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BIRTHDAY BAKE SALE

Yesterday afternoon, the Emily Whitehead Foundation held a Birthday Bake Sale to celebrate the sixth anniversary of launching the foundation at its office at 441 S. Centre St., Philipsburg. Many residents took part in ordering baked goods — as well as food from Graham’s Up In Smoke BBQ. The event sold out and raised $1,800, and also fed several local families in need. The foundation raises awareness and funds and childhood cancer. Pictured inside is Tom Whitehead delivering baked items to Dianna Condon. Pictured above are Jodi Potter, Emily’s parents Kari and Tom Whitehead, and Dave Graham.


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GRAB-AND-GO AT COLLABORATION CAFE

HOUTZDALE — Moshannon Valley Jr./Sr. High School’s breakfast program is receiving some state recognition.

The Collaboration Cafe has been identified by Project PA and will be featured in the coming months on its website. Project PA is a collaboration between Penn State University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition. The program partners with school districts and their communities to provide sound nutrition education and promote children’s healthy eating behaviors, according to information on its website.

The cafe is located within the Moshannon Valley Jr./Sr. High School’s Collaboration Center, which opened at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The center, formerly the high school library, has been transformed to provide high school students a colorful, flexible workspace with room for student and professional development collaborative and small group instruction spaces inside a traditional library setting. There is also a conference room to be used for staff training and board meetings.

According to Food Service Director Danielle Detwiler, Project PA contacted the school district about the program which has increased student participation in the breakfast program.

“They wanted to know how we were able to increase participation in the jr./sr. high school breakfast program and some tips on how the food service program and the district accomplished that,” Detwiler said.

She said, “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, breakfast was offered to students three times throughout the morning which gave them more of an opportunity to eat. We also opened the Collaboration Cafe in conjunction with the district’s new Collaboration Center which is where students could get a grab-and-go breakfast while they are working.”

Detwiler said she also believes variety in the cafe’s menu is another reason why students are actively participating in the enterprise.

“We change the menu up frequently to keep the students interested in what is being served. In addition to a complete breakfast, a number of a la carte items are offered each day for students to purchase in the event that they don’t want a full breakfast.”

A neon light up board hangs on the wall beside the pickup wall at the cafe where the daily breakfast menu is written so that students will know what is being served in the cafe that day. Detwiler said she also believes another component to success is a welcoming food service staff and support for the program by the district’s administration.

Detwiler said she is pleased the program was acknowledged by Project PA.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our breakfast participation,” she said.


Local
Areas within Glendale School District now have high speed broadband access

FLINTON — State Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., R-Clearfield/Cambria and state Rep. Tommy Sankey R-Clearfield/Cambria recently announced that Comcast has completed the extension of its high-speed broadband network in portions of southern Clearfield County and northern Cambria County months ahead of schedule, providing better broadband access to thousands of residents in their districts.

As a result of Comcast’s investment, Langerholc said 3,900 residential customers now have access to all Xfinity services, including residential gigabit broadband service, and businesses will receive the full suite of Comcast Business products and services, including Ethernet network speeds up to 100 Gigabits-per-second.

The new and improved broadband is now available to the boroughs of Coalport, Glen Hope and Irvona and the township of Beccaria in Clearfield County, and the townships of Chest, White, Dean, Clearfield and Reade in Cambria County.

“I would like to thank Comcast for making this important investment in our area and bringing the project in ahead of schedule,” said Langerholc. “I’m grateful Comcast has taken positive steps to assist the residents of these areas particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, when access to high-speed broadband is crucial to so many people, including students, fire and EMS personnel, small businesses and health care professionals.”

“One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has made painfully obvious is the need to create pathways that connect unserved and underserved areas of our Commonwealth with vital services they need in their everyday lives,” Sankey said. “This decision by Comcast is not about enabling these portions of Cambria and Clearfield counties to download movies. It is about providing a bridge to educational materials for their children, access to emergency service providers in time of need and connections to growth opportunities that to this point did not exist inside our present communications infrastructure.”

“We are pleased to complete this important project well ahead of schedule and have had overwhelmingly positive response to the expansion of our broadband footprint in these areas of Clearfield and Cambria counties,” said Toni Murphy, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Keystone Region.

Comcast is the first provider to deliver Wi-Fi speeds faster than 1 Gig across all of its Northeast Division markets, according to Comcast Spokesman Robert Grove.

