The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 11, 2009

Local briefs 11-12-09

UPJ food service collects canned goods

Sodexo, an international company contracted for food service at Pitt-Johnstown, will hold its annual canned-food drive today.

Helping Hands will be conducted nationwide and will be held locally from 7:30 a.m. to

6 p.m. at the Student Union.

Local donations will go to

St. Vincent dePaul’s Family Kitchen. Residents can contribute nonperishable food items or cash donations.

The company will try again to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest food drive by a noncharitable organization in a 24-hour period.

Groundbreaking today

for Barr Twp. project

HARRISBURG – State officials will break ground today on a water treatment plant in northern Cambria County that they hope will revive a polluted stretch of the Susquehanna River’s West Branch.

The groundbreaking in Barr Township is for an $11 million plant intended to treat up to

10 million gallons a day of acidic mine drainage from the abandoned Lancashire Mine No. 15.

Officials believe the project will enable fish, insects and other creatures to return to the 35 miles of river above the Curwensville Reservoir in Clearfield County, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Rathbun.

Pennsylvania is building the facility with federal money.

Drainage from the coal mine will be routed through limestone pools that encourage iron, aluminum and other metals to settle there.

Scouts will distribute

food collection notices

Penn’s Wood Council, Boy Scouts of America will again participate in the Scouting for Food drive to help stock local food pantries for the holidays.

Scouts will go door to door Saturday to deliver about 100,000 door hangers to residents. They will return Nov. 21 to collect food donations from residents.

Door hangers list the nonperishable food items needed most.

For more information or to make arrangements for pickup of food, call 471-1090.