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GLEN RICHEY IGLOO

Instead of making hay when the sun shines, three young ladies from the Turkey Hill area outside of Glen Richey decided to make an igloo from an abundance of snow that the region has seen in recent weeks. Homeowner Lynn McBride used his Bobcat to pile up the snow for a sled riding hill for his three daughters — Madi, 14, Ellie, 11, and Lily, 9. The pile later became an igloo. McBride put a doorway on the front and the girls hauled snow out of the inside of the igloo with their sleds. Photo courtesy of Bob Knepp of Clearfield.


DIGGING OUT AGAIN

Snowblowers, shovels and snowplows were out in force again yesterday in Clearfield as Progressland was hit with a other winter snowstorm. Pictured is Clearfield YMCA Chief Executive Officer Don Herres clearing the sidewalk in front of the YMCA at the corner of E. Locust Street and 2nd Street.


Local
Farm to Families food box distribution is today at 4 p.m.

A USDA Farm to Families Food Box will be held at the Clearfield Driving Park on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.

Everyone is eligible to receive a 30-50 pound box of food, containing produce, cheese, liquid eggs, meat and a gallon of milk, according to Clearfield Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott.

“It’s a lot of food,” Stott said, “And its good food too.”

Stott said they have 400 boxes of food to give away.

The program is run by the YMCA of Centre County and Stott said volunteers from the fire department, the police department and borough council will likely be on hand to help with the distribution.

Volunteers will put the boxes in participant’s vehicles so they won’t have to get out.

Vehicles will enter from the Park Street in a single line. Once inside the Driving Park the line will be split into two lines for food distribution and the vehicles will exit the Driving Park in a single line via Weaver Street, Stott said.

Penn Highlands is having COVID-19 vaccinations in the Expo I that day as well, Stott said. But she said it is expected to be completed by 2 p.m.


Pennsylvania deer hunter Mike Wolf with a deer.


News
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Curwensville schools receive T-Mobile hotspots grant

CURWENSVILLE — Students living in the Curwensville Area School District now have a reliable way to submit their school work thanks to a grant received by the district.

The district recently receive a grant from T-Mobile providing 100 hotspots to be loaned to students living in areas of the school district that have little to no internet access. The hotspots provide wireless access to the internet.

Technology Administrator Aaron Prisk said when schools were ordered closed for 10 days by Gov. Tom Wolf in March 2020 and that closure was then extended in April through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the district began to gather data about the school community’s ability to connect to the internet, which is necessary for virtual learning.

“We suspected there would be a significant portion of the community lacking what the district considered adequate connectivity. The lack of proper internet infrastructure in rural regions has been a major issue for decades and there’s been little to no movement by major internet service providers and government to try to meaningfully address it. From the survey we came up with a list of households with limited or no connectivity with a majority of them being in a few geographical areas outside of towns within the school district. To help mitigate the problem, a few local businesses were kind enough to allow the district to store a hotspot students could use to download and submit their school assignments. We also encouraged students to take advantage of the district’s Wi-Fi in school parking lots to access their coursework on their district-issued Chromebooks,” Prisk said.

The survey found 5 percent of district households have no internet access and approximately 20 percent have limited access.

“We defined ‘limited access’ as families who have limited bandwidth such as satellite or digital subscriber lines or prohibitive data limits through personal wireless hotspots,” he said.

Prisk said a few months ago he was contacted by a local T-Mobile representative concerning a new program, Project 10 Million. The goal of the project is to provide 10 million hotspots across the country to students with limited to no internet access.

Curwensville submitted an application and was selected to receive 100 free hotspots at no cost to the school district.

Prisk said, “Now that we have the devices in hand, we’ve been reaching out to the households identified in the district’s survey. As of this moment, we have approximately 25 households with the hotspots the school district received in hand and more are getting issued every day. We are also actively working with the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center who was also awarded hotspots to best address its student’s connectivity needs.”

Prisk said to receive use of a hotspot, residents do not need to be a T-Mobile customer.

