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County, unions continue talks for new contracts

By BOB ROLLEY brolley@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — A request by Clinton County Court of Common Pleas officials about next year’s county government holiday schedule sparked a wide-ranging discussion Monday among commissioners about days off and ongoing contract talks with two unions. The ...

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Maria Boileau, left, has been hired as the new planner and development coordinator for the City of Lock Haven, and Morgan Sweely, right, is the city’s new finance director.

Maria Boileau is new city planner

By WENDY STIVER wstiver@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Maria Boileau will join the city’s administrators as planner and development coordinator starting next Monday. City Council welcomed her during its meeting last night. Also welcomed was Morgan Sweely who started Oct. 4 as the ...

Dates revealed for 2018 Frozen Snot, Boulder Beast

By WENDY STIVER wstiver@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — The next Frozen Snot race is set for Jan. 27, 2018. New race director Luke Ebeling told City Council there is a lot of interest already from people hoping to participate in this “frigid adventure” on the city’s watershed ...

Bellefonte commits support of saving Kepler Pool

By EMMA GOSALVEZ egosalvez@lockhaven.com BELLEFONTE - Bellefonte is stepping forward to support the rehabilitation of the 46-year-old Kepler Pool at Governors Park. At the Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting of the Bellefonte Borough Council, council members unanimously voted to write a letter of ...

Queen and Her Court. Bucktail’s Anna Cowfer was crowned the 69th annual Flaming Foliage Festival Queen Sunday afternoon at Bucktail Area High School. Pictured with Cowfer are others that captured titles, including front, Judges Memorial Award- Miss South Williamsport Allaryn Smith; First Runner Up- Miss Port Allegany Caroline Wise; Miss Bucktail Anna Cowfer; Second Runner Up- Miss Smethport Hailey Hoch; second row, Mr. Congeniality- Mr. Wellsboro Brayden Button;  Miss Photogenic- Miss Penns Valley Abigail Martin. 2017 FFF Queen Anna Cowfer, representing Bucktail Area High School was all smiles as 2016 Queen Michelle Hunter passed the crown to Cowfer following the 69th annual FFF Weekend.

Bucktail reigns

By KEVIN RAUCH For The Express FARWELL — For everyone in the host town of Renovo, the 69th annual Flaming Foliage Festival Weekend saved its best moment for last, as hometown Miss Bucktail Anna Cowfer was named Flaming Foliage Queen. The Bucktail Area High School Gymnasium ...

Staying out late: Does your town have a curfew?

By LAURA JAMESON ljameson@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — It’s something everyone is just so used to that it’s rarely enforced and few actually know when it is. We’re talking about curfews. The City of Lock Haven and many surrounding municipalities have a curfew for minors in their ...

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Lauryn Geisewite and her escort Jacob Jeffries of Loganton will be representing Sugar Valley Rural Charter School this weekend at the 69th annual Flaming Foliage Festival in Renovo. Lauryn is seen here at her first stop for the weekend — registration at K&L Auto Sales in North Bend — where she met other contestants before leaving to join her host family.

Flaming Foliage underway this weekend in Renovo

RENOVO — With nearly 150 vendors awaiting customers and the arrival of 25 queen contestants and escorts yesterday afternoon, the stage has been set for the 69th annual Flaming Foliage Festival (FFF) in Renovo this weekend. Months of preparation from not just the FFF Committee members but ...

Body of missing man found

The family of Robin J. Conser reported Friday afternoon that they had found R.J.’s body Friday morning on the Conser property in Wayne Township. R.J. was reported missing by his family, who said he was suffering from depression and had not seen since Monday. The family posted pictures ...

Driver killed in crash on Route 64

LAMAR — Sterling A. Hardy, 21, of Belleville, was killed early Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Route 64 in Porter Township. According to state police, John E. Zook, 48, of Lewisburg was stopped on Route 64 waiting to turn left into Nittany Wood Crafters when Hardy came from behind ...

