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The Penn Highlands DuBois Auxiliary recently donated $75,000 to Penn Highlands DuBois. The auxiliary raises money throughout the year through its Holiday Ball, hospital-wide sales of candy, books, purses, linens and other items along with donations received directly from donors. Shown in the photo are, from left, Paula DuBois, president; Nancy Kline, auxiliary member; Barb Fawns, auxiliary vice-president and in-house sales coordinator; Terry Swope, auxiliary member; Karen Yanek, auxiliary past president; John Sutika, hospital president; Jim Sloan, auxiliary scholarship chairman; Mary Ann Piccirillo, auxiliary treasurer; and Debbie Wain, auxiliary liaison for hospital administration.

The Stoltz Family Dealership recently donated funds to Clearfield-Jefferson Heroin Task Force Inc. The Heroin Task Force is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation, made up of volunteers whose mission it is to educate and increase awareness regarding heroin and other drug use. The Task Force has recently embarked on an Overdose Task Force, and will use the donation to support that project. All donations go directly back to the community, as the Task Force has no paid employees. Pictured above are members of the Stoltz Family Dealership and Heroin Task Force representatives receiving the donation were: Jen Henry, Certified Recovery specialist, Susan Ford, director of Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission, and Leah Volpe, Certified Recovery specialist. For more information on the Clearfield-Jefferson Heroin Task Force, call (814) 371-9002.

Core Elite Cheer All-Stars competed in the Johnsonburg 2018 Cheer Revival Competition on Jan. 27. They placed first in their division as well as placing first out of 16 teams to win the Grand Champion All-Star trophy. Shown in the front row are: Reese Harry, Mia Ludwig, Aleea Collins, Sydney Bridgman; middle row: Maria Duffy, Katherine Adair, Ella Johnson, Siena Ferraro, Liberty Bojalad, Coach Nickie Ludwig; and back row: Coach Lynda Struss, Taylor Harry, and Arraya Getch.

DuBois Central Catholic Elementary students, from left, are shown with some of Sadecky’s Puppets and their puppeteers: Samuel Ruscitti, Mackenzie McElroy and Jack Roy. The puppet show was held at DCC last week as part of Catholic Schools’ Week.

Amilia Bisceglia-Caridi and Benny Zuchelli count 100 yummy treats on the 100th day of school in kindergarten at DuBois Central Catholic.

The story began in May 2017 when Paris heard through the grapevine that Pentz Run Youth Services Inc., a non-profit agency providing group home residency and emergency shelter for local adolescents, was in need of linens for the 18 beds in its facilities. Not coincidentally, Paris, the area’s largest provider of linen management services for hospitals and other health care organizations, maintains a large inventory of bed linens to service its customers. Paris has a long record of helping local organizations in need. Consequently, a gift of 36 sets of linens was made and received by Pentz Run staff and residents. This proved to be just the start of a story with a heart-warming page two as the Christmas season approached. Christmas provided another opportunity for Paris and Pentz Run to team up. Youth at Pentz Run are living away from home for certain reasons; some for shorter periods, some for longer. Paris inquired about making a monetary donation and subsequently presented a check to help fill in the Christmas lists of some of the kids who might be going without. From left are: Brook Morgan and Shelby Volosky, residential managers; Manda Shaw, executive assistant to the CEO of Paris Companies; Deb Gregori, executive director of Pentz Run; and Sharon Engle, Human Services and Marketing, Paris Companies.

A group of DuBois Area Middle School students enjoy sharing their love of reading to local pre-school children who attend CenClear on Beaver Drive in DuBois. From left are: Zachary Chelgreen, Jaydin Peterman, Cohbey Bart, Riley Wolfe, Kadyn Smith, Rylie Altemus and Emma Charles.