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Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Hollidaysburg-Region Construction Season, Highlights 88 Projects

By on October 16, 2020

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Hollidaysburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT officials previewed more than 88 projects that will take place across the six-county, Hollidaysburg-based District 9 during the 2018 construction season.“The improvements that will be made across the six-county region are critical not only for residents’ travel, but also for the movement of goods and services,” said Governor Wolf.Complementing the significant projects in the region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“I am proud of what the department has accomplished and the improvements that District 9 has planned for the region,” Richards said.Overall highlights in the 2018 construction season for District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties) include:approximately 156 miles of paving;approximately 40 bridges will be repaired or replaced; andapproximately 342 miles of roadway will be seal coated.The update was provided in advance of the district’s Annual Transportation Outreach sessions, which begin tomorrow in Bedford and Fulton counties and will occur in Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties in the coming weeks. PennDOT representatives will meet with area stakeholders during the sessions to discuss improvements coming this and future years.“This is the 20th consecutive year that our district has conducted outreach meetings for legislators, municipal officials, planning and economic development agencies, and community leaders in each of our six counties,” said District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash. “This year District 9 will see over $100 million worth of new construction projects on area roadways.”Notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:Route 403 Moxham Stonycreek Bridge project will replace the bridge carrying Route 403 over the Stonycreek River in the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, ($7.4 million);Route 219 – Meyersdale to Somerset Project consists of approximately 11 miles of new four-lane limited access highway in Summit, Brothersvalley, and Somerset townships, Somerset County, ($265 million); Interstate 99 – 17th Street to Grazierville consists of 11 miles of resurfacing in Logan, Antis, and Snyder townships, Blair County, ($27.8 million);Route 219 Jack Murtha Highway consists of 11 miles of roadway rehabilitation in Cambria and East Carroll townships, Cambria County, ($8.2 million); andRoute 22 Canoe Creek Intersection Improvements consists of safety improvements including bicycle and pedestrian facilities at intersections accessing Canoe Creek State Park in Frankstown Township, Blair County, ($9.7 million).Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:Route 271 Chestnut Street Bridge will rehabilitate the bridge carrying Route 271 over the South Branch of Blacklick Creek in Nanty Glo Borough, Cambria County, ($2.1 million);Route 22 Brower Lee Drive consists 4 miles of resurfacing in Allegheny Township, Blair County, ($3.6 million);Route 915 Hopewell Bridge consists of replacing the structure carrying Route 915 over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River and improvements to the intersection of Route 26 and Route 915 in Hopewell Borough and Broad Top and Hopewell townships, Bedford County, ($11.5 million);Route 522 Webster Mills to Route 16 consists of 6 miles of resurfacing in Ayr Township, Fulton County, ($2 million);Route 22 Improvements Huntingdon County consists of various intersection improvements and 3 miles of resurfacing in Smithfield and Henderson townships, Huntingdon County, ($7.1 million); andRoute 2047 Meyersdale Flaugherty Creek Bridge will replace the structure carrying Route 2047 (Beachley Street) over Flaugherty Creek in Meyersdale Borough, Somerset County, ($2.5 million).Information from the district’s Transportation Outreach sessions will be available corresponding to each session by clicking 2018 Transportation Outreach on the district webpage, www.penndot.gov/district9.As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.“I urge motorists to use extreme caution while traveling around construction and maintenance crews this season, as they will be out in full force”, Prestash said, “One of our team members, Robert Gensimore, was killed in the line of duty this winter and we want all employees and motorists to get home safely.”For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAltoona. 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Gov. Wolf on Visit to Opioid Command Center: “This work is making a profound difference”

