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Clfd elementary students raise $8,400 for Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child

The Clearfield Area Elementary School raised more than $8,400 for Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child.

The school used the funds to purchase toys for the Toys for Tots program and to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

From Nov. 1-9, students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade collected coins for the organizations and had friendly competitions between students, classrooms and genders on who could raise the most money.

The students ended up raising enough money to fill the school’s stage with toys for the Toys for Tots program and fill 240 shoeboxes, organizer Sheena MacTavish said.

Last year, the school raised $5,400. Their goal for this year was to raise $6,000 and pack 200 shoeboxes. This year’s totals far exceeded their expectations, organizer Jenny Peacock said.

“This is about helping other people,” Principal Kenneth Veihdeffer said. “And not just during the holidays but the whole year.”

For the competitions, every day the coins would be weighed, with paper money being worth one pound per dollar. The class that collected the most that day would receive the Golden Giver Trophy for the day.

At the end of the competition, the classroom that had the most coins got to keep the trophy for the rest of the year.

Jessica Maney’s sixth grade classroom took home the Golden Giver Trophy this year, collecting 1,833 pounds of coins. Her students wrote letters in class to area businesses asking for donations. The students physically delivered the letters themselves to the businesses on their own time, Peacock said. The letters were very persuasive and several businesses gave generous donations, Peacock said.

Businesses that made donations included C. Classic Dodge, Chrysler Ram, Aaron Rowles Logging, Knickerbocker Villa and Our Town Boutique. Dentist Dr. Thomas Irwin of Philipsburg also donated toothbrushes for the shoeboxes, MacTavish said.

In the boys versus girls competition, the boys ended up winning this year, collecting 3,992 pounds of coins to the 2,825 pounds collected by the girls, MacTavish said.

“The girls won last year, so the boys worked hard because they really wanted to win this year,” MacTavish said.

She said one fifth grade boy went door to door in his neighborhood and raised $300 by himself.

There was also a “Cool Cash Kid of the Day” where the student who raised the most coins for the day would receive a prize.

The school had announcements at the end of the day announcing the daily winners.

Students who raised $25 or more got their choice of a mask made by Marty Spackman and Cindy Shimmel.

Toys for Tots is operated by the Marine Corps League. It donates toys to children less fortunate. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes of items to disadvantaged children around the world.

Readers can win in the Who's Your Santa promotion

The Progress is again giving its readers an opportunity to obtain an early Christmas gift by shopping locally to prepare for the coming holiday season.

For the third year, our newspaper group is conducting the “Who’s Your Santa?” promotion with the help of 10 local businesses from The Progress’ readership area.

From now through Saturday, Nov. 27, readers can visit the businesses noted below and drop off the corresponding entry tickets from the special full page of Who’s Your Santa information for the chance to win one of 10 stockings stuffed with $60 worth of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets.

An entry box will be located at each of the businesses. Readers will have until Saturday, Nov. 27, Small Business Saturday, to place entries in the box. On Monday, Nov. 29, each of the 10 businesses will draw a winner from their box and then notify the winner by telephone.

“This is an opportunity to get shoppers through the door to see all that these wonderful businesses have to offer,” said The Progress’ Advertising Director Kristy Yaukey. “The contest also gives readers a chance to win lottery tickets while they are shopping locally.”

The Progress’ 10 participating businesses are:

Thompson and Buck Total Car Care, 303 N. Second St., Clearfield

Eagle Haven Computers Inc., 5860 Clearfield Woodland Hwy., Clearfield

Philipsburg True Value, 1687 Philipsburg Bigler Hwy., Philipsburg

Anytime Fitness, 1800 Daisy St. Ext., Clearfield

Historica Plus Antique Gallery, 234. E. Market St., Clearfield

Angel Walk Winery, 56 Angel Walk Lane, Allport

Thieves Market, 219 N. Front St., Philipsburg

Ryen Realty LLC, 21 N. Second St., Philipsburg

The Lobby Grill at the We Are Inn, 1535 Port Matilda Hwy., Philipsburg

Gates Hardware, 425 Filbert St., Curwensville

Similar promotions are also being held by the Courier Express/Tri-County Weekend, Jeffersonian Democrat and Leader-Vindicator, three partner public publications of The Progress. Who’s Your Santa will give away $3,000 in lottery tickets across the four publications.

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Sankey waives hearing on witness intimidation, assault and trespassing charges

Austin Levi Sankey, 27, of Clearfield, who is accused of intimidation of witness, trespassing and assault, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling Wednesday at Centralized Court.

