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Dozens of fans cheered the Clearfield Area High School softball team on Tuesday as they drove through town on their way to play Bald Eagle Area High School at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson in the team’s first semi-final appearance in the state playoffs. The team received a police and fire escort as they made their way through town.

Curwensville Borough continues to see spike in drug activity

CURWENSVILLE — Illegal drug activity remains on the rise in Curwensville Borough.

At Monday’s Curwensville Borough Council meeting, Mayor John Adams reported Curwensville Borough Police Department Chief Mark Kelly noted in his monthly activity account that drug activity has intensified the last five months.

Just as he reported in February, Adams said the number of criminal incidents related to drugs and drug activity continues to climb.

“There is a continuous increase in drug activity in the area and it is only getting worse,” Kelly wrote.

Adams said Kelly compared the first five months of 2019 against the last five months of 2018 and found a nearly 180 percent upward spiral and a 150 percent rise when comparing similar periods of 2019 to 2018.

According to statistics for the borough shared by Kelly, there were 25 incidents of drug activity from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2019 compared to nine for Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Kelly’s report for May reported four drug-related calls. Three were for narcotics possession and one was for drug paraphernalia violations.

Adams reported both Kelly and Officer Joe Witherite have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. ARIDE trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.

This course will train other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both and enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.

Kelly wrote the specialized training equips department officers with better knowledge allowing them to recognize signs of motorists under the influence of drugs and to be able to perform more detailed standard field sobriety testing to detect the signs and symptoms of someone being under the influence of certain types of drugs.

CCCTC approves purchase of new computer servers

Clearfield County Career and Technology Center’s Joint Operating Committee approved spending $69,511 for new computer servers and associated licenses at its meeting Monday night.

The new servers will replace the school’s antiquated servers and will significantly upgrade their capability, according to Information Technology Director Brian Hynds.

“The new servers will really make a difference on how way we do IT (information technology) at the school,” Hynds said.

He said the new servers will have five or six times the performance of the old servers and will allow the school to perform more tasks and offer more services, Hynds said.

CCCTC coordinated the purchase with West Branch School District, which is also upgrading its servers in an effort to obtain a better price. And West Branch will act as CCCTC’s offsite backup servers. CCCTC’s critical data will also be saved on West Branch’s servers in case of a disaster.

“So if something would happen at this building, we could easily migrate that information back over to the school,” Hynds said.

The old servers are obsolete and no longer usable, but some of the network switches were given to the the Moshannon Valley School District. Those switches are still relatively new, about three years old, and are still usable, Hynds said.

The new servers should be up and running by the end of the month, Hynds said.

DuBois Vol. Fire Co. 2019 Parade lineup announced

DUBOIS — The DuBois Volunteer Fire Department has announced the 2019 Community Days Parade lineup.

As in previous years, the parade will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The lineup is as follows:

