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Meadville Gets Green Light Go Money, Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

 

Harrisburg, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf is out with an announcement saying Meadville is one of  94 municipalities  that will receive an aggragate  $33 million to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.

Crawford County:

  • Meadville -- $798,341 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Water Street at Chestnut Street, Center Street and Arch Street.

·        Erie County:

·                Erie -- $244,505 for Traffic Signal Replacement and Installation of Pedestrian Signals along Sixth Street at Bacon Street.

·                Summit Township -- $43,584 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Peach Street and Douglas Parkway Corridors.

McKean County:

  • Foster Township -- $62,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street at Bolivar Drive.

Mercer County:

  • Greenville Borough -- $188,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street (SR 0018) at Prairie Street.
  • West Middlesex Borough -- $42,160 for Detection System Upgrade along New Castle Road at Main Street.
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“This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,”  says Governor Wolf speaking Thursday in Harrisburg.. “The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow.”

 

These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

 

Act 101 of 2016 recently provided updates to the program by reducing the applicant match to 20 percent, expanding eligible applicants to planning partners and counties, and allowing all projects to be led by applicants. Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan adopted in November 2013.

 

Following is a list of funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects. Note the state funding represents only part of the total project funding:

 

Adams County:

  • Straban Township -- $26,034 for LED upgrades along the Route 30 Corridor.

Allegheny County:

•     Bethel Park -- $57,995 for Pedestrian and Vehicle LED Replacement along State Route 88 at Corrigan Drive and Traffic Signal Retiming along Bethel Church Road at Highland Avenue.

•     Bridgeville -- $213,282 for the installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Avenue at Station Street, Bower Hill Road and Prestley Road.

•     East Deer Township -- $83,200 for LED upgrades along Freeport Road at Third Street.

•     Greentree -- $243,360 for upgrading the overhead lane control systems to LED along Greentree Road.

•     Monroeville -- $198,370 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northern Pike at Patty Lane.

•     Moon Township -- $296,206 for Traffic Signal Improvements along University Boulevard.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $152,489 for Intersection Improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $363,520 for Traffic Signal Upgrades at thirty (30) intersections within Mt Lebanon Township.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $178,760 for Intersection Improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road.

•     South Fayette Township -- $77,484 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Pike at Bursca Drive and at Twin Ponds Lane.

•     Springdale -- $173,064 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Pittsburgh Street at Colfax Street.

•     Upper St Clair Township -- $461,289 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along McMurray Road at Johnson Road and along McLaughlin Run Road at US Route 19 Southbound Ramps.

 

Berks County:

  • Fleetwood -- $132,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Franklin Street at Main Street.
  • Reading -- $148,000 for the Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along Sixth Street at Laurel Street.
  • St. Lawrence -- $251,107 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along St. Lawrence Avenue and Perkiomen Avenue Corridors.
  • West Reading -- $134,536 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue at Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
  • Wyomissing -- $233,561 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue, State Hill Road, Park Road and Paper Mill Road Corridors.

Bucks County:

  • Bensalem Township -- $501,102 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Hulmeville Road Corridor from Street Road to Bristol Road.
  • Bristol Township -- $252,184 for Traffic Signal Modernization along State Road at Cedar Avenue.
  • Bristol Township -- $191,255 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Radcliffe Street at Randall Avenue.
  • Bristol Township -- $226,194 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Mill Creek Parkway at Haines Road.
  • Upper Southampton Township -- $1,079,069 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Second Street Pike Corridor.
  • Yardley -- $212,960 for Intersection Improvements along Main Street at Afton Avenue.

Butler County:

•     Connoquenessing Township – $160,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along State Route 68 at Kriess Road and Eagle Mill Road.

•     Cranberry Township -- $138,240 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the State Route 19 Corridor.

•     Cranberry Township -- $612,050 for Traffic Signal Upgrade along State Route 19 at St. Francis Way.

Centre County:

  • College Township -- $200,083 for Installation of Pedestrian Signals and Upgrades along East College Ave at Elmwood Street.
  • Ferguson Township -- $80,000 for Vehicle Detection Upgrades along West College Avenue at Bristol Avenue and Whitehall Road, along Blue Course Drive at Old Gatesburg Road and along Whitehall Road at Research Drive.
  • Patton Township -- $198,082 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Valley Vista Drive Corridor.
  • Spring Township -- $31,279 for Signal Equipment Replacement along East College Ave at Harrison Road and at Main Street.

