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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania celebrates National Safe Digging Day at Main Street Farmers Market

Friday, August 11, 2017

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and the utility’s Safe Digging Mascot, Digger Dog™ celebrated National Safe Digging Day, August 11, one day early with a specially decorated Call Before You Dig cake at Main Street Farmers Market. Market patrons were welcome to enjoy complimentary cake as a fun, public safety reminder.

By law, anyone planning to excavate or demolish is required to Call 811, Pennsylvania One Call System, at least three days before work begins. The 811 “Call Before You Dig” hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and is free for homeowners. For more information on digging safely in Pennsylvania, visit

“On August 11 and throughout the year, we want to spread the word that calling 811 before digging allows us to mark our gas lines and prevent a potentially dangerous situation. As a homeowner or contractor, it keeps you and your neighbors safe and prevents potential costly repairs,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Vice President and General Manager Mike Davidson. “We urge all homeowners and contractors to call 811 if any digging is involved in their outdoor projects.”

“The Market was happy to partner with Columbia Gas on this very important safety message,” said Main Street Farmers Market Volunteer Coordinator and Board President Suzanne Ewing. “Not to mention, everyone really enjoyed the delicious cake.”

Main Street Farmers Market offers the finest and freshest locally grown produce (both organic and local farm-grown); choice meats, eggs, and dairy products; and excellent prepared foods – fresh-baked bread, pastas, salsas, and more. Main Street Farmers Market is open and available to the public every Thursday from mid-May throughout mid-October from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is currently located at 139 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. To learn more about the Main Street Farmers Market, visit

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Media Contact:
Lee Gierczynski
(724) 416-6015