For the past 40 years, Penns Valley residents have known where to turn when times get tough.
The Millheim Community Action center has been there since 1972, offering everything from a food pantry and thrift store to heating and rental assistance programs from its location in Millheim.
Now the center is on the move to its new home in Aaronsburg, where organizers will provide the same support the community has come to know.
The center is part of Central Pennsylvania Community Action Inc., which aims to provide services to low- to moderate-income families and individuals in Centre and Clearfield counties, according to its website. The group also has outreach offices in Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Houtzdale and Cleafield.
CPCA Executive Director Stacy LoCastro said concerns over the age of the Millheim branch’s longtime office prompted the move to the new location at 337 E. Aaron Square in Aaronsburg.
The new center, to be called Penns Valley Community Action, is located in a one-story building and is handicap accessible.
LoCastro said in an email that the center’s staff is moving the last of its merchandise and equipment this week.
The new center is expected to open May 6.
Bridge work to get underway
State Department of Transpiration officials say they expect work to start this week on a bridge replacement project on Penns Creek Road in Coburn.
Weather permitting, crews will close the bridge and put a detour in effect Wednesday. The detour uses Beaver Dam Road.
The 150-foot bridge spans Penns Creek about 3 miles southwest of Coburn. Built in 1940, it carries an average of 250 vehicles per day, PennDOT officials said.
Work is expected to last through late November. The project calls for a new concrete box beam bridge to replace the existing structure.
PennDOT officials said the project will allow the bridge to be removed from the list of structurally deficient bridges in Centre County, while increasing safety for drivers who use the route.
Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.