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'Fly Local, Fly Easy': New branding design released for DuBois Region Airport

FALLS CREEK — A new branding design for marketing the DuBois Regional Airport was announced at Friday’s meeting of the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority.

“Fly Local, Fly Easy” is a new slogan for the commuter air service at the airport, which is provided by Southern Airways Express, said Marketing Committee Chairman Joe Varacallo.

“The new branding with logo and slogan will allow us to further grow and promote the fantastic job that Southern has provided with our commuter service,” said Varacallo. “We’re looking forward to using this branding to tell the story about the convenience and affordability of flying out of DUJ on Southern.”

The mark will soon be seen on various signage and communications with the airport such as their website, social media pages, advertisements and collateral materials. In addition to the static logo, there is a video version of the logo that will be used on the airport website, and for promotional videos and commercials currently in production.

In conjunction with the marketing committee, Magnus Marketing, of DuBois, provided the concept and creation of the logo design, in collaboration with creative designer Ian Aughinbaugh, of DuBois.

The logo was accepted by members of the authority.

Flights on Southern Airways from DuBois to Pittsburgh or Baltimore range from $29-$59 depending on how far in advanced tickets are booked.

For the full schedule of early morning and late afternoon flights to both airports with advanced pricing information, visit or, or call 800-329-0485, and use airport code DUJ to inquire about flights leaving DuBois.

Aaron Gash 

Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran, right, slides into home safely past the tag of Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

DASD resident claims 'wrongful actions' affect student's GPA

DuBOIS — Lisa Fitzwater asked the DuBois Area School Board, at Thursday’s meeting, if they are aware of “wrongful actions” that were taken at the DuBois Area High School toward one of the graduating seniors of the Class of 2018.

“That action stopped the student from being recognized as an honors graduate at the high school honors ceremony,” Fitzwater said. “It stopped the student from receiving an honors certificate that should have been placed in their senior portfolio. It stopped the student from being recognized as an honors graduate at graduation. It stopped them from being recognized in the newspaper as an honors graduate, and from possibly being accepted at the college of their choice, and also from possibly receiving scholarships that they may have gotten, had they gotten their honors certificate.”

The student was asked by the administration to give them a couple of days to look into this matter and see what the district is going to do about it, but over a week has passed and neither the administration nor the school board has bothered to reach out to this student, Fitzwater said.

She asked what action the administration or the board plan to take with regard to the student who she said has been harmed by the actions of the district. She also asked what actions are being taken to make sure this hasn’t happened to other students.

Superintendent Luke Lansberry said it was his understanding, through emails between he and Fitzwater, that high school Principal Brian Weible scheduled a meeting with her to discuss the issue.

Fitzwater said there was a class listed on the student’s transcript that he had dropped early when he was in the 11th grade. Even though it still appeared on his transcript, Fitzwater said she was assured by the guidance counselor and by the assistant principal that the class would not be on the transcript. The student brought it to the attention in the fall of 2017 and was told it did not affect his GPA. Last week, the student went to pick up his transcript and the class was still listed. Once again, calls were made asking the guidance counselor and principal why it was still listed. A transcript obtained last week with the class removed reportedly resulted in the student’s GPA increasing by almost a full percentage point, which would have made him a cum laude graduate.

“This student lost all of these opportunities as a senior in high school. I really want to know, has this happened to other students?” Fitzwater said.

Solicitor Carl Beard said the board can’t answer that due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Fitzwater said the public needs to be aware that this happened.

Board President Patty Fish said some of the board needs to be brought up to speed about the situation and someone from the district will be in contact with Fitzwater.

BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD: Reynoldsville woman 'adds to the town' through new restaurant

REYNOLDSVILLE — Sheila Ryan has ended up at the perfect Reynoldsville restaurant location, thanks to all the roads that led her there.

“Broken Roads Restaurant,” 445 East Main Street, had its soft opening throughout July, and opened for five-days-a-week business Aug. 13.

It took her about three months to get the restaurant where she wanted it to be, Sheila said, making sure it was perfect and guest-ready when she opened the doors.

She formerly owned Sheila’s Supplies Plus down the street, but decided she wanted to focus solely on food, she says. Her husband, Joseph Ryan, owns the Law Office of J.D. Ryan next door to the restaurant.

The name Broken Roads has a special meaning to Sheila and Joseph — “Bless the Broken Road,” by country music group Rascal Flatts, was their wedding song.

