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    Buttermilk Falls Bridge and Access Stairs Project Receive Eagle Award

    5/21/2018
    The new Bridge and Access Stairs at Buttermilk Falls in New Florence, PA was recognized by The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA with their prestigious Eagle Award at the 45th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet held Thursday, May 17th at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.  This is the highest award bestowed on construction projects for excellence by the Associated Builders and Contractors.
     
    The architecture firm, Thomas R. Harley Architects, LLC of Indiana, PA designed the 38’ bridge that allows park visitors to cross Hines Run and a unique series of steps and platforms to proceed down below and then actually behind the falls. The bridge was named ‘The Eclipse Bridge’ as it was set in place just as the total eclipse of the sun occurred on August 21, 2017.  Tom Harley stated, “The use of the open weave netting on the railing system along with the wooden steps will disappear into the environment which will allow this natural area to remain natural while still providing safe access to behind the Falls.”
     
    Vince Building Company of Greensburg, PA constructed the bridge and the access stairs. The construction was challenging because of the area’s steep slopes and limited access as well as the sensitive habitat for native plants and the Seal Salamander.  Digging the pier foundations for the bridge and stairs was accomplished with hand tools.  Five gallon buckets full of soil were carried out and the timbers and stone fill was carried in using manpower.  Vince Fontana of Vince Building Company stated, “A true team spirit with the park director and the architect that made this project successful”.
     
    The project was conceived by Ed Patterson, Director of Indiana Parks & Trails in response to the popularity of Buttermilk Falls as documented by over 18,000 visitors to the falls last year alone. The County Commissioners were also honored at the dinner with an Eagle award. The project was funded and coordinated through Indiana County Parks & Trails and the Indiana County Commissioners.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:59:00 -0500

    School board weighs renovation project

    MARION CENTER — The Marion Center Area school board has to decide whether it wants to spend about $6.6 million or $8.1 million for a renovation project involving its nearly 90-year-old library.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:54:00 -0500

    Board agrees not to exceed tax limit

    PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line school board approved a resolution Monday night not to increase taxes for the 2019-20 fiscal year by more than the adjusted index of 3.4 percent set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:48:00 -0500

    Blood drives scheduled in December

    Blood drives will be held by the American Red Cross in Indiana County on the following dates in December:
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    Hundreds set to graduate at IUP ceremonies Saturday

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and undergraduate winter commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:49:00 -0500

    First baby born under new records system

    IRMC’s new electronic medical records system allows the patient to have one medical record, shared between the hospital, the IRMC Physician Group physician practices, clinics, and other specialty services.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:49:00 -0500

    IRMC honors three doctors at annual meeting

    The Indiana Physicians Group recently honored three doctors for their work at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:48:00 -0500

    Tree growers place wreath in tribute

    As a finale tribute and in conclusion to the year-long celebrations honoring 100 years of growing Christmas trees in Indiana County, The Indiana County Tree Growers’ Association placed a fresh evergreen wreath at Silas C. Stream’s gravesite.
  • Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:59:00 -0500

    Gifts for Angels' Wings program due Tuesday

    A campaign to make sure no person is forgotten during the holiday season reaches an important milestone Tuesday.
  • Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:54:00 -0500

    Luther Ford makes donation to Homer Center

    Luther Ford recently presented a check for $1,480 to Homer-Center High School as part of its Drive One for Your School event.
  • Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:49:00 -0500

    ICCAP schedules food distributions

    The Indiana County Community Action Program will distribute food this week at these locations:
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:58:21 +0000

    UPMC to close eastern Pa. hospital

    UPMC announced Tuesday it will close a hospital in Lancaster, one of the hospitals it took on in its 2017 acquisition of Pinnacle Health System. UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster's inpatient operations will move by March 2019 to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, which is located in the town of Lititz seven miles from the location of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. The Lititz facility will continue to expand and UPMC Pinnacle said it would continue to have primary care and other outpatient services in Lancaster. It will also…
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:08:55 +0000

    Steelers partner with Pittsburgh Knights esports team

    The Pittsburgh Steelers announced a partnership with the Pittsburgh Knights professional esports team today. The Knights have teams that compete in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Super Smash Bros., HearthStone, Fortnite, Gwent, and most recently added, Call of Duty. Esports competitions attract hundreds of millions of viewers annually. Esports market revenue is projected to hit $1 billion in 2019, according to a report by Deloitte Global. “The Steelers are the perfect partner for what…
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:25:14 +0000

    Leadership Pittsburgh selects 21 nonprofit heads for fellowship

    Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. announced Tuesday the names of 21 participants for the organization's Lead Now Pittsburgh fellowship program, which will begin in January. According to a press release from the organization, the 21 participants were selected from nearly 80 nominees recommended by regional leaders. The group will take part in training to teach them leadership skills, collaboration, coaching and new organizational approaches. The program lasts several months and includes multi-day retreats…
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:24:00 +0000

    EXCLUSIVE: Startup to offer air service between Pittsburgh and New York

    It's not an airline but instead an air-charter service between Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin and Westchester County Airport in New York.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:23:52 +0000

    ARM reviewing education and workplace development project call proposals

    Full proposals are due in February.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:37:52 +0000

    Law firm to be first newcomer to ink deal for renovated 525 William Penn Place

    Law firm to move into renovated space on 35th floor of 525 William Penn Place
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:33:30 +0000

    One of Pittsburgh's biggest private equity firms buys company it sold 5 years ago

    Raising a $601M fund positioned Incline Equity Partners to invest again in laundry servicer.
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:33:27 +0000

    New 100,000 plus-square-foot headquarters and production facility coming to Alta Vista Business Park

    Apex to build new facility for manufacturing, research and development along with offices to be completed by 2020
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:24:47 +0000

    Director of the Frick leaving to run museums in Georgia

    Robin Nicholson, the executive director of The Frick, announced Monday that he would be leaving Pittsburgh in February for a position with a museum based in Savannah, Ga. "It is a bittersweet moment because I have cherished every day at The Frick and enjoyed the opportunity to work at an amazing, unique and beautiful museum,” he said in a statement. Nicholson spent four years in the position, according to the release, where he helped to raise $16 million and make the art museum located in Point…
  • Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:11:57 +0000

    Seton Hill launches nursing degree program

    Seton Hill University in Greensburg will offer a four-year nursing program for fall 2019, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. According to the report, the school is now accepting applications for fall enrollment in the new bachelor of science in nursing degree program, and expects to admit 24 students for the fall semester. The program recently got approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and it marks the second four-year nursing degree program to be established…
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