Local briefs

Exploration-U to be

held at BEA High School

WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area School District, in collaboration with the Penn State Eberly College of Science, will hold Exploration-U, a community science event for the whole family, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The event will be held at the Bald Eagle High School, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Some of the projects featured in this hands-on learning experience include rocketry, animal exhibits, and 3-D imagery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There is no admission fee and parking is free.

PSU Arboretum to host winter celebration Dec. 8

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and community to welcome the holiday season at its annual Winter Celebration on Friday, Dec. 8.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., visitors may stroll through holiday displays, listen to seasonal music and buy a cup of hot cocoa. The State High Chamber Singers and Penn State student a cappella group, the Pennharmonics, will perform a concert of popular and holiday tunes on the event lawn starting at 5:30 p.m.

All activities will take place in the Arboretum’s H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus.

Holiday displays will remain in place through January.

To learn more about the Winter Celebration, visit the arboretum’s website at https://arboretum.psu.edu/.

New bridge

opens at Coburn

COBURN — The Bower Hollow Road bridge reopened to traffic last week. The bridge spans Pine Creek, about two miles northeast of the village of Coburn, Centre County, and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in spring 2018.

Nestlerode Contracting Company Inc. of Lock Haven, was the contractor.