Chester County:

•     East Vincent Township -- $263,799 for Intersection Improvements along Schuylkill Road at New Street.

•     Phoenixville -- $31,420 for LED Replacement along Church Street at Gay Street and Main St, along Franklin Street at High Street and along Washington Avenue at Gay Street.

•     Uwchlan Township -- $53,829 for Installation of Battery Back-Up System along Dorlan Mill Road at Moore Road.

•     Westtown Township -- $180,000 for the Study and Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along West Chester Pike at Chester Road.

 

Crawford County:

  • Meadville -- $798,341 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Water Street at Chestnut Street, Center Street and Arch Street.

 

Cumberland County:

  • North Middleton Township -- $219,462 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Spring Road at Cavalry Road.
  • Silver Spring Township -- $45,273 for Auxiliary Cabinet and Controller Upgrades along the Route 11 Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $62,574 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $44,696 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the York Road Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $13,680 for Traffic Signal Retiming along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.

 

Dauphin County:

  • Harrisburg -- $357,150 for Traffic Signal Upgrades and Signal Performance along the Forester Street Corridor.

 

Delaware County:

        Concord Township -- $144,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along Baltimore Pike, Wilmington Pike, Naamans Creek Road, Conchester Highway and Smithbridge Road Corridors.

        Concord Township -- $56,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Baltimore Pike at Concord Road.

        Marple Township -- $440,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.

        Middletown Township -- $108,00 for Implementation of Low Cost Safety Improvements along New Middletown Road at Glen Riddle Road and along Edgmont Avenue at Knowlton Road.

        Springfield Township -- $284,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.

Erie County:

        Erie -- $244,505 for Traffic Signal Replacement and Installation of Pedestrian Signals along Sixth Street at Bacon Street.

        Summit Township -- $43,584 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Peach Street and Douglas Parkway Corridors.

Fayette County:

        Connellsville -- $53,075 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Pittsburgh Street at Fairview Avenue and Apple Street, along Crawford Avenue at Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street and along Snyder Street at Fairview Avenue.

 

Franklin County:

        Fannett Township -- $57,840 for Installation of Solar Powered Flashing Warning Devices along Path Valley Road at Spring Run Road.

        Greencastle Borough - $43,677 for Installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon System along Baltimore Pike at Linden Avenue and along Baltimore Pike at Allison Street.

 

Indiana County:

        White Township -- $172,545 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Ben Franklin Road at Warren Road.

 

Lackawanna County:

  • Clarks Green Borough -- $39,755 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along East Grove Street at South Abington Road.
  • Scranton -- $135,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Green Ridge Street at Wyoming Avenue.

Lancaster County:

  • East Donegal Township -- $147,200 for Intersection Safety Upgrades along River Road at Mount Joy Road.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $54,400 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along the Old Philadelphia Pike, Greenfield Road, and Witmer Road Corridors.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Lincoln Highway at Strasburg Pike.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Old Philadelphia Pike at Horseshoe Road.
  • Elizabethtown Borough -- $18,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along the Market Street Corridor.
  • Ephrata Borough -- $113,278 for Traffic Signal Detection Upgrades along South Reading Road at Meadow Valley Road and at South Academy Drive.
  • Lancaster -- $1,401,714 for Traffic Signal Controller Upgrades at 91 Intersections throughout the City of Lancaster.
  • Lititz Borough -- $64,800 for Pedestrian Signal Upgrades along the Broad Street and Main Street Corridors.
  • Manheim Borough -- $72,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along the Main Street Corridor.
  • Warwick Township -- $127,600 for Traffic Signal Detection System Upgrades along Rothsville Road at Newport Road and along Main Street at Church Street and Rothsville Road.
  • West Hempfield Township -- $13,269 for Installation of Battery Backup and Preemption along Stony Battery Road at Route 30 East Bound Ramp and Route 30 West Bound Ramp.

Lehigh County:

  • Allentown -- $774,378 for Traffic Signal Coordination along the Lehigh Street Corridor.

Luzerne County:

  • Hanover Township -- $96,528 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Sans Souci Parkway at St. Mary’s Road and Willow Street.
  • Plains Township -- $61,848 for LED Signal Replacement along River Street at Maffett Street, along Carey Avenue at Main Street and along Route 315 at Laird Street.

