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Walker: Latrobe gets ready to welcome Steelers back to camp

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold training camp at St. Vincent College, Latrobe. Football season is on its way!

• Motorists who use the Scottdale Everson Bridge could face more than three months of detours. The bridge, which carries Route 3087 over Jacobs Creek between Everson in Fayette County and Scottdale in Westmoreland County, is one of two bridges on a $712,995 contract given to Golden Triangle Construction Co. of Pittsburgh. A marked detour will be in place from the bridge to Route 819, to Route 119 south to the Everson exit, to Route 1029 to Everson. The detour will be only for the Scottdale Everson Bridge work. Please drive carefully while work on the bridge is performed. Work will include concrete abutment repair, deck epoxy overlay, approach roadway replacement and other items. This project is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

• Kids Stitch is geared for anyone ages 8 to 80 who want to learn to crochet or knit. The group will make blankets, scarves and hats for children in need. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Scottdale Library. For more information, call Caroline Bailey at 724-887-0952.

• The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host an open house on Saturday for high school students interested in learning more about the campus and its programs. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. and runs through noon. Attendees receive a $45 application fee waiver and participate in an admissions presentation and a walking tour of campus. Registration is required and may be completed at or by calling 724-836-9880.

• Paradise United Methodist Church, Route 982, Bullskin Township, will hold its 10th annual car show on Sunday at Greenlick Run Lake, also known as Jacobs Creek Reservoir, Bullskin Township. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors can register from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registrants will receive a dash plaque. There will be something for everyone — door prizes, food, baked goods for sale and games for the kids. Trophies will be awarded in four classes.

• West Overton Village & Museums, Scottdale, will present Barbara Bailey at the next Wednesdays at West Overton from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Bailey started her journey with clay in 1996. Her inspiration was the ancient art of Africa, natives of the Southwest “Hopi” and other indigenous groups. Other Wednesdays at West Overton events will be Aug. 27 with Guglielmo Botter, an artist and architect who was born and raised in Italy. He is known in Italy and Pittsburgh for his ink drawings. Sept. 24 will feature Susan Zylka, a master knitter who teaches needlework. She is the Westmoreland Fair superintendent for the knitting department. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. There will be entertainment. A $5 donation benefits the museums.

• In memory of Chris Kiefer, and in celebration of scholarship, fitness, community and family, the eighth annual Dash Memorial event will be Aug. 17 in Loucks Park. On-site registration will be held under the red tent near the tennis courts from 1 to 2 p.m. The run will begin at 2:30 p.m. A fun walk will depart immediately after the runners. This fundraising event benefits the Chris Kiefer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Pre-registration for the event ends on July 31. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed event T-shirts. Information and forms for registration are available on the website. Forms also may be picked up at the Scottdale office of the Scottdale Bank and Trust Co. The Dash Memorial will be held in conjunction with Scottdale's Picnic in the Park. There will be music, a Chinese auction, children's activities and food, followed by fireworks at the conclusion of the picnic.

• The Scottdale Community Yard Sale is around the corner. The yard sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Individuals wishing to be part of the event and have their sale placed on the list of participants can do so for $6 and by filling out a registration form at Collections by Marty on Pittsburgh Street. The event will be held rain or shine, so participants are advised to prepare for inclement weather. Registrations should be completed before Monday. The address lists will be available for pickup by noon on July 31 at several downtown businesses, including Collections by Marty, Standard Bank, Scottdale Library, Fox's Pizza Den and Stepping Stone. Also, stop by the employee parking lot of the Scottdale Public Library on Spring Street and check out the items for sale by the Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army Service Center.

• The 251st anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at the battlefield located at 1253 Bushy Run Road, Jeannette. See all the colors of war in the vibrant recreations of the two-day battle the various re-enactors will bring to life. Two battle re-enactments occur throughout the day. The morning battle portrays the events that occurred on Aug. 5, 1763. The afternoon engagement shows the Aug. 6, 1763 tactics that led to British victory. Also featured are 18th century military camps, a trade area, period craftspeople and the following special program on Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m.: Native American Dancers will perform in the pavilion parking lot. Cost is $5 and free for children age 3 and younger.

• West Overton Village & Museums, the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick, is a pre-Civil War industrial village. It is a stop on the American Whiskey Trail. Tours are available from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays during the season or by appointment. For more information, visit

• NASCAR fans, Saturday's race will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

• For your information, Jacobs Creek Watershed Association changed its mailing address to 10 Mt. Pleasant Road, Scottdale, PA 15683. It was a post office box number before.

• The Independent-Observer wants to update its church directory information. You can email your information to or call 724-887-6101. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

• Did you know the Helping Hands Clothing Ministry is located at 229 Pittsburgh St., on the ground floor of the New Hope Alliance Church building. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Donna Davis at 724-887-4164 or Lisa Erickson at 724-220-5154.

• Jacobs Creek Faith in Action needs volunteers. It is an organization that allows senior citizens to live in their home independently with help from volunteers. For more information about this organization, email or call 724-542-4117.

• If you missed the July 12 Get-Acquainted Day open house at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, you are in luck. Another one will be on Aug. 17. You can receive a tour of the campus by student volunteers, meet the faculty and much more. Register by calling 800-782-5549, fax 724-805-2953, email or register by visiting

• Westmoreland County Community College recently honored student athletes with awards: Sadie Sandusky of Scottdale, volleyball, and Geoffrey Frowler of Ruffsdale, men's soccer. Congratulations from Scottdale for your achievements.

• The Fayette County Fair begins today and runs through Aug. 2. This is the 60th anniversary with a theme “Treasure the Memories.” Admission price is $13. For more information, visit or

• For your information, the Penguins will open the 2014-15 National Hockey League season against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 9 at Consol Energy Center.

• The Regional Family YMCA is offering beginner Rookie Boot Camp classes. The classes are held from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and run through July 31. Call the YMCA at 724-547-9622 to see if you can still sign up.

• A day trip, sponsored by West Overton Village & Museums to Antietam National Battlefield, will be held on Aug. 12. The day begins at West Overton at 6 a.m. The bus will depart at 6:30 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at Antietam National Battlefield at 10:30 a.m. Plans for the day include: 6 a.m., registration; 6:30 a.m., depart West Overton; 8 to 8:30 a.m., rest stop at Midway on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; 10:30 a.m., arrive at Antietam National Battlefield; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., two-hour battlefield guided tour; 1:30 to 3 p.m. lunch; 3:30 to 5 p.m., museum/movie/gift shop; 5 p.m., depart Antietam; 7 to 7:45 p.m., rest stop at Midway on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; and 9:30 p.m., arrive at West Overton. Please note times are estimated. Cost is $65 per person for West Overton Village & Museums members and $70 for nonmembers. All reservations must be received by Aug. 1. To register, call West Overton at 724-887-7910 or visit To register via mail, please send a check (made payable to West Overton Village & Museums) and information to West Overton Village & Museums, 109 West Overton Road, Scottdale, PA 15683.

Summer is here and the rain along with it. Be aware of pool safety at your home and at other places.

Readers, enjoy the sun and have a great week.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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