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11,000 trout stocked at Mountain Lick Fish Nursery

DuBOIS — A total of 11,000 trout were stocked Wednesday at Mountain Lick Fish Nursery, which is located on the grounds of the Mountain Run Boy Scout Camp near Sabula.

The fish are raised to be stocked into nearby streams and lakes and they need attention every day, said Galen Kilmer of Sabula, a retired school teacher turned fish nursery manager.

“There were 3,000 brook, 3,000 brown and 5,000 golden rainbow trout stocked,” Kilmer said.

The nursery is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited group, and the Mountain Run Boy Scout Camp.

Ten years ago, the fish nursery was the Eagle Scout project of Andy Kilmer, Galen’s son.

Kilmer said the trout stocked on Wednesday will not be fed for three days until they get acclimated.

“I’ll put salt in there to calm them down. You wouldn’t believe, freshwater fish, the salt is therapeutic to them. After that, I feed the fish every day, check the water temperature, check the pH,” said Kilmer, adding that he lives only four miles away.

HIGH-QUALITY SUPPORT: Business owner gives back to local firemen, people

DuBOIS — When a customer walks into Firehouse Pizzeria on West Long Avenue, they not only are attracted to the smell of traditional Italian dishes, but are captured by the fire uniforms that cover the walls.

Jim Whited and his wife, Geni, own Firehouse Pizzeria in DuBois, which opened in February of 2014.

Offering more than just high-quality ingredients in their pizza, pasta and other dishes, Whited says he tries to give back to the community and local fire departments as much as possible. He enjoys not just being a business owner, but being one who gets out into the community and talks to the people in it.

“When you are a part of the community, it’s important to give back to it,” he said.

Whited, who is a volunteer firefighter with four local fire companies, said a lot of his restaurant’s business comes from firemen and their families, including responders from the Ridgway, Johnsonburg and Punxsutawney areas.

The items on the wall, including fire and EMS uniforms and equipment like helmets, boots and masks, are part of Whited’s own personal collection. Over the years, it has become a hobby for him to collect fire rescue and responder apparel.

When an apartment building in downtown DuBois caught fire in May, leaving 20 people homeless, area firefighters rescued at least six of them and spent the day trying to contain the blaze.

The fire caused power outages throughout downtown that day, and power was lost at Firehouse Pizzeria, Whited said.

Whited’s retired DuBois firetruck, which was in front of the Pizzeria at the time, has a generator on it, which they used to run electrical wires to their pizza ovens and cook food for the rescuers.

Firehouse donated 12 cases of water and 24 pizzas to the firemen that day, Whited said.

“I think it’s important to do anything you can to give back,” he said. “It might not mean you’re out fighting the fire — it could just be you giving them hot food and water.”

They also donate pizzas to other fundraisers, such as the Golf Tournament for America’s Heroes in September, and are involved in other community events like “Touch a Truck,” which involves fire companies and local elementary students.

There is an absence of volunteerism in fire departments today, and it’s something of which people need to be aware, Whited said.

“Supporting our fire departments is a job for everyone — they are always in need of volunteers and support.”

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Photo by Craig Moyer 

Brookville's Kane McCall delivers a pitch during the first inning against Pulaski Wednesday at McKinley Field. McCall pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out eight to secure the 4-3 win for Brookville.

Clarion County
Two killed in motorcycle-car crash in Clarion County

SHIPPENVILLE — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident involving a car and motorcycle Monday in Clarion County.

The accident claimed the lives of Jared J. Felmlee and Barbra Sue Burkhardt, who were on the motorcycle. The accident occurred at 7:25 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 66 and Wisner Road in Paint Township, Clarion County, state police in Clarion said.

Police reports indicate the driver of the car, Tyler Orion Schwabenbauer, 19, Franklin, made a left turn onto Wisner Road, coming into collision with the motorcycle being driven by Jared Felmlee, 37, Seneca.

Felmlee and Burkhardt, 35, Shippenville, the passenger on the motorcycle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Schwabenbauer and his passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Hawthorn, were not injured, the police said.

The accident is still under investigation.

Brockport woman dies in fatal fire Tuesday night

BROCKPORT — A 50-year-old Brockport woman died in a fire which occurred at 10:57 p.m. Tuesday at 36 Howard Road, Brockport, according to state police in Ridgway.

The body of Terri Gustafson was found on the second floor of the single family dwelling.

Gustafson’s mother, Donna Truesdale, 70, and her grandmother, Elizabeth Hetrick, 95, both of Brockport, were able to escape the home without injury.

Cpl. Greg Agosti, deputy fire marshal and supervisor of the Troop C state police fire marshal unit based in Ridgway, said the fire was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at the scene. He said they tried to gain access to the second floor of the home, where Gustafson was, but they were unable to due to the heavy fire conditions.

The Pennsylvania State Police Crime Unit and Fire Marshal are still investigating the origin and cause of the fire. Investigators do not believe it is suspicious in nature, Agosti said.

There was no evidence of any smoke alarms in the home, he said.

Damage to the uninsured home is estimated at $200,000.

Fire departments responding to the scene were Horton Township, Fox Township, Brockway, Ridgway, Penfield, Jay Township, Sandy Township and DuBois City.

Brockway Ambulance also assisted.

The American Red Cross is assisting the victims of the fire.