Severe Thunderstorm Creates Damaging Straight-line Winds Throughout the Area

Damaged home on Hill Street belonging to Todd and Lee Anne Carr

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 around 6:00 PM, witnesses reported seeing a swirl of wind over the Allegheny River at Emlenton, that looked like a microburst, but authorities are calling it straight-line winds. The thunderstorm that caused the straight-line winds, swept through Emlenton and uprooted trees, downed powerlines, ripped off roof shingles, siding, fencing and caused damage to sheds, storage units and road signs.

Bridge Dedication Scheduled

Parker's "State bridge" to be re-dedicated

City of Parker officials have set Thursday, May 2nd at 2:00 p.m. for the dedication of the Parker bridge. The dedication will include a name change from "State Bridge" to "Veterans Memorial Bridge", with State Senator Don White, State Representative Donna Oberlander, and local officials participating.
The bridge in Parker was closed for eight months last year for $4.2 million dollars worth of renovations. It was closed from March 1, 2012 to October 26th.

Foxburg Free Library Happenings


The Foxburg Free Library has a busy month planned for April. We will have a used book sale during the week of April 22-April 27. It will be set up in the library's main room. All books are sold by a donation. We are also in need of book donations for our book sale. Please drop off your books that you wish to be in our used book sale any time during the library's open hours (Mondays and Tuesdays: 12-7 and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 10-5). We ask that the books are in good condition for resale.

O.R.A. to Dedicate Historical Marker


On Wednesday, May 1, the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will host a dedication and unveiling ceremony for the new Patrick C. Boyle state historical marker. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 2 Center Street in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home Announces Remodel with Week-Long Celebration


The Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home of Petrolia is a happy to announce that after weeks of construction, the updates to the facility are complete!

Drake Well Museum to Host Volunteer Training Workshop


On Thursday, April 11, Drake Well Museum and the Friends of Drake Well, Inc. will host a special volunteer training workshop. Anyone interested in volunteering at the museum is invited to come learn the art of interpretation. The program will feature professional interpreters from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The four-hour workshop is free and begins at 10:00 a.m. Registration is required. Please call (814) 827-2797 to make your reservation.

Cub Scout Pack 200 visits The Progress News and Staab Typographic

L-R: Anthony Leitem, Cameron Jones, Augustin Forester, Brayden Stuchell, of Cub Scout Pack 200 in Chicora, PA.

Cub Scout Pack 200 from Chicora, PA came to visit The Progress News and Staab Typographic on Monday, April 1, 2013. We didn't play any jokes on them, but we had a great time while they were here.

The Scouts was shown different machines and processes while they were here. It seemed that their favorite machine was the Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress. With the "windmill" they were shown how we used a die-cut to make door hangers. A die-cut is like a cookie cutter, and cuts the paper as pressure is applied to the shape of the die.

ARCA presents Songs of the Spirit a Gala Concert


Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts 2013 Performance Season blossoms in full bloom in April. Sunday April 21st ARCA presents Songs of the Spirit a Gala Classical Pops concert in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg. Soprano, Kathy Soroka, is joined by a group of superb musicians creating an inspirational program of poignantly beautiful instrumental and vocal music.
Kathy’s collaborator the acclaimed pianist Natasha Snitkovsky will accompany her as will Louis Lev on violin, Michael Lipman on cello, and Dr. Brent Register from Clarion University on oboe.

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start Celebrates Week of the Young Child


Jefferson—Clarion Head Start, Inc. invites local communities to join in celebrating "THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD" that will be held April 14 ~ 20, 2013. The theme of the week is "Early Years Are Learning Years". The purpose of this week is to inform the public about early childhood programs and to recognize the importance and benefits of early intervention. Additionally, it is a time to draw attention to the needs of young children and their families and plan how to better care for all young children.

Community Action, Inc. Names April Volunteer of the Month

Linda McHenry of New Bethlehem

Community Action, Inc. announced Linda McHenry of New Bethlehem was selected to be the Clarion County Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteer of the Month for April.

Linda has been a member of the Senior Corps-RSVP since October 2010 volunteering for Clarion Hospital Cancer Center and as a hospice volunteer for Clarion/Forest Visiting Nurse Association. In addition, she volunteers yearly in Honduras doing mission work.

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