The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 10, 2012

In Brief | Funds OK’d for rail service to industrial park


Biology Club hosts presentation

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s biology club will host a presentation on Critter Camp Wildlife Rehabilitation at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Richland Campus, located at 101 Community College Way.

Licensed wildlife rehabilitator Ayn Van Dyke will share her knowledge on the growing threat that habitat destruction has on local wildlife. She also will bring some animals with her that she is caring for after they were injured or orphaned in the wild.

She will discuss how she helps animals return to their natural environment and what we all can do to help keep animals safe.

For additional information on the club, contact the adviser, Jill Mitchell, at 262-6487 or email

The event is free and open to the public.

Concrete dye turns creek blue

CONNELLSVILLE – The state Department of Environmental Protection is all about keeping the state’s waterways nice and blue. Just not this blue.

The agency said it’s investigating an incident involving concrete dye on Thursday that turned a portion of a small creek deep blue in Connellsville Township, Fayette County

Spokesman John Poister said the agency traced the dye to a nearby home where, officials say, the dye wasn’t properly disposed of. The homeowner was using the dye to tint concrete being poured for a basement game room.

Fayette County emergency management director Guy Napolillo said many dyes are biodegradable. Poister said the DEP is investigating just to make sure there were no chemicals in the dye that might harm fish or humans.

Computer glitch causes reactor shutdown

BERWICK – One of two reactors at a northeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant was shut down Friday morning after a problem with the computer system that controls its level of water, power company officials said.

The Unit 2 reactor at PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant was manually shut down by operators after operators began receiving “invalid data” on a screen, company spokesman Joe Scopelliti said.

The reactor’s temperature and water level were within normal operating levels at the time of the shutdown, Scopelliti said.

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