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jcorcino / By Jeff Corcino  


Moshannon Valley Jr./Sr. High School Black Knight Marching Bang practiced their halftime show “The Greatest Showman” at this year’s band camp. For more photos and information go to Page A8.

Peebles stores to be converted to Gordmans

CLEARFIELD — Peebles stores in Clearfield, Philipsburg and St. Marys are going to be converted to Gordmans stores.

Peebles and Gordmans are a part of the Stage community of stores, according to Blakeley Graham, Manager of Brand Publicity for Stage Stores.

Graham said Stage has been converting a number of its Peebles stores because consumers are responding positively to Gordmans’ off-price offerings. Gordmans is an off-price retailer, which means that it has a wide array of merchandise for the entire family at the lowest possible prices, compared to department stores, Graham said.

“Gordmans, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 100 years, has fresh new merchandise deliveries arriving weekly. There will always be something new to discover when it comes to popular name brand apparel, home décor, footwear, gifts, accessories, fragrances and more for the whole family, Graham said.

The Peebles stores are planned to close in the days leading up to the Gordmans grand opening in early 2020. Graham did not say whether current employees would be furloughed as a result of the change or if they would be retained by Gordmans.

More details will be forthcoming as plans progress, Graham said.

To learn more about Gordmans, visit gordmans.com.

$1.2M renovation at Penn Highlands Clearfield to begin next month

CLEARFIELD — The Penn Highlands Healthcare and Penn Highlands Clearfield Board of Directors approved more than $1.2 million in renovations for the Nathaniel D. Yingling Cancer Center building.

Work will be starting in September, according to Rhonda Halstead, president of PH Clearfield.

The building is located next to PH Clearfield at 815 Doctors Dr. just off Turnpike Avenue, Clearfield. The first floor is the home of Penn Highlands Medical Oncology/Hematology.

The building’s second floor of 5,700 square-feet has been relatively empty since the building was built in 2006. This makes it ideal for the renovations that would take the shell and create room for:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthopedic physician offices
  • Pain Management physician office space and services

The building’s entrance/façade will be updated, too, with two separate entrances for therapies and physician services. The parking lot will be leveled for visitors’ safety and more handicapped spaces will be made available. Sidewalks and landscaping will also be improved.

This project came to light with discussions to improve the area for The Rehabilitation Center therapies which have been located on the second floor of the hospital for many years. To effectively grow, the department layout needs to change.

“It’s currently not as patient-friendly as we would like it to be,” Halstead said. “We can only make limited changes in its current location for our outpatient services.”

“After looking closely at options, putting Orthopedics, Pain Management and The Rehabilitation Center together in this building was a very logical step,” Halstead said. “The services already work hand-in-hand, and now patients can benefit by having them all in the same area. And this will also allow orthopedics and pain management services to grow, as well. It will benefit all the people of the area all around.”

Halstead noted that cardiac rehab and inpatient therapies will still be provided within the hospital as always.

Work on the project is expected to be completed 120 days after it starts. Halstead plans to invite the community to an open-house once the work is done.

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Curwensville Elementary to follow new drop-off/pick-up procedure

CURWENSVILLE — To improve student safety, Curwensville Area Elementary School is implementing changes to the way students are dropped off prior to the start of school or picked up at the end of the school day.

Principal Chris Marsh said in a recent interview that, because of several delays associated with the construction of the new elementary parking lot along Beech Street, a new procedure has been developed to ensure students are safely dropped off and picked from school.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 27, elementary students will be dropped off at the entrance to the elementary cafeteria at the rear of the school complex, regardless of whether they travel to school by bus or private vehicle.

“Historically we have had a problem with student drop-offs at the elementary entrance. The parking lot is too small. It has never been an ideal situation. The board approved the purchase of the former apartment building in front of the elementary school on Beech Street to make way for a new parking lot. It was expected that building would be torn down and a new elementary parking area would be created on the site prior to the start of school, but that didn’t happen,” Marsh said.

Marsh said the new plan has all elementary students entering at the cafeteria door whether they are transported by private vehicle or bus.

In past years, students who rode the bus to school were dropped off at the entrance to the Leslie D. Leach Auditorium and had to make their way through the high school halls to the elementary wing.

“We had two entrances where elementary students were coming in to school. We only have one school resource officer and one principal. Both can’t be in the same place at the same time, so having more than one entrance becomes a safety issue,” he explained.

Marsh said students who are transported by private vehicle and buses will both drop off at the elementary cafeteria door. The double door is red and marked with a large No. 24. The loop of pavement that passes in front of the door will become one-way with the entrance to the loop being the one closest to the soccer field and the Alan J. Fairman Center entrance. After dropping their students off, traffic will exit at the top of the hill.

“Parents are encouraged to take turns when dropping students off at the cafeteria doors, but buses will have first priority,” he said.

The entrance to the elementary school will be blocked off until 8:45 a.m. –the time a student would be considered to be arriving to school tardy, he said.

Students should be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. so that students who want to eat school breakfast are able to do so. Breakfast will only be served in the cafeteria this year, Marsh said. There will be no carts with portable meals and students will not be permitted to take their meals to their classrooms.

After 8:45 a.m. and prior to 3 p.m., students who come to school should enter the elementary school entrance by the door at the elementary office.

In the afternoon, students who are being taken home by private vehicle will again be picked up at the cafeteria entrance. They will be dismissed at 3 p.m. and must be picked up by 3:10 p.m. As in prior years, students must remain in the building until their parent or guardian pulls up to the entrance. Students are not permitted to be wandering in the parking area, Marsh said.

He said although administrators hope the plan will work, they will continue to monitor the method and there may be possible future changes.

Marsh said parents were advised of the change by letter and information on the district’s website and Facebook page.

Lawrence Twp. mulls smoke alarm inspections for daycares

Lawrence Township is considering having its fire companies inspect smoke alarms at daycares and group homes.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Supervisor Jeremy Ruffner said in the wake of a recent fire in Erie that killed five children, he would like the township to look into having all of its daycares and group homes for the disabled to have their smoke alarms inspected on an annual basis.

The daycare in Erie didn’t have enough working smoke alarms, according to Ruffner.

“I’m sure the fire companies would rather prevent emergencies than recover from one,” Ruffner said. “Especially when children are involved.”

Ruffner said he doesn’t want the inspections to fall on the township code department, or force daycares to pay to have the inspections done.

He said the inspections would only take about five minutes to complete and between the three fire companies, he believes it wouldn’t be too much of a burden.

Supervisor Randy Powell said people will often have smoke alarms but won’t have batteries in them.

Ruffner said he would like to hear from daycare centers before they make decision on this proposal

Supervisors Randy Powell and Dan Mitchell said they are both on board with Ruffner’s suggestion.