New Castle News

Local News

December 5, 2013

Hikes to benefit park hemlocks

NEW CASTLE — Two winter hikes are planned for this month at McConnell’s Mill State Park.

The first of the Hemlock Hikes will be Saturday. The second is planned for Dec. 14. Both will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hemlock Hikes are a series of hikes designed to provide support to McConnell’s Mill State Park to suppress an impending threat to the hemlock trees.

Visitors will be joined by park staff and local hiking club members from the North Country Trail Association to explore a trail in the Slippery Rock Gorge to observe hemlock stands.

Pennsylvania’s state tree, the Eastern Hemlock, is threatened by an invasive pest, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Those taking part in the hike will learn about it and what everyone can all do to help.

Participants should meet at the old gristmill, dressed for the weather and carrying food and water.

Parking is at the Kildoo Picnic Area, which is a 10-minute hike to from the mill.

Anyone who does not care to hike can go to the gristmill for a 20-minute information session.

Park staff will use information from hikers’ efforts to help suppress this pest and save hemlock trees.

Because the rocks are slippery enough without snow or ice, the hikes will take place only during good weather, meaning dry roads and trails.

Participants can check Facebook at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/mcconnellsmill/index.htm or call (724) 368-3612 between 8 and 10 a.m. the morning of a hike to be sure.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

    Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe. But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

    April 18, 2014 11 Photos

  • Mahoning Township sets spring cleanup

    Mahoning Township will have its spring cleanup the weeks of April 28 and May 5. Residents should place items at the curb the day before their scheduled collection. They should be neatly bagged or bundled.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-Skills.jpg VoTech team claims silver medal state honors

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners. The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Columbia Gas announces pipeline replacement work

    Columbia Gas has scheduled a pipeline replacement project for New Castle. Beginning this month, the company will replace approximately 2,800 feet of existing steel pipe along Eastbrook and Paper Mill roads and Cascade Street. The project is expected to be completed in July.

    April 17, 2014

  • ESB Financial reports earnings increase

    ESB Financial Corp., parent company of ESB Bank, has announced an increase in earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

    April 17, 2014

  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greer House changes name

    Greer House, a provider of assisted living services and care to seniors, has unveiled its new name. “We are thrilled about our new name — Clen-Moore Place,” said executive director Susan Leise, “because it better reflects our commitment to provide a vibrant environment where our residents thrive each and every day.

    April 16, 2014

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Pirates pitching is porous and LeBron’s a phony

    The Buccos got swept this past weekend in their own personal house of horrors, otherwise known as Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Pirates will hover around .500 this year mainly because they do have some stars in Marte, McCutchen and Alvarez, and they play the right way with grit.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Students team up on paper pantry

    Food is not the only thing that sometimes is in short supply for those in need. With that in mind, students from seven Lawrence County high schools joined Westminster College sororities and fraternities Saturday in preparing a paper pantry for local residents.

    April 14, 2014 8 Photos

  • school.jpg Neshannock approves resignation, agreement, related legal fees

    The Neshannock school board accepted the resignation of business manager and board secretary Melissa Morosky Thursday. Morosky’s resignation is effective Wednesday.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo