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Claire Leamer, 3, of Westover, sits and smiles while her brother Aaron Leamer, 1, of Westover, climbs into the bus ride at Upper Witmer Park in Clearfield yesterday afternoon.

Accused meth dealer waives hearing

Accused methamphetamine dealer Gene Williams Robbins, 39, of Clearfield, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris Wednesday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Robbins sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on four different occasions.

On Feb. 1, he sold 0.21 grams of methamphetamine to the CI for $50. On Feb. 9, he sold a CI 0.23 grams of methamphetamine for $50.

On Feb. 23, he sold 3.5 grams of methamphetamine to a CI for $375 and on March 9, he sold 3.48 grams of methamphetamine for $400.

All four buys occurred in Boggs Township, Clearfield County.

Robbins is charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, which are ungraded felonies; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility, which are felonies of the third degree; four counts of possession of a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, which are ungraded misdemeanors.

Robbins is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail on $50,000 monetary bail.

He was represented by Paul Charles Colavecchi of Clearfield.

Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

A4TD helps low income senior citizens with employment skills and opportunities

An unique program can assist low-income older residents in Clearfield and Centre counties find job opportunities in the healthcare, food preparation, customer service, retail or office support fields.

Associates for Training and Development or A4TD, through its Senior Community Service Employment Program, helps eligible, mature residents, age 55 or older whose income is less than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, acquire workplace skills through paid, part-time training, and also assists them in job searches.

Case Management Participant Assistant Susan Hunt said the program has been in existence for more than 50 years.

“We help those age 55 and older, learn and retain those occupational skills that will make them employable in the work force. It’s a paid internship that transitions participants from training in one of five tracts to actual employment,” Hunt stated.

The five training tracts, healthcare, food preparation, customer service, retail and office support, have been identified by the state Department of Labor and Industry as high-growth employment areas where employees are needed.

Participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. These agencies provide job skills training and help participants in their job search efforts. Participants may train up to 20 hours per week while earning minimum wage, Hunt explained.

“The program helps those who have taken the self-initiative to reinvent themselves to obtain skills that an employer would find desirable. The bulk of the training is done at a host site but if they need additional training such as to acquire General Educational Development certification, they can get paid hours as they are working toward getting their GED, computer training or whatever is needed,” Hunt said.

In addition to on-site training, SCSEP services may also include career assessment, individual employment plan development, supportive services, and specialized skill training needed for a successful transition to a career.

A4TD is provided in cooperation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program and the Department of Labor and Industry.

For more information about A4TDcontact: Associates for Training and Development located at 116 S. Second St., Clearfield. The telephone number is 814-765-2696 or visit the website, www.a4td.org.

PennDOT opens Route 453 bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Friday that a bridge on Route 453 in Clearfield County was expected to reopen by the end of the day yesterday. The bridge spans Little Clearfield Creek near the village of Olanta. Replacing it removes weight limit postings of 35 and 40 tons and removes the bridge from the list of Clearfield County bridges in poor condition.

Once the bridge is open to traffic, PennDOT will lift the two official detours that have been in place since mid-June. The detour for passenger vehicles directed traffic onto Route 2012 (Zion Road), Route 2023 (Turkey Hill Road), and Route 2022 (Little Clearfield Creek Road). The detour for commercial vehicles directed traffic onto Route 53, Route 729 (Tyrone Pike) and Route 969 (Lumber City Highway).

The original steel bridge was built in 1937, is 81 feet long, and carries an average of 614 vehicles daily. It was replaced with a pre-stressed, concrete bridge. Overall work included removal of the old bridge, construction of the new bridge, approach paving, guiderail installation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Clearwater Construction of Mercer is the contractor for this $1.6 million project, which covers replacement of two bridges. This was the first of those bridges. The other is a box culvert on Route 2023 in Glen Richey, which is scheduled to be replaced following the conclusion of the 2020 school year.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones, follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

No paper Monday

Reminder: There will be no edition of The Progress on Monday, Sept. 2, due to the holiday. The Progress will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3. We wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!


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