, Lifesteps Inc., and Randstad.
The Tri-County Growth Collaborative is comprised of the Butler County Growth Collaborative, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Corporation of Butler County, Cranberry Township, Butler County, Butler Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Job Corps.
CADN to Host Virtual Wellness Workshop
The Cranberry Area Diversity Network will host a virtual wellness workshop focusing on coping strategies and resources for special needs caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic.
From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, organizers will offer tips and strategies with a focus on helping special needs parents and caregivers.
The event, facilitated by Open Up Pittsburgh, is free but registration is required. Email Jackie.Eppler@cranberrydiversity.org to register or for more information.
Virtual Memorial Day Service Planned
Every year, Township residents and veterans gather the Sunday before Memorial Day to honor and remember the sacrifice made by those who served their country.
Though this year’s event cannot take place as usual, the Township is planning a virtual service to ensure the tradition continues.
An online Memorial Day service is planned for 1p.m. Sunday, May 24, with a video service posting on the Township’s social media feeds and website.
The video will feature the keystone elements of the annual event, including the National Anthem, guest speakers, the release of doves, a 21-gun salute and the ringing of bells in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
A production of the Cranberry Township VFW Post 879, along with the Township’s Parks and Recreation and Communications departments, the video serves to make sure those who defend our freedom are remembered and honored no matter the setting.
To view the video, visit cranberrytownship.org/memorialday or the Cranberry Township Facebook page.
MSA Thruway Project to Begin
A road project that will significantly reduce traffic on the Route 228 Corridor during peak hours is set to begin.
Work on the MSA Thruway near the Interstate 79 northbound ramp to Route 228 will begin Wednesday, May 6, weather permitting.
Daytime paving is scheduled to begin Monday, May 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Traffic lanes will be shifted to the north starting Saturday, May 16 to allow for tunnel excavation work to begin.
Traffic will be maintained on Route 228 throughout the project.
The MSA Thruway is the next step a master plan focused on easing traffic in the corridor and improving connections with the Cranberry Springs development.
A tunnel will be constructed beneath Route 228 connecting I-79 to Cranberry Springs. A roundabout will be constructed at the approach to the tunnel on the south side of Route 228. The project includes sidewalks and bikes lanes that aim to make the area more pedestrian friendly.
The project is expected to be completed by winter of 2021 and will reduce the queue from I-79 Northbound by 40 percent during peak morning hours. Eastbound traffic on Route 228 at the Cranberry Springs/Cranberry Woods intersection will be reduced by 30 percent. Average delays will be reduced by 33 percent.
The project could spur the creation of 2,300 full-time jobs and more than 4,000 temporary construction jobs.
For project updates, visit cranberrytownship.org/route228.
Cranberry Township Commemorates International Firefighters’ Day with New Web Initiative
May 4 is a day to recognize and thank firefighters for their commitment, dedication and sacrifice on International Firefighters' Day.
In an effort to educate the public on what firefighters do each day and how to stay safe from fire risks, the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is launching a coloring contest for all ages.
Knowing how to reduce risks of fire is crucial, as the best call a firefighter can receive is no call at all. From stop-drop-and roll to cooking safety, there are many steps residents can take to reduce their risk of fire.
A new page on the Township’s website seeks to inform residents of these steps through videos, games and the coloring contest. It can be found at cranberrytownship.org/firesafety.
The coloring contest is broken into four age groups (5 and under, 6-12, 13 – 17, and ages 18 and up) and open to everyone.
The coloring pages can be downloaded from cranberrytownship.org/firesafety.
Participants are asked to like the Cranberry Township Facebook page, and can submit their artwork there, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest begins May 4, and submissions must be received by May 19. The pages will be posted on the Township Facebook page, and winners will be chosen by popular vote.
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course to Open Saturday with Restrictions
Following Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement this week permitting golf courses to re-open, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will open to players beginning Saturday, May 2.
Tee times can be booked by visiting cranberryhighlands.com.
The safety of customers and staff remains the top priority, with several protocols put in place to ensure that safety. They follow all federal, state and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
• Tee Times available online – currently ONLY foursome bookings.
• No walk-ins are permitted.
• 15-minute tee times (4 per hour).
CHECK IN & PAYMENT
• ONLY arrive 15 minutes prior to tee time, always observing social distancing.
• ONLY one customer permitted in the Starter Hut.
• ONLY one golfer per cart unless both players live in the same household.
