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Sherry Wallace of Clearfield and her dog Sam went for a walk on the Riverwalk before the rains came late yesterday afternoon.

Clearfield couple sells rolled ice cream at area festivals, fairs

CLEARFIELD — Heather and Barry Dimmick are chasing a new kind of excitement after starting their own rolled ice cream truck, which was recently at the Elk County Fair in Kersey.

“Dimmick’s Roadway Cafe,” based in Clearfield, has been traveling to festivals and fairs in the Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk county areas since April, Heather Dimmick said.

The coouple are former leaders of the Pine Creek K9 Search Unit of Brookville, a search organization that covers most of northwest central Pennsylvania, assisting in any missing person case.

After Heather Dimmick was injured and the couple retired from the rescue team, they decided to fulfill their dream of having a concession stand, she said.

Together, the couple has accumulated more than five decades of volunteer work in their community, including coaching their children’s sports teams and being involved with fire companies.

Now that their children are grown, Heather Dimmick said it was the perfect time to travel.

Rather than opting for a normal soft-serve stand or selling lemonade, the Dimmicks took on the challenge of rolled ice cream, a technique using a cold surface, shaved ice, a creamy base and other flavors like Oreo cookies or peanut butter. The cafe offers about 30 flavors of ice cream.

“No one else is doing this in the area, and we wanted to do our own thing,” she said.

The couple also sells “bubble tea,” with 25 flavors like kiwi, blueberry or tropical rainbow, cold-brew coffee, iced and hot tea, hot chocolate and cappuccino.

Although the ice cream truck business differs from their search team adventures, Heather said, it’s something they enjoy doing during this different phase of their lives.

“It can still be crazy busy here,” Heather said. “This is just a different kind of intense.”

The cafe will also be at the “Charged” event at the DuBois City Park Saturday and the Jeff Buck Memorial Softball Tournament at Lawrence Township Recreational Park in Clearfield Aug. 24. Proceeds from the tournament go toward helping another first responder in need.

For more information, visit Dimmick’s Roadway Cafe on Facebook or call 771-3406.

Rain, some severe weather predicted today

The dry, sunny and fall-like weather experienced in the northeastern United States over the weekend will be replaced by soaking rain, severe thunderstorms and more humid air by Tuesday.

“The large area of high pressure that kept much of the Northeast dry and comfortable this past weekend will slowly weaken and move out to sea during the early part of this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said.

A storm system will impact a broad area of the Northeast by Tuesday, according to Gilbert.

The system will first set off a round of downpours and severe thunderstorms across part of the Midwest.

The storm will then sweep across the Northeast with heavy rain to the north of its track and severe weather to its south Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Indications point toward the heaviest rain spreading across Pennsylvania and southern New York state to the upper mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England.

Within this zone, soaking and beneficial rain will fall. However, in the metro areas, street and highway flooding with substantial travel disruptions can be anticipated.

Parts of the I-95 corridor dealt with flooding downpours around the middle of last week.

The risk of new flooding with this latest round of downpours will be even higher should the forward speed of the storm system slow.

Even in the absence of flooding, motorists may face slower-than-normal travel as rain reduces visibility on the roadways and creates a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds. These hazards can be experienced on stretches of interstates 70, 80, 81, 90 and 95.

“We will also have to keep an eye out for the possibility of severe weather, mainly strong wind gusts,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said. However, there is the possibility of isolated tornadoes as well.

The greatest risk for severe thunderstorms will focus on areas where heat and humidity have had a chance to build up.

High temperatures soaring into the upper 80s to middle 90s from New Jersey to the Chesapeake Bay region and westward to Kentucky and northern Tennessee may leave this corridor most susceptible to violent thunderstorms later Tuesday.

Tuesday’s severe weather threat zone includes Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. It may extend as far north as New York City.

jbenamati / Submitted 

Bear in Clearfield

Redden touts CCCTC tech upgrades

Clearfield County Career and Technology Center was able to significantly upgrade its technology infrastructure by pinching its pennies and using surpluses in its adult education programs, reported Executive Director Fred Redden at last night’s meeting of the Joint Operating Committee.

According to Redden, CCCTC enlisted the help of the West Branch Area School District’s Information Technology Department to perform an audit on the technology school’s infrastructure and the audit found it to be in poor shape and was a security risk.

CCCTC was able to save a significant amount of money by having West Branch perform the audit instead of a private company.

To correct the technology issues, CCCTC froze equipment spending in other program areas unless it was funded by grants and used those savings to upgrade its technology infrastructure at a cost of roughly $200,000.

Through the upgrades they were able to go from having one of the worst technology infrastructures to one of the best, Redden said.

The upgrades included $70,000 for new servers, $20,000 for new security cameras as well as basic infrastructure improvements such as new cables and wiring, etc., Redden said

“We really have come a long way,” Redden said.

CCCTC also has about $1,373,000 in surplus in its adult education programs and it will be using some of those funds for the upgrades and for future upgrades.

Redden said its adult education programs have been performing extremely well in recent years, which allowed them to realize a greater surplus than they expected.

When asked by The Progress how much surplus is currently in the adult education programs, Redden said he didn’t know off hand and they won’t know for sure until the final numbers come out — but he said there is still significant funds in the program to allow for future reinvestment in the school.

Future “wish list” projects include a new patio for culinary arts, a new wash bay for the truck driver training program and a new welding awning.

Curwensville Mayor, police develop patrol schedule

CURWENSVILLE —Curwensville Mayor John Adams said both he and the members of the Curwensville Police Department are following the direction of Curwensville Borough Council’s police committee and have worked out a schedule for the coming month.

“It gives me great pleasure to inform the residents of Curwensville that we do have a police presence for 30 of 31 days in August,” Mayor Adams said. “We are continuing to work to perfect the schedule but it’s tough when the officers have other obligations. Some of those such as court hearings can be subject to change but we will continue to work and hopefully get the schedule down to a happy medium for all concerned.”

He noted the officers’ schedules, court proceedings and other obligations can make creating a monthly schedule arduous and the department must remain budget conscious.

“With having just two officers, can we get 100 percent of the days? No. Council has also informed me numerous times that there can be no overtime for the police department and I have to stick to that request.”

At a special meeting Aug. 6, police Committeewoman Rhonda Carfley said the committee had reviewed the department’s August schedule prior to the Aug. 6 meeting and found it lacking. She expressed concerns there were several days and two full weekends where no officers were scheduled for any shifts.

She said the committee had worked out a draft of a tentative schedule where there is at least one shift every day and had also met with the department’s officers and given them permission to help the mayor prepare the work schedule so there are no significant lapses in coverage.

Adams suggested residents who would like the borough to have additional coverage or believe some of the issues could be resolved with the addition of a part-time officer should express their thoughts to council’s finance committee.

“This is the time when council is starting to work on the draft of the 2020 budget,” he said, noting a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

At Monday’s meeting, council’s finance committee Chairwoman Harriet Carfley reported while many of the expenses council had planned for in the 2019 budget are currently less than the amount council had set, the police department has exceeded the amount calculated by the finance committee to be spent by this time in the year.

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