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Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Holds Annual Children’s Safety Event at Clarion County Park Students Participate in Variety of Safety Lessons throughout the Day

Shippenville, PA – Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and it’s lead agency Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center held its annual Progressive Agricultural Day Thursday at the Clarion County Park. 

Each year, the event draws more than 450 of second grade students from across Clarion and Forest counties to the park to learn a variety of safety lessons. 

Coordinated by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES, the day features more than two dozen stations manned by volunteers from several different government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and area businesses.   

“It takes a long list of people to put a day like this together,” Judy Wileof Safe Kids Clarion-Venango. “The kids and teachers seem to really enjoy and appreciate the wide range of safety lessons included during the event.” 

Among the topics covered were bicycle safety and helmets, first aid, boating and water safety, handwashing and germs, sun safety, Lyme Disease and insect recognition, handling and visiting large and small animals, tobacco use prevention, butter making, and growing plants. 

Some participating groups include Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps, Pennsylvania Health Department, Seth Apel family, Salvation Army, Laurel High School Future Farmers of America, Pennsylvania State Police, Oil City YMCA, Clarion County Dog Obedience Club, Central Electric, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Clarion Borough Police Department, Clarion Venango Forest Farm Bureau, Clarion County Conservation District, NWPA Bee Association, and Heavenly Gaits. 

Business partners are Clarion Hospital, UPMC Northwest, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Knox, Primary Health Network, and other community organizations and businesses who donated items or money to the event.     

 

The Clarion County event is the first of two Progressive Agricultural Days being hosted by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES. The second event is scheduled for May 18 at the Venango County Fairgrounds and with students from Venango County attending. 

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Atty. Gen. Josh Shapiro: 33 Inculding 2 Clarion residents charged with dealing heroin, other drugs in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties

       Twp Clarion County residents are among 33 people charged for dealing heroin and other drugs on in western and southwestern Pennsylvania  According to an announcement from Attorney General Josh Shapiro late last week criminal charges were brought forward against Alexis S. Fiscus, 20, of the first block of S. 5th Ave., Clarion and Robert L. Hartzell, 36, of the first block of S. 5th Ave., Clarion and 31 others. 

 

The attorney general announced the charges after agents with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation coordinated with police from 18 local departments in a series of operations Thursday to round up and charge the drug-dealing suspects.

“Our coordination with local law enforcement was critical to our success this morning in charging 33 people with dealing heroin and other drugs in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties,”

Attorney General Shapiro says. “I’ve said all along we’ll be merciless with the people peddling this poison in our communities.”

In one of the coordinated operations, Attorney General agents and local police charged 22 people with various drug offenses in and around Sharpsburg Borough in Allegheny County. In another, unrelated operation, OAG agents and local police charged an additional 11 people with drug dealing in communities in and around New Kensington and other towns in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. In most of the cases the suspects are charged with dealing heroin. Some also face charge of selling crack cocaine.

Attorney General agents and local police also executed drug-related search warrants Thursday morning at residences in New Kensington and Pittsburgh.

Apart from Thursday's charges, the Office of Attorney General has made 317 drug-related arrests so far this year across Pennsylvania. The large majority of those arrests were for drug dealing, and many of those charged were for heroin. Agents are working closely with local, state and federal authorities throughout the Commonwealth.

“Our collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement is making an impact as we  take on the heroin  and opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “We have a lot more work to do, but cooperation with other agencies is helping us do our core job better – focusing on the public safety of all Pennsylvanians.”

The joint efforts are part of a multi-pronged approach instituted by Attorney General Shapiro since he took office in January to target drug dealing wherever it takes place – on street corners, in doctors’ offices or even in corporate board rooms.

 

Attorney General’s agents have arrested 6 doctors and 17 nurses this year for drug offenses, including illegally dispensing prescription drugs and in a recent case in Westmoreland County, with drug delivery resulting in death.

“Whether you’re selling heroin on a street corner or illegally dispensing opioids and prescription drugs from doctors’ offices, we’re going to investigate and arrest you and do whatever it takes to get this poison out of our communities,” Shapiro said.

