Local updates

ST MARYS — Elk County libraries will begin offering contact-free, curbside pickup services Monday, safely offering materials to readers after the pandemic shutdown.

DuBOIS — The DuBois Area School District announced Thursday afternoon that the parade and graduation ceremony at Mansell Stadium, originally scheduled for Friday evening, has been rescheduled for Saturday evening due to inclement weather being forecast for Friday evening.

DuBOIS — As the Tri-County area transitions to the green phase today, officials at Penn Highlands Healthcare have reiterated their adherence to the safety of patients, staff and the communities they serve as the local health system’s first priority.

REYNOLDSVILLE — The Hummingbird Speedway is making plans regarding the operation of the track as Jefferson County enters the green phase today.

REYNOLDSVILLE — Two Jeff Tech (Jefferson County Vocational Technical School) instructors have kept their students included in a “COVID-19 History in the Making Project” throughout the closure.

REYNOLDSVILLE — The Reynoldsville Pool will open June 6 provided the Center for Disease Control and state regulations don’t change before then.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney High School will release its virtual graduation June 6 at 6 p.m. for students and families to view.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Thursday that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the statewide total to 70,042.

WEEDVILLE — “We especially need to recognize these exceptional students of 2020, and not let them fall through the cracks despite the abrupt ending to their school year. Therefore, the Bennetts Valley Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that it will still be awarding scholarships …

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DuBOIS — With Clearfield County being among the 17 counties that will move into the green phase on Friday, the DuBois Area School District is now planning a blended graduation ceremony to include an abbreviated in-person ceremony as well as a virtual ceremony for the Class of 2020.

National Updates

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