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2021 The Progress News Year in Review - continued

Continued from January 11th Publication: April and May 2021 in Review

April 2021:

• Penna 30 Day Fund Announces Support for Local Small Business Following a Donation from Clarion County Industrial Dev. Authority Penna 30 Day Fund Announces Support for Local Small Business Following a Donation from Clarion County Industrial Dev. Authority: The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a local nonprofit dedicated to saving jobs and supporting small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 and civil unrest crises, announced that, through a partnership with the Clarion County’s Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), that it a $60,000 donation from the Clarion County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) that will provide $3,000 forgivable loans to 20 local small businesses to aid in funding indispensable needs and operational costs associated with ensuring the doors can remain open for businesses during this challenging time. You can visit their website at: for more information.

­­• April is Autism Awareness Month: Autism Tough Foundation Kicks Off Autism Tough Foundation Kicks OffAutism Awareness Month

• Emlenton Borough proclaims section of Allegheny River as state’s first Eco Corridor. Emlenton’s landscape is unique in that the Borough owns acreage on both sides of the Allegheny River throughout the length of the town.

• Allegheny River Trail in Clarion County (ARTinCC) announced a date for the Ground-Breaking for the Foxburg to Emlenton bike trail for Saturday, April 24, 2021, celebrating the purchase of 1.94 acres of land next to the Foxburg Bridge for the trailhead. This land, too, will enable the creation of a small public park along the river, and it will be named Fox-Hunt Park

• Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Aarnold Kepple was able to complete his 4th Edition of Kepple Completes 4th Edition ofCallensburg History. This edition starts off on where the third edition left off, and that is on page 1206. For more information about the book, you can contact Arnold Kepple at 814-358-2769.Callensburg History Know the Facts

• The Progress News Business Profile featured the Farmhouse Antiques & Rusty Stuff in Knox on Strawberry Farm Road. Denise and Doug & Reed, proprietors, were able to have more events throughout 2021. You can contact the store by calling 814-797-8814.

• Perry Township, Clarion County announces the return of their “Community Days”.

• Stacy Garrity, a former U.S. Army colonel who had served in the military for 30 years, including three tours of duty in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and then scored a major political victory last November in being elected as Pennsylvania’s treasurer, was the featured speaker at the annual spring breakfast of the Clarion County Republicans.

May 2021

• Members of VFW Post 7073 and American Legion Post 598 of Parker conducted a heartfelt Memorial Service at the parking lot of Park Hill Church of God, Lime Plant Road, West Freedom. The Veterans’ groups held military honors for 10 area veterans who have passed away October 2020 through April 2021, and did not receive full military honors at their funerals at the time of their passing due to VFW-American Legion Pandemic Restrictions, CDC regulations, and Pa. Dept. of Health Guidelines.

• The Foxburg Trailhead groundbreaking was held on Sat. April 24, 2021 with 50 plus regional residents and officials in attendance. This bike trailhead will begin at Foxburg and connect upriver at Emlenton. The impending Trailhead purchase and construction was due to DCNR funding.

• ­­Volunteers in East Brady and from surrounding communities participated in the annual Great American Cleanup of PA held on Saturday, April 24th. Twenty local volunteers and seven workers from Clarion County Probation picked up over thirty bags of litter along residential streets, State Route 68 and in the parks and playgrounds.

• On April 22, 2021 at the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, the dignitaries of the City of Parker named their “Citizen of the Year. Parker Mayor DuWayne “Bud” Amsler, presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Mike Weigle at the City’s Annual Dinner.

• A-C Valley Team holds regional meeting at the A-C Valley Elementary School in Foxburg. The team brought together many area groups to brainstorm ideas to improve the quality of life throughout the region, with the hope to consolidate efforts and to collaborate on issues and opportunities important to the area.

• The Butler Area Wood Turners are looking for new members. The BAW was formed in 2008 with a goal of helping others to expand their understanding and knowledge of wood turning at all levels or experience. You can contact the Butler Area Wood Turners by email to: mdunlapjr@zoom, or call Mr. Dunlap at 724-445-3630 and leave a message.

• On Wednesday, May 12th “Holy Sundae”, the new restaurant/ice cream shop opened for business. It is located at the former St. Marys Catholic Church in Parker. Owners Tim and Danya Welter purchased the building and have put countless hours into remodeling the church. Their hope is to bring a family friendly atmosphere to the community.

• Karns City H.S. crowns its 2021 Prom Queen Madison Eyth and Prom King is Gage Cowoski. The prom was An Enchanted Evening on May 7, 2021 at the Butler County Country Club.

• Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop in Foxburg featured Mark Anderson - Wildlife Artist Exhibit from May 22 to June 27. Mark lives in Pennsylvania and for more than thirty years he has been drawing and painting the outdoors.

• Bruin Area Veterans’ Memorial Association held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Veterans‘ Plaza portion of the planned memorial. Phase 2 of this project includes the foundational work, construction of a low wall surrounding the plaza, and laying of pavers, some of which are engraved to honor Veterans. Work soon began as soon as the weather agreeable and schedules permitted.

• Next week we will continue with June 2021 and July 2021.

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