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Age-old arts taught in Curwensville Elementary's Sewing Bees club

CURWENSVILLE — Curwensville Area Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade students are learning to make items using age-old skills as part of a club held during study period.

The Sewing Bees, according to elementary Art Instructor Rebecca Miller, was born out of a curriculum students studied last year. The course of study included lessons in hand sewing.

“The students loved it and I had several students ask if they could come to the art room during their study periods to work on their projects,” Miller said.

Some students especially enjoyed what they learned.

“They enjoyed using their hands to make something. It made them very proud,” she said.

Since the beginning of the year, approximately 50 students have been coming to the elementary art room up to three times a week, during their study period to learn to crochet. Club members have various skills levels.

“Some have just learned to make a chain and others are about halfway done with their scarf project,” she noted.

They are using supplies donated by members of the community including yarn, hooks and other related items.

“Once they found out what we were planning, people have been very generous,” Miller said.

Miller said throughout the school year, club members will learn handicrafts including crocheting, hand sewing and dyeing cloth.

“Traditionally a child would learn how to do these arts working one on one with a family member. We formed the Sewing Bees because this ability to make things by using your hands shouldn’t be lost,” Miller explained.

Not only do the students learn skills they can use throughout their lives they are acquiring other useful abilities.

“It is a positive social time. The students enjoy pleasant conversation and they are polite to one another,” she added.

Several of the students said they had some skills before joining the Sewing Bees. Sixth grade student Kenadee Swatsworth said, “I was interested in sewing before. My friends encouraged me to join. I really like doing crafts and making things.”

Student Noelle Carns said her enjoyment of creating items with her hands was the reason she joined. “I like making things and I know other people who are part of this club. It’s really a lot of fun for everyone.”

Elementary Principal Chris Marsh said, “At Curwensville, we strive to find opportunities for our students to experience authentic assessment. This is obvious in the events held at the schools such as Logs to Lumber and in classes including Business of Art and the Student Cafe.”

Marsh explained, “This desire is also reflected in the district’s new Makerspace where we are beginning to help students create video and music content. When Mrs. Miller came to me and asked about starting the Sewing Bees the concept really fit into the district’s ‘beyond the standards philosophy.’ Students are learning new ideas and techniques and then they synthesize a project that is a true authentic assessment. They analyze, think creatively, refine motor skills, and demonstrate the skills they’ve learned.

“These concepts translate directly back into the classroom and in turn enhance student learning. We hope the Sewing Bees would give the students the confidence to attack new challenges and work cooperatively as a group. We are very proud of our Sewing Bees and think they have started something special.”

Clearfield man waives child porn charges

Patrick Daniel Luzier, 31, of Clearfield, who is accused of disseminating child pornography, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Glass yesterday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.

Luzier allegedly made a sexually explicit video of himself and a 16-year-old girl and sent it to her using the Internet last May.

Luzier is charged with photograph/film/depict on computer sex act-knowingly or permitting child, a felony of the first degree; photograph/film/depict on computer sex act -knowingly depicts on computer, photo, etc., a felony of the third degree; dissemination, photograph/film of child sex acts, and child pornography, both of which are felonies of the third degree; and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

He is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Luzier was represented by attorney Chris Pentz of the public defender’s office; the commonwealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Jendi Schwab.

Curwensville council approves advertising abandoned vehicle ordinance

CURWENSVILLE –Curwensville Borough Council reported it is ready to advertise its amended abandoned vehicle ordinance.

At Monday’s meeting, council reported the entire ordinance is available for the public to review on the borough’s website, curwensvilleborough.org.

Code Enforcement Officer Tom Carfley noted at an earlier meeting, the ordinance was revised to update the fines.

The proposed order notes it is unlawful for a motor vehicle to be abandoned on any public or private property in the borough or for any property owner, tenant, lessee or anyone in control of a borough property to allow a junked or inoperable motor vehicle to remain on the property for a period of 30 days.

No resident is prohibited from parking, storing or repairing a motor vehicle on private or public property where authorized under state law or borough ordinance. Vehicles must be kept in a wholly enclosed or screened-in garage or other buildings in accordance to borough zoning regulations or a garage or service station where the vehicle is being repaired or is scheduled to be repaired.

Residents, who are owners or operators, are required to remove all abandoned, junked or inoperable motor vehicles from their properties. Residents that fail to remove them within seven days after receiving notice either personally or by certified mail from the borough’s police or code enforcement departments or the borough secretary will have them removed by the borough.

The police or code enforcement department have has the right to have any offending motor vehicle towed from its location on private property to a designated location that has been designated, bonded and approved by the borough’s solicitor. Within 12 hours from the time of the vehicle’s removal, a notice will be sent personally or by certified mail by the police department or the borough to the vehicle’s owner giving a record of the vehicle noting why the vehicle was removed and impounded and where it has been taken. The notice will state the vehicle may be recovered within 30 days of the notification upon the payment of fines which be at least $50 and not exceed $300 in addition to towing charges and storage fees to be determined by the storage facility for each day until the vehicle is recovered.

Vehicles that are not claimed for a period of 30 consecutive days, can be required by the borough to be salvaged.

Once the ordinance has been advertised, council will consider it for adoption at a future meeting.

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John Smith, representing the Centre Cemetery, is shown receiving a donation of $1,000 for the cemetery from Osceola Memorial VFW Post 5020 Commander James Rice on Nov. 20.

West Decatur man waives charges of fleeing, possession of meth

Justin Marshall Hubler, 34, of West Decatur, who is accused of leading police on a high speed chase and possession of methamphetamine, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Glass on Wednesday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.

Hubler is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, a felony of the third degree; possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI, all three of which are ungraded misdemeanors; and numerous summary traffic violations.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 11 at 12:44 a.m. State Police Trooper Derek Southern was on patrol on Blackburn Road when he observed a Subaru sedan leave a residence that has a history of burglaries.

Southern turned his vehicle around and the suspect vehicle began to flee at a high rate of speed on Blackburn Road in excess of 75 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone.

The vehicle turned onto Lamison Road and onto an ATV path. Southern found the vehicle locked in a wooded location with the driver absent. Marshall was found hiding in the woods nearby.

Hubler said he fled because he had warrants out for his arrest. He also said he had some methamphetamine in his vehicle for personal use and admitted to using methamphetamine about three hours prior.

Hubler was taken to Penn Highlands Clearfield for a blood draw but the hospital was unable to obtain a sample because of poor vein anatomy.

Hubler was then incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail on the warrants.

He remains incarcerated in CCJ in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail.

Hubler was represented by attorney Chris Pentz of the public defender’s office; the commonwealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Jendi Schwab.

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