WESTOVER — A retired volunteer who served the Harmony Grange Fair in various capacities was recognized Tuesday evening during the opening ceremony of the Harmony Grange Fair.
Mary Rorabaugh of Mahaffey received the Pennsylvania State Fair Association’s Friend of the Fair award for her many years of dedication and service to the fair. Rorabaugh told The Progress when she figured out she was the 2019 award recipient, “I was shocked. When he said my name, I couldn’t believe it. I thought he must be talking about another Mary Rorabaugh.”
Prior to the announcement of the award recipient each year, Fair Manager Shae Harkleroad keeps the audience in suspense by giving clues that narrow down the award recipient for the audience.
He finally announced Rorabaugh’s name and called her to the front of the audience, where her granddaughter Chelsey Chambers presented her with a bouquet of beautiful flowers.
Harkleroad noted Rorabaugh got her start at the fair as a member of the Harmony 4-H Club who exhibited strawberry plants at the Harmony Fair. More recently, she was a member of the fair’s floral department — a position she held approximately 15 years and also spent numerous years working in the grange’s fair stand, the Red Onion.
Harkleroad said although Rorabaugh has been a familiar face for many years at the fair, the work fair visitors might best remember Rorabaugh for was her musical performance in a fair vendor’s both.
“One of her first jobs at the fair was playing the organ in a corner of the grange hall,” Harkleroad said.
Spotts Music Center, who had a store in Curwensville, would deliver an organ and a piano each year that would be in place inside its both at the grange hall during the five days of the fair and Rorabaugh would be called on to demonstrate the musical instrument.
“Mary would play the organ and a Mrs. Spencer, who Rorabaugh said she believed was the wife of the store’s owner, would play the piano. Some nights that’s all you could hear inside the grange hall was the music coming from that corner,” Harkleroad said.
Rorabaugh is married to Charles Rorabaugh. The couple has three daughters, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
HOUTZDALE — Moshannon Valley School District is eligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
At Monday’s school director’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. John Zesiger reported the district has qualified to receive $17,141 from the department’s Rural and Low Income Schools program. According to information on the U.S. Department of Education’s website, those funds can be used for initiatives that improve student achievement.
Dr. Zesiger told The Progress the federal stipends are funded through Title 6 monies.
Criteria for the grant is based on the level of poverty in the area, which can vary from year-to-year.
“This is the second year we have received funding in the five years that I have been superintendent,” Dr. Zesiger said.
The district plans to use the funds to purchase Promethean Active Panels that will be installed in classrooms to provide interactive displays.
The Clearfield County Jail now needs to fill three key positions, reported Warden Greg Collins at yesterday’s meeting of the Clearfield County Prison Board.
Collins announced that Dr. Lawrence Levinston is retiring after 24 years of service at the jail effective Oct. 31.
“I would like to personally thank him for his years of service to the county,” Collins said. “He’s done a wonderful job and is excellent to work with. He’s been a huge asset to the county.”
President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman agreed and said he met with Dr. Levingston on several issues over the years and said he was always cooperative, down to earth and easy to work with.
“I don’t have a single complaint about him,” Ammerman said. “We are going to miss him.”
Collins said Commissioner Tony Scotto found a local doctor who is interested in the position and are meeting with the doctor later that afternoon.
Ammerman thanked Scotto for locating a doctor who could be willing to take the position.
In addition, for several months the jail has been looking for a full-time nurse to replace Fran Selvage, who retired.
Commissioner Mark McCracken said the county might have to consider raising the salary if they can’t find anyone to fill the position.
The jail also has an unfilled deputy warden position after the former deputy warden took another position with the county. Collins said they will be interviewing several candidates for the position today.
Clearfield County Planning & Community Development Office announces that they will be conducting a demographic survey on behalf of Lawrence Township on Palmer Street in Kerr Addition.
Surveys will be mailed to each house on Palmer Street. Of those not returned to the office, the commission will be begin going door-to-door on Oct. 1. Residents should verify county staff by requesting to see their county identification.
According to Lisa Kovalick, Clearfield County Community Development Specialist, the survey is confidential, and being conducted to identify potential funding options to upgrade the storm water construction on Palmer Street from Mapes to River Road.
More information may be obtained by calling the Clearfield County Planning and Community Development Office at 765-5149.