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2012-07-17 06:23:45

SOMERSET, Pa., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Corrections officials today dedicated a cogeneration plant at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands that generates electricity and steam using methane gas from an area landfill. "We look forward to protecting our state's environment through the operation of this state-of-the-art plant while, at the same time, reducing utility costs at our prison," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said. Officials dedicated the plant...

2012-05-24 06:23:56

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Pa., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other state officials today joined to dedicate the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County. The span is used by up to 100,000 hikers, snowmobilers, equestrians and other visitors each year. "For all of you who patiently awaited this new, beautiful structure, today is indeed a day for celebration," said DCNR Secretary Richard...

2012-05-22 06:21:24

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan today announced that the swimming beach at Kooser Lake in Kooser State Park, Somerset County, will be closed indefinitely due to unsafe conditions related to too much sedimentation and algae. "Our first priority is the safety of our visitors," Allan said. "DCNR is working diligently with other public and private partners to develop an action plan for...

2012-01-27 12:47:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eagerly awaited by snowmobiling and winter hiking enthusiasts, the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset will open Saturday, Jan. 28, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today. "This span is vital to the economic vitality of the Laurel Highlands area and the diverse, all-season recreational enjoyment it provides," Allan said. "We had hoped...

2012-01-09 10:08:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stonycreek River, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties, has been voted Pennsylvania's River of the Year for 2012. For the second year, a public, online vote selected the winning river from among four nominees. Stonycreek River received 2,777 votes among the more than 8,300 ballots cast. The other finalists were the Kiskiminetas, Middle Monongahela and Upper Juniata rivers. "The Stonycreek has it all -- near-wilderness,...

2011-09-17 15:16:00

LIGONIER, Pa., Sept. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at its Golden Ticket ceremony held in Santa Claus, Indiana, Amusement Today Magazine (http://www.amusementtoday.com) recognized Pennsylvania's Idlewild & SoakZone (http://www.idlewild.com) as the 'Best Children's Park in the World' for the second consecutive year. "The Golden Tickets are awarded based on a poll of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans worldwide," explained Gary Slade, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of...

2011-08-31 10:25:00

OHIOPYLE BOROUGH, Pa., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ohiopyle Borough, the portal to busy Ohiopyle State Park, today celebrated newly completed improvements that will enhance visitor safety and the quality of life for residents. Local, state and federal officials joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for major improvements to Stewart on the Green Community Park. They also hailed recent enhancements to Route 381, which handles more than one million annual visitors. "These...

2011-08-30 10:48:00

Property Will be Added to Laurel Hill State Park JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Somerset County, Pa., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan today announced that 137 acres in Jefferson Township, Somerset County, including about 2,000 feet of land along Laurel Hill Creek, is being transferred from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and will be added to Laurel Hill State Park. "By conserving this land, we are protecting...

2011-05-25 14:52:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Construction is set to begin May 31 on the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset. "Everyone involved in this project knows just how vital a new span is to the recreational enjoyment and economic vitality of the Laurel Highlands area," acting DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said. "The safety of all concerned -- whether hikers, snowmobiling enthusiasts, or turnpike travelers -- always...

2010-12-21 10:40:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Design work to improve the ski area of Laurel Mountain State Park in Westmoreland County will soon be complete and the project should be opened for bid next summer, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "Featuring one of the steepest slopes in the state, the ski area at Laurel Mountain State Park is a great asset to outdoor enthusiasts who crave winter activities," Bureau of State Parks Director John...