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Downtown Manager Natasha Gorham unfurls the standard that is now hanging above downtown East Main Street, Lock Haven. It reminds everyone that a new Hometown Heroes Banner Program has started and now is the time to order a banner for the new round.

It’s a great year to buy a Hometown Hero banner or dust off an old one

LOCK HAVEN — The city may have the title for the largest Hometown Heroes Banner Program in the nation, considering how many soldiers, veterans, and first-responders have been honored with individual banners over the years. And this year’s program could make Lock Haven special in a new way ...

Little League, fire company get community grants

LOCK HAVEN — Fire departments, schools, parks and townships are a few of the 44 Pennsylvania organizations that will receive $326,800 in funding this spring from Williams through its bi-annual community grant program. The total includes $19,250 that will be distributed to organizations in ...

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William Mincer announces run for KCSD board seat

LOCK HAVEN — William H. Mincer has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary election to represent Keystone Central School District Region VII, comprised of Lock Haven’s Third and Fourth wards. Mincer currently serves as director of Sports Camps at Penn State ...

Reps. Thompson, Brownley introduce VETS Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (Pa.-05) and Julia Brownley (Calif.-26) this week introduced H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would allow U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health professionals ...

Farry, Hanna recycling proposal passes House

HARRISBURG — The House has passed a proposal that would provide incentives for recycling plastic bags in the commonwealth, State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, reports. Hanna said the proposal, House Bill 1071, is important because similar legislation over the last decade has resulted ...

JS home repair group prepares for third year

JERSEY SHORE —Transform Jersey Shore Area (TJSA) is seeking applications from those from within the Jersey Shore area who have life situations — financial inabilities, physical limitations, or lack of family support — that have prevented much needed home repairs from being completed. ...

Tickets now on sale for STEP’s Progressive Dinner

LOCK HAVEN — STEP will host the Clinton County Progressive Dinner, featuring restaurants and venues in Lock Haven and Mill Hall, on Tuesday, May 23. This event follows last year’s Pathways to Success Progressive Dinner held in Lycoming County, establishing the evening of fine dining as ...

Local briefs

Student sponsoring 5K for Children’s Miracle Network LOCK HAVEN — Austyn Carson, a junior at Central Mountain High School, will be holding a 5K on Saturday at Bald Eagle State Park, Howard. This is Austyn’s graduation project. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the beach parking ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TODAY r Take-out dinners of ham pot pie and dessert, 4-7 p.m., Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, 111 Main St., Mill Hall. Handicapped accessible. To reserve dinners, call 570-726-4112 and leave a message. r Musical comedy “The Addams Family,” 7:30 p.m., box office opens at 6:30, ...

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LHU Department of Chemistry honors scholars

PHOTO PROVIDED The Department of Chemistry held an awards luncheon on March 24 recognizing this semester’s Chemistry Scholars. These monetary awards are given to sophomore through senior chemistry majors for making academic progress towards the completion of their degree. Shown are, from ...

Sea, Air and Land Challenge is Friday at BEA

WINGATE — Bald Eagle Area Senior High School will host the Second Annual Sea, Air and Land Challenge on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as high school students will participate in engineering challenges based on military and first responder relevant scenarios. Nicknamed The SeAL ...

Around the Town

Good Day And Happy Birthday to Andrew Smith of Dunnstown! Word of the Day Deliquesce — To become liquid, typically during decomposition; to melt away. Friday luncheon at Woolrich Church The United Methodist Women will again sponsor a Friday luncheon. This week’s lunch will be from ...

Dogwood Circle looking for Garden of the Month

LOCK HAVEN — Spring has sprung and so has the Dogwood Circle Garden Club! The circle will award its first 2017 Garden of the Month in May. Nominations are due today. The popular award program is in its 23rd year. Each month, May through September, club members serve as judges, visit ...

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This long-vacant triplex at 602-606 Ontario Ave., Renovo, at the corner of Sixth Street, was demolished Tuesday by Smith Excavating of Renovo.

Vacant structures go down along Ontario Avenue

RENOVO — Smith Excavating of Renovo started the first real, tangible action of the $950,000 Ontario Avenue project Tuesday, knocking down a vacant building at 602-606 Ontario Ave. This is also the first step toward Renovo Borough’s plans for a boat launch at Fifth Street. Several ...

BASD board continues work on budget

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Area School District continues to fine tune its 2017-18 budget, with hopes to get to the point where no tax increase is needed. At the Tuesday night meeting of the Board of School Directors, district fiscal director Ken Bean did the third review of the proposed ...

Vote coming up on new vehicle registration fee

BELLEFONTE — In two weeks, the Centre County Board of Commissioners will consider adopting an ordinance that allows for an additional $5 fee for non-exempt new and renewed vehicle registrations. During their Tuesday meeting, the commissioners approved advertising the ordinance on the county ...

Richard P. Vilello Jr., second from left, was sworn in Tuesday as deputy secretary of Community Affairs and Development in the state Department of Community and Economic Development. In the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol are, from left, his cousin Dan Vilello, Rick and wife Marie, Rick’s sister Anne Vilello, Lock Haven City Council Vice President Steve Stevenson, Rick’s niece Sara Stringfellow who is a city council member, City Planner Leonora Hannagan, and City Manager Rich Marcinkevage.
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Vilello sworn in as deputy secretary

HARRISBURG — Richard P. Vilello Jr. of Lock Haven is the new deputy secretary of Community Affairs and Development in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. He had been acting deputy secretary since Feb. 4, and officially became the deputy secretary Tuesday when ...

County planners frown upon 45-acre proposal

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Planning Commission had a few problems recently with a proposal to change a 45-acre parcel along the Reservoir Road in Wayne Township from Residential Low Density to Open Space/Recreation. Clinton County Planning Director Tim Holladay noted the county’s ...

Calendar of events

TODAY r Spring carnival, 6:30-8 p.m., Howard Christian Church, with free hot dogs, popcorn, games, bounce house. TOMORROW r Take-out dinners of ham pot pie and dessert, 4-7 p.m., Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, 111 Main St., Mill Hall. Handicapped accessible. To reserve dinners, ...

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City Planner Leonora M. Hannagan, left, is honored as the Downtowner of the Year by the Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven. The award is presented by Barb Schmouder, club president.

City planner is Downtowner of the Year

LOCK HAVEN — The Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven honored City Planner Leonora M. Hannagan as the club’s 2017 Downtowner of the Year for all she has done to support the local shopping district. As city planner and development coordinator for the past 20 years, Hannagan’s primary ...