  • Ace Fix It Hardware
  • Adrian Fire Company
  • Adrian Fire Company
  • Adrian Fire Company
  • Alby Oxenreiter
  • American Red Cross – PA Mountains
  • AMSERV LTD/DUSAN Ambulance
  • AMSERV LTD/DUSAN Ambulance
  • Aveanna Healthcare
  • Bellwood-Antis High School Band
  • Big Run VFD
  • Bigfoot Country 102.1 & 101.3
  • Bob Zercher – Antique Fire Truck
  • Bob Zercher – Antique Fire Truck
  • Brady Township Fire Company
  • Brady Township Fire Company
  • Brady Township Fire Company
  • Brady Township Fire Company
  • Brockway Volunteer Fire Department
  • Brockway Volunteer Fire Department
  • Brookville VFC
  • Bureau Of Forestry
  • Cataldo’s Collision
  • Cen-Clear Child Services
  • Charged Ministries
  • Clearfield County Coroner – Kim Shaffer Snyder
  • Clearfield County Fair Queen Committee
  • Clearfield Oriental Band
  • Clearfield VFD
  • Columbus Saints
  • Crystal Fire Department
  • Curwensville Jr. High Band
  • Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder
  • Curwensville Rescue Hose & Ladder
  • Curwensville Rescue Hose & Ladder
  • Curwensville Senior High Band
  • Dave Roman Excavating, Inc.
  • DuBois Area cheerleaders
  • DuBois Area High School Band
  • DuBois Area YMCA
  • DuBois Central Catholic
  • DuBois Challenger League
  • DuBois City Fire Chiefs
  • DuBois City Honorary Past Fire Chief – Jim Corby
  • DuBois City Mayor Gary Gilbert and City Council
  • DuBois City Past Fire Chiefs
  • DuBois City Police Department
  • DuBois Continuum of Care Community Inc.
  • DuBois EMS Ambulance Service
  • DuBois EMS Ambulance Service
  • DuBois Penn State Baseball Team
  • Elkland Search and Rescue
  • Elkland Search and Rescue
  • Firehouse Pizzeria
  • First Commonwealth Bank
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Fort Lebeouf High School Band
  • Fourth Ward
  • Fourth Ward
  • Friendship
  • Gateway Humane Society
  • Goodwill
  • Grampian-Penn-Bloom VFC
  • Grampian-Penn-Bloom VFC
  • Grey Knights
  • Homer City High School Band
  • Honor Guard
  • Jaffa Shrine Cycle Corp.
  • Jaffa Shrine-ATC Unit
  • Jefferson County Fair Royalty
  • Keystonen Regiment Drum and Bugle
  • Kidnetix
  • Kittanning Firemens Band
  • Luthersburg Youth Baseball
  • Marine Corps. League
  • Marion Center High School Band
  • McCalmont Township VFC
  • Mon Valley Express
  • North Coast Brass
  • North Point Fire Company
  • North Point Fire Company
  • North Point Fire Company
  • Oklahoma Civilian Defense Fire Company
  • Oklahoma Civilian Defense Fire Company
  • Oklahoma Civilian Defense Fire Company
  • Paint and Play School
  • Parade Marshal Jon Kolb
  • Penfield Volunteer Fire Company
  • Penfield Volunteer Fire Company
  • Penn State DuBois Alumni Society
  • Prime Athletics Booster Club
  • Purchase Line High School Band
  • Renegade Championship Queen
  • Rochester High School Band
  • Rogues Hollow Regiment
  • Sandy Township Fire Company
  • Sandy Township Fire Company
  • Sandy Township Fire Company
  • Sandy Township Fire Company
  • Sensus
  • Sigel Volunteer Fire Co.
  • Snow Shoe Fire Co.
  • Sons of the American Legion
  • Sonus Brass Theatre
  • Stars Drill Team
  • Susquehanna Antique Machinery
  • Sykesville Fire Department
  • Third Ward
  • Third Ward
  • Timberland Federal Credit Union
  • Top Hats
  • Volunteers
  • Volunteers
  • Winkler Art Gallery
  • WOKW 102.9 FM

Boggs Twp. has full board with newly appointed supervisor

WEST DECATUR — The Boggs Township Supervisors has a full board seated around the meeting table now that a new supervisor was appointed at Monday night’s brief meeting.

Greg Minarchick was unanimously approved as the newest supervisor, filling the void of Supervisor Bill Dickson, who resigned at the end of April’s meeting. Both Chairman Russell “Butch” Jackson and Supervisor Darryl Lashinsky voted in favor of Minarchick and said he would not be a working supervisor.

While nothing was mentioned during the meeting about Minarchick other than his appointment, Lashinsky told The Progress after the meeting that he is a retired school teacher.

Minarchick will fill Dickson’s term that is up at the end of December.

Also approved at the meeting was new Auditor Dave Abler, who is filling the rest of former Auditor Denise Dobo’s term as her resignation was accepted at the May meeting. The term is scheduled to expire at the end of December.

Like Minarchick’s appointment, nothing was mentioned about Abler. However, Lashinsky told The Progress he is a professor at the Pennsylvania State University.

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