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Plans for bridge replacementon display
Starting Monday, the public can see what is in store for the bridge that carries Glass Run Road over Glass Run in Baldwin Borough.
The proposed plans for replacing the bridge will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through July 18 at the borough building, 3344 Churchview Ave.
Construction is tentatively scheduled for early 2014. A detour will be posted.
The existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new structure and the roadway will be reconstructed to improve alignment.
The state Department of Transportation will accept comments on the project. A sign-in sheet and information on how to contact PennDOT will be available at the display.
Residents and property owners who want additional information can contact Keith Cornelius, project manager, at 412-429-2855 or by email at email@example.com.
Safety camp applications accepted
Mt. Lebanon recreation department is accepting applications for its first Public Safety Camp this summer.
The day camp will allow participants to learn CPR and first aid, wear firefighter gear, crawl through a maze, see and touch vehicles used by public safety, and observe a vehicle rescue demonstration, among other activities.
It's a joint effort of the Mt. Lebanon fire and police departments and Medical Rescue Team South.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 to Aug. 3 and is open to girls and boys ages 9-12.
Cost is $50 for residents, $55 for nonresidents. For more information: 412-343-3409.
Water tanks to geta fresh coat of paint
Pennsylvania American Water is repainting 11 water storage tanks throughout Pennsylvania, including three in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh.
The project, estimated to cost $3.2 million, will involve inspecting the tanks, sandblasting them and repainting them to prevent the steel from rusting and compromising water quality.
The company does not expect customers to experience service interruptions while the work is being done.Over the next several months, these tanks will be worked on:
• Bethel Park - Rocky Ridge Tank No. 3, 5.9-million gallon capacity;
• Union, Washington County - Finleyville Tank No. 1, 100,000-gallon capacity;
• West Pike Run, Washington County - Crescent Heights Tank, 180,000-gallon capacity.
The company said workers will take steps to ensure that paint fumes and dust levels are in compliance with air pollution control requirements set by local health departments and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Annual atlatl competition this weekend
Those who would like to try their hand at using a spear thrower similar to what prehistoric hunters used will have a chance this weekend to do just that at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
Visitors of all ages and skill levels can take part in the annual atlatl competition Saturday and Sunday at Meadowcroft, 401 Meadowcroft Road, near Avella.
Prehistoric hunters, like those who camped at Meadowcroft Rockshelter 16,000 years ago, are believed to have used the atlatl to launch a spear from a relatively safe distances from their prey.
The competition will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Winners in each division - men, women and youth - will receive the Miller Point Award, which is named after Albert Miller and the prehistoric flint knife he discovered at Meadowcroft in 1955 that led to the excavation of the rock shelter.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a national Historic landmark, includes a recently completed 16th century Indian Village shows what life was like 400 years ago for the Eastern Woodland Indians.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $5 for students with valid ID, and $5 for children ages 6-17. Children younger than 5 and history center members get in free.
Slide repairs to close Presto-Sygan Road
Presto-Sygan Road is scheduled to close between First Avenue and Oakridge Road at 7 a.m. Monday and is expected to remain closed for about six weeks.
Crews will repair a landslide that has required traffic to move in single-lane alternating directions controlled with temporary stop signs since spring 2011.
Workers from Independent Enterprises Inc. of Oakdale will construct a retaining wall in the slide area.
The closing will affect about 5,100 vehicles daily. The detour will be Millers Run Road, Route 978 (Battle Ridge Road) and Oakridge.
Ten Mile Road to close for work
Ten Mile Road between Oak Spring Road and Beeson Avenue in Marianna will be closed starting at 7 a.m. June 25 and continuing through the end of September.
The road will be closed so that a pipe can be installed, the area can be back-filled and a new road surface can be created to carry that section of Ten Mile Road over an abandoned railroad.
These are the detours:
From Route 2020 East - Follow Interstate 79 North to Exit 33, Route 40 East to Sandy Plains Road, to Beallsville/Marianna Road to Ten Mile Road.
From Route 2020 West - Follow Beallsville/Marianna Road, Sandy Plains Road, National Pike, West Route 40),to Interstate 79 South and to Exit 23 (Marianna/Prosperity) onto Ten Mile Road.
Documents to be shredded for free
Green Tree and state Rep. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, are offering free paper shredding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the lower parking lot of Green Tree park, 895 Greentree Road.
To promote awareness on the dangers of identity theft and to provide assistance to those who may have been victimized, free shredding is an opportunity for individuals to dispose of sensitive documents they no longer need.
Residents can bring boxes of unwanted documents that contain personal information, including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information and insurance records. Document shredding will occur on site with the shredded paper to be recycled later.
Information: www.pahouse.com/MSmith, or 412-571-2169.
What to do with that graduation gown
Students who want to donate their graduation gown to other Pennsylvania schools for graduates who cannot afford to purchase a gown can do so through June 30 at Upper St. Clair High School.
As part of the effort called Hand Me Gowns, Upper St. Clair students placed collection bins at stadium exits last Thursday so that graduates could donate gowns after the ceremony.
A collection bin will remain in the offices of the high school until June 30 for donations.
The effort was started last year by students Matt Mendelson and Kyle Newlands.
Last year, more than 100 gowns were collected from graduates.
Patrol to promote helmet safety
A child who isn't wearing a helmet this summer while riding anything with wheels may be in for a surprise reminder.
Members of what is called the Hard Head Patrol - employees and medical staff of Children's Hospital of UPMC of Pittsburgh - will patrol neighborhoods this summer to raise awareness about helmet safety.
If they spot a child riding a skateboard, bicycle or other wheeled item without a helmet, they will give the child a coupon for a free helmet and fitting.
The Hard Head Patrol will make its rounds in a 2012 Kia Sedona that was donated Tuesday by Rob Cochran, president and CEO of No. 1 Cochran, at the No. 1 Cochran MegaCenter in Monroeville.
Children's Hospital also will use the vehicle for its other safety programs.
"The message Children's Injury Prevention Program brings to the community is invaluable. Injury prevention among children is a topic that cannot be ignored, and we feel honored to be a part of bringing awareness to the community," Mr. Cochran said.
On Aug. 9, a helmet fitting will be held at No. 1 Cochran Hyundai of South Hills, Dormont.
First Published June 14, 2012 9:02 am