The Carrie Deer Project Receives Sprout Fund Seed Award

 

The Sprout Fund

We are very proud to announce that the The Carrie Deer Project is a recipient of a 2012Sprout Fund Seed Award.

Our thanks to The Sprout Fund for supporting this effort to bring a amazing story of this

remarkable work of art to light.

The project includes The Carrie Deer Documentary, a special exhibition at the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Carrier Furnaces site and a community workshop scheduled for 2013.

RiverLift Industries – Early morning on the dock

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RiverLift Industries – Early morning on the dock

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today -The Monongahela River

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Early morning mist rises along the river as work begins at RiverLift Industries in West Elizabeth. President and Co-Owner Bob Schaefer guided through the busy day of commodities and materials handling, providing a ride on the tug boat to shift loaded barges along the dock. Mark Schaefer, President and Co-Owner of RiverLift, provided insight into the complexities of transporting materials as well as the diversity of training and positions. Our thanks to the entire workforce of RiverLift and to Bob and Mark for providing the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the working river community and the opportunities for employment on our waterways.

Brownsville Marine Products – Barge Launching

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Brownsville Marine Products – Barge Launching

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today -The Monongahela River

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A thundering barge launch at Brownsville Marine Products! Stephanie Cook, Production/Scheduling Coordinator of BMP served as our guide during the production day in Brownsville which included a the launching of a completed barge.

Our thanks to President and CEO Tim Scheib for his insights into the barge industry and production as well as his generosity in allowing us to film at the facility. Also,  we’d like to thank Bruce Platusich, Director of Engineering for his tour of the Engineering Department and Jeremy Shipley, Supervisor of Marine Repair, for sharing his experiences as BMP and what it takes to keep those barges safely on the river.

Gateway Clipper Fleet – The Duchess

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Gateway Clipper Fleet – The Duchess

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Above, Captain Kathleen Denham pilots the Duchess into dock at Station Square.

Ryan Newton, Captain and Director of Educational Programming at the Gateway Clipper Fleet served as our guide for filming activities on the Duchess. The Fleet provides the Who Works the Rivers Tour each summer to introduce students to employment environments and opportunities along our waterways. Captain Denham, our pilot, provided a tour of the wheelhouse and insight into the Captain’s duties and training options for pilots. First Mate Richard Marsh introduced the many options for entering the Fleet service and his personal path to work on the Duchess.

Our thanks to all the crew for the generosity in sharing their personal experiences and insights on the working river community and to Hanna Kenedy-Wirginis, Marketing Coordinator of the Gateway Clipper Fleet, for arranging our production with the Fleet.

Dr. J.K. Folmar – Monongahela River Buffs Association

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Dr. J.K. Folmar – Monongahela River Buffs Association

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Dr. J.K. Folmar I, President of the Monongahela River Buffs Association and former California University of Pennsylvania History Professor, shared his wealth of knowledge and insight on our waterways and history for this educational program. For a look at historical memorabilia and your own memorable exploration of our transportation history, visit the museum at 175 Second Street in Monongahela, PA (above Span-Taylor Drug Store). Our thanks to Dr. Folmar for his enthusiasm in sharing his insights with the region’s students.

 

Pittsburgh River Rescue – Crew Chief John Soderberg

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Pittsburgh River Rescue – Crew Chief John Soderberg

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John Soderberg: Crew Chief and Master Diver of Pittsburgh River Rescue prepares for training dive demonstration at the PNC Park Station. John also served as our underwater photographer for the dive. Great job, John!

We also thank District Chief Richard Linn, Jr. for arranging our production day at the PNC Park Station and the entire crew for sharing their insights and enthusiasm for the working river communities of our region.

Pittsburgh River Rescue – Brian Havaran Master Diver

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Pittsburgh River Rescue – Brian Havaran Master Diver

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Brian Havaran: Crew Chief and Master Diver of Pittsburgh River Rescue demonstrating training dive at the PNC Park Station.

Underwater photography by: Pittsburgh River Rescue Crew Chief John Soderberg.

Pittsburgh River Rescue

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Pittsburgh River Rescue

During the filming of Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today – The Monongahela River our crew was taken through a typical day’s activities for members of Pittsburgh River Rescue. Members of River Rescue serve on a rotational basis apart from their dedicated areas of service. Each member undergoes additional, extensive and ongoing training in their particular  expertise within river rescue operations.

(Left to Right)

Helmsman Ken Stevwing gave us a first hand look at the Pittsburgh Pool and a complete introduction to the River Rescue vehicles. Well versed in the history of the Pittsburgh River Rescue, he also provided historic photos of the origins of the services for the educational program. Ken also serves our region as a Pittsburgh Police Officer.

Crew Chief and Rescue Diver Brian Havaran provided a rundown of the onboard emergency equipment, diver training and the special considerations of river rescue operations. As a Master Diver, Brian was joined by Crew Chief John Soderberg (who served as our underwater photographer) on a training dive providing an up-close look at the diving conditions near the PNC Park River Rescue station. Brian also serves as a Pittsburgh Paramedic.

Crew Chief and Rescue Diver Mark Tomassi detailed daily operations, training and the many challenges Pittsburgh River Rescue face in keeping our waterways and boaters safe. Mark and Ken assisted during our training dive operation at the station. Mark also serves as a Pittsburgh Paramedic.

Thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh River Rescue for introducing students to the world of rescue operations on our rivers!

Alan Nogy, Acting Lockmaster – Charleroi Locks and Dam

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Alan Nogy, Acting Lockmaster – Charleroi Locks and Dam

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Alan Nogy, Acting Lockmaster of the Charleroi Locks and Dam, provides a detailed explanation of the locking system employed on the US Army Corps of Engineers facilities. The Charleroi facility is part of the Lower Mon Project of improvements within the Port of Pittsburgh. Although Alan has a degree in education, like many employed in the working river community, he began his employment with the USACE as a summer position, the diversity of daily procedures and enjoyable environment eventually drew him to the Charleroi facility as his chosen occupation.

Captain Kathleen Denham, Gateway Clipper Fleet

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Captain Kathleen Denham, Gateway Clipper Fleet

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Captain Kathleen Denham of the Gateway Clipper Fleet, enjoys a few minutes of leisure after docking at Station Square. One of the few female pilots of the Marine Highway, Kathleen enjoys the diversity of her job and community of individuals employed on our waterways. To hear more about her training, job and the Fleet, be sure to view The Monongahela River program at the above link.

Charles Weight, Lockmaster – Elizabeth Locks and Dam

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Charles Weight, Lockmaster – Elizabeth Locks and Dam

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Elizabeth Locks and Dam Lockmaster, Charles Weight, provided historic information and a review of the Elizabeth Locks and Dam facility during production. The oldest locks and dam facility of the Marine Highway, the Elizabeth facility will be removed from service at the completion of the Lower Mon Project allowing one continuous pool from Braddock to Charleroi. This improvement will enable faster navigation of the Monongahela River for both recreational and commercial vessels.