• Customer will be asked to insert credit card on an easily accessible device.
• Those waiting to check in, MUST observe social distancing 6’ guidelines established by signage, arrows and markers.
• Upon arrival, please take your golf clubs directly to staging area, place on cart and proceed to check in at the Starter Hut, located near first tee- mask is required to enter.
• Once checked in, please proceed to your cart. Starter on duty will notify you when #1 tee is open to begin your round.
• Payment of golf fees - Credit Card ONLY. When possible, it is encouraged that one person pay for the entire group.
• Carts are mandatory.
• Carts will be sanitized and be in the staging area near parking lot and will be parked with social distancing in mind.
• Carts are not permitted in the parking lot area.
• Putting Greens and Driving Range are CLOSED.
• Please follow all starter’s instructions, course signage and any messages from golf staff displayed on the cart’s GPS screen.
• Flagsticks are always to remain in the cups.
• A 3” foam insert has been placed in cups to allow you to “putt out” and still safely retrieve your golf ball without touching any surfaces.
• No rakes, ball washers or water coolers will be on the course.
• Play all bunkers as waste areas (can ground your club).
• Out of courtesy for the groups behind, please smooth footprints.
• Wash stations located next to portable restrooms on holes #3 & #14.
• After finishing your round, please return cart to staging area.
• Please dispose of any trash in provided receptacles.
• Proceed directly to your car with your golf clubs. Carts are not permitted in parking lot area.
For more information or to book a tee time, visit cranberryhighlands.com.
Seneca Valley Teachers, Cranberry First Responders to Parade Through Neighborhoods
Seneca Valley School District students will be honored with a parade featuring Township first responders Monday.
The parade will also feature nearly 100 staff members who will make their way throughout Township neighborhoods to greet students and their families. They will be joined by Township police, fire and EMS crews, as well as responders from Seven Fields.
The parade will begin at about 10:45 a.m., and will travel through the following neighborhoods:
• Route 1: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Fernway; Clearbrook; Sun Valley and Woodlands; Berkley Manor, Hampshire Woods and Autumn Hill; Georgetown Square; and Freedom Woods.
• Route 2: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Glen Eden; Maples; Antler Ridge; Eden Way; Settler’s Grove; Glenbrook Manor; Manor Creek; Unionville; Springfield Manor; Winchester; and Meeder via Route 19.
• Route 3: Beginning at Hope Church and traveling to Timberline; Peace; Walden Pond; Crystal Springs; Lakevue; St. Leaonards Woods; Hazelwood; Spring Meadows; Grandshire; across Route 228 to the Village at Cranberry Woods; Haven at Cranberry Woods; Southridge; and Dutilh Apartments.
• Route 4: Beginning at Rowan Elementary and traveling past the Route 19 trailer court; Franklin Ridge; Franklin Crossings; Preserves East; Preserves West; North Boundary; Shadow Creek; and Forest Edge.
• Route 5: Beginning at Hope Church and traveling to Northridge; the Estates at Seven Fields; and Castle Creek.
• Route 6: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Creekwood and Creekwood Commons; Kimberwick; Bellevue Park and Park Place; Chatham Commons; Forest Park; The Crossings; Highland Village; Havenwood; Hunters Creek; Avery’s Field; Woodbine; Green Fields Estates; Briar Creek; and Eden Square.
• Route 7: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Cranberry Pointe; Cranberry Estates; Cranberry West; Cranberry Village; Valleybrook; Deer Run; Pine Ridge; Fernway; Orchard Park; Darlington and Grace Estates; and Blue Ridge.
• Route 8: Beginning at Rowan Elementary and traveling to Fox Run; Canterbury Heights; Carriage Manor; Forest Knoll; Windwood Heights; Redmond Place; Old Towne; Scenic Ridge; and LaGrande Maison.
Families along the routes are asked to wave from the safety of their homes and porches and not gather at bus stops or street corners in an effort to promote social distancing,
Media is invited to film along these routes.
Garing to Share Response Team Information
The Township’s Chief of Fire and Emergency Services will offer insight on the Community Response Team and how it is helping residents.
Scott Garing will participate in a webinar titled “Creating a ‘Buddy System’ for At-Risk Persons: A How-To for Communities” at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16. The event is hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh.
The Community Response Team pairs volunteers with those in need of essential items like groceries and prescriptions. Additionally, it uses monetary donations to help provide essential items for those facing financial hardship.
