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    Local Celebrations for National Travel and Tourism Week

    4/19/2017
    “Just look at the numbers.  Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including nearly 1500 jobs here in our county," noted Denise Liggett, Executive Director of the tourist bureau.  “The celebration emphasizes what travel means to our community, and we call on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in recognizing this important industry. "

    Our theme this year, “Faces of Travel,” shines a spotlight on the people behind the scenes who are the first point of contact when visitors arrive.  Tourism employs a diverse workforce here, from the Jimmy Stewart Airport fuel manager to the front desk hotel clerks, and food service workers in restaurants.

    Tourism spending in Indiana County last recorded over $175 million from our lodging establishments, restaurants, souvenir shops, gas stations, museums, recreation and entertainment venues, while trickle-down figures support further sales to other local industries.

    Local celebrations planned by the tourist bureau include: 

    • Daily Facebook posts entitled "Faces of Travel" beginning April 19th
    • Over 300 Mini Christmas trees representing tourism partners displayed on the Indiana
      Courthouse lawn from May 7-13th 
    • WalkWorks Blairsville history tour led by Ed Patterson at the Blairsville Riverfront Trail
      commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana County Parks & Trails May 10 @ 6pm  
    • Mingle at Founders Gallery & Gifts on May 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm highlighting the Wooden
      Quilt Project Display featuring refreshments and door prizes
     
    For more information, www.visitindianacountypa.org or social media for updates.

    Wooden Quilt Project Display flyers will be at the Mingle and the Tourist Bureau office at the Indiana Mall.

  • Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:00 -0400

    Area high schools set baccalaureate and graduation dates

    Area high schools will hold baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies on the following dates:
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 10:20:00 -0400

    AARP to host picnic

    AARP Evergreen Chapter 2581 will hold its annual picnic at Mack Park, White Township, on Tuesday, June 20.
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:00 -0400

    Motorcycle club holds day of kids activities

    Alana Hillard, 5, got some time in the saddle Saturday at the third annual Family Fun Day at Marion Center Park.
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:00 -0400

    5K run/walk held

    Participants took off at the start of a 5K run/walk on Saturday at Mack Park in White Township organized by Lord Jesus Christ Assembly.
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:00 -0400

    Care home crowns spring royalty

    A king and queen were crowned Tuesday at Moorehead Place as part of the annual Spring Fling.
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 10:48:00 -0400

    Elks group conducts monthly business

    President Kathy Cardellino called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. May 2. There were nine members present, including eight officers.
  • Sun, 21 May 2017 00:59:00 -0400

    Master gardener offers landscaping tips

    Eye-catching landscaping can not only add curb appeal to your home, but it can also help you sway a potential buyer for your house, if you’re looking to sell.
  • Sun, 21 May 2017 00:58:00 -0400

    Local growers offer advice

    Gazette staffer Amanda Peterson asked members of the Indiana Garden Club about their gardens.
  • Sun, 21 May 2017 00:54:00 -0400

    Magician performs at Stewart celebration

    Master Magician Michaelangelo, aka Michael Gigliotti, showed off his deck of oversized cards Saturday at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, where he performed a tribute show at a celebration marking Stewart’s birthday.
  • Sun, 21 May 2017 00:54:00 -0400

    Fire station hosts student field trip

    Chief Engineer Bob Henry talked to East Pike’s first-grade students about the department’s rescue truck at the Indiana Fire Association.
  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:11 +0000

    Powering forward

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    The natural gas industry in the Marcellus region has reached a point where there are dozens of major pipeline projects in the works at any one time. Some span across the region, bringing the gas to smaller systems and eventually to homes and power plants.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:13 +0000

    Expanding the market for Marcellus and Utica LNG

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    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Next year, the U.S. is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas on an average annual basis, according to the recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2017 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The transition to net exporter is being driven by declining pipeline imports, growing pipeline exports, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:14 +0000

    DEP receives public comment at listening session

    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    Williamsport, PAThe Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hosted a public listening session at the Genetti to gather local citizens’ comments on environmental justice.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:14 +0000

    Shell’s LNG Outlook 2017 shows a growing export market

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Royal Dutch Shell has long been known as the world’s “oil giant,” but more recently the company has been positioning itself to become a major player in the global natural gas market.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:17 +0000

    March and April DEP well permits report

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    There were 178 drilling permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Marcellus Business Central coverage area in the months of March and April. Unless otherwise stated, all permits issued are for new, unconventional, horizontally-drilled natural gas wells.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:18 +0000

    Shell to start construction of cracker plant by year’s end

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    The long-awaited Shell ethane cracker plant is expected to break ground this November or December. On June 7, 2016, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC announced its final investment decision to build a major petrochemical complex, comprised of an ethylene cracker facility and a polyethylene derivatives unit, on a 300-acre site in Potter Township, 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:21 +0000

    Tioga County remains strong with manufacturing base, charming small towns

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    Although the industry has began to recover from low natural gas prices, the northern tier looks to never return to the way things were during the boom. This is largely due to the heightened growth of drilling in the counties surrounding the Shell cracker plant, which has become a hub for natural gas transportation and soon for petrochemical refining.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:21 +0000

    Suit aims to block fracking plan for National Forest in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, OH (AP) A coalition of conservation groups has filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans to allow fracking in eastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.

