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June 14, 2012

In brief: Commissioners promote 2 employees

EBENSBURG — Bryan Beppler of Johnstown has been named by the Cambria County commissioners as the county’s human resources director.

He succeeds Ron Baker, who resigned in April.

Beppler, who had been the assistant director since 2007, has been filling in as interim director. His salary was increased to $65,000 a year, up $12,470 from his current $52,530 a year.

President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder said Beppler’s salary still is below what Baker was making. He was paid $68,346.

Beppler began working for the county in 2006 as payroll supervisor at Laurel Crest, the county’s former nursing home.

He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree from St. Francis University.

In another promotion, Kimberly Oliveros, the county assurance risk management specialist, was named deputy mental health administrator.

Her salary was increased $2,270 to $47,676 a year.

River celebration rolls in Saturday

TIRE HILL – Fun on the Stonycreek River – from a canoe and kayak sojourn slicing though whitewater to leisurely tube floats – is expected to draw hundreds of paddlers, campers and other outdoors enthusiasts to Pennsylvania River of the Year ceremonies all day Saturday.

Shoreline and off-shore activities are planned at Greenhouse Park. The celebration comes six months after the Stonycreek, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties, was named River of the Year in online voting.

“Our current River of the Year has rebounded from abandoned mine drainage threats,” said Richard Allan, secretary of the state department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“The Stonycreek has it all: Near-wilderness, pristine trout waters; nationally acclaimed whitewater adventure, and a watershed steeped in natural and historical resources.”

Before emptying into the Conemaugh River in Johns­town, the Stonycreek flows 46 miles across southern Cambria and northern Somerset counties.

Part of turnpike will close overnight

PennDOT is advising motorists that the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Irwin Exit, No. 67, and the Pittsburgh Exit, No. 57, from 11:59 p.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Sunday.

Shutting the pike is necessary to accommodate overhead work on the bridge that carries Route 130 over the turnpike in Westmoreland County near the Harrison City maintenance facility.

The closure will depend on the weather.

The recommended detour for westbound traffic exiting at Irwin is 4.6 miles on Route 30 east, then 7 miles on Turnpike 66 north and 10.5 miles on Route 22 west. Motorists can re-enter the turnpike at the Pittsburgh interchange.

The recommended detour for eastbound traffic is the opposite. Motorists will re-enter the turnpike at the Irwin interchange and follow signs for Harrisburg and east.

The bridge-replacement project began in March and is expected to be done by November.

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