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Walsh, Ankeny to lead 2020 DuBois Area United Way campaign

DuBois Area United Way Executive Director John “Herm” Suplizio has announced that the 2020 campaign co-chairwomen are Pam Walsh and Ashley Ankeny.

“We’re pleased to announce that we have, again, two dynamic co-chairwomen for this year’s campaign to raise $380,000 for the less fortunate in our area,” said Suplizio. “I would be remiss if I did not thank Pam and Ashley for taking on this task. As everyone knows, this will not be an easy endeavor, but with the help of all the businesses and people in our community we hope to reach our goal.”

Suplizio said the money raised through the campaign helps the less fortunate in the DuBois area.

“Without your support, it will be impossible to make,” said Suplizio of the goal. “So no matter how small your pledge, please donate to help out the people in the area who need your support. One dollar a pay goes a very long way to help the needy.”

A board member for nearly 20 years, Walsh said she enjoys being involved with the fundraising aspect of the United Way because its mission is so vital to the community.

“There are some organizations that we may be 100 percent their source of funding,” said Walsh. “All of the money raised stays here and it’s used by people who are in our community. The organizations appreciate the money that we give them and they put it to good use.”

Ankeny, who has been a board member for three years, said she became involved with the United Way’s efforts because her aunt, Walsh, has always been deeply involved with the organization.

“It instilled desire in me,” said Ankeny.

And being a new mom, Ankeny said she wants to get her young son, Ryder Snyder, involved in things that will develop the importance, I think, for him to understand civic responsibilities,” said Ankeny. “I think that there’s so many community organizations that are able to function and benefit from support through funding through The United Way. And a lot of those things are things that my child may participate in.”

Ankeny said it’s important to volunteer and to try and give something back to the community.

“You never know when you could be on the other end of things,” Ankeny said.

In July, the United Way kicked off its 2020 campaign at its 26th annual Wing Fling at the DuBois Lions’ Sky Lodge.

The United Way member agencies include: Agape Community Services, American Red Cross (DuBois), ARC – Recreation and Respite Club, Brockway Schools and Community Education Fund, Bucktail Council (Boy Scouts of America), Camp Confidence, Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services, Children’s Aid Society, Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Clearfield County League on Social Services Inc., Clearfield Society for Handicapped and Disabled Citizens, Cultural Resources Inc. – Reitz Theatre, Dickinson Mental Health Center’s Autism Center, DuBois Area Fireman’s Training, DuBois Area Honor Guard, DuBois Area YMCA, DuBois Ministerial Food Pantry, DuBois Public Library, Parkside Community Center, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Lifespan Family Services, Mengle Memorial Library, Mid-State Literacy Council Inc., Passages Inc., The Salvation Army and Young People Who Care (Marian House); and Guardian Angel Center.

Punxsutawney celebrates National Night Out

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney police brought emergency personnel together for the Annual National Night Out event to demonstrate to children that police, firemen, and similar organizations are their friends.

The event, always held on the first Tuesday of August, is held nationally to bring out families and form a bond with local authorities and emergency services.

“The purpose is to bring kids out and get them familiar with law enforcement, all emergency personnel, so they realize we’re your friends... don’t be afraid of us, we’re here to help you,” Chief Clerk Jan Bosak said.

This is Bosak’s and Chief Matt Conrad’s third year to organize the celebration. Previous chiefs have staged the celebration before them. More departments and agencies have been added each year to the celebration.

About 48 organizations participated in this year’s event, including all three of the Punxsutawney fire departments, Perry Township fire department, Pennsylvania State Police, Game Commission, Sheriff’s Department, Life Flight, and many other organizations to offer fun and educational activities for the night.

South Jefferson Street was blocked off for touch-a-truck, which stretched down the length of Barclay Square with different emergency vehicles. Included were fire trucks, a Humvee, a school bus, and many police cars. There was also an obstacle course for children to run, and several blow up slides and activities as well.

“People call me and they have such spectacular ideas,” Bosak said.

All the food at the event is by Emma’s Catering and Giuseppe’s Dogs on the Run. All the money from food sales and the dunking booth is donated to the police department for Shop with a Cop, another event the Punxsutawney Police Department stages in December, taking children shopping for coats and boots.

“It’s definitely very heartwarming, I really enjoy it. It’s all for the kids,” Bosak said.

Elk County Fair
This year's Elk County Fair queens, princess crowned Tuesday evening

KERSEY — The Elk County Fair opening ceremony and coronation of the queen was interrupted by a thunderstorm Tuesday evening, but the rain passed, and the crown was placed.

Kayla McMackin of Kersey was crowned the 2019 ECF queen; Ali Groll, ECF’s junior queen and Morgan Billotte of St. Marys, runner-up, and little Lilly Brennan took the crown for ECF princess, according to Elk County Fair Board Treasurer Rita Gerber.

The opening ceremony included Rev. Eric Hart of Maria Lutheran Church leading in prayer, and the singing of the national anthem by recording artist Jenny Lynn, Gerber said.

2018 princess Payton Miller, queen Alexis Swanson and junior queen Torie Swackhammer were also on stage during the crowning, and posed for pictures afterward.

Tuesday, the first night of the ECF, was also senior citizen night, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The best dessert judging was held, as well as the hay-bale toss, watermelon-eating contest and fireworks at dark.

Still to comeThursday evening will include the hay-bale toss, chocolate cake judging at 6:30 p.m., side-by-side drag races on the Al Dietz Track and accordion player Bubba Brennan at 7 p.m.

Friday’s main activities include the traditional mud bog at 6 p.m., blue-ribbon apple pie contest at 6:30 p.m., “A Day Awaits” Christian-based band at 7 p.m. and the pizza-eating contest at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off with the horse show at 9 a.m., and rides/vendors opening at noon, followed by the decorated bike parade at 2 p.m. and performances by the Allegheny Harmonizers. Also that night are the beautiful baby contest judging, angel food cake judging, the demolition derby at 7 p.m. and “Vintage Vibes” musical entertainment.

Scooter riders ask Sandy Twp. to fix 'bumps' on Kiwanis Trail

Children having difficulty riding their electric scooters on a “bumpy” Kiwanis Trail voiced their concerns, via letter, to Sandy Township Supervisors recently.

“It was a very nice, well written request by some youngsters out on Kiwanis Trail and I just wanted you guys to be aware of it,” township Manager Shawn Arbaugh said at Monday’s meeting.

The letter received by the township read:

”Dear, Penndot we (me and my sis) are having trouble riding/using our electric scooters, because of all the bumps!

We kindly ask you to fix this. So once again please fix these bumps and cracks on Kiwanis Trail, Dubois PA!”

The letter was also illustrated with trees and two stick figures riding scooters on a road.

“I think we ought to have the police patrol that a little better,” joked Supervisor Dave Sylvis.

“Just a little bit of humor...,” said Arbaugh.

“Did I pick up an inference of an unauthorized vehicle...(on a road),” wondered Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Jeffers, continuing the humor.

“Electric scooters on our roadways, technically, may not be allowed,” said Arbaugh.

“I think what we fine them, we’ll put that into fixing the road,” joked Supervisor Andy Shenkle.

On Tuesday, Arbaugh said the township road department investigated and found the road to be “in an okay condition.”

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Shown is the letter Sandy Township received recently.