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DuBois' Act 537 Plan still being worked on; new plant may be in the near future

DuBOIS — The City of DuBois continues to work on its Act 537 Plan and a new sewage treatment plant may be in the future.

“The Act 537 Plan is a plan to either replace or update the City sewage treatment plant,” said city Manager John “Herm” Suplizio. “This is something you’ll hear us talk about for the upcoming months. All plans are leaning now towards replacing the plant that we have in place now. Our present plant was built in 1960 and the plans of that plant were actually designed 10 years prior to that. There’s a lot of new technology that has come out that will make our plant even more efficient.”

Though it will make the sewage plant more efficient, it does not come without a cost.

“The current estimated cost is between $30 and $40 million,” Suplizio said.

Suplizio said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency oversees the city on this matter.

The city just wants to keep residents informed.

“This is something that’s going to happen in the future, and we want people to be aware that this may be happening,” Suplizio said.

Gulich Township fire kills one

ALLEMANS — A woman was killed in a fire that tore through a mobile home at 2548 Cambria St. in the village of Allemans in Gulich Township on Thursday afternoon.

Allemans is located just north of the Cambria County line in Clearfield County along state Route 253.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 2:04 p.m. after a passer-by saw smoke coming from the structure. Clearfield County Emergency Services transmissions said the person who reported the fire tried to gain access to the home but the doors were locked, and at the time, it was unknown if anyone was inside.

Clearfield County Coroner Kimberlee Shaffer-Snyder said in a telephone interview on Thursday evening that an autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled in State College on Saturday morning.

“I am not releasing the name until next of kin are notified,” Shaffer-Snyder said. She said the fire is under investigation by a state police fire marshal.

Ramey Vol. Fire Co. was the fire department in charge of the scene.

Assisting Ramey firefighters on scene were volunteer personnel from Columbia Fire Co. of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale, Madera, Glen Hope, Glendale Fire Co. of Coalport, Morris Township, Tyrone in Blair County and Reade Township Station 63 of Blandburg, Cambria County.

Clearfield-based state police were also on scene.

File photo by Andy Stine 

Penn State DuBois' Morgan Silvis (right) drives to the hoop in a game against Penn State Beaver earlier this season. Silvis scored 12 points in DuBois' 81-52 win over Penn State Fayette on Thursday.

Casino recruitment to Lawrence Township underway

CLEARFIELD — The perfect place for one of the new mini casinos may be in Clearfield County. In collaboration, Clearly Ahead Development, Visit Clearfield County, and Lawrence Township have been in contact with potential casino owners in an effort to promote the north parcel commercial area of the Commerce Park in Lawrence Township.

This site is located just off Interstate 80 and is clearly visible from the highway. It is estimated that almost 30,000 people pass by this location on I-80 each day. “The site is extremely conducive to development due to its speed to market infrastructure capabilities in the north parcel, a well commercialized exit with immediate hotel infrastructure, and ease of visitor accessibility from Interstate 80,” said Rob Swales, CEO of Clearly Ahead Development.

Hotels in this area can accommodate 1,600 people, according to Visit Clearfield County. The new businesses will be classified as a category 4 gambling establishment or mini casino that will have as many as 750 slot machines and up to 40 gaming tables. The mini casinos must be at least 25 miles from the current larger casinos.

The licenses are limited and only available to groups currently operating casinos in Pennsylvania. The licenses are being auctioned off on a bi-weekly basis through May 2018 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. With eight more licenses available, Clearfield County is vying for the attention of the casino operators to consider the area.

In January the first mini casino was awarded to an operator to locate in York County. The second was awarded for a location in Westmoreland County. “A mini casino could bring great benefits to the county,” said Clearfield County Commissioner John Sobel. “In addition to employing up to 300 people, it would be a revenue source for both the county and the municipality where it is located. Each would receive 3 percent of the casino’s revenue which would bring money into the area and “become a great source of relief for taxpayers,” Sobel expressed.

The additional visitors to the area would likely lead to growth of existing business and attract new businesses such as restaurants, hotels and services being built in proximity to the site, if awarded.

The Lawrence Township Supervisors are also actively pursuing this opportunity and have issued letters of support to all qualified casino owners. “Cooperative efforts among Visit Clearfield County and Clearly Ahead Development continue as we reach out to the casino owners using various media formats to connect with the instate operators and corporate headquarters of the PA-based casinos,” Swales explained.

“Many of the operators are aware of Clearfield County’s interest for site considerations and appreciative of the collaborative approach expressed among the local municipal, tourism and economic development entities,” Swales said.

Cresco Yeltrah harvests first crop

BROOKVILLE — January is an unusual time to harvest crops in Jefferson County but that is exactly what is happening in Pine Creek Township.

Cresco Yeltrah is harvesting the first crop of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania at its facility on Service Center Road.

“We are making history,” said Beth Bittner, director of communication for CY. “We will be the first to have product on the market. We will make the first sale in Pennsylvania. We are leading the state.” Bittner addressed the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce at an eggs and issues event last week.

Cresco Yeltrah (CY) was awarded a cultivation license as part of the Pennsylvania Compassionate Medical Cannabis program. The awardees were announced by the Department of Public Health.

The Hartley family, life-long Pennsylvania business owners and community leaders partnered with the nation’s leading multi-state medical cannabis operating company, Cresco Labs.

CY began renovating the 46,000 square foot cultivation facility at the former St. Marys Carbon plant. All growing will take place in secure and climate-controlled environment to ensure consistency in harvests and to prevent outside factors from affecting growth.

CY’s cultivation facility will grow and harvest condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive delivery methods to qualified patients. Through sophisticated extraction methods, the facility will produce pharmaceutical-grade oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets, transdermal patches and other forms of cannabis oil to provide users with a consistent, controlled dosage.