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Competitive Eater Dan “Killer” Kennedy ate 179 whoopie pies on Wednesday night during halftime of the Philipsburg-Osceola/Central girls basketball game. Kennedy attempted to set a world record and asked people to donate $5 and guess how many he could eat in seven minutes. Half of that money will be donated to Philipsburg-Osceola teacher Sara McCully, who is battling cancer. Someone guessed the exact number Kennedy ate and donated her winnings back, so McCully will receive all of the funds donated. Go to www.theprogressnews.com or to The Progress’ Facebook page to see the video.


CURWENSVILLE — The natural scenic beauty of Curwensville’s Irvin Park will be even more visually attractive beginning Sunday, Jan. 12 as Curwensville Area Elementary School students’ art is on display there through Saturday, Jan. 25.

The exhibit ‘Art in the Park’ will remain up for a two-week period to allow visitors an opportunity to view a display of paintings made by elementary students in grades kindergarten through six, at their leisure. Paintings are displayed throughout the park.

A family day is planned for Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1-3 p.m.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said elementary art Instructor Rebecca Miller. Activities include a scavenger hunt that is open to families. Teams can be made up of two to six people of any age.

There will also be hot chocolate and several other activities that are currently being finalized, Miller said.

Restrooms will be available. Children age 12 and younger must be supervised by an adult. Those attending should dress for temperatures and weather. In the event family day would be canceled because of inclement weather, the announcement will be made on the school district’s website and Facebook page.

January is often a dreary month with few local events going on and that is part of the reason why Miller and her students chose it for the inaugural show.

“We wanted to host an event that was out of the ordinary. Our school is very busy all the time with many things going on here. We thought of taking something outside the school walls to the community and came up with the idea to feature art at Irvin Park. Midwinter is calm and peaceful and the perfect time to take in an art show,” Miller said.

Students are hopeful the community will turn out to support the event.

“We are offering this for the community’s enjoyment,” Miller said.

Morris Twp. officials mull authority's move to township site

MORRISDALE — An answer was given in October about the possibility of the Municipal Authority of the Township of Morris sharing the township building — which ended up being a no at the time. But with a new board in place for 2020, the question was brought up once again at Monday night’s Morris Township Supervisors meeting.

MATTOM Chairman Vic Couturiaux said since Josiah Jones is the newest supervisor, he’d like a concrete answer on whether or not MATTOM could move into the township building.

Last year, discussion was held regarding the sewer authority having its office where the former Morris-Cooper Regional Police Department office was because MATTOM tore down its old building — the former Allport Community Center — in April 2014. MATTOM has been conducting its business out of a rented job trailer on that site since.

The authority had hoped to construct a new building at the same site, but previous estimates had MATTOM spending anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 for the building.

In October, Chairman James Williams and former Supervisor Richard “Tony” O’Dell voted against having MATTOM moving in, with Supervisor John Saggese — who is also a MATTOM board member — voting in favor of the move.

“Are we definitely never moving in here?” Couturiaux asked, while also stating he didn’t expect an answer on Monday evening. “Here would be why I’m asking this — I need to start making plans to move forward up where we’re at.”

Couturiaux said he would like to have an answer by next month’s supervisors meeting.

“I think that’s a reasonable request to give you a month to figure that out,” Couturiaux said. “Can you do that? I’m not saying you need to let us move in in a month.”

“I think we can give you a definite answer at next month’s meeting,” Williams responded.

Jones said they would have to talk about the situation before an official answer is given.

“I’m open to it,” Jones said. “I think it’s a possibility.”

Couturiaux said he feels the move “is the best thing for everybody that’s involved.”

“We took a lot of heat over (attempting to build) a building that a lot of the public said we needed to come down here and combine efforts with you guys,” Couturiaux said.

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Harmony Jr./Sr. students of the month

Harmony Jr./Sr. students of the month

ATVs on public roads tops Morris Twp. meeting

MORRISDALE — Proposed use of use of all-terrain vehicles on public roads has been a common discussion in local municipalities. The same subject was brought forth to Morris Township Supervisors recently.

Resident Vic Couturiuax asked, since the board now consists of Chairman James Williams, Vice Chairman Josiah Jones and Supervisor John Saggese, what their thoughts were on opening up township roads for ATV use. Previously the board — with Williams, Saggese and former Supervisor Richard “Tony” O’Dell — had voted down allowing it, with Williams being the lone supervisor in favor.

Williams said it’s something he feels should be done and would have no problem bringing it up at February’s meeting as he would like to see them “move forward on adopting an ordinance adopting ATVs on township roads.”

Resident Chris Williams said in her years of dealing with the township crime watch, people routinely voiced concerns about ATVs on the roads.

“That was the biggest complaint that we had every month was ATVs,” Chris Williams said. “I’m not against them — I own one myself. But you’re going to be fighting a battle.”

Jones said he thinks they are looking at the matter a bit too soon.

“I think there’s some things we’ve got to get in place (before they could even approve it),” Jones said. “My thought is we’ve got some research to do. We can’t just throw something out there.”

Jones said the biggest issue with ATVs on township roads is regardless if it’s legal or illegal, it’s going to happen.

“You’re not going to stop it anyways,” Jones said. “Second, there’s got to be a bunch of rules in place with the ordinance (if approved). But there’s some other things and avenues that we need to look into.”

Jones said he originally did not think about the township roads themselves but was hopeful that railroad beds would be opened up similar to what the nearby Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association does.

“I’d rather keep them off the roads myself,” Jones said. “And if they can get access to something like (railroad tracks) where it does give them access to certain businesses like what Snow Shoe Rails to Trails does, that would be good. So there’s some things that we’ve still got to look into. It’s something I started looking into months ago, but I’ve got to get back into it.”

Couturiaux said he feels the township might as well “get something out of” ATV riders on roads and make it legal so they could potentially collect fees for it.

“What I’m trying to say is we’re trying to get everything in place so that we can do it effectively, efficiently and in the right way,” Jones said.

Mifflin County crash claims Clearfield teen

LEWISTOWN — A Clearfield teen was killed Wednesday in a crash on U.S. Route 322 in Lewistown, Mifflin County.

Caleb McGee, 19, of Clearfield, was traveling on U.S. Route 322 east shortly after noon when the truck he was driving collided with a Jersey barrier, veered up an embankment and struck a tree.

Mifflin County Coroner Daniel Lynch pronounced McGee dead at the scene.

According to his obituary, McGee was a member of the Community Baptist Church, Curwensville and was a sophomore at Penn State University where he was studying animal science. At Penn State, he was a member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club. McGee had a love of cows, was also a member of the Morrisons Cove Dairy 4-H Club and had shown dairy cows most all of his life.

A Clearfield Area Jr./Sr. High School graduate, McGee was a member of the band and choir with recognition in several district, regional and state music festivals. He had been a Tenor 2 singer with the All National Choir.

Funeral services will be held at the Community Baptist Church, Curwensville on Sunday at 2 p.m.