Lycoming County:

  • Loyalsock Township -- $129,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northway Road at Sheridan Street.

McKean County:

  • Foster Township -- $62,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street at Bolivar Drive.

Mercer County:

  • Greenville Borough -- $188,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street (SR 0018) at Prairie Street.
  • West Middlesex Borough -- $42,160 for Detection System Upgrade along New Castle Road at Main Street.

Montgomery County:

  • Abington Township -- $298,480 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Fitzwatertown Road at North Hills Avenue.
  • East Norriton Township -- $329,750 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
  • East Norriton Township -- $108,300 for Installation of Video Detection System along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
  • Hatboro Borough -- $1,330,508 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Montgomery Avenue at Jacksonville Road.
  • Jenkintown Borough -- $89,784 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades and LED Replacement at 8 intersections along the York Road Corridor.
  • Lower Frederick Township -- $1,474 for LED Replacement along the Route 29 Corridor.
  • Lower Moreland Township -- $148,080 for Traffic Signal Equipment and Safety Upgrades along Byberry Road at Pine Road.
  • Lower Salford Township -- $54,200 for Preventative Maintenance at 13 Intersections throughout Lower Salford Township.
  • Upper Dublin Township -- $2,200,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the West Moreland Road and Easton Road Corridors.
  • Upper Merion Township -- $107,968 for LED Replacement at 24 Intersections along the Dakalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford Road Corridors.
  • Upper Pottsgrove Township -- $21,186 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Pottstown Pike at State Street and Moyer Road.
  • Upper Providence Township -- $239,230 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Egypt Road Corridor.
  • Whitpain Township -- $79,578 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike.
  • Worcester Township -- $141,700 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Valley Forge Road at Skippack Pike and Township Line Road.
  • Worcester Township -- $80,240 for Fiber Optic Traffic Signal Interconnection along Germantown Pike at Park Avenue and Trooper Road.

 

Montour County:

  • Danville Borough -- $55,440 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Synchronization at 10 Intersections along Walnut Street, Mill Street and Northumberland Road Corridor.

Northampton County:

  • Tatamy Borough -- $10,008 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Eighth Street at Main Street and Commerce Lane.

 

Northumberland County:

  • Sunbury -- $354,332 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of Fourth Strreet and Arch Street.

Philadelphia:

  • $2,800,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization at 12 Intersections along the Castor Avenue Corridor.
  • $7,100,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization and Equipment Upgrades at 24 Intersections along the Cheltenham Avenue Corridor.

 

Schuylkill County:

  • Cass Township -- $133,544 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Highridge Park Road at Keystone Boulevard and at the I-81 Northbound Ramps.
  • Foster Township -- $48,088 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along State Route 901 at Keystone Boulevard.
  • Minersville Borough -- $181,920 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Coordination at 8 Intersections along the Sunbury Street Corridor.
  • Minersville Borough -- $308,270 for Pedestrian Improvements and Installation or Overspeed Warning System at 8 Intersection along the Sunbury Street Corridor.
  • Pottsville -- $314,313 for Traffic Signal and Intersection Upgrades at the Intersection of Market Street and Twentieth Street.
  • Saint Clair Borough -- $229,600 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Claude Lord Boulevard at Hancock Street, Russell Street, Terry Rich Boulevard and Ann Street.

 

Union County:

  • Mifflinburg Borough -- $53,331 for Traffic Signal Retiming along Chestnut Street at Third Street and Fourth Street.
  • Union County -- $53,331 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of East Chestnut Street at Mabel Street.

 

Washington County:

  • Cecil Township -- $416,850 for Traffic Signal System Upgrades at 7 Intersections along the Southpointe Boulevard Corridor.
  • Peters Township -- $382,950 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of McMurray Road at Valleybrook Road.

Westmoreland County:

  • Washington Township -- $16,000 for Township Traffic Signal Activities.

 

York County:

•     Dillsburg Borough -- $44,620 for LED Replacement at 7 Intersections along the State Route 15 Corridor.

•     Wrightsville Borough -- $37,054 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Hellam Street at 9th Street and 6th Street.

•     York Township -- $182,035 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Queen Street at Country Club Road.

 

 

A list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.  