Sankey is charged with intimidation of witness — felony of the second degree, criminal trespass/enter structure — felony of the third degree, simple assault — misdemeanor of the second degree, loitering and prowling at night and disorderly conduct — both misdemeanors of the third degree, and criminal mischief/damage to property — summary offense.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 11 at 10:46 p.m., Clearfield Borough Police were dispatched to a residence on East Pine Street for a break in that was in progress.

Police were aware that there was a prior incident at the residence involving a male breaking in.

Assistant Chief Nathan Curry and Officer David Hoover arrived on scene.

A window was broken. Hoover stood by the window while Curry went to the back door and contacted the complainant’s sister who came to the door and let the officers in.

The caller had locked herself in the bathroom. She exited when police entered. The caller was visibly upset, emotional and shaking.

The caller’s sister said her on and off boyfriend, Sankey, had left and fled towards Third Street.

Lawrence Township Police arrived on scene, and they began searching the area for Sankey.

The caller said she was lying in bed when her dog began to bark. The caller could hear her sister outside arguing with someone.

She then heard Sankey tapping on the bedroom window. He then struck and broke the window.

The caller then ran to the bathroom, locked the door and called 911.

She said she was aware that Sankey had just been informed via mail that trespassing charges were filed against him. She feared he was there to retaliate against her.

The earlier incident occurred on Oct. 16. The caller said she was sleeping at home when Sankey made unauthorized entry into the apartment. She was the only one home and, feeling threatened and scared, called 911.

After Sankey was charged, the victim said she started receiving text messages from Sankey blaming her and her sister for the charges. Sankey’s messages asserted he was going to go to jail because of them.

She said she believed Sankey sent the text messages and came to the apartment to intimidate her from testifying against him.

She said she saved the messages and gave them to police.

Police spoke to the sister. She said earlier in the day she and Sankey were arguing at his residence on Leavy Avenue. She said Sankey became very angry, so she left and went home to her apartment that she shares with her sister.

She said she turned off her phone to avoid further contact with Sankey and laid down in bed to go to sleep.

She said she was almost asleep when she heard Sankey tapping on the window.

He then continued to knock down the side of the residence causing her sister’s dog to bark.

The sister got up and went outside to talk to Sankey who was now on the back porch.

She said they started to argue, and Sankey became very angry. She said he started to walk away, and she turned to go back inside when she heard him smash something but didn’t know what it was.

She said she went back inside. She went in her bedroom and saw the broken glass on the floor.

Both women said they did not invite Sankey to the residence. The complainant’s sister said she had told Sankey earlier that he was not welcome at the residence anymore.

Police learned that Sankey was at the bar at St. Charles Cafe in Clearfield.

When police arrived at the bar, Sankey started to walk away. Sankey was handcuffed. Once he was taken outside, he became belligerent and tried to pull away.

Sankey also smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Sankey was placed in the Clearfield County Jail where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.

Sankey was represented by attorney Kenneth Pennington of the public defender’s office; the commonwealth was represented by Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers.

Glendale board names spring sports coaches

FLINTON — Glendale School Board approved a number of items addressing district personnel.

At Tuesday’s meeting, directors approved spring sports coaching positions. They include Kevin Zimmerman, 2021-22 head varsity baseball coach; Scott Misiura, assistant varsity baseball coach; and Bruce Vereshack, head varsity softball coach. The board tabled action on naming an assistant varsity softball coach.

The board also approved athletic volunteers, Barbara Kuhn, varsity girls basketball; and Ryan Sinclair, varsity boys basketball.

The resignation of Kelsey Beirlair as a secondary language arts instructor with a release date no later than Jan. 8 was accepted by directors. The position will be advertised.

The board granted permanent employment to Christine Niebauer and Lisa Ricketts upon successful completion of their probationary periods on Nov. 22.

Heather Anderson was approved by directors to fill the vacant full-time paraprofessional position and Joshua Flick as a part-time maintenance weekend employee.

Permission was given to instructors Larry Putorek and Jeremiah Dobo to take 125 students to Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. Nov. 9-Nov. 13, 2022 for performances.

Board members also discussed rehabilitating the cardio/weight room. District Superintendent Edward DiSabato said the project had been discussed a couple years ago but was placed on hiatus when COVID-19 restricted use of the room’s equipment.

He said most of the pieces of equipment in the room are 10- to 12-years-old.

DiSabato said he is currently exploring funding opportunities and there is a possibility the COVID-19 relief funding the district received could be put toward the cost.

Director Theo Sinclair said she was concerned about the district taking on further expenses. “We need to watch our pennies. We need to make sure we get the science lab done and we also have a professional contract coming up.”

Director Gary Walstrom said the equipment needs to be maintained and replaced at regular intervals. “It is a very nice facility for such a small school. We need to look at how to keep this up,” he said.

The board made no decisions. The matter will be discussed again at a future meeting.