Flaming foliage events

TODAY 9 a.m. — Arts and Crafts Show at FFF Lot 9 - 11:30 a.m. — Queens’ Interviews at St. Joseph Activity Center, 9th Street & Huron Avenue. 11:45 a.m. — Queens’ Luncheon in Methodist Church Basement, 7th Street; with Maria Ransom, Queens Advisor, as Master of Ceremonies. ...

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Wicked Wine Festival to benefit veterans LOCK HAVEN — A Wicked Wine Festival is planned for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The 1900 Red Barn, 652 Island Road. Music, food, a basket raffle and of course, wine will be part of the fun. Tickets include a free wine glass and ...

City to set administrators’ salaries

LOCK HAVEN — City Council is expected to approve the 2017 salaries of city administrators during its meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in City Hall. This year’s salaries and wages for the city’s non-union employees are on the agenda. Over the past several years, council has waited until autumn ...

Road work listed for next week

MILL HALL — Water Street in Lock Haven will be paved from the Lock Haven University traffic light to Jay Street, Tuesday through Thursday. A contractor will start paving on Route 150 from Dunnstown to the Avis interchange, Tuesday through next Saturday. The contractor project at Paul Mack ...

Around the Town

Good Day And Happy Saturday Birthday to Dale R. Miller, 70, of Marsh Creek! Word of the Day Strix — Also striga. A bird of ill omen or an evil witch, especially one which feeds on human flesh and blood. Little Pine Fall Festival Little Pine State Park will hold its annual Fall ...

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In front of the new restrooms building at Grove Community Park are, from left, seated: Flemington Councilman Dave Grimm, borough secretary Charity Walizer-Etters, and Council Member Jo LaRocque; and standing: borough employee J.R. Probst, Council President Albert “Hap” Hill, Councilman Gary Mellott, Clinton County Commissioner Chair Robert “Pete” Smeltz, Council Member Traci Kuntz, Commissioner Paul Conklin, Councilman Wayne Allison, friend of the park Paul Powell Jr., Flemington Mayor Gary L. Durkin, and Bald Eagle Township Supervisor Chair Gerard Banfill.

Flemington park gets $175K in improvements

FLEMINGTON — Fall weather arrived just in time for Flemington Borough Council’s outdoor meeting in Grove Community Park. Held Thursday evening, the meeting included a chance to admire the $175,000 worth of improvements made recently to the park, between Fourth Street and Bellefonte ...

Boileau leaving as director of elections

LOCK HAVEN — In what became the second hiring of a part-time person in two weeks, the Clinton County commissioners voted to terminate a contract for paralegal services with Frances Neff and then agreed to employ her part-time. It was among several personnel items acted upon Thursday that ...

Officials renew Wayne landfill fee agreement

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County will continue to receive $1.50 for every ton of garbage disposed of in the Wayne Township Landfill. That fee amount and other provisions are contained in a host agreement the commissioners approved with the county Solid Waste Authority on Thursday. The ...

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Feral cats in Mill Hall have a friend on Mann Avenue who feeds them and tries to have them spayed or neutered. A new borough ordinance regulating cats and their behavior is causing the caretaker to find homes for these strays.

What will happen to the cats on Mann Avenue?

MILL HALL — When you think of a den of stray cats, or any large group of them, some pretty negative images may come to mind. Like back alleyways in cities where there are vicious cat fights and the felines themselves are mangy and dangerous. That’s actually not the case for a colony of ...

Calendar of events

Today r Yard-n-bake sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Curtin United Methodist Church. Information: Marty Lucas at 814-880-6654 or Larry Beahm at 814-355-9588. r Soup sale with homemade apple dumplings, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven. Order ahead of time by ...

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‘GT’ Thompson to speak at LHU LOCK HAVEN — Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson will be a featured speaker at this year’s 21st Annual Government Outreach Seminar to be held at Lock Haven University on Monday at 9 a.m. Other speakers will include Larry Schardt. The event will be held ...