Sheila is a Reynoldsville native and sits on just about every committee the town has to offer, including the Reynoldsville Community Association, Blueberry Festival and Blue Print Society committees. Broken Roads offered a blueberry-themed salad during the festival this year.

She and her husband strive to be as locally-involved as possible, giving back to the community and helping Reynoldsville thrive.

The building itself holds a lot of history, Sheila says, which is something she loved about it. The restaurant is full of historical and local memorabilia, such as a ceiling light and signs from the old Reynoldsville boathouse. The doors between each booth are doors collected from places around town.

She wanted to “add to the town,” Sheila says, and have little pieces of it throughout her business.

The inside of Broken Roads offers a rustic, old-fashioned feel, with beautiful woodwork and country-chic décor, as well as antique items on the walls.

The bar area has televisions for people to watch, and there is even a chalkboard-top table for families to sit at, and card and board games for children.

Broken Roads Restaurant is a relaxing venue where people can have a business lunch or a family dinner during the week.

It offers a salad bar, as well as menu options like gourmet salad and sandwiches, burgers and wraps, appetizers and desserts and breakfast options. Starting Oct. 7, there will be a breakfast buffet offered on the first and third Monday of each month.

It’s important for her to support local businesses, since Reynoldsville is where her heart is, Sheila says. She tries to buy as much local produce as possible, making it a place where people can come and know they’re getting fresh fruit or feta cheese.

Although there is a bar area, Broken Roads is currently a “bring your own bottle” venue.

The business is open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit, the Facebook page or call 814-612-2354.

A SWEET SURPRISE: Business owner, family man recognized for 25 years of success

DuBOIS — A local business owner, family man and friend was recently recognized for 25 years of success and customer devotion.

A surprise party celebration was held for Tom Stafford, owner of Proshort Stamping Services, at the Lakeview Lodge Grill in Treasure Lake on Aug. 18, where family, longtime friends and employees celebrated all he’s done over the years.

Proshort Stamping Services is a customized machine shop in Brockway, specializing in laser cutting, stamping and fabrication services.

Tom and his wife, Lori, have been married for 36 years, and have three children — Rebecca, Elizabeth and Emma.

About 50 people attended the surprise party, about which Tom had no idea, Lori says. Family members and friends traveled from out-of-state to show their support.

“We are thrilled for him,” she said. “He started this business from scratch, from the ground up. He started with very few employees, and has had his ups and downs over the years, as every business does.”

It’s important for people to support local, small-town business owners, because they’ve worked very hard to get to where they are, Lori says.

“He puts a lot of time and sweat into his work,” Lori said. “He prides himself on taking care of the customer, getting it right and making it right if it isn’t.”

Their three daughters worked at the business until they finished college, Lori says, and it has set a great example for them. It helped them develop a strong work ethic to watch their father in business.

The surprise party was actually their youngest daughter, Emma’s, idea.

“When he started the business, I never thought he wouldn’t make it,” she said. “When he sets his mind to something, he’s not going to give up until it comes to fruition.”

As they walked down to the Lakeview Lodge location for the party, seeing Tom’s face was priceless, Lori says, describing him as “completely beside himself” and “flabbergasted.”

Proshort Plant Manager Will Collett has worked for Tom for almost a year, but has known him for much longer, since their youngest daughters are best friends.

Tom has built his business on his core Christian values, making sure to always be honest and ethical, Collett said. More importantly, he’s always been a good friend.

“He deeply cares about his customers, and he takes pride in the work we produce,” he said. “Many of the customers he has built are longstanding.”

Providing local service with short turnaround times is something many big-time companies can’t offer, Collett said. Proshort has become a trustworthy staple in the community.

Collett requested the business’ top customers and vendors send congratulatory letters in for Tom, which were all put into an album for him. The eager response from customers was “tremendous.”

Each Proshort customer receives the same dedication and devotion as the last, Collett says.

“His core values and work ethic come out in how he treats people — his employees and customers,” Collett said. “He runs his company based on Christian principles, and it shows.”

Citations from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Joe Scarnati were also presented to Tom at the celebration, Collett said, and Proshort employees purchased a 25-year anniversary plaque for him.

Proshort only has nine employees, who have become like a tight-knit family, Collett says. More than one employee has been there for at least 20 years.

“I have been in business for 35 years, and Tom is hands-down the finest boss I’ve ever worked for,” Collett said. “I’m very proud of the business he’s built, and hes very proud of it, too.”

For more information on the business, visit