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March 29th

WIC continues to strengthen

March 29, 2012

Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a program offered through the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, continues to thrive.
"Our breastfeeding education component of WIC continues to strengthen," said Julie Kasmierski, WIC director. "Our breastfeeding peer counseling contacts are at an all-time high. During the month of January, our breastfeeding peer counselors had 284 contacts with pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers."
The figure climbed to 323 contacts in February.

Living Stations program features students from both middle schools

March 29, 2012

In an emotional production of "The Living Stations," students from St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools have joined together in portraying Jesus' final hours with both respect and accuracy.
"Working on such a moving play together has been a terrific experience for all," said Faith Formation Program Facilitator Vanessa Weis. "The production is as moving for the students as it is for the people watching it. Being a part of this reenactment helps to strengthen their appreciation for the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins long ago."

Coin event provides valuable opportunity

March 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – Parent company THR & Associates is bringing the International Coin Collectors Association to St. Marys in order to purchase coins, paper currency, gold and silver from area residents for their global network of collectors, dealers and refineries.
The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Comfort Inn, 195 Comfort Lane, St. Marys, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6.

March 28th

CFD responds to multiple fires Wednesday

March 29, 2012

It became a busy afternoon in a short time for the Crystal Fire Department, which responded to back-to-back calls less than 10 minutes apart on Wednesday afternoon.
The first call came in at 4:39 p.m. for a brush fire above P/M National at 201 Grotzinger Rd., off of Rosely Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fairly large area of grassland on fire.

Transportation bill causing local issues

March 29, 2012

Federal road funding is set to expire this weekend and the monetary halt has caused considerable unrest amongst area planners.

Weedville market shuttered with final auction Wednesday

March 29, 2012

WEEDVILLE - Hundreds of bidders turned up at the site of the former DeLullo's Shur Save Supermarket in Weedville on Wednesday for an equipment auction, as the store opened and closed its doors for the last time. The location is now the future site of a Family Dollar scheduled to open this summer.
Auctioneer Mark Barkley, with Barkley Auctions LLC, said the day was a success, adding that, "Everything was liquidated."
"We had 125 registered bidders . Most come in pairs, so you could easily count 250 people in attendance," Barkley said.

Summit focuses on training, retaining youth for workforce

March 29, 2012

FOX TWP. - On Wednesday approximately 125 school board members, representatives from various youth agencies and numerous employers attended the first Summit to Connect Business and Industry with Education, hosted by the North Central Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Youth Council.
The summit, entitled "Preparing Our Youth for the 21st Century," featured three speakers and an interactive discussion panel that included residents from throughout North Central's coverage area of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

March 27th

'Cash Mob' hoping to provide boost for local businesses

March 27, 2012

ST. MARYS - Area residents are introducing a way to support local businesses while having a lot of fun in the process. Instead of a "flash mob," an event where people use social media to gather at a public place and perform a dance or song, co-organizers Amy Cherry and Paula Weyant are forming a "cash mob," a similar event that will allow area residents to see what local businesses have to offer.
"It's similar to a flash mob except that instead of singing and dancing, we plan to arm ourselves with $10 and $20 bills to help do our part in boosting our local economy," Cherry said.

Perry Swanson of Kane named 'Logger of the Year'

March 27, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – Perry Swanson of Kane has been named as the "2012 Logger of the Year."
He received the award Tuesday evening at the 44th annual Loggers and Saw-millers Safety Meeting at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. More than 100 attended the two-hour program sponsored by the Kane-based Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG).
"I'm extremely proud and very honored to receive the award," Swanson said. "I've always wanted to be a logger. Luckily, my dream came true."

Caregiver support group forming

March 27, 2012

Caring for a loved one at home can feel very stressful at times, overwhelming caregivers and making them feel like they have nowhere to turn for assistance or just a friendly ear to listen. In order to provide these resources and more, the Office of Human Services/Area Agency on Aging is establishing a Caregiver Support Group to provide a forum for discussion and give area residents information on resources and programs that can help ease the strain of being a caregiver.

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