Below is additional information on the investigations that led to the charges announced Thursday:

Investigations in Sharpsburg area

22 people were charged in Allegheny County following investigations conducted by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Sharpsburg, O’Hara and Reserve police.

The investigations, which began in October 2016, primarily focused on individuals distributing heroin and crack cocaine. The suspects are street- to mid-level dealers.

 

The investigations consisted of approximately 36 controlled-purchases of drugs by law enforcement agents and others. More arrests are anticipated as the investigations continue.

Assisting the Attorney General’s office in Thursday’s arrests were police officers from Sharpsburg Borough, Reserve Township, O’Hara Township, South Strabane Township, Ross Township, Stowe Township and McKees Rocks Borough. Allegheny County police SWAT and Allegheny County Probation participated as well.

Investigations in New Kensington and other areas of Allegheny County

An additional 11 people were charged in Westmoreland County and Allegheny County today with similar drug offenses following investigations by the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and local police.

Local departments involved in these investigations include: Clairton, Castle Shannon, North Versailles, Brentwood, Wilkinsburg, West Mifflin New Kensington, Harrison Township, Plum Borough and Penn Hills.

 

Individuals who have witnessed a drug deal in their neighborhood or suspect drug activity can send an anonymous tip to the Office of Attorney General by texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to 847411. Tips may also be submitted electronically here .

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No One Hurt, Truck Misses Animal, Hits Building

There were no injuries when a Clarion County man driving a pickup truck Saturday afternoon shortly after 12:30 swerved to miss an animal in the roadway along State Route 208 in Washington Township, lost control, and crashed into the storefront of Chelsea's Hair House causing extensive damage to the building.  

 

The Marienville State Troopers report 55 year old Charles Motter of Venus, driving south on Route 208, just south of Old Fryburg Road with a passenger 65 year old Ruth Wolfgong.  Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police Assisted at the scene.  

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Clarion River Paddling Adventure August 26-27, 2017 Hosted by Cook Forest State Park in partnership with Clear Creek State Park.

The Clarion River Paddling Adventure is an overnight outdoor

interpretive canoeing and camping experience designed for families &

friends. Children 12 & up must be with a participating adult.

Participants should be in relatively good physical condition. At least

one experienced canoeist should be in each boat. Kayakers must have

prior river kayaking experience and should feel confident in their

ability to navigate obstacles and small rapids.

Each participant must be able to be comfortable in possibly cold & wet conditions (a poorly prepared individual can potentially disrupt the experiences of the entire group). Appropriate footwear, apparel, utensils, tents, and sleeping bags are the participant’s responsibility. A list of items to bring will be included with confirmation materials. 

ACTIVITIES

Weather and water conditions permitting, activities will include: 

· Canoeing, kayaking, birding, and fishing along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River from Heath Pump Station to Cook Forest State Park (17 miles) 

· Overnight canoe camping along the river at Clear Creek State Park 

· Investigating lumber boom ghost towns and relics along the river 

· Enjoyment of local foods courtesy of Farmers Inn 

 LogisticS 

The adventure will begin Saturday, August 26 at 9:00 AM at the Clear Creek State Park Office on RT949 in Sigel, where participants will gather to begin the shuttle to Heath Pump Station. The float will conclude on Sunday, August 27 at 5:00 pm at Cooksburg where we will transport you back to Clear Creek.  

Transportation throughout the adventure is included in the trip package. Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and PFD’s, will be provided. You must bring your own tents, sleeping bags, utensils, fishing poles & tackle. 

Meals provided include Saturday lunch on the river, a buffet dinner Saturday night at the Farmers Inn, Sunday morning breakfast, and a catered lunch on Sunday provided by Farmers Inn. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the weekend. 

Overnight canoe camping will be at Clear Creek State Park’s new canoe camping area with nearby washroom and shower facility.  

COST

The total cost of the Clarion River Canoeing Adventure is $90 per

person, due upon registration. Checks or money orders should be

made to ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’ and sent to Cook Forest

State Park. Registration deadline is August 11. Participation will be

limited to sixteen people; so early registration is encouraged.

Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of registration. $50.00 will be

withheld from paid registration for cancellations after registration

deadline

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14th Annual Cook Forest French & Indian War Encampment June 10-11, 2017

Cook Forest State Park will host a series of living history

events depicting life during the French & Indian War. 

Highlights of this full two-day encampment sponsored

by the Sawmill Center for the Arts include woodland

natives, cannon and musket firing, cooking,   primitive

skills, 18th century surgical techniques, blacksmithing,

tinsmithing, pottery, children’s games, sutler camp,

renown living historians, French & Indian War Era

artisans, and live tactical engagements.  Every battle is

different!  Take a walk back in time along the Black

Bear Trail by the Sawmill Center for the Arts during

open camp hours to view British, Colonial, French, and

Native American re-enactors as they portray lifestyles

of the 18th century. 

Saturday, June 10

1000am-600pm     Event Open                    

1000am-1100am   Blacksmithing Demonstration - by Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from Sawmill Craft Market

1000am-1130am   Quill Pen Fabrication - by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom ($12 for materials)

1000am-400pm     Cooking Demonstration - by Geoffrey Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf chef, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

1030pm-500pm     French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators - meet with     distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the Old Sawmill Classroom

1100am-1130am   Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration - by the camp Corps of Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1130am-1200pm Peril in the Forest - tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1200pm-300pm     18th Century Surgical Techniques - by Jack Mathay Compagnie LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

100pm-200pm     Nasty Ned the Frontiersmen: 18th Century Teller of Tales & Historical Fact’- by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, at the Sawmill Theater

200pm-300pm       18th Century Children’s Games - by Jen Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

300pm-400pm   18th Century Clothing Creation: The Easy Way - by Bonnie Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom

300pm-500pm       Blacksmithing Demonstration - by Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

300-600pm - Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication - by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the Old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

330pm-400pm       Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration — by the camp Corps of  Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

400pm-430pm       Peril in the Forest - tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

800pm-1000pm     ‘American’s 1st World War: Causes of the French & Indian War as Told Through the Eyes of Benjamin Franklin and Friends’  by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking 

Sunday, June 11 

900am-400pm       Event Open

900am-915am        18th Century Sunday Service - by the 42nd Highland Regiment, located in the main encampment site along Black Bear Trail

930am-1100am     Blacksmithing Demonstration - by Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and      blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

1015am-1045am   Children’s Musket Drill - by camp Corps of Re-enactors, at the water tower along Black Bear Trail

1100am-200pm     Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication - by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, in the old Sawmill Classroom ($12 for materials)

1100pm-200pm     French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators - meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the old Sawmill Classroom

1100am-1130am   Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration - by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1130am-1200pm  Peril in the Forest - tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1230pm-200pm      18th Century Surgical Techniques—by Jack   Mathay, Company LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill  Classroom

1230pm-200pm     Blacksmithing Demonstration - by Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and      blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

200pm-230pm       Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration - by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

 

230pm-300pm       Peril in the Forest - tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

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Farmington Twp Burglary Investigated by PSP

The Marienville state police are looking for the person or persons who allegedly burgled a home on Holiday Acres Lane in Farmington Township , Clarion County.  While police donor know who broke in, neither do they know when.  Police a rear window was apparently smashed in and unknown items were removed  from the structure. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marienville State Police at 814-927-5253.  The investigation is ongoing.  

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Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Camp Cadet to be Held July 23rd To July 28th At Clarion University

CLARION, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Camp Cadet Program will be held at Clarion University from July 20 to July 25, 2014.

The camp is for boys and girls, 12 to 14 years of age, from Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, and McKean Counties.

Campers will stay at the university for the entire week. The camp will consist of demonstrations and speakers from organizations such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, PA Game Commission, and several state police related programs such as the PSP Helicopter and Special Emergency Response Team (SWAT). During the week, campers will also enjoy swimming and a canoe trip on the Clarion River in Cooksburg.