“This is also now available to customers in Cambria and Clearfield counties that have our services through the network expansion that is the subject of today’s release by the elected officials,” Grove said on Friday.

The ability to deliver 1.2 Gbps is using Comcast’s existing network architecture and the connections that are already in most customers’ homes – it does not require significant upgrades to the network or new wiring inside or outside the home. These faster speeds are made possible by the Xfinity xFi Advanced Gateway, which is one of the first devices provided by a U.S. Internet Service Provider to offer next-generation Wi-Fi 6 technology.

“We are constantly innovating to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best internet experience, powered by award-winning technologies, new products and solutions,” Grove said in a statement.


BAKE SALE PICKUP

Tom Whitehead delivers baked items to Diana Condon during yesterday’s “Birthday Bake Sale” to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Emily Whitehead Foundation. All proceeds from the event went to the foundation, as well as 50 percent of sales from Graham’s Up In Smoke BBQ. To comply with social distancing, those who ordered were met by volunteers in a type of drive-thru service.


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Clearfield County Jail in lockdown due to positive COVID-19 tests

The Clearfield County Jail is on lockdown after several inmates tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Six inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, but none have yet shown any symptoms, according to Clearfield County Court Administrator F. Cortez “Chip” Bell III.

The jail is retesting the inmates to make sure the tests weren’t false positives, Bell said.

Due to the lockdown, the jail is accepting inmates on a case-by-case manner depending on the seriousness of the offense, Bell said.

Visitors are also not allowed inside the jail. Bell said defendants who complete their sentences are being released as scheduled.

Yesterday at sentencing court, Judge Paul Cherry gave defendants who were free on bail at sentencing — but later sentenced to jail — a delayed commitment for about a month due to the lockdown.

“Because of the situation at the jail, all my sentences today are going to be delayed commitments,” Cherry said at sentencing court.

Delayed commitments of a couple of days to a few weeks is not unusual for less serious offenses when the jail is full, or if the defendant has a medical procedure or some other matter that has to be attended prior to going to jail.

The jail is also struggling with a virus of another sort. A computer virus has shut down all of the jail’s computers and knocked out its internet service, Bell said.

It is the same computer virus that shut down Clearfield County’s computers last week. Although the county’s computers were brought back online after a few of days, the jail’s computers continue to be infected, Bell said.

And because of the virus, the courts cannot have inmates participate in court hearings via the internet using video teleconferencing equipment.

Due to the pandemic, none of the inmates are being transported to the courthouse to participate in person; therefore all incarcerated defendants scheduled to be sentenced yesterday had their cases continued until next month.

Additionally, Centralized Court/preliminary hearings are held on Wednesdays at the jail, and now that can’t happen due to the lockdown, Bell said.

He said all hearings for non-incarcerated defendants have been postponed.

Bell said they are hoping that the jail’s computer system is up and running by Wednesday so they can hold preliminary hearings for incarcerated defendants via video teleconferencing.


Crime
Hyde woman sentenced to jail for trafficking meth

Amy Jo Clark of Hyde was sentenced to a total of 180 days in the Clearfield County Jail by Judge Paul Cherry for trafficking methamphetamine and DUI yesterday at sentencing court.

Clark pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony; and DUI-controlled substance/2nd offense, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail each to be served consecutively.

Cherry ordered her to report to CCJ on Feb. 25 because the jail is currently on lockdown due to positive COVID-19 tests at the jail.

Clark was also sentenced to serve two years consecutive probation, fined $1,500 plus costs on the DUI charge, and $300 plus costs on the possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

She was also ordered to complete DUI school and was informed her driver’s license would be suspended according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation standards.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 28, 2019, Lawrence Township Police initiated a traffic stop on Clark at 9:22 p.m. for not having her registration plate illuminated.

Clark showed signs of impairment, and inside the vehicle police found a stun gun, methamphetamine, a scale, and packaging material consistent with the distribution of methamphetamine.

Clark admitted the items were hers. She said they are for personal use but does sell methamphetamine to friends from time to time.

She was taken to Penn Highlands Clearfield for a blood draw and she tested positive for methamphetamine.

Clark was represented by court appointed attorney Patrick Lavelle of DuBois; the commonwealth was represented First Assistant District Attorney Leanne Nedza.


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