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DuBois selected as local competition site for MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

DuBOIS — The 2018 Scotts® Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitch Hit & Run Local Competition is coming to DuBois on Sunday, May 6, at the DuBois City Park at the new Softball Challenger Field and Senior League Baseball Field. Both baseball and softball divisions will begin at 2 p.m.

“The City of DuBois is excited to be selected for the MLB Pitch Hit & Run local competition that will bring a lot of people to our great city,” said city Manager John “Herm” Suplizio. “We have one of the finest ballparks in the entire area, if not the entire state. Hopefully, we can keep bringing in events like this for the youth of our area.”

DuBois being chosen for the event is because “we’re going out promoting the City of DuBois,” said Suplizio. “Number two, we have first class facilities that help us.”

Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run is a free, one-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14. Competitors compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2018.

“MLB Pitch Hit & Run is excited to announce the City of DuBois, PA as one of our Local host sites for 2018,” said Kabir Faiz from Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run. “The city will work hard to continue a tradition of providing youngsters in the area an opportunity to showcase their baseball skills in the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball. With over 650,000 youngsters competing in the program at the Local level, cities such as DuBois, PA are exemplifying that the next Big League Star could be in your community.”

Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. National Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to MLB All-Star Week. Finalists will participate in an array of festivities upon arrival, including competing on-field prior to shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby.

If a business is interested in sponsorship/advertising opportunities, they may contact the City of DuBois at 814-371-2000, Magnus Marketing at 814-299-7041 or

More details will be released later in the spring on how participants can register. For full information on the skills competitions of Pitch, Hit or Run, log onto to

DASD plans 'Tour and Explore' at middle school

DuBOIS — The DuBois Area School District invites the public to “Tour and Explore” the middle school next week.

The district is currently evaluating all facilities to determine areas in need of capital improvements.

“The DuBois Area Middle School currently has an abundance of space available that could be utilized by fifth-grade students,” district administrators said in a news release Wednesday. “In addition, a significant amount of space is available to enhance the quality of educational programs that currently exist for all students at DAMS. As a result, grade reconfiguration is an area which must be explored. This will help to ensure that all available learning spaces throughout the district are effectively utilized so that quality learning opportunities are provided for all students.”

District administrators recognize that facility upgrades are inevitable in order to provide high quality teaching and learning areas that will help prepare students for the future.

“If the district were to embark on renovation and or new construction of additional learning spaces in the elementary schools, only to discover in the future that the added space was not needed, would be incredibly irresponsible leadership,” administrators said. “Therefore, it is imperative that the learning spaces in our middle school be carefully evaluated, scrutinized, and considered. As such, we believe it would be incredibly important to welcome individuals to visit the school so that they may discover, first-hand, the potential that lies within.”

Those members of the community who may be interested in exploring the possibilities are welcome to visit the middle school at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. The school is located at 400 Liberty Boulevard, DuBois.

Visitors will be greeted by Principal Darren Hack and Assistant Principal Michael Maholtz in the middle school main lobby. Participants will be encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the school including the areas where grade five could potentially be located.

“Visitors will quickly discover the magnificent design of the building and the positive impact that the design contributes to high levels of student achievement,” according to the administrators. They noted that the middle school is recognized nationally as one of only two schools in Pennsylvania designated consecutively four times as a Don Eichhorn “School to Watch.”

According to the administration, no decision has been made to date as to whether the board is planning an official vote to move grade five from the four remaining elementary schools.

“We are still gathering and sharing information,” they said. “We understand the concerns expressed by parents and we plan to share additional information at the Jan. 18 work session meeting.”

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

Brockway's Eric Johnson, top, fights to keep Clarion's Seth Nellis on his back during the second periof of their 182-pound bout Wednesday night. Johnson beat Nellis, 6-1, as part of the Rovers' 41-15 victory.

Sandy Township prepared for cold weather

DuBOIS — ‘Tis the season for freezing cold temperatures and Sandy Township is prepared.

“Officially today (Tuesday), the road department did start their split shifts,” Manager Dave Monella said at Tuesday’s meeting.

This means that the road department employees will be working five days a week, Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m.

With the weather getting extremely cold, Monella said the township has been receiving some calls concerning residential water breaks and frozen water pipes.

“For the general public, it’s cold, treat it as though it’s cold out, protect your water lines as well as possible,” Monella said.

Supervisor Mark Sullivan reminded residents that if they have hoses hung on their faucets on the outside of their houses, it’s time to disconnect them.

“Shut those outside faucets off,” Sullivan said.

Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Jeffers also reminded residents that anti-skid is being used heavily at this time.

“The intersections are becoming more hazardous to travel on and stop at,” Jeffers said. “At the same time, emergency vehicles are out there with snow plows and fire apparatus. I hope the motoring public will keep that in mind to use safety operation.”