The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 14, 2011

In brief: 4th Avenue detour to end until spring


The Tribune-Democrat

— A 17.7-mile detour on Route 3039 (4th Avenue) over the Conemaugh River in Cambria City will be lifted Monday.

The contractor, Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington, will reinstate the detour in the spring.

Steel repairs under the structure will continue while the road is open.

The project consists of rehabilitating the main span truss, bridge deck and sidewalk and replacing the four approach spans with three new spans.

Also included are hydrodemolition and resurfacing of the main span bridge deck along with replacing the existing approach roadway on both approaches.

Work on the $5 million project is weather dependent and is expected to be completed by June 2013.

Flight 93 Memorial shifts to winter hours

SHANKSVILLE – The Flight 93 National Memorial is changing to shorter winter hours.

Starting Monday, the park will open at 9 a.m., the last visitors will be admitted at 4:30 p.m. and the memorial will close at 5.

The site will operate under winter hours until March 31.

Meanwhile, the presidential campaign to raise the remaining $10 million to complete the memorial is gaining steam.

The Clinton Foundation, in an e-newsletter earlier this month, included a link for viewers to donate to the campaign.

Upon visiting Shanksville for the Sept. 10 dedication of the memorial, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – along with House Speaker John Boehner – pledged to help raise the remaining money.

In September, Yahoo solicited donations for the memorial after interviewing Clinton and Bush about their involvement.

Admission to the memorial is free, though groups wishing to visit the site or hold programs or ceremonies are asked to contact the park office in advance at 893-6322 to schedule a time.

For more information, call the memorial at 893-6322 or visit the memorial’s website: nps.gov/flni.

Chalk drawings misconstrued at IUP

INDIANA – Some chalk drawings depicting hangings on trees on the IUP campus have been misconstrued as racist.

Tiana Reid, the vice president of the IUP Black Student League, told KDKA-TV she was “outraged” when she first saw the drawings.

Many other students jumped to the conclusion the drawings were racially motivated because they were discovered a day after a tolerance rally on campus.

But it turns out the drawings were put there by another campus group trying to do a good thing.

Members of the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition said they did the drawings – and some chalk sketches on university sidewalks – to call attention to genocide in the African country of Sudan.

They said that when rain washed away the sidewalk drawings, the tree drawings were viewed out of context.

Pair face drug charges

INDIANA – Two people were arrested on a variety of drug charges Thursday evening after state police said they found

1.3 pounds of marijuana in their car.

A traffic stop was initiated on Wayne Avenue, and troopers said the vehicle smelled of marijuana. A search was conducted and – in addition to the 11 bags of pot – a digital scale and $433 were seized.

Matthew Napier, 21, of Lewistown, Mifflin County, and Martina Kurtz, 21, of Mount Union, Huntingdon County, were being held in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of bond.

Human yellow ribbon to honor troops

Members of the community are invited to join Pitt-Johns­town faculty, staff and students in creating a human yellow ribbon to honor military service personnel at 5 p.m. Sunday on the university’s soccer field.

Community members are asked to wear yellow and bring items to donate to the campus Care Packages for Soldiers project.

Items being collected include DVDs, AA/AAA batteries, hand/foot warmer packets, socks in shades of brown, black or green, five-hour energy drinks in packets or cases, single-serving powdered beverage mixes in boxes or cases, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant, razors, moist towelettes, travel-size foot powder and flushable baby wipes.  

Donations can be dropped off in boxes around campus.

In the event of rain or muddy conditions on the soccer field, the event will be held in the Pitt-Johnstown Wellness Center.

Ambulance service receives $28G grant

NORTHERN CAMBRIA –  Veterans Memorial Ambulance Service of Northern Cambria has been awarded a $28,500 grant through the Department of Homeland Security, said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg.

The grant will be used to buy a state-of-the-art Lifepak 15 portable monitor/defibrillator.

“It is important that our volunteer emergency services have the most up-to-date equipment possible to make their life saving work more efficient,” Shuster said.

“We are all very excited at Veterans Memorial Ambulance Service,” said Kelly Blake, prehospital nurse. “This piece of equipment will allow a higher level of cardiac care with field diagnosis by providing access for critical information to be sent to the hospitals from the ambulance at any time.”

Line flushing planned in Jenner Township

The Municipal Water Authority of Jenner Township plans to flush lines Tuesday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting.

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