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8 FD's Respond to Fully Involved Garage Fire

Eight Crawford County fire companies responded to a fully involved garage fire in Vernon Township Monday afternoon at 5:26 pm.  Four more companies went on standby for garage on fire behind the Allenbrodt/Phillips residence at 17665 Rogers Ferry Road  near the intersection with Peninsula Drive.  No word on the extend of the damage and there were apparently no injuries.  All of this from emergency radio transmissions.

There were apparently no injuries,  but multiple media reports indicate the fire caused by an unattended burning inside the garage.   The garage is reported to be a total loss.

Fire fighters from Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on the scene and reported flame showing and shortly after that fully involved.  A second alarm went out at that point. 

 

Responding to the scene were fire companies from West Vernon, Hayfield, Meadville, West Mead 1and 2, Vernon Township, and Vernon Central.  On standby were fire fighters from Conneaut, East Mead, Blooming Valley and Summit.  

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NC Man Gets Plea Deal, Embezzled from ST & T, Held on $75K for Sentencing

Last November and December we told you about a North Carolina man accused of stealing nearly $59,000 over 17 months from Street, Track 'N Trail, a motorcycle and automobile dealership in Vernon Township, Crawford County .  Russell Cary Owens, 52, of Thomasville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to five counts in an apparent plea deal before Crawford County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Stephens Thursday May 4th according to online court records.  He remains lodged in the Crawford County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bond awaiting sentencing, the date of which is not immediately available. 

The  Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (Organized Crime Unit) filed charges back in November.  Trooper Jeffrey Walters said personnel from the dealership contacted the state police after they discovered Owens allegedly and systematically wrote checks from the business accounts and deposited them into his personal banking account.  It was determined while Owens was employed by ST&T, he used the company's computer system to create 59 checks without authorization or knowledge of the store personnel.

Police said Owens then deposited the checks into his own personal banking account.  Additionally, Owens intercepted a check intended for the store and also deposited that check into his own personal banking account.  Trooper Walters said  Owens allegedly deposited 60 stolen checks totaling $58,648 into his personal banking account. 

Owens was originally charged with 7 counts  Theft by Unlawful taking all Felony 3 Counts.  He is also charged with seven felony counts of theft by deception and one misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking and one misdemeanor count of theft by deception. 

 

According to the online court records the charges were amended to reflect 28 counts and bail modification .  Ultimately Owens pleaded guilty to three counts of Felony 3 Theft by Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, one count of misdemeanor  3 Theft by Unlawful Taking-Movable Property and one count of misdemeanor theft by deception. 

Court records show Owens was represented by Crawford County Public Defender Nicholas Stanley Yovich.  Formal arraignment took place in January and on April 28th  Owens waived his right to a jury trial.  

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Improvement Project to Begin on Baldwin Street in Meadville

Oil City, PA – A $1.9 million project that will give motorists a smoother ride on Baldwin Street (Route 2037) in Meadville and West Mead Township in Crawford County is expected to begin next week. 

The project will improve approximately 2.7 miles of Baldwin Street from the intersection with Park Avenue (Route 1001) in Meadville to the intersection with Route 6/19 in West Mead Township. 

Work will include milling, paving, and concrete patching, along with updating drainage, road shoulders, guiderail, signing, pavement markings, and delineation. 

Work is expected to begin the week of May 8, 2017, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2017. 

The contractor is the Sharon Paving & Construction Company, Inc. of Sharpsville, PA. The contract cost is $1,959,958.33, which is to be paid using 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds. 

No detours are anticipated, but motorists will encounter traffic lane restrictions controlled by flaggers. 

Penn DOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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 825 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/511PAErie.

 

 

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College, Community Celebrate Student Research, Achievements

Allegheny College and the Meadville community came together Tuesday to celebrate student research and accomplishments across the sciences and humanities, an event that showcased Allegheny’s commitment to undergraduate research, hands-on experiences outside the classroom, and the programs that help make both possible.

The college’s first-ever Celebration Day was an opportunity for students to receive recognition beyond a good grade or fulfilling the requirements of a class, said Allegheny junior Stella Goodworth, one of the students who who helped organize the day.

Student presentations took center stage at a senior poster session in Pelletier Library. The event featured 63 posters that highlighted scholarship from students nominated from all academic programs as well as experiences that students pursued through the Allegheny Gateway, such as internship, civic engagement and international opportunities.