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first_imgGov. Wolf on Visit to Opioid Command Center: “This work is making a profound difference” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today made a surprise visit to the Opioid Command Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to check in on progress and thank the many commonwealth employees who have been staffing this important work group for the past 17 months.View a photo from Governor Wolf’s surprise visit here.“Our opioid command center brings state agencies together to comprehensively fight the opioid epidemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m thankful for the employees dedicated to this issue for their commitment to saving Pennsylvanians’ lives. This work is making a profound difference in this ongoing battle.“In addition to their daily commonwealth duties, these staff from 16 state agencies have committed to coming together every Monday to focus attention on the opioid crisis, bringing their individual expertise and sharing their ideas and questions with like-minded co-workers. And the work doesn’t stop with these weekly meetings. Members of the Department of Health have moved operations to PEMA to work fulltime on the Command Center operations, serving as liaisons with all involved agencies and stakeholders to monitor and spur progress throughout each week.“Without this dedicated and passionate group of individuals and their supportive agencies, we would likely not see the progress we are seeing in battling this epidemic. They are all doing incredibly important work and I am very grateful for their ongoing efforts.”The Opioid Command Center is staffed by personnel from 16 state agencies, spearheaded by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs. Since January 2018, when Gov. Wolf signed the first opioid disaster declaration, the command center has met to discuss data on the opioid crisis, to develop initiatives to increase prevention, rescue and treatment planning and programs, and to hear from third-party organizations that present their successful programs for fighting the epidemic.At today’s command center meeting, Penn State University representatives Derek Kreager and Gary Zajac discussed recovery and treatment for former inmates with an elevated risk of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and presented the university’s Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) program; and Angel Fiore-Torres from RASE Project, discussed how this Central Pennsylvania agency supplies advocacy services for individuals in or seeking recovery from the disease of addiction. RASE was designed to provide a voice and body for the anonymous recovering population and helps those struggling with OUD acquire transitional housing, group classes, and other services. It has grown since its inception in 2002 to serve multiple counties in central Pennsylvania.There is a proposed partnership/pilot program between PADOC, PSU and RASE to connect CRS to prisoners with opioid use disorder to prepare them for reentry, provide continuity of care and educate their families and friends.Learn more about how the Wolf Administration is battling the opioid crisis.center_img June 03, 2019last_img read more

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This Cornubia home has views as far as the eye can see

By on October 6, 2020

first_img23 Torulosa Street, Cornubia“It’s beautiful upstairs because you overlook the bay,” Mr Spicer said.The 630sq m block was part of a larger parcel of land that Mr Spicer subdivided into four.“This was the one that I liked,” Mr Spicer said.He built the two-storey home, which is in a quiet and highly sought-after pocket of Cornubia, in 2011. 23 Torulosa Street, CornubiaMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The ground floor offers dual living.It has one bedroom with a built-in wardrobe, an open living and dining room, a combined kitchen and laundry, bathroom with separate toilet, paved courtyard and single car space.Upstairs is the main part of the house. 23 Torulosa Street, CornubiaThere are four bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes, while the master has an ensuite and his and her robes.The home also has a salt water swimming pool, and an outdoor spa surrounded by a tropical garden, as well as a double garage. 23 Torulosa Street, CornubiaThe chef-style kitchen has black stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances while the family room opens up onto a balcony, where the best of the views can be seen. 23 Torulosa Street, CornubiaDEVELOPERS made the most of the view from this elevated block when designing the modern house that now sits on it.Owner Howard Spicer, who contributed to the design, said the distant view of coast as far as Moreton Island was one of the best features of 23 Torulosa St, Cornubia. 23 Torulosa Street, CornubiaMr Spicer said it was easy to maintain and a good size for families.“It’s pretty comfortable and it suits pretty well every family,” he said.He is selling the home to downsize.“It’s too big for just me,” Mr Spicer said. 23 Torulosa Street, Cornubialast_img read more

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Greek Company Denies Involvement in Massive Oil Slick off Brazil

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgGreek ship manager Delta Tankers has denied its involvement in an oil spill off the coast of Brazil that has kept the country’s response agencies busy over the past two months.Brazilian authorities said on November 1 that Greek-flagged crude oil tanker Bouboulina, carrying Venezuelan crude, was responsible for the spill.Delta Tankers denied this, saying that a full search of the material from the cameras and sensors that all their vessels carry as part of their safety and environmental policies, revealed no proof that the Bouboulina could be responsible for the spill.“There is no proof of the vessel having stopped, conducted any kind of STS operation (ship to ship), oil leaked/spilled, slowed down or veered off course, on its passage from Venezuela to Melaka, Malaysia,” the company said.The company added that it would share its materials with Brazilian authorities, should they contact the company, noting that no contact had been made so far.The oil spill, that is estimated to have taken place on July 28-29, affected 2,500 km of Brazil’s coastlines, hitting at least 120 locations in 77 municipalities. Brazil’s environmental agency IBAMA earlier stated that the substance was ‘crude oil’ of a type that is not produced in Brazil.last_img read more

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Roseau Cathedral renovation requires $6.7M for completion

