2010-03-13 / News

Volunteers welcome for Austin Dam project

A committee is being formed to serve as a liaison with the consulting firm that is developing a master site plan for expansion and improvements at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

Austin Borough, in cooperation with Austin Dam Memorial Association, has hired Pashek & Associates to create the plan. After the committee is formed and initial meetings are held, two public sessions will be scheduled to solicit public input and suggestions.

First committee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 pm. Anyone seeking additional information should contact David Brooks at 814-558-0605.

Meanwhile, plans are being developed for a centennial observance marking the Sept. 30, 1911, flood that claimed upwards of 80 lives and nearly wiped away the town. Theme of the Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011, observance will be: “A celebration of the history and spirit of Austin and its residents.”

Events and attractions will emphasize historic authenticity and the community spirit that has allowed Austin to overcome trials and tribulations. Committees will be set up for administrative duties, publicity, event planning, fund-raising, entertainment and other aspects. A parade, tours, children’s events and contests will be scheduled.

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