Noelle Lemons, a biochemistry major and psychology minor from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, shared a poster on her senior comprehensive project at the session. Earlier in the day, first- and second-year students met with seniors, professors and representatives of the Allegheny Gateway during a mentor breakfast to talk about how to become involved in research, civic engagement, internships and other opportunities on and off campus. The breakfast was followed by several student sessions spotlighting research in the humanities, in the social sciences, and in the natural sciences, as well as sessions highlighting a New York arts program and the work of the Community Wellness Initiative to increase food security in Meadville.

Allegheny junior Sarah Nathan spoke about her work with the Community Wellness Initiative, interviewing community members about one CWI project: the MARC Community Garden. Established in 2015, the goal of the garden is to make healthy food accessible and affordable for local residents. Residents can rent gardening plots on a sliding scale.

The ultimate goal is for residents to cultivate healthy, lifelong habits along with healthy food, for themselves and their families. But beyond that, the communal space connected novice and experienced gardeners, exposed residents to new foods, and served as a social space where people could meet, talk and interact, she said.

Several late-morning sessions focused on the work of the Allegheny Gateway, which helps students connect classroom learning with real-world experience through résumé and career services, pre-professional and graduate school advising, research funding and fellowships, internship opportunities, and more.

Tolossa Hassan, speaking in a Gateway session about study-abroad opportunities, recounted how he learned to ride a motorcycle — and a camel — during a summer trip to Morocco through America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. When the junior economics major from Seattle wasn’t teaching English at a local school, he explored, traveling to Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh.

He lived in a small village, where, he said, everyone knows everyone else.

There were similarities to be found, though, too: One of the ways he connected with students was through a shared love of soccer.

Allegheny President Emeritus Richard J. Cook returned to campus for a keynote event in the Tippie Alumni Center. The day ended with an Honors Convocation during which students and faculty members were recognized for their work

 

 Erica Erwin 

 

— Josh Tysiachney contributed to this story.

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A Visit with Carol Burnett and Friends

Ah, that good ol’ days of prime time comedy, sitting around the television with family, enjoying a hearty laugh. Well Meadville Community Theatre bringing those nostalgic days back with “An Evening with Carol Burnett and Friends,” sketches from one of the most beloved comedy shows of all time, “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Burnett’s original brand of madcap comedy was an American staple every Saturday night from 1967 to 1978 and featured infamously zany sketches performed by a stellar ensemble.  Our own cast of rock stars includes Bridget Pendolino, Marie Loose, Jim Hollerman, Phil Shafer, Dave Neal, Joann Helides, Dan Winston, Dan Authier, Audrey Schweitzer, Adam Leute, and Amber Potts, under the skilled co-direction of Deb Ormston and Susan Fuller. They will bring to life some of Carol Burnett’s finest work from her long running television variety show.   For instance, who doesn’t have a favorite episode of “As the Stomach Turns?” Or swooned whenever Lyle Waggoner entered the stage? What about Molly and Bert, the lovable old folks with their rocking chairs? MCT is thrilled to bring these fan favorites to the stage for all ages to enjoy. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, this sketch style performance incorporates many of Burnett’s definitive characters.

 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling the Meadville Community Theatre box office at 814-333-1773. Performance dates are April 28th and 29th at 8:00pm, May 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th at 8:00pm, and May 7th at 2:00pm. Meadville Community Theatre is located at 400 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA, in the Oddfellow’s Building on Allegheny College’s Campus. 

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Beveridge's Other Place Fined byPBLCE

A Meadville establishment stands fined $500 by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.  Beveridge's Other Place  at 212 West Steers street .  The District 8 Enforcement Office out of Erie reports the adjudication issued on March 29th by an Administrative Law Judge who ordered Beveridge's Other Place to pay a fine of $500 for failing to maintain complete and truthful records covering the operation of the licensed business from for a period of two years immediately preceding 10/26/16.  

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Allegheny, Grove City Students Pitch Their Big Ideas

The  Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny College will hold its 11th Annual Big Idea Competition on today and tomorrow  in Quigley Hall. The contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, “Shark Tank”. The public is welcome to attend the final round of presentations on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Students will present entrepreneurial concepts with the chance to receive funding through cash prizes. The ideas must fit into one of four areas: For-profit Business, Not-for-profit Social Venture, Research Project, or Community Engagement Initiative. Students work in teams and design 20-minute presentations for their ideas, which they present at the competition.

