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The Progress News - Year in Review - Part 2

• Baylee Blauser Captures her 3rd A-CV High School Record in Track. Blauser broke the longstanding triple jump record by jumping 37’ 6 ½”. The previous record was 36" 3" held by Shanna Klingler Tharan.

• The Red Brick Gallery opens their new season with an art exhibit featuring Paul Means. The exhibit featuring Paul Means’ paintings of Western Pennsylvania rural landscapes, wildlife, and portraits.

• April is April is Autism Awareness Month. Holly McKinley Weaver shares her personal experience with Autism.

• Northwest Consignments celebrates its two year anniversary. They have been located in the old Cranberry High School, lower level, after moving from Franklin. Northwest Consignments offers low cost consignment selling for those with a little bit to sell, as well as having booth rentals available for those who have a lot more to sell or those who have a small retail business starting up.

• Jeff and Dora Crawford celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 24th at Lowell Healthcare in

Lowell IN, where Jeff has resided for the last several years. They formerly lived in Emlenton for 46 years.

• Karns City students give back to the community. Hunter Dunlap and Emma Ellenberger, both 2022 graduates from Karns City High School hold a double elimination corn hole tournament to raise funds for the American Legion Post 488 in East Brady.

• Todd Gallagher is featured in a Town Talk column by Lara Andreykovich. Todd is a Parker native and missionary who has been doing extraordinary work in the Ukraine. Todd and his wife Veronika have become a well-regarded liaison between the Ukraine and Romania, organizing transportation and provisions for refugees who made the trek out of Ukraine and into Romania.

• Lucas Salusky and Kristin Baum were crowned the2022 Charity Ball King and Queen. The 2022 Charity Ball raised $11,000.00 and was shared equally with Tom Manuel and the St. Petersburg Vol. Fire Co.

• A feature article was published by Ron Wilshire about Tom Amsler, who at 90 yrs. is still active in the Knox American Legion. Tom is also the oldest active member of the Knox Legion where he has been a member for 68 years.

• Sugarcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department held an open house and mortgage burning on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at their station located on Rodgers Road, East Brady, Pa.

• Penna bear hunters in 2022, took 3,659 bears across last year’s various seasons. That ranked as the state’s fifth-best harvest ever, and the second-largest recorded since 2011. The 2020 bear harvest, for comparison’s sake, was 3,621.

• Armeida Mae McElravy celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Church of God in Karns city, PA.

• The Environmental Pro­tection Agency announced that the Oil Region Alliance of Busi­ness, Industry & Tourism was se­lected as a 2022 Brownfields re­cipient for a $500,000 Assessment Grant. With the support of an EPA Community Wide Assessment Grant, the ORA can continue its mission to equitably and strategically nurture the resources and opportunities along the river for the benefit of all who call this area home. This will aide the ORA for long-term development and use of the Allegheny River.

• Rep. Scott Hutchinson announced that The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction stopping Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to toll nine major bridges across the state until further court action occurs. One of the nine bridges is in Clarion County, the Canoe Creek Brides on I-80.

• Robert and Linda Benner, of 570 N Kahle Lake Rd., Emlenton, Pa., celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 27, 2022.

• In celebration of Parker’s Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) , the members of CEC were invited to join them for a stroll through their history via a scavenger hunt! Participants experienced a scenic tour through CEC’s service territory while learning about (and seeing) some of the co-op’s most historical moments and markers.

• The Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2022 on Sunday, May 29, 2022, in the high school gymnasium. The graduation class had 43 seniors. The valedictorian was

Evelyn Mae Ruckdeschel. She is the daughter of Michael and Amanda Ruckdeschell of Emlenton. The ACV Class Salutatorian was Meah M. Schiberl-Ielase, and she is the daughter of Kevin Ielase and Holly Schiberl of Emlenton.

• Mike and Tina McCloskey of Chicora, removed a bee hive at the Hughes Park in Emlenton.