Garing will join panelists Dave Breingan, Executive Director of Lawrenceville United and Zaheen Hussain, Director of Sustainability at New Sun Rising. Those organizations have started similar programs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The three will share their processes, forms, experiences, and other tools necessary to start this program in other communities.
To register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kzZBhCT-R0Wac-rgIZqxKw.
Township Lights Up to Honor Frontline Workers
To honor the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers, the Municipal Center will be bathed in light each evening, and the public is invited to light their own homes and businesses in solidarity.
Gold lights brighten the building each Thursday through Sunday to put a spotlight on the first responders, doctors, nurses and other front-line workers who are diligently working to keep us safe and battle the pandemic.
From Monday through Wednesday, the building is lit in red, white and blue to signify the unity of America. It’s a call to action to remain unified during this trying time.
Township residents and business owners are being asked to light up their buildings in a similar fashion to let these heroes know they are appreciated and supported.
Residents are invited to send photos of their lights to the Township’s Facebook page. Those photos will be shared online to continue the show of support.
Cranberry Has the Cure for Being Cooped Up
When the weather outside is cloudy, and when the challenge of games wears thin, children are in need of something fun to occupy their time.
Cranberry Township’s Cooped-Up Cranberry program is the cure for boredom, offering activities and programs five days a week administered by the Library, Parks and Recreation and Engineering staffs.
Content features everything from maker-related tasks like those that would be enjoyed in the Library’s new Makerspace, story time, arts and crafts projects, cooking challenges and virtual field trips.
To join in on the fun, visit CranberryTownship.org/CoopedUpCranberry.
Cranberry Community Response Team Expands Reach
Thanks to a generous donation from MarkWest Energy Partners, the Township’s Community Response Team is expanding its reach to neighboring communities in Southwest Butler County.
The Community Response Team was created to help residents who were adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since its inception, volunteers have stepped up in great numbers to assist their neighbors in shopping for essential needs, while supplies have been purchased with monetary donations.
The need, however, isn’t contained within Cranberry Township, and the MarkWest Energy Partners donation will allow the CRT to assist even more people.
Residents in Harmony, Zelienople, Evans City, Jackson Township and Lancaster Township can request assistance by visiting cranberrytownship.org/CRT and completing the form, or by calling 724-776-4806.
Community Response Team Holding First Volunteer Event
Cranberry Township’s Community Response Team will offer its first volunteer opportunity Wednesday, April 1.
Volunteers will report to the Township Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Maintenance Building Drive, Cranberry Township, from noon to 12:30 p.m. April 1 to receive paperwork and a shopping list for those in need. They will be given gift cards to purchase items and will then bring those items back to the Public Safety Training Center.
Staff will be onsite to unload vehicles, and volunteers will remain in their vehicles to ensure safe social distancing.
Media is invited to attend but asked to contact our Communications Department beforehand in an attempt to limit the number of people in the area.
Please contact Tina Fedko at email@example.com or J.W. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
Board of Supervisors Meeting to Be Held Virtually
To encourage social distancing and respect the Governor’s order to stay at home while continuing the business of the Township, the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors will meet via Microsoft Teams for their April 2 meeting.
The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 2, can be viewed by the public at cranberrytownship.org/boardmeeting.
The meeting can be viewed through a computer’s web browser or through the Microsoft Teams application on a computer, tablet or cellphone.
Public comment will be taken via a Q&A feature at the beginning of the meeting. During that time, a comment can be typed and added to the official meeting record.
Those wishing to comment but without access to a computer can do so by calling Gretchen Moran at 724-776-4806 ext. 1103 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Community Response Team Helping Residents
In good times and bad, Cranberry Township residents have a history of supporting one another.
Fundraisers, charity drives and service projects are commonplace and a large part of what makes the Township a great place to live, work and play.
Now, with many members of the community facing an unprecedented shutdown of daily life, that community spirit is needed more than ever.
That’s why the Township is seeking individuals to help ease the burden the pandemic is having on the community.
Volunteers will help provide those in need with essential basic human needs like food, water, or toiletries. By doing this, they can help make the day a little brighter in a term of uncertainty.
Healthy volunteers who want to help, as well as residents in need of assistance are asked to visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT or call Customer Service at 724-776-4806.
Monetary donations will be used to purchase re-loadable gift cards to be used by volunteers to buy essential goods for those in need.