The $5,000 first place prize has been renamed The Zingale Prize in honor Allegheny College alumnus Mr. Lance Zingale ’77, who donated the funding for the prizes. In total, $10,000 in prizes and trophies will be awarded, with 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place teams receiving trophies, monetary prizes, and honorable mentions.

Some students have re-purposed their Junior Seminar or Senior Comp projects, or have taken the Economics of Entrepreneurship II class, in order to prepare for this competition. This year, there are 27 teams of one to three students each; seven of the teams are from Grove City College.  The remaining 20 consist of Allegheny students.  Some of the students are taking entrepreneurship-focused classes such as Economics of Entrepreneurship II &  Entrepreneurship in Interactive Entertainment (Computer Science focus).

The competition will be judged by a panel of alumni, as well as two faculty members. 

Some students are able to take their projects even further and continue to develop their concepts outside of the competition. Francisco Quezada ’16, who won last year, expanded his winning proposal and eventually started a company called Volta Technologies.

Entrepreneur in Residence Chris Allison and Sarah Holt are co-coordinators of the the Big Idea competition. Allison says he sees students benefit through the experience of creating business designs.

 

“Students who participate learn how to build a business, social venture or community engagement project, and manage a research project,” Allison said. “They also learn how to convince executives to fund these projects, and how to put their coursework into action.”

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Celebration Day to Highlight Student Research, Accomplishments

Allegheny College will welcome students, their families and friends, staff, faculty and the public to a daylong celebration of student research and achievement on Tuesday, May 2.

The College’s first-ever Celebration Day, created by and for students, will include sessions at various locations across campus spotlighting hands-on student research across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as a panel focusing on the positive social, economic and environmental effects that have resulted from the work of the Community Wellness Initiative to increase food security in Meadville.

The aim of Celebration Day is “to recognize the hard work our students have done all year,” said Aimee Knupsky, chair of the Psychology Department and director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities.

“We have really awesome students who do really cool stuff and we want to have a moment where we pause and recognize that,” Knupsky said.

The day also serves to show students who have not yet participated in research projects or other activities that those opportunities are available, and to highlight the strength of an Allegheny education, she said.

Celebration Day will also highlight the work of the Allegheny Gateway, which helps students connect classroom learning with real-world experience through résumé and career services, pre-professional and graduate school advising, research funding and fellowships, internship opportunities, and more. Among the sessions participants can attend are presentations on civic engagement, study away experiences, the benefits of learning a foreign language, and the Global Citizen Scholars Program, a selective three-year program that integrates civic engagement, diversity and global learning.

The second half of the day will include a keynote speech by Allegheny President Emeritus Richard Cook on the importance of undergraduate research, and a senior poster session showcasing more than 50 research projects representing the humanities, the natural and social sciences, interdisciplinary pursuits and Gateway endeavors.

The day will conclude with a Honors Convocation in Ford Chapel during which student prizes will be announced and awarded, followed by a reception in Pelletier Library.

 

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit http://allegheny.edu/celebrationday. Some events require reservations.

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Meadville Man Held on Meth Possession, Theft

A Meadville man is charged in connection with carrying a portable methamphetamine lab stealing from a West Mead Township rental company.  The Meadville state police report workers at Lloyds Rentals saw a suspicious person Wednesday morning between 6 and 7 am on their property and called 911.  When troopers arrived, they found Timothy Burrows, 36, with a portable meth lab in a backpack and stolen items from Lloyd's Rentals.  Further investigation revealed Burrows entered Lloyd's property and allegedly stole multiple items from the cranes sitting in an out building.  Police Burrows was arrested, processed and transported to the Crawford County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.  Assisting at the scene were personnel of the Meadville City Police Department.  Burrows was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Samuel V. Pendolino Wednesday afternoon and will appear at a preliminary hearing on May 10th.  Burrows, according to online court records was unable to make $60,000 bail and is charged with three felonies and six misdemeanors:  Manufacture, Delivery or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver,  Criminal Trespass  and Possession of Red Phosphorus and ingredients with intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance.  Burrows is not yet represented by an attorney.  

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