Scrubgrass Road has reopened
After being closed for more than three months, Scrubgrass Road reopened without fanfare late Friday.
Steve Cowan, press officer for the state Transportation Department District 11, said motorists may experience some lane restriction delays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday while work is completed.
Flaggers will be on site to direct drivers to single alternating lanes, he said.
The road, which carries traffic between Scott and Mt. Lebanon and Greentree Road and Route 50, had been closed since June for culvert replacement. During the construction period, it was open only to local traffic.
According to PennDOT estimates, more than 13,000 vehicles travel the road daily.
The $718,720 culvert project involved replacing a metal arch culvert between Main Street/Kane Boulevard/Old Bower Hill Road and Swallow Hill Road. Some minor approach work, as well as drainage improvements, utility relocations and pavement markings was included, too.
Mele & Mele & Sons Inc. was the main contractor.
Canned food sculptures at the mall
Architects, engineers, contractors and designers Saturday will use 9,600 cans of food to build giant sculptures at The Mall at Robinson to raise awareness, money and food for people who are hungry.
In the event known as the Third Annual CANstruction Competition, six teams will build sculptures starting at 9 a.m. on the lower level at the Banana Republic rotunda.
A project of CANstruction Pittsburgh, the event features sculptures built by AE Works, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Carpenter's Union, Perkins Eastman, Giant Eagle, International Interior Design Association PA chapter and IBACOS.
Sculptures will be on display until Oct. 4.
Starting Saturday, mall customers get to vote on the sculptures every time they donate one food item. Vote categories include best use of labels, best meal, structural ingenuity, juror's favorite and honorable mention.
Mall merchants are collecting donations, and at the end of the contest cans used in the sculptures will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Kiski Valley Food Bank, Brashear Association and East End Cooperative Ministry.
Last year the CANstruction project donated 12,000 cans used in sculptures - an $11,l787 value.
More than 323,000 people in southwestern Pennsylvania face "food insecurity," according to the news release, including 120,000 children.
Deer hunting on airport property
The Allegheny County Airport Authority will offer a pilot program from Oct. 5 to Nov. 14 for archery hunting of deer in designated zones on Pittsburgh International Airport property.
A lottery will be used to assign a limited number of permits to hunters.
More than 2,300 acres will be made available to hunters, who will be cited if they stray onto restricted airport property.
Activities are subject to Pennsylvania game laws. State Game Commission personnel are expected to patrol the areas periodically to ensure compliance.
For an application or information: www.FlyPittsburgh.com/archery.
Erntefest, a German Harvest festival
Artisans will demonstrate the 19th century practices of meat smoking, coopering, blacksmithing, broom making, wine making and beer brewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday during the Erntefest German harvest festival at Old Economy Village, 16th St.
Visitors can churn butter, press apples and grapes, make rope, try bread from the bake oven, and enjoy homemade grape pies made from the grapes harvested from the historic buildings.
There will be children's crafts and activities. Homemade German food will be available for purchase.
Admission is $12 for age 12 and older and $6 for ages 3 to 11. Free admission for Friends of Old Economy Village members and active military.
Food safety course
Preventing foodborne illness in a food establishment will be the focus of the ServSafe Training Course offered by the Penn State Extension from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Oct. 7 in the Penn State Extension Office, 1000 Third St., Suite 3.
The ServSafe exam will be given at noon on Oct. 7.
The registration fee is $175. Those who pass the exam at the end of the training will receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association for meeting the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for food safety training.
ServSafe certification is valid for five years.
Registration: 814-776-5331. Information: 814-849-7361.
Disposal program for old tires
The first of five community collections for car and truck tires will be sponsored by the Independence Conservancy from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Brighton road department facility, 1250 Brighton Rd.
The collection is open to individuals and small businesses.
No proof of residency is required and there is no limit to the number of tires or wheels anyone may bring.
Disposal fees for auto and light truck tires up to 17 inches off rim are $2 - $4 if on rim.
Tractor trailer tires up to 22.5 inches and farm tractor rear tires any size are $20 each. Tires on rims won't be accepted. The public service will offer legal and affordable disposal of scrap tires, which will reduce the risk of West Nile virus by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
Other collections will be:
• 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 28 - Economy Borough Building, 2856 Conway-Wallrose Rd.;
• 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 5 - Beaver Falls street department, 15th St. & 10th Ave.
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 - Hookstown Fair Grounds, Route 168, Greene.
• 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 19 - Hookstown Fair Grounds, Route 168, Greene.