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Roseau Cathedral renovation requires $6.7M for completion by: Dominica Vibes News – August 5, 2015 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church Gabriel MalzaireThe Roseau Cathedral Renovation Committee is hoping to re-instate a pledge system to help raise funds to complete the project.Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church Gabriel Malzaire revealed at a press conference on Tuesday 4 August 2015, that the church requires 6.7 million dollars to complete the project which commenced in 2013.The Roseau Cathedral, which is 159 years old, represents historical, cultural and religious significance for the people of Dominica and is being done in phases.The first phase involved the removal of items in the Cathedral and the preparation of St Gerard’s Hall as a place of worship, the second phase involved the removal and disposal of the asbestos material on the roof, while the third phase involved strengthening the foundations and construction of new concrete columns to support the weight of the new roof. The fourth phase, which is currently under way, involves the installation of the steel frame to accommodate the roofing material. Phase five will include the purchase and installation of a new roof cover, which according to Bishop Malzaire, “is presently estimated at 3.1 EC million dollars or 1.1 million US, while phase six involves retrofitting the main tower and the steeple which is estimated at 1.3 million dollars”. Member of the Roseau Cathedral Renovation Committee, Dr Valda Henry“So while much work has been accomplished, we still need to raise an additional 6.7 million dollars towards the completion of the Cathedral. This is indeed a challenge for us,” the Bishop said.As such, in an effort to obtain financial support, member of the Cathedral Fundraising Committee, Dr Valda Henry told the press conference that a pledge system will be relaunched.Dr Henry said if the six thousand three hundred and fifteen Catholics pledged one hundred dollars a month, “we’d have more than sufficient money to build this church and to do all of the work that the parish needs”.“One of the things that the committee really wishes and hopes is that that pledging system becomes, you know, part and parcel of our Catholic giving,” Dr Henry added.She said while the Church would not ask its members to give ten percent tithing as most of the protestant churches do although “that would be wonderful, but a pledge of a hundred dollars a month to aid the church in its work would be tremendous”.Dr Henry highlighted the importance of the pledge system in obtaining the necessary funds as “the Cathedral is ours to build, it is the seat of the Bishop of Roseau, it is really the seat of the Catholic Church in Dominica and for Catholics that has to be the pride of our worship”.Roseau Cathedral before renovation works commenced in 2014. (Photo credit: By: Celia Sorhaindo )Dr Henry indicated that the Roseau Cathedral Renovation Committee has other fundraising plans to include a play written by Dr Alwin Bully and a concert featuring Jamaican Jimmy Cliff. The committee has long wanted to stage this fundraising concert featuring Jimmy Cliff but was finding difficulty in reaching his manager.“We have now reached his manager and so the Jimmy Cliff concert is nearer a reality than it is a dream. Again, when that concert comes through, we expect to be using the stadium because we expect a full house of Dominicans coming to patronize,” Dr Henry explained.Meanwhile, the Committee will host a cocktail party in which Bishop Malzaire third book entitled ‘Christ & Caribbean Culture (s)’ on Friday 7 August 2015 at the grounds of the Bishop’s House on Turkey Lane, Roseau.Tickets to the cocktail party cost one hundred dollars per person and include the cost of one book. 430 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Ray Craft Today

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgEight months ago Ray Craft’s wife of 55 years died unexpectedly from a fall.  Craft was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Star.  They wanted to know how he was doing and how his life has changed.  Ray was the only member of the Milan Indians who actually appeared in the movie Hoosiers. He had two lines.The former member of the IHSAA still lives in the same house in Shelbyville that he purchased in 1971.  It was here that he and his wife “Jinky” spent most of their married life.  As can be expected, Ray told the Star that he is still lost.  When he comes home from his part-time job at the Indiana Grand, he has to prepare his meals.  Ray commented that he could make hot dogs and fry eggs, but that was about it.When asked by the Star if he thought there would ever be another Milan, he said quickly “NO”!  With class basketball people do not consider a team to be a state champ as they did in 1954.  Today it is about winning your class, and most of the state is not interested in following any team except their own school.last_img read more

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Leising releases Legislative Survey results

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Each year, I provide people living in Senate District 42 with the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on legislative topics with me through my legislative survey. My office recently calculated this year’s results, which include online and mailed-in responses. Click here to view the results.Thank you to those who took my legislative survey. These responses allow me to make more informed decisions when voting on bills in the Senate. It is my duty and privilege to represent the voices of those living in our community, and I will continue to keep your best interest in mind as I consider the issues facing our state.If you wish to provide input as session moves forward, please contact my office by phone at 800-382-9467 or email at Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov.last_img read more

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The Latest: Chiefs give Pro Bowl DT Jones franchise tag

By on September 19, 2020

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Chiefs give Pro Bowl DT Jones franchise tag Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBy The Associated Press (AP) — The Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times local):___11:10 a.m. March 16, 2020 With more than $60 million of salary-cap space, Cleveland is expected to be active in free agency, with offensive tackle a priority.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hunt is a restricted free agent and can negotiate with other teams about a contract. If he reaches an agreement elsewhere, Cleveland can match any offer. If the Browns decide not to match the offer, they would receive a second-round draft pick from the team that signs him.The Browns also released veteran safety Morgan Burnett, creating another need as the team moves into free agency amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Burnett suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season and missed the final six games.Cleveland also tendered exclusive tags to free agents Pharoah Brown, Dontrell Hilliard and KhaDarel Hodge.Hunt was banned from the first eight games last season by the league or two physical altercations while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland-area native was primarily a blocker for Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, but he rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a TD. The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.The nonexclusive tag means Jones must be offered a one-year contract for no less than the average of the top five salary cap hits at defensive tackle for the previous five years. It also means that if Jones signs an offer sheet from another team, the Chiefs can match that offer or let him go and receive two first-round picks as compensation.Jones had 15 1/5 sacks two seasons ago, which spurred his desire for a long-term deal. He wound up skipping the entire offseason when that didn’t happen, but he returned in time for training camp and started 12 of 13 games. He finished with nine sacks and help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title since 1970.11:30 a.m.The Cleveland Browns opened free agency by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension.last_img read more

