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June 1 ribbon-cutting set for West Newton's Simeral Square

New water service, floodlights and lamp posts are now in place and West Penn Power has relocated the utility poles at Simeral Square. The landscaping, brick pavers and sidewalk work is expected to begin next week.

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By George Sam
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In April, the inspection team held Job Conference #7. Dennis Fleeher Contracting is currently installing the remaining wall panels, caps, railings and chain-link fence. New water service, floodlights and lamp posts are now in place and West Penn Power has relocated the utility poles. The landscaping, brick pavers and sidewalk work should begin next week along with the installation of the benches, trash receptacles and bollards. The recently ordered engraved bricks will be delivered to the site this week to be installed with the pavers.

Activities at Simeral Square are being planned to include a June 1 ribbon-cutting celebration and a farmers' market to coincide with the Community Yard Sale; weekly farmers' markets with informational exhibitions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – June through October; and evening performances including a variety of music and movie genres – June through August. To participate in the activities, contact the Downtown West Newton Inc. office or email to

There will be a special meeting for local farmers, vendors and businesses on May 11 at 10 a.m. in the DWNI office in the Cornerstone Building, 201 E. Main St., West Newton. DWNI is looking for fresh, sustainable and local produce, organics, herbs, meats, baked and canned goods, plants and flowers, sundries, crafts and more. Local farmers will be given first priority for space. DWNI also encourages existing businesses to participate by either setting up a booth at the farmers' market to promote goods and services or by participating in a downtown sidewalk sale at their storefront on Saturday mornings.

Go to the DWNI website,, for more information about Simeral Square and other activities happening in West Newton. One can still order bricks or amenities, however the orders will not be placed until enough are received. To get a brochure, call the DWNI office at 724-872-0100 or download one from the website. Proceeds will be used for development, operations and maintenance costs of Simeral Square.

George Sam is DWNI's Simeral Square project coordinator.

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