• Ron and Deb Thompson of Parker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, June 5th from 2 to 4 pm at the Six Points Church of God of Prophecy, 121 McKee Road, Parker. The event was hosted by their daughters.

• The Annual Chicora Memorial Day Parade was held on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. The annual parade and ceremonies are sponsored by the Chicora Borough, Dierken Ritzert American Legion Post 642, the Chicora Independent Hose Company and the Chicora Moose Lodge 962. Last year’s theme was, “You Will Never Be Forgotten”. The McNallen Family donated a “Roll Call” bell to the Chicora Community.

• Foxburg Country Club was Host to the 2022 National Hickory Championship. Golfers have been swinging clubs at Foxburg Country Club since 1887. On June 2 – 4, 2022 the course stepped back in time as the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States played host to the 2022 National Hickory Championship. The tournament has been in existence for twenty-five years but the first ever event held at historic Foxburg Country Club.

• Armco Credit Union awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 20 local high school seniors. The students were selected from 80 qualified applicants based on academic and extracurricular achievement. Students attending colleges as well as vocational schools were eligible.

• Axel Elliot, a 5 year old, is enjoying success on the race track in the 50cc class of dirt bike/motocross racing. Elliot competes in races such as the PAMX State Championship series and the CRA Battle of the Boarder Race,; Switchback MX in Butler, PA, Maple Shade MX in Sugar Grove; PA which was The North East Area Qualifier; Pymatuming Hole Shot Raceway in Linesville, PA.

• EBADC Completes a Beautification Project. With funding from the East Brady branch of Farmer’s National Bank, the East Brady Area Development Corporation (EBADC) landscaped around the Community Center sign on Kelly’s’ Way at Ferry Street.

• The Moniteau High School Class of 2022 held their Commencement on Thursday, June 2, 202 at 7:00 PM in the HS Auditorium. Kole Alcorn was the class Valedictorian. Kole Alcorn is the son of Jackie Staab of Eau Claire. Emma Rodgers was the class Salutatorian. Emma is the daughter of Heather and Michael Rodgers of Hilliards.

• Many concerts/musicians/entertainers were brought to the valley in 2022 by the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts. One such performance was a Bluegrass entertainer, Davic Mayfield, the charismatic and comedic songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist on July 9th in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg.

• Keystone High School Class of 2022 Valedictorian & Salutatorian was announced. Leia Bauer was the class Valedictorian, she is is the daughter of Scott and Sharon Bauer. Kadence Criswell was the Salutatorian. Kadence is the daughter of Brian and Shari Criswell and have an Emlenton address.

• The BHS Clarion Hospital Foundation awarded seven scholarships to area students pursuing education in

the medical field. Abbey Barron, Nicholas Cherico, Regan Husted, Kaylee LaVan, Dominika Logue, Ryley Pago, and Damon Weaver were selected by committee members to be the 2022 recipients.

• The Emlenton Business Association Kicks off its first event the same weekend as the Emlenton Summer Festival. The first event was the “Emlenton Main Street Mingle” on July 9th. The event featured craft vendors, food and beer vendors, Main Street Ghost Tours and the live entertainment.

• The Bridge Builders Community Foundations Announced the 2022 Scholarship recipients. There were nearly 200 individual scholarships awarded, totaling over $350,000.

• Deb Jackson shows off her 5 pound Walleye caught from Lake Erie. Nice catch Deb.

• Plans to toll nine current bridges in Pennsylvania under the Department of Transportation’s Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative were permanently halted under a final order by the state’s Commonwealth Court. The court’s decision was announced June 30, 2022.

• Pleasantville, Pennsylvania – The Friends of Drake Well, Inc. announce the return of Wildcatter Day to Historic Pithole City on July 9 th. Visitors to this living history event enjoyed guided walking history tours and more.

• Dustin Brown was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant on March 1, 2022. He has been in the United States Air Force for 20 years.. He is a 1999 graduate of Karns City High School.

• Part III will be published in the next issue of The Progress News. Stay tuned!

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