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Plans to remove stream sediment

Work is underway on a $50,000 project to remove sediment caught under bridges on Noblestown Road and Clinton and Union avenues that cross near the confluence of North Branch and Robinson Run.

The program, announced last Thursday by state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, will remove debris and restore the stream bed under the structures and alleviate the potential for flooding. The program is a cooperative effort among local, county and state officials.

Many borough homes and businesses were damaged July 10 when heavy rains caused extensive flooding.

In a prepared statement, Oakdale council President Ron "Huck" Gamble thanked Mr. Smith for playing a major role in Oakdale's recovery from the recent flood and the senator's "tireless work in coordinating the clearing of the confluence of our two major streams with PennDOT. This is the first time this has happened in over 50 years."

Mr. Smith toured Oakdale and other affected areas with state agencies and local officials after the July storms. He also was in contact with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

In late July, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved disaster assistance for Allegheny and neighboring southwestern Pennsylvania counties.


Music and food at autumn festival

The 11th Robinson autumn festival will feature the largest-ever number of food vendors and food varieties, music and entertainment on two stages from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Daniel P. Tallon Memorial Field in the Burkett Sports and Recreation Complex on Steubenville Pike.

The festivities will culminate at 9:45 with a fireworks show.

There will be free parking, free admission, ride-all-day wrist bands for $10 and a Red Eye photo booth with photos for $5.




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