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HONORING VETERANS DURING A PANDEMIC

OSCEOLA MILLS — Floyd Hauth of Osceola Mills was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. He is also the Osceola Mills VFW 5020 Quartermaster.

Throughout the past several years, Hauth and members of the military spend a great deal of time over the Memorial Day weekend traveling to various cemeteries in the region to perform Memorial Day services in honor of fallen veterans.

With the coronavirus pandemic leading to the cancellation of this year’s Memorial Day events, Hauth issued the following tips on how citizens can honor and celebrate veterans on Memorial Day safely while contributing to the health of the community:

  • Fly the American flag at half-staff. Do this from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day, in order to show your respect. Keep the U.S. flag higher than your state, county, or establishment flags. Traditionally, the American flag is positioned the highest, the state flag is in the middle, and all others are beneath them.
  • If you have novelty flags, consider removing them temporarily out of respect for this day.
  • Put flowers and flags on graves. You can show your respect by placing items on the graves of friends and family, civilians, and military personnel. If you live far away from the final resting place of anyone you know, decorate the grave of a stranger. If you would like to sponsor a thank you bouquet, you can do so through the National Memorial Day Foundation. On Memorial Day weekend, the bouquet you’ve sponsored will be placed at war memorials on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. Tell your kids and/or family members to honor the yearly tradition as well. If they develop a habit of honoring memorial day now, then they will most likely teach it to their children and Memorial Day will have more meaning to America.

  • Consider making a donation on this day to a charity that supports the spouses and children of soldiers who have been killed in combat.
  • Participate in the “adopt a grave” program as a class or a family. Take care of a grave by leaving flowers there regularly and keeping it clean and free of debris.

Clearfield Area Jr./Sr. High School seniors Austin McDanel and Taylor Trinidad, both of Woodland, smile for the camera front of the high school while Austin’s sister Jessica McDanel, also of Woodland, takes some pictures. Seniors throughout the Progressland region are in the process of culiminating their education with graduation activities.

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News
Curwensville board hears details for graduation ceremony

CURWENSVILLE — Curwensville Area Jr./Sr. High School had set a deadline of Monday, May 18 to make a determination concerning the status of its senior class graduation ceremony.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Ron Matchock told directors, “We have held off as long as we could. We thought we could have an outdoor graduation but we are not permitted to do so under the yellow phase.”

Matchock said the district has no choice, it must comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive to limit gatherings to less than 25 persons as part of Clearfield County’s second phase of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home order.

He said class of 2020’s graduation ceremony will be held June 5 in the new elementary school parking lot along Beech Street. Sixty-two seniors will participate.

Students will wait in their cars with their families. The cars will be spread out throughout the parking lot so that social distancing can be observed.

The ceremony will be broadcast and available on an FM radio station so that everyone attending is able to hear.

“We feel this is the closest thing we can do under the guidelines,” Matchock said, adding, “We are going to try to make it as special as we can.”

He said students were notified of the plans on Monday. Principal Bill Hayward said in the event the yellow phase restrictions are lifted the district will be ready to revise its plans and host a ceremony at Riverside Stadium.

“If something happens and we can have it at the stadium we will be prepared to move to that,” he explained.


Coronavirus
Clearfield County COVID-19 cases remain at 33

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Thursday that there are 980 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 65,392.

There are 4,869 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 102 new deaths.

Clearfield County’s total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 33, while Elk County remains steady at six total cases and Jefferson County remained unchanged with seven cases, the latest update from the state said.

To date, the number of negative cases reported in Clearfield County is listed at 897, in Elk County at 272 and in Jefferson County at 443, according to the Department of Health.

Statewide, 303,514 patients have tested negative to date.

According to the latest report:

— Clarion County’s number of cases was unchanged, with 25 reported cases now and two deaths.

— Indiana County reported two new cases, with a total of 88 reported cases and four deaths.

— Centre County reports a total of 136 cases and five deaths.

— Cameron County remains the same, with two reported cases.

— Forest County has seven reported cases.

— Potter County remains unchanged with four reported cases.

— McKean County was unchanged with a total of 11 reported cases and one death related to COVID-19.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 14,113 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,306 cases among employees, for a total of 16,419 at 570 distinct facilities in 44 counties.


Local
COVID-19 testing required for inmates entering state prison

The state is now requesting inmates be tested for COVID-19 before being transferred to state prison, reported President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman at yesterday’s meeting of the Clearfield County Prison Board.

He said the state Department of Corrections recently sent a letter to the county informing them of the policy change.

“It was very sudden,” Interim Warden Mike Cook said. “A lot of people were surprised.”

Cook said he contacted the state Department of Health, which informed him that DOH would send the jail tests for every inmate to be transferred free of charge.

He said the DOH is sending five or six over today by courier. The tests will be administered by medical staff at the jail. Once the testing is completed, the DOH will send a courier back to the jail to pick up the tests and send them to a lab. He said the jail should have the results in a day or two, maybe three.

Currently there are five inmates awaiting transfer to state prison.

Commissioner Dave Glass asked Cook to keep track of any expenses the jail incurs from the testing so they can turn it in for possible reimbursement.


Local
Philipsburg Boro to allow ATV, UTV use through Project 70

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg Borough Council voted at Monday night’s council meeting to move a gate that would tallow ATV and UTV use through its Project 70 area behind Cold Stream Dam.

Secretary Shelley Walstrom told The Progress the meeting itself was conducted at the Cold Stream Dam amphitheater due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Everybody was able to keep away at a safe, six-foot distance,” Walstrom said.

Walstrom said Jason Vaux and Donny Maurer spoke to council about being able to use the Project 70 area as it borders Rush Township, which previously had approved ATV/UTV usage on township roads.

A discussion then took place and council decided to allow a gate to be moved on Pipeline Road that would give access to ATV/UTV riders. Walstrom said Vaux and his group would then maintain the trail. However, council stressed that they do not want any riders getting into the park area or Cold Stream Dam’s amphitheater.