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Progress, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 2009, Clearfield, Pennsylvania 103 047 Our 96th Year Moshannon February 2009 50 Cents 16 PAGES I if Lf II jGOP reacts to Obamas speech Responding to Obamas tel evised speech to a joint ses sion of top Republicans said the presi dent relies too heavily on and not enough on tax to try to revive the gasping They said they want to work with and sometimes blamed congressional more than But Itheir criticisms were sharp and Turn to page 2 Progress News Clearfield Locust 7657813 7 Philipsburg 109 Front 3424763 7 2 Curwensville 460 State 2363468 Check us out online at Inside today Birthdays Classifieds Comics Dear Abby 2 1213 15 5 columns 4 Heloise 5 Hospitals 3 Lottery 11 News in brief 3 Obituaries 11 Police 11 Sports 810 Weather 14 Sports boys upend Bradford in D9 semifinals Page 8 upsets 1 Pittsburgh PageS Kids9 Corner By Tyler Womer Philipsburg Elementary School We will we will Obama outlines ambitious agenda By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON AP To a nation reeling from recession and facing long festering President Barack Obama has a simple reminder We are not Whatever the the new presi dent promised in the first primetime speech of his We will we will recover and the United States of America will emerge stronger than Standing before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday Obama opti mistically sketched an agenda that began with then broadened quickly to include a stable credit better health care reliable domestic sources of energy and an end to the war in Specifics will he although he conceded more billions may be necessary to stabilize the banking The president drew loud cheers as he made his way down the center again when he at the podium to and several more times in an address delivered a hall packed with members of his administra Supreme Court justices and diplo Humorous and poignant moments took their turns on a night when virtually the entire government gathered under one heavily secured As when Obama explained his decision to have Vice President Joe Biden oversee implementation of his stimulus plan by Nobody messes with Or when he urged lawmakers to pass education legislation named in part for Turn to Page 4 State OKs formation of lake authority By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer The Pennsylvania Depart ment of State has approved the formation of the Curwensville Lake announced coun ty Solicitor Kim Kesner at yes terdays Clearfield County com missioners The lake had been managed by the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism but a separate author ity was set up by the county to give the lake its own manage ment and to allow the CCRTA focus on its primary mission of tourism Kesner said he will be act ing as the organizations solici tor until it can hold a organize and choose its own According to the commissioners authorized him to do this and advertise the Curwensville Lake Authoritys first meeting to get things start ed and help the authority through the initial Kesner said he will be contacting the board members to determine when and where they want to hold their first Once it organizes and elects officers it will be up to the authority to decide where it wants its office to who will be its if it wants an and if who it will and the schedule for its regu lar meeting dates as well as its The board members of the new authority are Jesse Mayhew of Aaron Evans of Susan Reed of the Clearfield County Conservation Charles Guarino of Today is Ash Wednesday when millions of Christians around the world mark the first day of the Lenten season leading up to Father Joseph Campbell of Francis Church of Clearfield places ashes on the forehead of a young parish ioner this morn Photo by Clair Law Mo Valley school board seeks savings by refinancing bonds Turn to Page 1 By Timothy Nebgen Staff Writer AMESVILLE The Moshannon Valley Board of Education will attempt to refi nance in general obli gation bonds in an effort to lower its debt services and capture savings it hopes will amount to The board voted unani mously to adopt a parameter execution resolution at its spe cial meeting last night granting Board President Rod Kitko power of attorney and the authority to lock in at a lower interest rate should it become available prior to the next public Joseph attorney with Eckert and Robert vice president of Janney Montgomery Scott explained to board members the interest rates on bonds of this type can fluctuate by the which presents difficulty to municipal or other governing bodies bound by law to advertise a public meeting before taking Pierce said he had pre pared two other resolutions for the board to one in which it could wait to act until its regularly scheduled March 16 meeting and another in which Janney Montgomery Scott would monitor the rates and inform Elsie district business when the desired rate became Board members agreed the window for capturing the desired savings could close before the board could act in either of those instances and agreed the param eter execution resolution was the preferred Kitko expressed some concern the action would grant him power of attorney indefinite ly and asked if a clause could be added placing a time limit on this Scott dis Turn to Page 1 Balancing longterm care services may benefit CCAAA By Liza Matia Staff Writer The state is looking to rebal ance funding for longterm care services and that could benefit the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging At yesterdays John executive said that only 10 percent of MeoUcaid money goes toward longterm while 90 percent goes to nursing He said the state is looking to balance that Kordish added that the cost of serving consumers in the like those served by the is less than serving them in nursing The cost drop is he Kordish also noted that Edward Rendell would like to combine the state Department of Aging and the Office of LongTerm he said the proposal is nothing new and the idea was first proposed by Robert Casey in the late Kordish said the legislation is currently being written and should be available within the coming CCAAA was asked to join with the AAAs of Allegheny and Delaware counties to work on a project involving the deployment of new Information and Referral While the state has purchased the software for all the the Clearfield County agency has been using it the The software is current ly being used in the CCAAAs INFOLINK the only accredited information and referral program in the Also at yesterdays the board approved United Way applications in the amount of from both the DuBois and Turn to Page 1 Clearfield Second Mile to hold annual sports banquet By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor HYDE The Clearfield County Chapter of The Second Mile will hold its annual sports banquet This years event will have a distinctly local as a trio of former area standout high school ath letes will be some of the fea tured guests in attendance at Clearfield Area High Clearfield graduate Andrew Moshannon Valley grad Ryan Gmerek and PhilipsburgOsceola alum Mason willbe joined by several of their Pitt and Perm State Gmerek and along with Daryll Sean Lee and Stefen are scheduled to represent the Nittany while Henry Myles Dan Cafaro and assistant head coach Greg Gattuso are slated to appear for There will be a meetand greet session with the players beginning at Fans will have the opportunity to talk with the athletes and get auto graphs and Dinner will follow at in the high school cafete Turn to Page 1 Moshannon Valley graduate Ryan Gmerek is one of five Penn State football players who will be attending The Second Mile banquet on Other Nittany Lions appearing are PhilipsburgOsceola alum Daryll Sean Lee and Stefen The University of Pittsburgh will also be represented with four including Clearfield standout Andrew File photo by John Christoff DEP issues Moshannon Creek watershed must limit pollutants By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG Last night the Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition held its regular month ly meeting and had a visit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to dis cuss the Total Maximum Daily which is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pol lutant that a water body can receive and still safely meet water quality The presentation was an opportunity to hear about the pollution prob lems in the Moshannon Creek and any possible DEP is proposing to submit the plan to the Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval as required by federal regula According to a 124page a TMDL sets a ceiling on the pollutant loads that can enter a body of water so it will meet water quality The Clean Water Act requires states to list all waters that do not meet their water quality standards even after pollution controls required by law are in For these the state must calculate how much of a substance can be put in the water without violating the stan dard and distribute that quantity to all the sources of the pollutant on that water A TMDL plan includes waste load alloca tions for point load allo cations for nonpoint sources and a margin of The Clean Water Act sets a national minimum goal that all waters are fishable and To support this states must adopt water quality The report explained where the Moshannon Creek Watershed is It is located in north central occupying an eastern portion of Clearfield County Gulich and Beccaria townships and a western portion of Centre County Snow Shoe and Rush The Moshannon Creek serves as the county boundary between Turn to Page 4 ;