Food service firm holds groundbreaking
Gordon Food Service held a groundbreaking Monday for a 417,000-square-foot distribution center in Findlay Industrial Park.
The company expects to open its 13th U.S. center in spring 2015.
It plans to employ 300 workers within three to five years, according to an announcement from Imperial Land Corp. of Moon.
The $80 million facility will be built on 62 acres of land that Gordon purchased from Imperial Land Corp. It will be on Solar Drive in the industrial park, at the Westport interchange of the Findlay Connector.
Gordon Food Service is a family owned and operated company based in Michigan.
In August, Findlay supervisors approved development plans for construction of a 401,523-square-foot office/warehouse/distribution center with a 15,300-square-foot maintenance building, plus a future 112,685-square-foot expansion.
Another company, Carpenter Powder Products Inc. of Collier, has dropped plans to build a 127,250-square-foot manufacturing facility in Findlay Industrial Park, township officials said.
Truck Touch event to benefit library
Findlay will hold Truck Touch 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Park.
The event is sponsored by Macaroni Kid and benefits the Western Allegheny Community Library. Admission is free but a suggested $10 cash donation per family will be accepted at the gate.
Participants will get an up-close look at vehicles used in the community, including Findlay police and public works vehicles; a Hummer; the Pittsburgh Motor Speedway Dirt Track Car; Imperial Volunteer Fire Department trucks; Oakdale police, fire and public works vehicles; Biber's Garage tow truck; North Fayette police, fire and public works vehicles; and more. A no-horn hour will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.
Children will be able to climb on the vehicles and on inflatables. The event also will include Happy Harry the Clown, face painting, a karate obstacle course, a rain gutter regatta, a mini-vehicle noodle race and more.
A snack bar and family vendor area will be available. Clinton Park is at 86 Clinton Park Drive.
Used-book sale to be held at library
Friends of the Green Tree Public Library will sponsor an annual used-book sale next Thursday through Oct. 7 at the library, 10 W. Manilla Ave.
Thousands of slightly used items, including paperbacks, hardbacks, music, videos and DVDs will be available. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Friends of the library may participate in a preview sale from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday for $5 a person or $8 a family.
Book sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Buyers may purchase items for $6 a bag from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and for $5 a bag from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
Volunteers are needed to help with the sale.
For more information: 412-921-9292 or www.greentreelibrary.org.
Free shredding offered to residents
Residents may have personal information, including credit cards, CDs, videotapes and floppy disks, shredded for free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the upper lot of Green Tree Park.
The service is sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, and state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Westwood, and state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon.
Oktoberfest set for this weekend
Heidelberg will hold its Oktoberfest from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Heidelberg Park, 600 Industry Way.
The event will include German, Polish and American food as well as live music, craft vendors, German name translations, raffles and an auction.
Children's activities will include a petting zoo, bounce house and air slide, softball pitch, Shriners clowns, pumpkin painting and a strolling magician and balloon artist.
A Zambelli fireworks show will begin at 8 p.m.
Parking will be available at Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department on Zero Street, with free hay ride shuttles to Oktoberfest. Parking also will be available at Petroleum Pipe Co. and Collier Foundations, both on Industry Way.
Handicapped parking will be available in front of Heidelberg Park.
No parking will be allowed on Industry Way and Jackson Street between Grant and Industry Way.
PENN STATE BEAVER
Staffers get expanded roles
Three Penn State Beaver staff members recently received expanded roles and responsibilities that include working with Penn State Shenango in Sharon.
Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment management, has assumed oversight of Shenango's Admissions and Financial Aid Office, in addition to his duties at Beaver.
Admissions counselor Rachel Zughaib was named Beaver's assistant director of admissions with more responsibilities for Beaver's admissions activities, including oversight of recruitment, event planning and daily operations.
Officer Anthony Budris, Beaver's chief of police services, will oversee all security operations at Shenango as well as Beaver.
Subscription series now on sale
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center's subscription series is on sale for nine shows to be presented by the center's three new resident companies.
Among the shows will be a tribute to composer Marvin Hamlisch, holiday shows "The Nutcracker" and "White Christmas," and the first show of the series, "Seussical the Musical."
The subscription series offers tickets for all nine shows for $117.90. In addition to a 10 percent discount, subscribers get first choice of dates and seats, and a liberal ticket exchange policy.
Season subscriptions may be purchased at the box office in Midland, at 724-576-4644 or at www.lppacenter.org.
Chamber music series set to begin
Listen Locally, a series of chamber music concerts, is returning for its second season to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.
The series premiere, featuring Arabesque Winds, an award-winning woodwind quintet, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Here is the schedule for the remainder of season:
Oct. 30 -- Cuidado, tango band;
Nov. 25 -- Academy Chamber Ensemble, music for string duo, quartet and quintet;
Feb. 24 -- Freya Quartet, string quartet;
March 31 -- Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo with contralto Daphne Alderson;
April 28 -- Matt Murchison Mutiny, euphonium, flute, piano, bass and drums.
Immediately following the Arabesque Wind concert, a reception will be held with the performers and with some of the performers from upcoming concerts.
Tickets for Listen Locally are $15 and may be purchased in advance at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall during library hours or at the box office the evening of the performance.
For more information: Lynne Cochran, music hall director, 412-276-3456, ext. 7.
Civil rights pioneer to speak
Civil rights pioneer John M. Perkins will speak Wednesday and next Thursday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.
Mr. Perkins is an author and an international speaker and teacher on racial reconciliation, leadership and the philosophy of ministry known as Christian Community Development.
Although he dropped out of school in the third grade, Mr. Perkins has been recognized for his work with 11 honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country, including an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Geneva.
He is coming to the college through the Geneva Visiting Artist and Lecture Series. All of his appearances are free and most are open to the public.
Here is a schedule:
• "By Faith: John M. Perkins" -- 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Metheny Fieldhouse. Free and open to the public.
• Pastors' lunch -- noon Wednesday, Benedum Room. Reservations required: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• "Preaching the Word" -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Second Baptist Church of Beaver Falls. Free and open to the public.
• "Discipleship" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Skye Lounge. Free and open to the public.