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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.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:59:00 -0500

    Students from China learn about culture, schooling in Indiana

    It’s been a week like no other at Horace Mann Elementary School in Indiana, where the enrollment increased by almost 20 kids and a handful of adults for a better-than-books lesson in international cultural awareness.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:54:00 -0500

    Author explores healthiest foods for kids

    In 2014, Indiana native Sally Kuzemchak offered busy families a “Dinnertime Survival Guide” with answers for those who might say “I can barely boil water” or “I can’t afford healthy food.”
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:54:00 -0500

    Wreath dedicated in honor of area's veterans

    A wreath was dedicated in honor of veterans at the Indiana County Veterans Wall during a ceremony Saturday.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:54:00 -0500

    CRAFTING ON DEADLINE: How to start a tradition using a box

    Brace yourself. Christmas is where I get to dial up the sap-o-meter and wax nostalgic.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:49:00 -0500

    Girl Scouts still get outdoors in cold weather

    Girl Scouts stay busy and get outdoors during colder weather. The recent snowfall might keep some people inside, but local Girl Scouts haven’t been deterred. From community involvement and service projects to enjoying the wonders of winter in western Pennsylvania…
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:44:00 -0500

    Area boards to hold open public meetings

    Meetings of municipal governments, school boards and county governmental bodies scheduled this week are at the following times and locations:
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:44:00 -0500

    It's Happening Here...

    This information is provided by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau. Times and dates are subject to change. All events are held in Indiana, unless otherwise noted.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:44:00 -0500

    Area senior centers list weekly schedules

    The schedules at the Aging Services Inc. social centers for the coming week:
  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 10:00:00 -0500

    Homer City celebrates the holidays

    The Homer-Center marching band performed Friday during the Christmas parade as part of Homer City’s light-up night, which brought Santa Claus to town and included a bonfire, children’s crafts, music and a tree-lighting.
  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 10:00:00 -0500

    Board keeps leadership unchanged

    CENTER TOWNSHIP — The Homer-Center school board has retained its top leaders but made significant changes in its public meeting schedule for 2019.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:50:32 +0000

    Personalities of Pittsburgh: Bob Fragasso, Fragasso Financial Advisors

    Bob Fragasso, who has been a financial planner for nearly five decades, founded Fragasso Financial Advisors, a fee-based investment management and financial planning firm based downtown, in 1972. He is a tireless and ubiquitous presence in Pittsburgh’s business and nonprofit arenas, and is probably best known for his support of Animal Friends, the no-kill animal shelter in the North Hills. He shares his career perspectives, as well as his thoughts on retirement and feral cats, in this interview.
  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:46:14 +0000

    The state's top 100 highest-scoring schools on 3rd-grade PSSA exams

    Do you know how public school district students statewide performed on the most recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, given to students in grades three through eight? The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released the results of standardized tests given earlier this year, including the Keystone Exams, which are taken by high school students, and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, taken in the lower grades. The Business Times annually crunches the data…
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:59:27 +0000

    Highmark innovation center helps biotech companies reach next level

    Highmark VITAL Innovation Program helps to advance biotech companies.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:37:15 +0000

    Change at the top of Pittsburgh accounting office

    Celeste Suchko succeeding John McMurtry as managing partner at CLA Pittsburgh in January.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:34:52 +0000

    Agencies seek to recoup their own money from OneJet

    The DCED is taking steps to recover some of the $500,000 loan.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:44:46 +0000

    Second building under way at Innovation Ridge

    New 90,000-square-foot office building to be first new structure to be built at 223-acre business park since original MEDRAD headquarters opened more than ten years ago.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:26:08 +0000

    Neuro Kinetics' I-PAS tech could help concussion diagnoses

    Local company created goggles that can offer insight into concussions.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:22:24 +0000

    Diamond Kinetics new smart softball makes ESPN gift guide

    The company, which already produces the PitchTracker baseball and SwingTracker baseball bat, added the PitchTracker softball to its list of products this month.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:23:18 +0000

    Sodexo renews contract with renowned local venue

    Sodexo, in a release, announced that it had renewed its food and beverage contract with Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The multi-year deal includes services for Cafe Phipps, private catering events, Phipps' Winter Flower Show and the Light Garden Holiday Huts. According to the release, Sodexo also will oversee the renovation of a new state-of-the-art catering kitchen that will be used to service events at the venue.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:10:11 +0000

    Here's more about the company developing a lagoon on the North Side

    The company has big long-term plans for the state and North Texas in particular, says Kevin Morgan, executive vice president of Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp., who is based in Dallas.
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