County to observe Constitution Week, Childhood Cancer Awareness


LOCK HAVEN — The week of Sept. 17 to 23 is Constitution Week in Clinton County.

The county commissioners proclaimed it Thursday, to observe the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

And, all three commissioners wore gold ribbons on their lapels Thursday, in recognition of childhood cancer.

Diane Whitaker, regent of the Col. Hugh White-Col. John Chatham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, represented the DAR at the meeting. The organization originally promoted the idea of Constitution Week, which was signed into law in 1956. DAR chapters across the country continue to sponsor Constitution events at this time of year. The aims are to emphasize the responsibilities of citizens to protect and defend the Constitution, inform the public that the Constitution is the basis for America’s heritage and the foundation of our way of life, and encourage people to learn about the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in 1787.

A display for Constitution Week has been set up in the Ross Library lobby.

“We appreciate your efforts to educate the public about the basis of our laws,” Commissioner Chair Robert “Pete” Smeltz said.

He and Commissioners Paul W. Conklin and Jeffrey A. Snyder also proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, at the request of the Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys Kiwanis Club.

Jodi Treas, lieutenant governor for the Central Pennsylvania region of Kiwanis and a member of the BENV club, introduced the proclamation.

She also invited everyone to the Kiwanis Go Gold Event on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Mill Hall Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the club. The event will include food, kids’ fun, and a ribbon tree, giving families and individuals a chance to hang a ribbon in remembrance.

In addition, Dennis Robinson’s achievements as executive director of the SEDA-Council of Governments were recognized Thursday.

Robinson is retiring after 39 years in that position, and he has worked for SEDA-COG for 44 years. Under his leadership, the organization partnered with federal, state and local agencies to create or support 93,000 jobs, weatherize 37,000 homes, build more than 20 apartments for senior housing, and complete more than 1,000 public infrastructure and community facilities projects.

His honors include the John D. Whisman Vision Award from the Development District Association of Appalachia and a Top 100 People award from Pennsylvania Business Central.

The commissioners signed a proclamation of excellence in his honor, and Snyder, who represents the county on SEDA-COG, will deliver it at the next meeting.



In other business, bids were opened to extend the county’s fiber optics system from downtown Lock Haven to the Clinton County Piper Building, about nine blocks away.

The firm Celerity, of Quakertown, had the apparent low bid at $41,775, which is less than the $50,000 the county had estimated for the project. The other bidders were Pennsylvania Networks Inc., of Orbisonia, and Williamsport Electric Inc. County staff will review the bids before the contract is awarded.

An agreement was approved for a Pennsylvania Juvenile Probation Services grant of $36,721, which will be used to help pay juvenile probation officers.

Whitaker, who is also executive director of Ross Library, told the commissioners the library will apply for $26,559 from the county to help pay the two staff members who travel around the county to deliver programs and support. She said the state recognizes the county’s support when state funding for the library is considered.

Snyder noted that Renovo Area Public Library has opened its parking lot to CareerLink’s mobile unit, which offers information and programs to help job-seekers.

Whitaker then donned a third hat, that of president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven, and invited everyone to Angel Lights, an observance of the tragedies of Sept. 11. Luminaries will be lit tonight in Triangle Park, starting around 6:30 p.m., and will burn for hours into the evening. A luminaire may be purchased for $5 in remembrance or honor of a special person or to observe the date, and anyone may stop by the park to recall the events of 2001.