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PennDOT expands 511PA to assist travelers to Little League World Series

PennDOT has added information for those traveling to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. Real-time travel and alternate-route information is available online at www.511PA.com/LLWS.

The page is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are provided for: Route 15 south to Route 220 to Market Street (from north); Route 15 north (from south); Interstate 80 east to Route 220 north to Market Street (from west); and I-80 west to Route 15 north (from east).

The page includes the average travel time for the primary route as well as one or two alternate routes. Users can see incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras and traffic speeds on the map.

PennDOT’s Central Region Traffic Management Center is also supporting the Little League World Series by posting real-time travel information on dynamic message signs and transmitting audio messages on highway advisory radio systems to assist travelers.

Free lecture on local building restorations to be held Wednesday

The historic restorations of John Rita will be featured at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, as part of the Blair County Historical Society Lecture Series. The free lecture will be held at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 Ninth Ave.

Rita, a professional conservator, has completed extensive restorations of buildings in Altoona, Blair County, and throughout the U.S. Among these are Altoona’s downtown Cooper Building, the county Courthouse, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

Other examples include the Mishler Theatre, Santella’s Funeral Home, the Church in the Middle of the Block, Lakemont Park’s Casino murals, an extensive decadelong restoration of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, frescos at Old Main at Penn State in State College, portraits of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, analytics on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and his work as a consultant for the Diplomatic Receptions rooms at the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

In addition, he has created and restored murals of Lutheran and Methodist churches as well as painted Byzantine Icons.

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

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