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CRUZ-IN: Annual event benefits DuBois Relay For Life

The eighth annual Car Cruz-In kicked off the 2020 DuBois Relay For Life Saturday in the DuBois City Park, according to Eva McKee, who organizes the event with her husband, Bud.

“We had a great day all around,” said McKee. “The weather was great and we had 51 registered for the Cruz-In and raised a total of $1,147.50 on Saturday.”

This brings the grand total to more than $4,300 raised over the years at the Cruz-In for the American Cancer Society’s DuBois Relay For Life.

The non-judged event was open to anything with wheels, said McKee, noting if people like to ride around on it, they could bring it for display.

The public was invited to attend to vote for their favorite set of “wheels” with monetary donations. The donations and registration fees benefit the DuBois Relay For Life.

New to this year’s event — any child who wanted to bring out their power wheels to display were welcomed to do so. The children were able to make a lap around the area of the Car Cruz-In and then put their wheels on display, also.

“We had three kids bring out their favorite wheels, two power-wheels and 1 pedal car,” McKee said. “The kids had a ball and the adults enjoyed watching the kids. This is also something we hope to do next year again.”

McKee said those attending enjoyed having a chance to use the DUI simulator brought by Kim McDonald of State Farm.

“If schedules permit, she (McDonald) hopes to be back next year,” said McKee.

New this year were dash plaques for the first 50 who registered. The plaques were donated by MJ Services of Reynoldsville. There were also several basket raffles with local businesses making donations.

“We would like to thank the community for their support,” said McKee. “Being the event lead for the Relay For Life for all the years that I have been in charge, I have always said what a great community we live in. The community keeps giving to all of the relay events and we appreciate all of the support they give us. Without the support of our community, we could not do the things that we do for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. We are looking forward to the Car Cruz-In in 2020 and are already making plans for the event.”

Marienville celebrates annual Oktoberfest

MARIENVILLE — Marienville celebrated fall over the weekend with the community’s annual Oktoberfest on the town square.

The celebration is a weekend long event with craft and food vendors set up for the whole weekend, and plenty of family friendly fun to be had in the streets.

The celebration was kicked off with the Vesper Service at the Marienville Presbyterian Church Thursday evening. Craft and food vendors opened their stands Friday evening and were available during the street dance.

Saturday was a busy day for the town square as it filled with families and community members enjoying the full day of activities before the parade. Children took rides around the town square in a barrel train in between the fun games and activities scheduled for them.

A children’s sawdust pile was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. The children’s bike races took place at 1 p.m., with children of all ages lining up at the fire hall to try to be the fastest rider in town. Many children staged practice races earlier in the day, building excitement for the actual race time.

After the children’s bike races were the tractor races, a town favorite which always draws a large crowd. Many of the racers put a lot of hard work into their tractor, and take these races very seriously.

Some small games were played in front of the music stage in between the races and the parade. Children gathered to play pumpkin bowling, and have a corn husking challenge. The street was full of corn husks, and plenty of contest winners by the time the parade was ready.

At 4 p.m. the main road was shut down, and lined with families waiting for candy. Many fire trucks made their spot in the parade known by running their sirens all the way through town.

The celebration came to a close on Sunday with a church service held in the town square sponsored by the Marienville United Methodist church. The craft and food vendors were open for one final day, and a car show was sponsored by the Marienville Volunteer Fire Company.

DuBois school board rejects LERTA request for One Stop building

The DuBois Area School Board, at its meeting last week, unanimously rejected granting tax exemption for the new One Stop convenience store being built in Reynoldsville.

Jim Brown, owner of One Stop located at 401 E. Main St., Reynoldsville, sought the tax exemption through the district’s amended Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) resolution dated March 22, 2000, which allows for a scheduled exemption over a period of five years — 100 percent, 80 percent, 60 percent, 40 percent and 20 percent.

LERTA is a tax abatement program created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1977 authorizing local taxing authorities to provide tax exemption. The purpose of this tax exemption structure is to encourage economic development in “deteriorated areas” of the Commonwealth by allowing certain property owners to continue paying the property’s current taxes for a set amount of time, rather than the increased tax that would result from new construction and improvements, according to the state website.

Construction of a new One Stop building is currently under way after a Jan. 22 fire, which caused approximately $200,000 in damages. The cause was determined to be accidental.

The estimated cost of improvement is listed at $600,000, according to information provided to the district. The estimated date of completion is Oct. 15.

In March, One Stop started operating out of a temporary trailer at the same location until the new store is built. Customers have been able to walk into the trailer and purchase lottery tickets, cigarettes, candy, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, iced tea and milk.

The gas station, which was not affected by the fire, has also been open.

One Stop has been in Reynoldsville since 2007 and has approximately 10 employees. Brown also owns three other One Stop convenience stores located in Treasure Lake, Sykesville and Grampian.

In other matters, the board approved:

  • A District Level Plan beginning July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023, as submitted.
  • A school-based probation program agreement between the Clearfield County Commissioners, the Clearfield County Department of Probation Services (juvenile division) and the district in developing and maintaining a school-based probation program for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding between the district and the DuBois Area Educational Support Professional Association to award rights (seniority, bidding, bumping) to designate individuals who were previously hired on a temporary basis per their original hire date.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the district and the DuBois Area Education Association to create an extra-duty position for intramural STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) for the 2019-2020 school year at a salary of $956.

AG Shapiro charges Jefferson County constable for assault

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced charges against a Jefferson County constable and candidate for Jefferson County Sheriff for indecent assault and attempting to coerce a woman to have sex with him to avoid arrest. Paul Pape, 56, of Punxsutawney, was charged with indecent assault, official oppression, and obstruction of the administration of law.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact a special hotline at: 833-937-1036.

According to the victim, she contacted the defendant to determine if she had an outstanding warrant. The defendant found that there was an active warrant for her arrest, but told the victim no warrant existed. The victim reported that the defendant drove her to his home and then informed her of the warrant. The victim alleged that he told her he could make the warrant go away if she had sex with him and touched her inappropriately, despite her declaration that she did not like to be touched.

“The defendant is a constable who is sworn to protect the people of Jefferson County, but instead he is charged with assaulting a community member and attempting to coerce her into having sex with him to avoid arrest,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “We believe there may be other victims. If you have additional information about Paul Pape, please call our hotline at 833-937-1036. We will listen to you and work to deliver justice. My office will investigate and prosecute anyone who abuses their authority, no matter what position of power they may hold.”

Deputy Attorney General Evan A. Lowry will prosecute the case. All charges discussed are accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.