CURWENSVILLE — Curwensville Lake Authority reported the adopt a trail program at Curwensville Lake Recreation is working well.
For the most part trails are clean and looking better than ever thanks to participants’ efforts and dedication, members said.
However there are a few groups who signed on to be a patron for one of the recreation paths but have not yet started the work. Members said at Tuesday’s special meeting, communications will be sent out this week to those who registered to adopt a trail at Curwensville Lake Recreation Area but have not begun cleaning yet.
“We just want to check in with them and see whether they are still interested. They may have forgotten or had something unexpected come up,” Member Susan Williams said.
Authority members said they are very happy about the way the community has responded to the program and said the trails are looking wonderful.
For those who find themselves unable to accept the responsibility, the authority has a waiting list of those who would like to participate in the Adopt a Trail program.
In April, the authority instituted a program to assume cleanup and care of 16 spurs on the park’s trail system.
The authority, at that time, said some maintenance was needed because of the severe storms and rainy and snowy weather during the winter months. The authority asked small groups and individuals step up and volunteer to be responsible for maintenance of the paths. Members requested those assuming the cleanup responsibility visit the paths several times throughout the 2020 season and pick up any trash or downed limbs.
Those cleaning up trails were also requested to notify staff about any bridges needing repairs, fallen trees or areas where trash is too bulky or the volume too large to carry out.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health over the weekend confirmed there were 405 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 464 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 81,730. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
There are 6,423 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 new deaths.
Clearfield County reported three new cases on Saturday and Centre County reported four. Clearfield County now has a total of 66 positive cases.
The report for neighboring counties:
“With more than half of the state now in the green phase of the process to reopen, it is essential that we continue to take precautions to protect against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
“The commonwealth’s careful, measured approach to reopening is working as we see case counts continue to decline even as many other states see increases. But the virus has not gone away.
“Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”
Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing, even in counties in the green phase, could have lasting positive effects as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall.
There are 631 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 576,015 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 17,066 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,047 cases among employees, for a total of 20,113 at 663 distinct facilities in 49 counties. Approximately 6,212 of total cases are in health care workers.
HYDE — Volunteers are keeping Crown Crest Cemetery properly maintained in honor of family members and local veterans.
There are about 6,400 graves at Crown Crest Cemetery, and almost 2,000 of them are veterans, according to Lawrence Township Secretary Barbara Shaffner, who is a volunteer and handles much of the administration of the cemetery.
The cemetery is also home to Clearfield’s Memorial Day services.
“I think the veterans deserve to have a nice place and be recognized,” Shaffner said.
The cemetery had fallen into disrepair several years ago after its owners, Edmund Grenier and his wife, Brenda, pleaded guilty to theft charges and were sentenced to jail several years ago for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the customers of Crown Crest Cemetery and Lakelawn Cemetery in Reynoldsville.
Edmund Grenier is currently serving 25-50 years at SCI Bellefonte.
Brenda Grenier also pleaded guilty, served 11.5 months in the Clearfield County Jail and was released.
Since then, volunteers have taken the reigns and have maintained the cemetery.
Lawrence Township is officially in charge of administering the cemetery until a permanent owner is found, but much of the work of maintaining the cemetery is done by volunteers, Shaffner said.
The township also maintains an account of the donations that have been given to the cemetery and it has used this money to purchase two zero turn lawn mowers, weed eaters and other equipment and fuel needed to maintain the cemetery, Shaffner said.
Shaffner said she, her husband Greg, her son Gary and several neighbors of the cemetery do much of the mowing. She said it takes about 40 hours a week to mow the entire 36.5-acre cemetery.
She said other volunteers also do some mowing and do much of the weed-eating and trimming at the cemetery, many of whom who have family at the cemetery.
Before Memorial Day, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts helped clean up the cemetery and place the flags on medallions on the graves of veterans. The road crews of Lawrence Township and Clearfield Borough did some patching on the roads in the cemetery, Shaffner said.
Shaffner said she and other volunteers have been compiling the list of veterans at the cemetery to be recognized with flags and medallions, and asked residents to contact her at the township office if they have missed anyone.
“It’s really important that we recognize all the veterans,” Shaffner said.
If someone wants to purchase a plot at the cemetery, they should contact Shaffner at the township office at 766-0176.
Anyone who wants to donate or volunteer at the cemetery can call Shaffner at the township office.