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Progress (Newspaper) - August 27, 2009, Clearfield, Pennsylvania The Progress Vol. 103 - No. 201 Our 96th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, August 27, 2009 _r 50 Cents 18 PAGES Jet turbine tractor to appear at Big Rigs Expo One of the most powerful modified tractors from the southern region.of the United States will be coming to Clearfield this weekend. On Sunday, Brent Adkins from Statesboro, N.C., will bring his "Sly, Slick and Wicked" Jet Turbine Super Modified Tractor to the second annual Big Rigs Expo at the Clearfield County DriVing Park. "Sly, Slick and Wicked" is a single turbine jet tractor that has been one of the top modified tractors in the Carolinas for many years. The tractor was recently the winner of a division of the NTPA Regionals at Pine Tops, N.C., and was the winner of the super modified class at Saluda, S.C., three weeks ago. The tractor is powered by a Pratt and Whitney JFTC-12 Jet Turbine that will produce nearly 6,000 horsepower when hooked to the sled. The event in Clearfield is sanctioned by USA-EAST Sled Pulling and is promoted by Full Pull Productions of Jamestown, Pa. Inside today: Birthdays 2 Classifieds 12-15 Comics 17 DearAbby 18 Editorials, columns 4 Heloise 18' Hospitals 11 Lottery 16 News in brief 11 Obituaries .16 Police 16 Sports 9-10 Weather 3 Sports: Philipsburg-Osceola cross country and girls soccer previews - Page 9 Phillies defeat Pirates in 10 innings - Page 9 Kids' Corner By Megan Irwin Philipsburg Elementary Read chosen as Lawrence Twp. supervisor By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer The Lawrence Township Supervisors filled the vacant supervisor position by appointing former Clearfield County Commissioner Rex Read to the position at a special meeting held this morning. Mr. Read replaces former Supervisor Fred Redden, who resigned after being "named principal of the Clearfield Area Middle School. Mr. Read will serve in the position until the end of the year. The November election will determine who will fill the position and it would have a four-year term, according to Supervisor Dan Mitchell. William Lawhead, chairman of the board of supervisors, said he was very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants for the open position. He said the township received 11 applicants, which they narrowed down to four. The applicants who made the final four were Gerald Hatcher, also a former Clearfield County commissioner, Matt Milliron and Bill Baker. Mr. Lawhead said the final four applicants were chosen for a variety of reasons, such as none of them had a personal agenda and none wanted to run in the November election to permanently fill the seat. Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Rex Read Waiting - A large, old barn stands patiently in a field near Martin Street Extension in Lawrence Township. (Photo by Wendy B. Lynn) Board working on updating ordinances By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer At its meeting last night, the Lawrence Township Zoning Hearing Board continued to work on updating the township's ordinances and regulations regarding salvage yards, recycling centers and scrap yards. Many of the township's ordinances regarding these facilities date back to 1965, and the township is in the process of bringing them up to date. The township currently regulates these facilities in its zoning ordinance and in its "Junkyard Ordinance" but much of these will need to be rewritten because they use outdated terms, such as junkyard and state Department of Environmental Resources, said Glenn Johnston of the zoning hearing board. The DER is no longer in existence because in 1995 the state split the DER into two separate organizations - the Department Curwensville Lake Authority will use profits for upgrades of Environmental Protection to handle the state's environmental protection programs and the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources to run the' state's state parks and state forest facilities, according to the DEP Web site. Instead of using the catchall word of "junkyard,'' the zoning hearing board is recommending these facilities be classified under three separate categories - scrap yards, recycling centers and salvage yards - with each classification requiring a separate license with its own regulations and requirements. Each license would have to be renewed every year, and the board decided to recommend that if a facility wants to have more than one type operation on its site, for example if a business wanted to have a scrap yard and a salvage yard on the same site, it would need to purchase two separate licenses and would have to meet the requirements for each license. The zoning hearing board also decided to recommend other changes as well such as increasing the minimum lot size for these facilities from two acres to five acres as suggested by Nancy Yeager, chairwoman of the zoning hearing board. At the suggestion of board member Randy Powell, the By Dianne Byers Staff Writer CURWENSVILLE - Curwensville Lake Authority had good news at yesterday's meeting. Chuck Guarino, treasurer, said during his report that he expects Curwensville Lake Recreation Area's fiscal year to come to a close on Sept. 30 on a positive note. "I believe we will finish the year in a pretty good state," he said, adding that although he anticipates the lake would show a profit at the close of the year, those funds will be earmarked for the many upgrades that need to be made to the lake's facilities to better the experience for visitors. In March, the authority approved the groundwork to establish a series of improvements to the lake by authorizing an application to the state Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources for a master site plan. The plan will be used as a tool to guide development at Curwensville Lake and is a necessary component to applications for future grant funding. To enhance the camping reservation process at the lake, the authority authorized the purchase of Campground Master software provided Kathie Lansberry, seasonal manager, gets positive feedback from campground representatives who are currently using it. Ms. Lansberry has stated at prior meetings that the software would eliminate the possibility of errors in lake staff's current procedure of entering reservations manually into a book. The software would also generate reports on the amount of income, number of bookings and other information