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NEW BETHLEHEM — The oppressive heat of the last several days didn’t deter the dozens of volunteers and 4-H members from their work in setting up the exhibits, barns and grounds for today’s opening of the Clarion County Fair.

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TEMPLETON — A Templeton-area couple is living the sustainable agriculture lifestyle on about 60 acres of land. Kate and Jim Gurnsey hold regular jobs in the outside world during the day, returning to their little slice of Eden in the evenings to tend their garden and farm animals.

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BROOKVILLE — A new Jefferson County Fair queen, junior queen and princess will be crowned this afternoon when 24 girls compete for the titles on opening day of the 2019 Jefferson County Fair in Brookville.

PHILIPSBURG — A new program director has been at the Moshannon Valley YMCA for almost a month now. Brockway native Chris Calliari’s first day on the job was June 10 and he’s excited about what he can offer to his job and to the community.

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BROOKVILLE — In 1775 colonists began a war against British troops that would bring independence to America. Since that war ended, American troops have been fighting around the world to keep America free.

TIMBLIN — June Rhines Richards, who grew up in Brookville, is waiting for her miracle to happen. Diagnosed in 2013 with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, she is looking for someone who can become the liver donor she needs to live a long and healthy life.

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NEW BETHLEHEM — Fundraising efforts continue as one area Girl Scout works to make her vision of constructing a Victory Garden along New Bethlehem’s main drag comes to life.

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CLARION — Monday, July 8, will be Clarion Mayor Dan Parker’s last day in office. The executive director of Clarion Free Library for the past eight years, Parker will be moving to take a similar position at the Ringwood Public Library in New Jersey.