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How Does Your Town Measure Up Against American's Prettiest?

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America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces an exciting new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest. Cities and towns across the United States will be evaluated on their overall beauty as demonstrated by a submitted portfolio of up to 18 photos. Entrants are invited to submit any photographs from their city.

Trail Town Program® Expanding to Oil City & Region

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Trail Town Program®
Expanding to Oil City & Region
Greensburg, PA – The Progress Fund’s Trail Town Program® is expanding to new Trail Towns across western Pennsylvania, including Oil City. Oil City will also join Titusville, Emlenton, and Foxburg in becoming Trail Towns along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.

The Emlenton Hill Project Continues to Move Forward

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Emlenton Hill

The Emlenton Hill Project Continues to Move Forward
Is now in the third and final phase.

Air Force Hometown News

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Air Force Airman Kelsey M. Boocks

Air Force Airman Kelsey M. Boocks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
     The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
     Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Trout Season Facts & Regulations

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Statewide Opening Day on  Saturday, April 12th at 8 am.
Minimum Size: Seven (7) inches
Fishing Hours: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener
Creel limits:
 Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)
       5 (combined species)
    Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31) 3 (combined species)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – Picture a bustling classroom full of kids, 33 of them to be exact. Next, picture that classroom emptied – all that young life, all of those 33 futures, gone.
That’s how many children died in Pennsylvania in 2012 from child abuse – beaten, shaken, attacked, neglected.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, when the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA), the state’s lead organization in helping families prevent abuse and in training people to recognize and report abuse, will be working to put a spotlight on the issue.

A Birthday Wish Fulfilled

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Jason Say of Wired Outdoors accepting donation money raised by Gabby Miller for her 10th birthday.

Gabrielle Miller, a fourth grade student at Immaculate Conception School in Clarion, wanted only one thing for her 10th birthday; to make a difference in someone’s life. With the help of her parents Dawn and Brad Miller of Mayport, PA, she formulated a plan for her impending birthday party; in lieu of gifts for herself, she asked all her friends and family to make a donation to Camo Cares.  After all was said and done Gabby collected and donated $700.00 to Jason Say, Owner of Wired Outdoors through which Camo Cares is coordinated.

Local Senior Gives Back to American Legion

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Kim Pakutz, Ron Huff, Abby Pakutz, and George Pakutz

Abby Pakutz, a senior at Karns City High School, remembers supportive acts for a long time. Four years ago she was selected to receive the American Legion's Eighth Grade Award. The award is given annually to teacher-chosen outstanding students. Abby received her award from the American Legion Post 642 in 2010, at the Memorial Day Parade. The award was one  she earned, and one she never forgot.

American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest Winners Announced

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Blake Lewis, Heath Lewis, Sadie Lewis, Kathy Watt, and Samantha Beal

On Tuesday March 18th, four local students were announced as the winners of this year’s American Legion Auxiliary Essay contest at Dehart-Rossman-Wenner Post 997 in Lamartine.  Homeschool students Sadie Lewis, 4th grade, Heath Lewis, 7th grade, Blake Lewis, 9th grade and Keystone High School senior Samantha Beal all read their winning essays entitled, “How can I show my pride in being an American?”  Sadie described how she would show her pride by helping in and taking care of her community; Heath read his essay about the Pledge of Allegiance and his awareness, li

Emlenton, Foxburg, Franklin, Oil City Trail Towns next Economic Bloom?

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Will Prince, Trail Town Program Manager

Over fifty valley residents braved the wind, snow and cold Wednesday night, March 12th to attend a presentation at the Crawford Center in Emlenton. The Trail Town meeting and program hosted by Emlenton Business Association and presented by the Oil Region Alliance team who shared the story of the positive impact of bike trails to communities in which they pass through, creating Trail Towns. Emlenton, Parker, Foxburg, East Brady, Franklin, Oil City, are all towns being linked by expanding bikeways of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.

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