the authority could require. The cost is $558. Vance Dunbar, waterways conservation officer for the state Fish and Boat Commission, attended the meeting to discuss boat safety and security at the lake. He gave several suggestions including the addition of bulletin boards near the boat launch area. The board could have pertinent information such as litera- DuBois schools ready for students' return Tuesday By Josh Woods Staff Writer DUBOIS - DuBois Area School District Superintendent Timothy Deluccia reported the first administrative day at the district was a success. Mr. Deluccia made the announcement at last night's school board meeting, noting the district's professional development was ready to go. "We're ready to start a new school year and we're looking forward to it," said Mr. Deluccia. "I think all in all today was a good day." The first student day of school is Tuesday. The board approved a professional education plan, student services plan and educational technology plan as part of the district's mid-point review of its strategic plan. The professional education plan provides a needs assessment and establishes goals for curriculum and learning, four-year graduation rate, health and wellness, mathematics, reading, science, student attendance and student participation in state assessments. The board approved a memorandum of agreement between the district and the DuBois Area Education Association, as submitted, by a vote of 7-1. Voting to approve were board members Lloyd McCreight, Mary Ruth Wilson, Bev Kurts, Richard Trudgen, James Mackie, John Yount and Scott Farrell. Board member Louis Russell was opposed. The memorandum requested the creation of two extra duty positions at the DuBois Area Middle School - student council adviser and greenhouse club. The district agreed to create the positions at the following salary schedule: 2009-10, $568, Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Hearing waived in forgery, drug case By Liza Matia Staff Writer A Houtzdale man charged with stealing a dentist's prescription pad and forging prescriptions waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday at centralized court. Justin Bordas, 22, is charged with prohibited acts, intentional possession of a controlled substance, forgery, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He also waived other charges stemming from the theft of a checkbook, which include burglary, criminal trespass, forgery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. According to the police complaints, Mr. Bordas removed a checkbook from a Madera woman's residence between July 13-14. Mr. Bordas then forged the victim's name on four checks and wrote three to himself, which totaled $1,050, and one Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Weekend Events is a weekly feature of The Progress published to alert readers about events planned by nonprofit organizations or events that benefit the community. All events are open to the public. To have an event included, submit the information in writing to any office of The Progress by noon Tuesday. Late submissions will not be published, nor will submissions that do not include a contact person and daytime telephone number. The Progress does not include bingo, club events that are limited to members and guests only, or yard sales or flea markets by private individuals in the Weekend Events section. The following events are planned this weekend in Progressland. _Thursday_ Art shows "Animals, Pets and Wildlife" is the theme of the art show at the Clearfield Hospital, first floor. View more than 40 paintings by local artists through Sept. 19. A new Susquehanna River Arts Center artist's showcase has opened at the Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library in Clearfield. The featured artist is Ben Saggese of Munson. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 12. Weekend Events Museums open The Clearfield County Historical Society Museum and Carriage House are open for the season. The public is invited to visit each Thursday and Sunday, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the historic structures at 104 E. Pine St., Clearfield, and view the new displays and renovations that were completed while the museum was closed during the winter months. They will be open through Oct. 25. Admission is free to the three floors of the museum, the grounds where the 2004 raft shanty is located and the carriage house with many . additional displays. Genealogy committee members, board members and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program personnel will be available to assist visitors. No large backpacks, briefcases or purses are allowed in the museum. There is a $5 charge for genealogy research. Many books relating to Clearfield County history are available for sale. The Bloody Knox Log House at Kellytown is also available for visits and an open house and apple cider making will be held Oct. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Call the museum at 765-6125 to make arrangements for a tour of the Civil War site and the museum and carriage house. The annual dinner is planned for Oct. 15 at St. Timothy's Hall in Curwensville. Grice Clearfield Community Museum, located, at Fourth and Pine streets, is open Monday through \ Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum features more than 70 antique and classic show cars from the 1940s, '50s and '60s, as well as more than 400 trophy game animal mounts. Prices are $5 for adults, and children under age 12 are admitted free with an adult. Group rates are available. There is a gift shop and free parking available. Call 768-7332 for more information. _Friday_ Auction , An auction will be held Friday at the Karthaus firehall starting at 6 p.m. Jerry will be there with frozen foods and much more. The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. There will be rip-open tickets and a 50/50. Clothing giveaway Shop for free clothes at Grampian Methodist Church, North Sixth Street, Grampian, on Friday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is clothing of all sizes and for all ages. __Saturday_ Pancake breakfast Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 748 will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Clearfield-Lawrence Airport Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Prices are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and Turn to Page 6, Col. 1
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