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Club hosts First Day Hike Jan. 1

Members of the Butler Outdoor Club will hold their traditional First Day Hike at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moraine State Park.

The group will depart from McDanels launch on the north shore of the lake.

The hike will be led by experienced hikers who will share their knowledge and love of the outdoors. Beginners are welcome to join the hike along moderate terrain.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring water and a snack for the 2- to 3-mile hike on the North Country Trail.


Registration for staffing agency fair

A staffing fair for individuals looking for employment will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 in the Millvale Community Center of North Hills Community Outreach, 416 Lincoln Ave.

The event is being sponsored by WorkAble, a partnership of North Hills Community Outreach, the Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, and South Hills Interfaith Ministry.

Among the expected employers will be Adecco, Advance Sourcing Concepts, Manpower, Novus, Office Team

Robert Half, Pancoast and Staffmark.

The fair is free.

Participants must register by calling 412-487-6316, opt 2, ext. 3216, and leave a name and phone number.

WorkAble is a countywide employment and critical needs service for financially struggling adults, especially those newly struggling and those who are one event away from crisis.


Levi Duff Bridge has reopened

The bridge over Interstate 279 connecting Bellevue with Ross has reopened after nine months of reconstruction.

The $3 million project kept the two-lane bridge, which is owned by Allegheny County, closed from March until last Friday. The project took longer than expected because of weather problems.

The structure, which formally is named the Levi Bird Duff Bridge, carries Center Street over I-279.

The project involved rehabilitating the concrete piers, hydro-demolition and replacement of the deck surface with latex concrete, steel and abutment repairs, new sidewalks and guide rails, installation of protective fencing and installation of new strip seal dams.

Mosites Construction Co. of Robinson was the contractor.


Free smoke alarms program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Highland Volunteer Fire Department of McCandless a $91,600 Fire Prevention and Safety grant for a smoke alarm campaign for the residents of its fire district.

Highland’s district extends north from the Ross-McCandless line to Arcadia Drive, west to the Franklin Park line and east to McKnight Road.

A free fire safety checklist along with an educational brochure will also be offered with the alarm. The department will continue to deliver and offer help with installation if assistance is needed through next year.

The goal for the program is to deliver an alarm to all 3,500 residences within the Highland fire district while reviewing a brief home-safety inspection checklist with residents who can use the checklist to see how much they know and if they are practicing good fire safety in their homes.

The smoke alarms have a self-adhesive backing and require no intrusion into walls or ceilings.

Information: 412-366-3473.

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