The Progress News - 2020 Year in Review - Part 2

• Jamie Burns received the North Country Trail Honor Award on March 4, 2020 from Jan Berg, president of the Butler Outdoor Club.

• The Progress News began a series of articles featuring the ACV High School Seniors class of 2020.

• A food distribution event that was held on Monday April 27th at the Brady’s Bend Municipal Building. Donations of food and money came in from local residents and local churches of the Brady’s Bend and East Brady communities.

• During the Covid lockdown, The Progress News launched a weekly search contest sponsored by many of our advertisers.

• The Allegheny Grille was host to First Responders, from Columbus, Nebraska, returning home from three weeks in New York City along with 14 other ambulances companies from several different states.

• Since the lockdown the ACV School District’s food services program has been providing 526 breakfasts and lunches to the ACV Students with distribution points throughout the school district.

• The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of Erie, announcse that he will allow pastors of parishes throughout the Diocese of Erie to begin offering public Masses on June 1. He also issued a significant series of protocols to be followed.

• The Harvest Community Church of Freeport; Indiana, Kittanning, and Petrolia, PA begin giving out free dairy products several times throughout the lockdown.

• Sgt. Tracy Shufstall, Retired 30-years of service in the U.S. Army, gives the Emlenton Memorial Day message. With social distancing, the event was well attended.

• Clarion Hospital Foundation awarded seven scholarships to area students who will pursue education in the medical field. Jacob Bauer, Molly Bedee, Nathaniel Datko, McKenna Deible, Kaitlyn Ginnery and McKenna Kaye, were selected.

• The Allegheny-Clarion Valley Class of 2020, held a drive-in graduation outside the A-C Valley High School in Foxburg on Friday, June 5, 2020. Edward Joseph Stevanus, Valedictorian and Hannah Marie Farrington, Salutatorian.

• A new business, B&B Customs just off Rte.268 at 773 Parker Pike, Parker, PA opens and offers a full variety of sales & services such as custom painting, tire changing and mechanical work.

• Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps’ service members gave the Emlenton Mineral Springs Park a much needed face-lift. Cleaning out the area of weeds and brush then painting the historic Quaker State Oil Tank located at Mineral Springs Park in Emlenton. The well, known as the Crawford Well No. 3, was drilled at a depth of only 891 feet and still produced up until several years ago.

• Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts schedules its first concert since area turned green on May 29, 2020.

• Well Known Emlenton Historian & Businessman Well Known Emlenton Historian & Businessman Archibald Randolph “Arch” Newton III, Archibald Randolph Arch Newton IIIdies at the age of 91.

• Training Toward Self Reliance Inc. moves into the former ACV Medical Center in Foxburg. Now all administrative personell are under one roof.

• Butler County Dairy Promotion Committee announces the 2020 Dairy Promotion Court. They are AJ Snow, Brinley McNany, Chloe McNany, Judd Prescott. Back Row - Morgan Teets, Rose Snow, Sara Lang, Merecedes Guynup, Daisy Snow. Missing From Photo - Emma Fleeger, Jenna Fleeger, Chloe Setzenfand.

• ­The annual Oil Heritage Festival when on as planned. It had a different look, but was not cancelled due to the low number of Covid cases in the area.

• The Butler Health System Heart Team is pleased to announce the opening of its new state of the art Electrophysiology (EP) Lab. The new lab features a Canon fluoroscopy unit capable of using an extremely low amount of radiation to achieve diagnostic imaging.

• Carrie and Vince Forsythe present a $10,000 check to Dean Ritter of the Clarion County Shrines from their annual Snowball Kickball event.

• A beautiful black marble bench was placed by Logue Memorials on the east bank of the Allegheny River in Foxburg with an engraved picture of the old pedestrian/railroad bridge that stood as the gateway into Foxburg from 1921 to 2008.

• Emlenton Borough Launches a new app with “Savvy Citizen”. Residents may access Savvy Citizen by downloading the smartphone app by visiting; Google Play or the Apple App store.

• Outdoor Writers Association of America announced that Andy Whitcomb of St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania, was recognized as an award recipient during the 2020 OWAA Excellence in Craft Contests.

• Foxburg Free Library Has A New Library Director, LaTrobe Barnitz. Foxburg Free Library Has A New Library Director, LaTrobe Barnitz.Barnitz was hired on June 8, 2020 by the Foxburg Free Library Board of Directors.

• The Oil Region Alliance promoted Selina Pedi to serve as the full-time Redevelopment Manager. Selina was the part-time Blueprint Communities Coordinator for the Allegheny Clarion River Valley Region. You can read Selina’s weekly column Redevelopment Works, in the Progress News. Jennifer Burden, was also promoted. She had been working at the ORA as the Historian Educator, and is now the Heritage Program Manager.

• Lifelong Parker businessman and fireman, Jay Whyte, dies, and is honored with a fireman’s final salute by the Parker VFD and many other area fire departments.

• A new salon opens in Knox. Couture, A Misit Lockhart Salon, located at 512 Main in Knox, PA.

• Local Chicora man, Gary Burk III wins “Contemporary Country Male Song of the Year at the 6th annual Josie Music Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN. His winning song was “Like That,” written by Betsy Walter.

• Central Electric Cooperative’s (CEC’s) members re-elected board of director, Kenneth Durrett, representing Butler County; and Richard Weaver, representing Clarion County; at their Annual Meeting Aug. 21, 2020.

• Foxburg’s Library Director, LaTrobe Barnitz, published his first fantasy novel. The book, “Soul Crystals: ARC of the Amuli”, was released on October 31st, which is earlier than expected.

• Mary Leigh Courson, owner of Leigh’s Cones in Emlenton ran a fundraiser the last two weeks of the season for the Autism Tough Foundation. Over $400 was raised and donated to the foundation.

• Allegheny River Trail in Clarion Co. (ARTinC) announces a settlement agreement with Foxburg land owners paving the way to move forward with bike trail plans and working with up-river landowners.

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