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Snyder Co. Coalition for Kids kicks off campaign

HUNTINGDON–The Snyder County Coalition for Kids is announcing a public awareness campaign on addiction and recovery. With addiction affecting so many families in our area, the overall goal of this campaign is to reduce barriers to treatment and recovery, including the stigma of addiction.

This campaign has been made possible by many supporters, including the Snyder County Probation Department, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Snyder County District Attorney’s Office.

The campaign kicks off on Sept. 5 with a free public presentation by Chris Herren at Grace Covenant Community Church in Middleburg at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Families are being encouraged to attend with their children. During his visit to the area, Herren will also be conducting special assemblies at the high schools in the Selinsgrove, Midd-West and Mifflinburg school districts.

Chris Herren said he realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA only to lose it all to drug addiction. In recovery since 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He now dedicates much of his time to sharing his story with people across the country in hopes of influencing young people to make positive decisions. He also has founded the Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse one person, one family at a time.

The campaign will culminate with the Coalition’s annual conference on Dec. 12, at Susquehanna University.

Overnight paving on I-99 to continue Tuesday

STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is providing an update on an improvement project on I-99 in Centre County. The work zone encompasses a three-mile section of I-99 in College and Patton townships between the Atherton Street exit and the bridges spanning the Bellefonte Trail near the Waddle Road interchange. The goal of the project is to improve ride quality and extend the useful life of the roadway.

Work through Sept. 7 includes:

¯Sept. 3, the contractor will not be working in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

¯ Sept. 4, through 7, the contractor will continue paving the southbound travel and passing lanes. Work hours will be from 8 PM to 6 AM using short term traffic control that will only be in place while work is taking place. Repairs will continue during daylight hours on the north and southbound bridges spanning the Bellefonte Hiking Trail. Work will be on the underside of the bridges and will not impact traffic.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor for this $3.8 million project. It is expected to be complete by the end of September. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 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.

Potters Mills update for Labor Day week

STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is issuing an update on the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project as work continues the week of Labor Day.

Up-to-date information can be found on the PMG Project page at Through early September, drivers can expect the following:

— A mile east of Potters Mills, the crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road remains in place, with one lane available in each direction. This crossover, along with a 13-foot width restriction, will continue through winter. Increased traffic for Penn State’s first home football game on Saturday may cause slow moving traffic and delays through this area.

— Drivers may experience traffic stops as blasting activity takes place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.. These instances will be intermittent and brief.

–Work will also continue off the roadway and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting Route 322 through the Potters Mills area.

Drivers should also be aware that the westbound detour using Routes 144 and 45 may return temporarily later this fall so that roadway widening work can take place.