    The Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council and the Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S District Court in Columbus.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:22 +0000

    Westinghouse wants to sell land to Sunoco for pipeline

    (AP) Westinghouse Electric Co. is asking a bankruptcy judge to allow the speedy sale of a portion of property in Westmoreland County to a pipeline subsidiary of Sunoco Logistics Partners.

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  • Fri, 12 May 2017 07:18:23 +0000

    DEP releases environmental maps, data

    Harrisburg, Pa (AP) The public now has access to scores of environmental data items and maps compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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  • Tue, 23 May 2017 14:28:04 +0000

    F.N.B.'s regional HQ to anchor new 22-story tower in Raleigh

    Months after buying Raleigh-based Yadkin Financial, F.N.B. Corp. (NYSE: FNB) has disclosed plans for a 22-story regional headquarters building. Pittsburgh-based FNB, the parent company of First National Bank, has unveiled plans to occupy a new office and residential high-rise at 501 Fayetteville St., fronting City Plaza. The building will be called FNB Tower. According to the bank, it means more than 150,000 square feet of Class A office space, nearly 240 residential apartment units and street-level…
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 13:56:37 +0000

    VisitPittsburgh to open new welcome center

    VisitPittsburgh will open a new welcoming center and gift shop Tuesday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. A grand opening will be held Tuesday afternoon at the center, with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, VisitPittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis, and Tim Muldoon, the general manager of the convention enter. It's the third welcome center and second gift shop owned by VisitPittsburgh. There are six other welcome centers not operated by VisitPittsburgh in the region.
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 12:25:44 +0000

    Moon Township hires new superintendent

    Maureen Ungarean will return to the Moon Area School District later this year as superintendent. Ungarean has held a variety of roles in Pittsburgh-region school districts, from teacher to principal and acting superintendent, including elementary school principal and acting superintendent at Moon Area School District in 2013. She was named superintendent after a search that yielded 30 other candidates. Ungarean, who is director of early learning for Collier County, Fla., Public Schools, will start…
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 12:18:39 +0000

    TreeHouse completes sale of Pittsburgh-based soup and infant food business

    TreeHouse Foods Inc. on Tuesday announced that it has completed the sale of its Pittsburgh-based soup and infant feeding business to Riverbend Foods LLC. RiverBend is a newly formed portfolio company of private equity firm Insight Equity. Financials for the deal, announced last month, were not disclosed. The business, based on Pittsburgh's North Side, is a leading manufacturer of private label condensed and ready-to-serve soup, baby food and gravy packaged in cans and glass jars. TreeHouse (NYSE:THS)…
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 12:14:01 +0000

    Gander Mountain locations could be 'white elephants'

    Camping World Holdings Inc. is still working out the lease details for the 70 or more Gander Mountain locations it wants to operate after it closes its deal to buy much of the bankrupt retailer's assets. Landlords for locations not taken by Camping World might have difficulty finding new tenants, according to real estate experts. Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings Inc., said in the "next couple weeks" in a May 20 tweet replying to a question about when a final list will be released…
  • Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:27 +0000

    Core Realty's Pittsburgh point man leaves to start own firm

    The point man for Philadelphia-based Core Realty’s developments in Pittsburgh has left to start his own company. Randy Mineo, a Pittsburgh native and executive vice president with Core, confirmed he has left the company and is now a principal of Gardens Group Development, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company he has launched with his brothers, Mark and Chuck. Mineo played a leading role in identifying Core’s investments in Pittsburgh, the largest of which is the 1.2-million-square-foot Macy’s…
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 21:35:17 +0000

    Hearing held over shareholders' unhappiness with Akzo Nobel

    A Dutch court is hearing whether shareholders representing 18 percent of coatings manufacturer Akzo Nobel can boot one of the company’s top executives following three rejections of Pittsburgh-based PPG’s multibillion-dollar merger offers. PPG CEO Michael McGarry was at the Amsterdam Enterprise Chamber hearing, as were representatives of activist shareholder Elliott Advisors and the man they want to force a vote on, Akzo Nobel Chairman Antony Burgmans. A Reuters story about the hearing said that…
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 20:36:39 +0000

    Health Department announces $50K penalty for ATI

    Two Allegheny Technologies Inc. subsidiaries have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 in connection with what the Allegheny County Health Department claimed were violations of emissions limits at its Brackenridge facility. The penalty was part of an agreement between ATI and the county health department following testing in December 2016 and March 2017 where the county said ATI couldn't "meet emission limits for the steel facility's electric arc furnaces and the hot rolling processing equipment."…
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 20:06:45 +0000

    Cessna joins Michael Baker International

    Department of Transportation District 11 Executive H. Daniel Cessna has joined Michael Baker International as its senior vice president and regional director of its Pennsylvania headquarters. Cessna had been DOT's District 11 director for 11 years, in charge of transportation work and 800 employees. In his new job, he'll be in charge of engineering, business, marketing and financial operations at the company's Pennsyvania operations from its Moon Township office. He'll report to COO Dale R. Spaulding. "Dan…
  • Mon, 22 May 2017 18:24:19 +0000

    RMU, CCBC sign degree-transfer agreements

    Robert Morris University and the Community College of Beaver County announced they have reached agreements that will allow CCBC students to transfer credits to RMU degree programs in cybersecurity, computer and information systems, and data analytics. There are now 47 so-called articulation agreements between RMU and CCBC. "Pittsburgh has developed an international reputation as Silicon Valley of the east, with an insatiable demand for highly skilled technology professionals," said RMU President…
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