“There is no commitment or contract of any kind from students and parents other than turning them back over to the school at the end of year,” he explained.

Prisk said the new hotspots have been very beneficial to the district’s students in several ways.

“One is students who typically wouldn’t be able to fully participate in online coursework are now on par with the rest of their classmates; and two, it also removes some strain on already stretched parents who now won’t have to drive to find internet access.”

District Superintendent Ron Matchock called the program a great project that provides students with the means to be able to do virtual schoolwork.


Crime
Man sentenced to state prison for fatal crash

Judge Paul Cherry sentenced Michael Keith Rose, 30, of Woodland, to state prison after he pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle.

Rose was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 20, 2019 that resulted in the death of Nathaniel Canfield, 30, of Curwensville.

Rose pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, a felony of the third degree, and was sentenced to serve a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of seven years in state prison as recommended by the probation department.

It was an open plea, meaning the commonwealth and the defense couldn’t come to an agreement on a minimum sentence, leaving it to the presiding judge to decide.

Rose’s attorney, Jendi Schwab of the public defender’s office, said this is a tragic case but argued the probation department’s recommendation is the maximum prison time in the aggravated range of the sentencing guidelines, and argued Rose’s offense doesn’t warrant sentencing in the aggravated range and instead asked Cherry to sentence him in the standard range.

“I don’t think there is sufficient reason to go in the aggravated range,” Schwab said.

Rose also apologized to Canfield’s family during the hearing and said he takes responsibility for his actions

Rose participated in the hearing via video teleconferencing.

Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers asked Cherry to give Rose the maximum as recommended by the probation department due to the seriousness of the offense and argued that there are sufficient facts to sentence Rose in the aggravated range.

“He took the life of another individual right before Christmas two years ago,” Sayers said.

And although Rose apologized, Sayers said he doesn’t know if he is sincere or is only saying it for the purposes of court.

Cherry said he gave Rose the sentence due to the seriousness of the charge and said Rose twice violated his supervised bail, showing that he is not amenable to a county jail sentence.

In addition to the homicide by vehicle charge, Rose also pleaded guilty involuntary manslaughter, which merged with the homicide by vehicle charge for the purposes of sentencing.

He was also sentenced on the following summary charges: careless driving-unintentional death $500 fine plus costs obedience to traffic control devices, $160 fine plus costs; failure to keep right, $35 fine plus costs, driving at safe speed $35 plus costs.

According to the police report, the crash occurred on state Route 729 in Ferguson Township south of Lumber City. Canfield was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado north when a 2012 Dodge Ram driven by Rose, of Woodland, was traveling south. Rose failed to negotiate a right hand turn in the roadway. Rose’s truck hit Canfield’s truck head-on, causing both vehicles to come to a final rest on the roadway.

Canfield’s truck caught fire after impact. A “good samaritan” who came upon the crash hooked a chain to the driver’s side door of Canfield’s truck and pulled the door off in an effort to remove Canfield from the wreckage.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, troopers arrived on scene and emergency responders were performing life saving measures on Canfield while firefighters extinguished the vehicle fire.

Deputy Coroner Gilbert Stevenson pronounced Canfield dead at the scene.

Police spoke with Rose in the back of an ambulance while at the scene. Rose said he slid on ice causing him to lose control of his vehicle and his vehicle traveled into the oncoming lane of travel, striking Canfield’s vehicle head-on. Rose was then taken from the scene by ambulance.

State police spoke to two witnesses who said they did not see any ice on the roadway.

On Jan. 28, 2019 state police received the autopsy report on Canfield, which listed the cause of death as hypoxia (lack of oxygen) due to the flash fire in the vehicle. Retroperitoneal hemorrhage (internal bleeding in the abdomen) due to a motor vehicle crash was listed as a contributing factor.

On Feb. 11, 2019 police received the crash reconstruction report which determined Rose was traveling at 56 mph in a 35 mph zone just before the crash.

On Feb. 17, 2019 police received Rose’s medical records from UPMC Altoona, which showed Rose had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.


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