The Freeport Historical Society is based right downtown, an easy stop while shopping in the outlet center. Photos by Mary Ruoff Freeport Historical Society makes it easy for visitors to the outlet mecca to learn about the seacoast community’s rich history, whether you want to take a break from shopping, combine it with historical tourism or bypass the stores altogether. FREEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Harrington House: 45 Main St., Freeport; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; “The Mast Landing” exhibit runs through Dec. 20 ($3 adults, age 12 and under free). Pettengill Farm: Pettengill Road (turn right off Bow Street 1.5 miles east of downtown, sign/parking are a few hundred feet from intersection on the right, walk in about three-quarters of a mile), open daily dawn to dusk, free. Note: farmhouse only open for special events (see below). Events: The last of four 90-minute summertime Pettengill Farm Tours is at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 ($12 per person, advance … [Read more...] about History Buff: Follow Freeport’s history on Heritage Trail
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The Great American Rail-Trail, as envisioned by the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy over a 3,700-mile, coast-to-coast routes, will include 4 existing trails in southwestern Pennsylvania. The preferred route for the trail, which the RTC revealed earlier this month, will run from Washington, D.C., to the Pacific Ocean at Puget Sound in Washington state. In Pennsylvania, the current plan for the national trail would incorporate 124.3 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage, 17.5 miles of the Montour Trail, 15.9 miles of the Panhandle Trail and 3.6 miles of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and would need to fill a 10.6-mile trail gap from Pittsburgh to Coraopolis.Pennsylvania counties with a piece of the Great American Rail-Trail would be Allegheny, Fayette, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.“This trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide, together, an enduring gift to the nation that will bring joy for generations to come,” said Ryan Chao, president of the … [Read more...] about Where will the Great American Rail-Trail cross Pennsylvania?
The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy is encouraging people to welcome spring’s return by signing up for its new Otter Trot series of 5K races along regional trails. Douglas Beri Jr., an avid runner and board vice president of the Johnstown-based conservancy, said the six races, spaced over as many months, “seemed like a fun way to get people to explore the trails in the area,” while also promoting outdoor activity and physical fitness. The race routes are spread along the Kiski and Conemaugh river valleys — where the conservancy focuses on recreational and conservation activities — and in nearby communities, ranging from Johnstown and Ebensburg in the east to Saltsburg and Murrysville in the west. Beri explained prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each event, beginning April 27, but walkers also are invited to take part. Those who compete in at least four of the races will amass points toward overall series prizes for the top … [Read more...] about New Otter Trot 5K series features 6 trail races
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3 minutes agoHarrison commissioners will be considering how to rebuild the township’s zoning and ordinance office after accepting the resignations of two of its three officials. Commissioners voted 3-0 Thursday to accept the resignations of office supervisor Lindsay Fraser and department coordinator Jody Lamison. Both will be effective March 1. Commissioners William Heasley, Robin Bergstrom and Charles Dizard voted to accept the resignations. Commissioners William Poston and Gary Lilly were absent. At least three of the five township commissioners needed to be present for the board to be able to vote. Fraser and Lamison had announced their intentions to resign in an email to township officials last Friday. Heasley said both are leaving on “friendly” and “amicable” terms. He said neither will be receiving a severance package. Both had received pay raises along with other township officials in December. Fraser’s pay was increased by 3 percent, to … [Read more...] about Harrison commissioners accept resignations of 2 zoning, ordinance officials