The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 15, 2013

In brief: Bridge work starts Monday

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — Beginning Monday, workers from Cottle’s Asphalt Management Co. of Everett will start demolition and tree trimming work toward replacement of the Route 4021 – Charles Street Bridge – over the Stonycreek River in Hooversville.

The initial phase of the work will take about two weeks to complete, then the contractor will reduce the current roadway to a single lane with a temporary traffic signal.

Construction of a new three-span bridge slightly upstream from the existing two-span bridge will be completed by May 2014, according to a PennDOT release.

The $2 million project will include resurfacing of roadway approaches, and guiderail, sidewalk and drainage upgrades.

Pike plazas offer free Wi-Fi

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Friday that free Wi-Fi Service is now available at all operational service plazas.

The amenity is being added to accommodate turnpike customers who wish to use smartphones, tablets, laptops or other portable devices to access the Internet while traveling, according to a commission release.

Customers can access the free Wi-Fi at the 15 operating service plazas and it will be available to the South Midway plaza in Bedford County and Highspire in Dauphin County when they reopen following renovations in May.

The Wi-Fi service is accessible only from inside the plaza buildings and users should select the name “HMSHost-WiFi.”

Money raised for dog’s surgery

Somerset-area residents have donated $5,530 in just a few weeks to help a German shepherd pup named Ethel, who needs hip surgery.

Rebecca Lindeman of Somerset said that donations continue to arrive. About $5,000 is needed for surgery when the veterinarian feels Ethel is ready. Donations beyond that amount will be held in trust for Ethel’s second hip surgery, she said. The goal is to continue to raise money to help other dogs with catastrophic needs, she said.

People can send donations to The Ethel Fund, Somerset Trust Co., P.O. Box 777, Somerset, PA 15501.

Contest honors senior volunteers

The Salute to Senior Service program is encouraging Pennsylvania residents to nominate outstanding senior volunteers age 65 or older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31.

Online voting will take place April 15-30 to select state winners by popular vote at

From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations, and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame.

In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.

Completed nomination forms can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, Neb. 68005.

To complete and submit a nomination form online and to view the contest’s official rules, visit

Information: 693-2911.

Scholarships offered

Financial assistance for those seeking to further their education in careers in construction can receive help through the Merit Shop Construction Scholarship program.

This scholarship program is sponsored by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and administered by the Merit Shop Training & Research Center.

The one basic qualification to be eligible to apply for a scholarship is being enrolled in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career.

Scholarships generally range between $1,500 and $3,000.

Individuals must submit all required forms and related materials on or before Feb. 22 in order to be considered.

This deadline includes all reference forms.

Information: 717-653-8106 or

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