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Woodpecker Products Junior Squash National tournament continues

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgWEDNESDAY evening saw the first five-setter of the Woodpecker Junior Squash National Tournament at the Georgetown Club in the Boys Under-13 match between Dhiren Persaud and Chad DeAbreu.  After identical scores in the first two games of 11-6, the first going to Persaud and the second to DeAbreu, neither player was willing to let go in the third, as they fought to 19-17 (player must win by two clear points).DeAbreu took an early lead of 6-1 before Persaud climbed back up. DeAbreu had game ball at 10-6 but Persaud refused to back down and powered 5 clear points to edge ahead.The boys went point for point, shot for shot right up to 17 all, but it was the lion heart of DeAbreu that pushed past the finish line with a 19-17 game victory.The effort took its toll on DeAbreu though, as Persaud came back to dominate in the fourth and fifth with two 11-3 wins to take the match.Older brother Demetrius DeAbreu controlled his Under-15 match against Zachary Persaud.Despite a spirited fight from Persaud, DeAbreu defeated him 11-7, 11-6, 11-1.A passionate game played out when Shiloh Asregado and Joshua Verwey took to the court.The two Under-13 boys showed great promise as they displayed improved skills.It was Asregado who came out on top, however, with a 3-0 triumph.Mohryan Baksh suffered his first defeat of the competition at the hands of Nicholas Verwey when he played up into the Under-15 category.Verwey was too strong for Baksh who made a valiant effort but succumbed at 11-5, 11-3, 11-1.In the only girls’ match of the evening, Kirsten Gomes unsurprisingly made light work of Angel Rahamin 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 for the Girls Under-15 category.Gomes will see her only real challenge of the tournament when she plays in the Under-17 & U-19 against long-time on-court rival and title-holder Abosaide Cadogan on tomorrow evening.Full Results                Mohryan  Baksh routed Matthew Spooner 11-0, 11-0, 11-1Asregado thrashed Joshua Verwey 11-2, 11-5, 11-9Dhiren Persaud overcame Chad DeAbreu 11-6, 6-11, 17-19, 11-3, 11-3Demetrius DeAbreu defeated Zachary Persaud 11-11-7, 11-6, 11-1Nicholas Verwey whipped Mohryan Baksh 11- 5, 11-3, 11-1Michael Alphonso defeated Gianni Carpenter 11.8, 11-4, 11-5Kirsten Gomes trounced Angel Rahamin 11-1, 11-2, 11-1last_img read more

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DEATH IN LAFIA :Pinnick Charges Committee to Recommend Solutions to Death…

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgPinnick and members of the committee, as well as NFF Executive Committee member Aisha Falode who was present at the inauguration observed a one- minute silence in honour of the departed Chineme Martins, who slumped and died during a Nigeria Professional Football League match between his club Nasarawa United and Katsina United at the Lafia City Stadium on Sunday, 8th March 2020.Chairman of the committee, Dr. Peter Singabele, who is a member of the CAF committee on sports medicine, thanked the NFF President for the opportunity given the committee to take a very critical look at organization of football matches in Nigeria, pledging that with the experience, energy, assiduity and sincerity of members, the committee will draw up recommendations that will ensure that such lapses as led to the unfortunate death of Chineme Martins never recur in the country’s football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the ad-hoc committee set up by the football –governing body to investigate the death of Nasarawa United player Chineme Martins, charging the panel to come up with robust and sincere recommendations that will constitute the standard protocols for football organization in the country going forward.“I am happy at the calibre of the people who make up the membership of this committee and I have no doubt you will come up with the right protocols that must be adhered to before any football match takes place anywhere in Nigeria. This is the time to make difficult decisions and I trust you to make them for us.“Your job is a very serious one. You are free to tinker with the terms of reference and avail us the steps that will safeguard the future of our players in the areas of medical, safety and security. We pray that the soul of Chineme Martins rest in peace but we are pained by his death and we must use it as a wake-up call to enforce compliance with the provisions of Club Licensing as well as the fresh medical and security protocols that this committee will draw up.”last_img read more

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