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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.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:48:00 -0400

    League schedules Candidates Night for Oct. 30

    The League of Women Voters of Indiana County will hold Candidates Night on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Oak Place Community Center, 1055 Oak St., Indiana.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:48:00 -0400

    AFSCME meeting scheduled for Oct. 25

    The monthly meeting of AFSCME Retiree Sub Chapter 8301 will meet at the Indiana VFW, 824 Indiana Springs Road, at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:49:00 -0400

    Family Promise game day fights homelessness

    Three teams competed Sunday in a life-sized, live game of Monopoly at the Indiana Senior High School as a fundraiser for Family Promise, which works to combat homelessness in Indiana County.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:49:00 -0400

    War against hunger waged in Indiana

    The annual Indiana Area CROP Hunger Walk was held Sunday in Indiana to raise money for world hunger projects, as well as for the Indiana County Community Action Program.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:49:00 -0400

    Race benefits women's imaging center

    Participants in the annual Love of Life 5K Walk/Run took off at the starting line Saturday as part of the 14th annual Love of Life campaign.
  • Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:59:00 -0400

    Rehabilitation center planning major expansion

    Three years after the controversial drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facility opened, SpiritLife Inc. has secured the financing for a $2 million expansion project.
  • Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:54:00 -0400

    Luigi's Ristorante hosts United Way Days

    Luigi’s Ristorante in Clymer is extending an invitation to the Indiana County community to help celebrate its “United Way Days” fundraising event from Oct. 23 through 28.
  • Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:54:00 -0400

    Power company donates literacy stations to library

    Armstrong Power has donated $6,000 to enable the Indiana Free Library to purchase two Early Literacy Stations for children ages 2-10 which offer 42 software programs aimed at skill-building and early literacy.
  • Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:53:00 -0400

    Indiana attorney sworn in to bar association

    Russell Bopp, a new attorney for the Marcus and Mack law firm in Indiana, was sworn into the Indiana County Bar Association last week.
  • Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:54:00 -0400

    Cemetery tour features bygone characters

    John Griffith, of Latrobe, played tobacco merchant Joseph Atkinson during the Blairsville Cemetery tour on Saturday.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:47:13 +0000

    Ford, with Argo AI, expands autonomous vehicle operations to Washington, D.C.

    Ford Autonomous Vehicles announced its expansion to Washington, D.C., Monday in a Medium post written by the company’s CEO, Sherif Marakby. Ford Motor Co.’s autonomous vehicle division currently works in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Miami, and the move will make it the first company to test self-driving vehicles in Washington D.C., according to the post. Ford’s partner, Pittsburgh-based Argo AI, has autonomous-capable vehicles mapping Washington, D.C., roads and will expand both its fleet and…
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:44:34 +0000

    Community Bank opens business center in Warrendale

    CB Financial Services Inc., parent of Community Bank, has officially opened a northern business center in Warrendale. Building upon an initiative Community Bank announced in March 2017 to increase commercial lending north of Pittsburgh, the center employs three and is led by Lance DiYanni, senior vice president and market executive. It is located at 110 Pinewood Lane. CB Financial (Nasdaq:CBFV) President and CEO Patrick O’Brien said in a prepared statement that the center serves northern Allegheny,…
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:40:40 +0000

    New recreational venture to open in North Fayette big box

    New indoor recreational center to add to the entertainment mix in North Fayette
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:24:11 +0000

    No prepay planned for Uniontown Hospital with Highmark Medicare Advantage

    Uniontown Hospital will be the second provider system beyond UPMC to go into 2019 without a contract for Highmark.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:21:53 +0000

    IRS guidance on business entertaining is food for thought for local accountants

    "Your hot dog at a baseball game is 50 percent deductible, but your tickets are not."
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:08:10 +0000

    High Flight Academy works to fill pilot shortage

    Since the 1980s, the amount of people becoming certified pilots has more than halved. Training programs like those at High Flight Academy are telling young people that aviation is a viable career option.
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:50:33 +0000

    This $2.6M Deep Creek mansion will sell to the highest bidder

    A massive home situated on the edge of Maryland's Deep Creek Lake will go to auction later this month after being previously listed for $2.69 million. The six-bedroom mansion spans 13,215 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that includes a private dock. It is located at 3415 Shingle Camp Rd. The estate will sell without reserve, and bidding will take place via an online marketplace beginning Oct. 25 through Oct. 29. Nina Beitzel and Russell Bounds of Railey Realty are the listing agents on…
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:36:28 +0000

    How local private high schools ranked, according to Niche.com

    How did local private high schools rank on a recent listing by Niche.com? Here are how some, including Shady Side Academy, Sewickley Academy, The Ellis School and the Kiski School, ranked. They are listed by Pittsburgh rank, Pennsylvania rank and other statistics. Pittsburgh-based Niche.com ranks schools, districts, colleges, places to work and places to live, among other rankings. Here are some other education-related data sets the Business Times has recently published: Click on the…
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:57:51 +0000

    Affirm to open Pittsburgh office

    San Francisco-based Affirm, which creates financial product and service alternatives to traditional credit, has plans to put the company’s second office in Pittsburgh, according to a news release. Affirm chose Pittsburgh primarily for its available tech talent, said the release. “It was important for us to be able to grow our workforce for many years to come with superb talent,” said Max Levchin, CEO and co-founder of Affirm, in a prepared statement. “Keeping with the Affirm value of…
  • Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:04:59 +0000

    Trustpoint.One acquires Confluent Translations

    Trustpoint Translations, a subsidiary of Trustpoint.One, a litigation support and translation services provider in the U.S., announced the acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Confluent Translations, in a statement. Combined with Trustpoint Translations existing operations in the Greater Pittsburgh market and elsewhere, this acquisition will extend the range of services available to translation clients throughout the global market. "We are excited to welcome the Confluent team to the Trustpoint.One…
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