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Pyrotechnics show will affect traffic

Lane changes and traffic control measures will be implemented on Interstate 79 and Route 422 during the Boom and a Blast Pyrotechnic Guild International Inc.'s 40th convention.

It will be held Saturday through Aug. 16 at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock.

PennDOT has partnered with the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, the State Police, Butler County Sheriff's Office and other safety organizations to assist in traffic control for the event.

Motorists are advised that the ramp from Route 422 to I-79 north is closed as part of the I-79/Route 422 repair project.

Traffic from the event going north will be directed onto Route 19 and either Route 108 or Route 208, which is the detour for the road project.

Event flaggers will be stationed at several locations from 7 to 11 p.m. to assist motorists during public fireworks displays Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Aug. 16.

Motorists on I-79 are not permitted to stop or park on the highway to watch the fireworks.

State police will be patrolling and ticketing motorists who stop on the Interstate.


See the Milky Way during star party

Visitors can view the summer Milky Way cut the sky in half and observe Venus, Saturn and the crescent moon three to four days after the new moon during star parties starting about 8:25 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Regional Park.

The event is sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

Guests can look through telescopes at the observatory to view areas of the night sky where stars are born and see star clusters and double stars.

Venus and Saturn can be observed just after sunset and will be visible through the observatory and members' telescopes.

Individuals looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books can get assistance from astronomers association members.

The star parties will be held weather permitting. Information: 724-224-2510 or


Locks 6 and 7 to open for weekend

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District will be opening Locks 6 and 7 on the Allegheny River to recreational boaters from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Due to recent high water, many of the warning buoys may have shifted. The Corps advises boaters to use caution when approaching the locks and dams.

The locks are normally closed to recreational boaters and open to commercial traffic by appointment only.


St. Barnabas thrift shop, hospice

A second-hand store called Beautiful Buys has opened in the building that previously housed the Valencia Volunteer Fire Department at 68 Dambach Ave.

Beautiful Buys is operated for the benefit St. Barnabas Charities.

The store, which opened in April, offers slightly used furniture, home decor, clothing, books, small appliances, holiday decorations and other items.

Kean Theatre tickets also can be purchased at the store.

Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A second Beautiful Buys store is at 421 Route 228 in Adams, where shopping or donating is arranged by appointment.

For more information or to donate items: Debra Cochran, 724-898-2897.

Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2012 provided more than $4.5 million in free care to poor and low-income patients at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas.

nRegistration is underway for a St. Barnabas Hospice volunteer training program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Woodlands Lodge, 200 Lodge Lane, Valencia.

The volunteers are needed to assist terminally ill patients and their families and visit hospice patients throughout St. Barnabas' campuses. Volunteers also will support families with services such as visits, light housekeeping and errands.

The training program will involve an introduction to hospice care; education on death, dying and grief; and developing communication and support skills.

Accommodations can be made for anyone who cannot attend.

Information or an application: 724-444-5592 or


Road work begins on Route 19

Improvements are underway on Route 19 with single-lane closures between Culvert Street and the Zelienople Bridge over Connoquenessing Creek.

Flagger-controlled, alternating traffic will be in place each night between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays.

Work will involve milling, patching and paving the roadway as well as updating pavement markings and signs.

The $452,761 roadway preservation project is being constructed by A. Folino Construction of Oakmont and is expected to be completed before the end of September.


Geneva offers MBA program

Geneva College's master of business program will be offered in October at the Regional Learning Alliance.

This is the first time that Geneva graduate students can earn their MBA outside the Beaver Falls campus.

Geneva's general MBA is a 36-credit program. Three concentrations are offered: finance, 36 credits; marketing, 39 credits; and operations, 45 credits.

Courses meet one night a week for nine weeks per term. Five terms are offered each year, and students may begin the program at the start in October, January, March, May or July.

By following this format, students can earn an MBA in under two and a half years, and accelerated program completion is also possible.

Graduate financial aid is available. Geneva offers a payment plan for students in employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement programs.

Information: or 724-847-6619.


Kittanning Pike lane closes

Traffic is limited to one lane on Kittanning Pike while crews replace approximately 340 feet of collapsed pipe.

The restriction is in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays between Oakhurst Road and Hunt Road.

The prime contractor is Allison Park Contractors, Inc. of Allison Park. Work is expected to be completed Tuesday.



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