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Clearfield County townships to hold annual convention Oct. 4

MORRISDALE — Officials representing Clearfield County townships of the second class will convene Friday, Oct. 4 at Gethsemane United Methodist Church for the annual fall county convention.

The purpose of annual convention is to provide township officials with up-to-date information to help them better serve their residents and provide them an opportunity to exchange ideas on local government issues.

The convention will feature a wide range of speakers, including Holly Fishel, director of research and policy development of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Fishel will talk about legislation affecting townships of the second class, association programs and services for townships, and issues of major importance to townships and their residents.

The State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,453 townships of the second class, 30 of which are located in Clearfield County.

Other speakers who will address the township officials include: State Rep. Tommy Sankey, state Rep. Matt Gabler, the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services Terri Cunkle and Tom Kronenwetter, 2020 Census representative Heather Conrad, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission representative Barry Mayes and PA First Net representative Sharon LeGrande.


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Clearfield Borough seeking public assistance with surveys

Clearfield Borough is asking residents for assistance in a demographic survey being conducted by the Clearfield County Planning Office.

The survey is necessary in determining which projects will be eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding.

County planning staff have been knocking on doors and calling residents who were randomly selected by address.

These residents were also sent a letter and survey and a follow up post card asking for the survey to be returned.

Those who have received a letter and have not returned the survey are asked to call the planning office at 765-5149 and complete the six question survey.

The surveys have to be submitted by Sept. 30.

Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said the borough is considering using Community Development Block Grant funds to repair the roof on its police station and fire station and it is important that the surveys are completed by residents.


jcorcino / Jeff Corcino 

Amy Murgash of Clearfield enjoyed the summer-like weather and spent some time with her two sons, Wesley Murgash, 10 and Joey Murgash, 9, all of Clearfield yesterday afternoon in Upper Witmer Park.

FAMILY FUN AT UPPER WITMER PARK


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Mo Valley sets public meeting to discuss unified school start time

HOUTZDALE — Parents of Moshannon Valley School District students and residents will have an opportunity to ask questions about how a unified school start time would work at an upcoming meeting.

At Monday’s Moshannon Valley School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. John Zesiger said a public meeting on the subject has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Parents of both junior-senior high school and elementary students are encouraged to attend to ask questions and hear administrators and board directors explain the district’s tentative plan to start both schools at the same time as soon as the 2020-21 school year.

Dr. Zesiger told The Progress the meeting will offer time for those attending to inquire about how the plan would work and present any concerns.

“I would love to see 200 or 300 parents come and ask questions,” Zesiger said.

Letters informing district parents about the meeting were mailed on Sept. 9. Parents will be reminded by the district’s messenger program just prior to Sept. 25.

Administrators have been working on plans for transportation and costs for about a year. Dr. Zesiger told directors at the January meeting, the prospect of all schools having the same start time is favorable.

“It looks like it is a possibility,” Dr. Zesiger said at the board’s January meeting. At the time, he reported a review of the district’s transportation plan found it would be possible to convey all the district’s students at the same time in the mornings without having to add buses — and no drastic changes as far as fuel for the buses.

“We will continue with that and have things moving forward,” Zesiger said, noting the next step in the process is a more formal review. Also to be considered is how a unified start time would mesh with the schedule for Clearfield County Career and Technology Center, athletic schedules and contracts with the district’s teachers and support staff unions.

The earliest the unified start time would go into effect is the 2020-2021 school year, he said.

In February 2018, the board first discussed the possibility of moving to a coordinated start time for all schools in the district and authorized conducting a feasibility study.

Currently, the high school students start their school day approximately one hour earlier than the elementary students. It was noted at that time, if the district were to transition to a unified start time, the buses transporting students would be on the roads within the district less time each day, although there is a possibility individual students could experience a longer ride time, a previously published article stated.

Other benefits to a single start time would be the possibility of sharing teachers, staff, and assistants between the two buildings. Varying school schedules now create conflicts and do not allow for this to happen currently, the previous article stated. There is also a chance some students could sleep later in the mornings than they currently do.


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JUMP AT THE PUMP: Gas prices soar after attack on Saudi oil

Pennsylvania gas prices in some areas were unchanged in the past week, averaging $2.69/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 stations.

Locally, gas prices have increased about 10 cents per gallon since Monday.

Gas prices in Pennsylvania are 8.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, yet stand 37.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Pennsylvania is priced at $2.45/g today while the most expensive is $3.17/g, a difference of 72.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state today is $2.45/g while the highest is $3.17/g, a difference of 72.0 cents per gallon. The cheapest price in the entire country today stands at $1.80/g while the most expensive is $4.99/g, a difference of $3.19/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.55/g today. The national average is down 6.5 cents per gallon from a month ago, yet stands 28.9 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Pennsylvania and the national average going back a decade:

  • September 16, 2018: $3.06/g (U.S. Average: $2.84/g)
  • September 16, 2017: $2.86/g (U.S. Average: $2.61/g)
  • September 16, 2016: $2.31/g (U.S. Average: $2.19/g)
  • September 16, 2015: $2.41/g (U.S. Average: $2.30/g)
  • September 16, 2014: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.37/g)
  • September 16, 2013: $3.57/g (U.S. Average: $3.50/g)
  • September 16, 2012: $3.94/g (U.S. Average: $3.86/g)
  • September 16, 2011: $3.62/g (U.S. Average: $3.60/g)
  • September 16, 2010: $2.65/g (U.S. Average: $2.73/g)
  • September 16, 2009: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.53/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • CLEARFIELD
    • — $2.89/g at Sheetz, Nichols Street
  • DUBOIS
    • — $2.85/g at Sheetz, E. Dubois Avenue
  • PHILIPSBURG
    • — $2.89/g at Sheetz, N. Front Street

    “While gas prices have drifted lower for the ninth straight week, all eyes now turn to Saudi Arabia after an attack that knocked out over 5% of global oil production and how oil prices are likely to jump as a result,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

    “While there is some good news that motorists should not expect a sudden and major uptick in gas prices, there may be a minor impact beginning mid-week and continuing until Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Aramco, is able to restore all production. However, even after oil production levels return to normal, there is an undeniable factor that will now forever impact oil prices –and that is that Saudi Arabia’s reliability and stability is no longer guaranteed, and this missile strike is evidence that perhaps one of the world’s most stable oil producers may no longer be seen as stable as they were prior to this event.

    “Motorists should stay tuned to GasBuddy for any further developments, but for now, we are not expecting this attack to lead to major price hikes. While the situation may change with Saudi Arabia, motorists are now able to fill up with cheaper winter gasoline and demand continues to seasonally weaken, perhaps softening the blow and impact of the attacks on gas prices.”

    GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data spanning nearly two decades. Unlike AAA’s once daily survey covering credit card transactions at 100,000 stations and the Lundberg Survey, updated once every two weeks based on 7,000 gas stations, GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com.