Residents, businesses and other organizations can donate by sending a check made out to “CTCC” and “CRT Relief Fund” in the memo line to:
Cranberry Township Community Chest
Attn: Community Response Team Relief Fund
2525 Rochester Road, Suite 450
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Questions about donating can be directed to Harmony Hodges at 724-776-4806 x 1175.
Cranberry Library to Close Through March 31
In an effort to be proactive in stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Cranberry Public Library will close to the public beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
The closure will remain in place through March 31.
As part of this closure, the Municipal Center will be closed Sunday, March 15.
During the closure, several options are available to patrons.
With a valid library card, most online resources are available 24/7. Books, downloadable audio items, and online magazines are available for checkout. Many databases are available to assist with reference inquires. Visit www.cranberrylibrary.org for access to these resources.
Library staff will be available via phone to assist with online resources and questions that patrons may have during this time.
The library will offer phone-ahead checkout of up to 5 items. Patrons wishing to take advantage of this service can call the library at 724-776-9100 ext. 1123. Library staff are asking patrons to have their library card number available and the specific title information ready.
Pickup times for items are from 10 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday-Saturday. This service will not be available on Sundays.
In addition to the closing, all Cranberry Public Library storytimes, events, programs for all ages will be cancelled through April 30.
At this time, the Library anticipates reopening for business on April 1, but will continue to monitor the situation and make appropriate decisions as necessary.
Township Taking Steps to Stop Spread of Coronavirus
Cranberry Township is not exempt from dealing with the challenges being posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Though no confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in Cranberry Township or Western Pennsylvania, Township leaders are following the advice and recommendations of state and federal officials to take preliminary action now.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, all non-essential programming, meetings and events will be canceled or postponed. This includes all Parks and Recreation Department offerings, excluding pre-school and Kids Club programs. Those programs will continue in coordination with the Seneca Valley School District. They will also be canceled if the District closes.
Officials are also evaluating all events being hosted at Township facilities.
Township Administrators are also in the process of reviewing which services are essential to the basic function of government and how those services will be staffed.
Essential staff will continue to work on-site to ensure that services such as public works including water and sewer services and trash collection; building and code inspectors; police, fire and EMS; and communications continue to be provided at the high standard set by the Township. Customer service representatives will also continue to be available to Township residents at the Municipal Center.
These changes will not only ensure the Township can continue to provide essential services, but will help slow the spread of the virus. Again, while there are currently no reported cases in our area, eliminating the amount of social interaction in public spaces is key to slowing the overall spread of the illness.
Township officials will continue to monitor the situation, and additional adjustments will be communicated to local media and via the Township’s website, social media and other outlets.
Township officials believe taking these precautionary steps are the responsible steps a government must take to ensure the safety and well-being of the community and its employees.
For more information and continued updates, visit cranberrytownship.org/coronavirus.
Cranberry Township Earns 2020 Banner Community Distinction
Cranberry Township is once again raising a banner to its rafters.
On Friday, the Allegheny League of Municipalities announced Cranberry was chosen as a 2020 Banner Community. It is one of 74 communities in the region to receive the honor.
The announcement was made during a lunch event held by the Allegheny League of Municipalities on Friday at PNC Park.
According to the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a Banner Community is, “a model community through a commitment to sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders”
The Township has earned the award every year since its inception in 2012 – a fete not lost on Township leaders
“We are honored to again be chosen as a banner community,” said Dick Hadley, chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors. “The criteria set forth in making that determination are the foundation of our Township – fiscal responsibility, community engagement and working together to continue our success. The combination of those principles is what makes Cranberry Township a great place to live, work and play.”
Annual CranFest Postponed Until Fall 2020
Over the past six years, CranFest has become a popular celebration of Cranberry Township’s diversity, steadily growing in both community participation and attendance each April.
To ensure the event continues to thrive in a comfortable, positive and safe environment, the 2020 edition of CranFest will be postponed until fall.
With the ongoing concern and unpredictable nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested altering or canceling large gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
Given the interactive nature of CranFest and out of an abundance of caution, organizers determined following that suggestion was the best option.
By moving the event until later in 2020, organizers hope there is better clarity on the virus’ impact, and, ultimately, that it subsides.
This postponement will also allow for several major projects in and around the Township Municipal Center to be completed, including the Library MakerSpace and community gathering area in the center of the building.
A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. However, organizers believe this postponement will make certain that the spirit of CranFest continues to grow and flourish in the years to come.