This is a fun camp for young people to learn about law enforcement and teamwork. This is not a camp for problem-solving of young people. The program is conducted under conditions similar to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Campers are required to rise in the morning and participate in physical training, movement about the campus is done in formation, and campers are required to address people according to military standards.

If you are interested in attending the camp, please pick up an application at your school or local state police station; or contact Tpr. Jamie K. LeVier at the State Police in Punxsutawney at 814-938-0510 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Tpr. Bruce Morris at the State Police in Ridgway at 814-776-6136 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The camp is funded through private donations from businesses, civic and social organizations and individuals, along with an annual golf tournament at Treasure Lake. Anyone interesting in donating or playing in a golf tournament (with many prizes) on Friday, May 9, can contact Tpr. Jamie LeVier at 814-938-0501 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Marienville PSP Probe Teen's Allegations

An alleged indecent assault is under investigation in Clarion County by the Marienville state police.  The troopers say the victim, an unidentified white non-Hispanic female, now 17years of age, disclosed she was indecently assaulted by a known white non-Hispanic male, 13 years ago in 2004 when she was four years old.  The assault is alleged to have taken place March 31, 2004 at a residence in Washington Township.  The investigation is continues.  

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PSP Firemarshal: Undetermined Tylersburg Auto Sales Fire, $200K Damage

       

A fire severely damaging a Clarion County use car dealership Thursday night remains under the investigation of the Ridgway based Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.  Five area companies and Clarion Hospital ST3 EMS responded last Thursday afternoon at 5:45 pm to Tylersburg Auto Sales at 8071 Tylersburg Road, in Farmington Township. 

The Fire Marshal reports at shortly after 6 pm, a passing motorist called the fire into 911.  As fire fighters arrived, the saw visible flames coming from the structure on the property.  A section of the roof collapse into the structure while the fire departments were on the scene. 

The fire marshal reports the fire originated inside the structure near a work area around a cutting torch.  Damage is estimated at $200,000.  The structure was insured.  The victims are listed as 43 year old Brian Wolfson of  Leaper and 60 year old Albert Hippert, Sr. of Tionesta.

 

Responding to the scene were fire companies from Farmington Township, Washington Township, Marienville Fire Department, Clarion Fire Department and Sigel Fire Department..  

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ARCA Welcomes The Grove City College Touring

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts  proudly welcomes The Grove City College Touring Choir Sunday, April 2, 2017   2:00 PM Lincoln Hall   Foxburg, PA Tickets: Adults $10, Students and Children under 6 Free Buy online at www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call to reserve 724-659-3153.

Grove City College Touring Choir in Foxburg – April 2

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly welcomes the Grove City College Touring Choir to Lincoln Hall in Foxburg on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 PM.   Help ARCA showcase musical excellence in our region as we celebrate Grove City College’s premier vocal ensemble in a concert of choral works to usher in the Holy Season, including sacred works, songs of praise and African American spirituals.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, Students and Children under 6 are free.   Buy tickets online at www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call to reserve at (724) 659-3153.

The Choir’s performance in Foxburg follows their annual Spring East Coast tour to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  The Choir travels widely and has performed in virtually every state east of the Mississippi and the major cities of Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit.  It dedicates itself to the highest standards of musicianship and expressiveness.

In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.  In April 2015, the Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and in April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.

The Touring Choir has been in existence since its founding in 1959 by Oscar Cooper and continues to function as a co-curricular activity on the Grove City College campus.  Members are selected by competitive audition and represent a variety of academic disciplines.

In addition to the annual Spring tour, the choir performs for churches in Western Pennsylvania and at various campus events.  A highlight of the Christmas season for choir members is their musical leadership in the annual college candlelight services.

Performances of the Touring Choir for professional music organizations have included the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conferences in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2004, and 2009; the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conventions in 1987 and 1991; and the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2002.  In April of 2001 the choir sang for the Palm Sunday Services at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

 

During recent years the ensemble has been invited to perform as the featured choir with the Keith and Kristyn Getty Band as part of the Getty’s national tour and performed again with the Gettys in October 2016.  The Choir is directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller, trained by the world-famous choir director and conductor, Dr. Robert Page, past director of choruses for the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

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