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‘Letters to Santa’ coming Friday

LOCK HAVEN — I smiled, grinned and even laughed out loud on Wednesday as I typed dozens of hand-written letters from local youngsters to Santa Claus. The letters include a wish list of presents the boys and girls are hoping they’ll find under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. ...

Calendar of events

TODAY r Lock Haven University’s 16th annual student pottery sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., LHU Art Annex, 515 Railroad St. (behind Student Recreation Center); 10 percent of proceeds benefits HELP for Pets. r Reception for “The Peg Joe and Karen Show” of artworks by Peg Johnston, Joe Bitner and ...

Model Railroad Club holds open houses

PHOTOS PROVIDED The Clinton Central Model Railroad Club showed off their vast display of trains at an Open House at their home in the former Castanea Railroad Station, 15 Logan Ave., Castanea. Each year during the holiday season the club opens the display to the public. Remaining open houses ...

Local briefs

Millbrook youth to perform ‘Annie’ at LHU LOCK HAVEN — The Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble will present the third annual holiday production, “Annie Jr.,” at the Sloan Fine Arts Center on the campus of Lock Haven University. The four musical performances will take place at 7 ...

Around the Town

Good Day To Dustin Mancini! Word of the Day Endogenous — Originating from within. Quote of the Day “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” — Walt Disney Food distribution The New Love ...

SVRCS students make homemade sauerkraut

The Sugar Valley Rural Charter School Future Farmers of America students recently made sauerkraut at the school as part of a learning project and a fundraiser. The group cut, chopped and stomped bushels of locally grown cabbage into what, in eight weeks, will become homemade sauerkraut. FFA ...

$5,000 reward offered in van arson case

BELLEFONTE — The Centre County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for an individual who set a county-owned van on fire last month. At yesterday’s meeting of the Centre County Commissioners, Sheriff Bryan Sampsel announced that his office will give a $5,000 award for information brought ...

City talks pay raises for 2018

LOCK HAVEN — City Council did something Monday evening it hasn’t done in some years. It included raises for city administrators and other non-union employees in next year’s budget. The proposed $11.1 million spending plan for 2018 includes a 2 percent raise for these employees, which ...

No tax hike expected in Bald Eagle Township

MILL HALL — The Bald Eagle Township supervisors are expected to approve a budget for next year with no tax increases and no new taxes. The township’s proposed General Fund budget shows anticipated receipts of $605,371 and only $598,215 in expenditures, leaving $7,156 available for ...

Help Wanted: The Express launches new job search service

The Express community newspaper has officially become a member of The Job Network, a fast-growing, expansive online help-wanted service that uses cutting edge technology to match candidates with employers, and vice-versa. Powered by www.RealMatch.com, The Job Network uses multiple, popular and ...

Local holiday events spread community cheer

Local holiday events were held recently. Above, Central Mountain ATV Association delivered toys they collected for the annual Mark the Shark Toy Drive. ATV Association members collected and donated more than 300 toys for the event, which was held last Sunday at the Mill Hall Walmart. At right, ...

Calendar of events

TOMORROW r Lock Haven University’s 16th annual student pottery sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., LHU Art Annex, 515 Railroad St. (behind Student Recreation Center); 10 percent of proceeds benefits HELP for Pets. r Reception for “The Peg Joe and Karen Show” of artworks by Peg Johnston, Joe Bitner ...

JS passes no-tax-increase budget

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night approved a 2018 final budget that keeps real estate taxes at 7.96 mills. The $1.63 million spending plan includes a 3 percent wage increase for borough employees. Borough Manager Joseph Hamm said the approved budget did not provide for cuts in ...

Around the Town

Good Day And Happy 20th Birthday to Madison Haylea Shade, of Philadelphia! Book signing Leona Palski will again be signing and selling her Dimples the Snowman books from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Shore Diner in Jersey Shore. Free dinner Jersey Shore area churches and service ...

Jones weighs in on search for new superintendent

By KEVIN MCKEE kmckee @lockhaven.com MILL HALL — Long-time Keystone Central School Board member Albert Jones has returned to the spotlight after stepping down from the board last summer due to moving out of the region he represented. Now, Jones has agreed to volunteer to lead the ...

Snackin’ with St. Nick

Santa Claus rode through Avis on a firetruck Sunday afternoon and then enjoyed lunch with boys and girls inside the warmth of the Avis Fire Hall. Dozens of youngsters sat on Santa’s lap and went over their Christmas list with the bearded man in the red suit before sitting down and eating ...

Female police chief named

By WENDY STIVER wstiver@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — The city will have its first female police chief in about a week and a half. Police Chief Keith Kibler is resigning Dec. 23 as he prepares to take his elected position as magisterial district judge in Lock Haven. He has been chief of ...

House fire on Lusk Run Road

PHIL MAPSTONE/FOR THE EXPRESS Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at 1514 Lusk Run Road, Mill Hall, last evening. The fire reportedly started in the basement, and flames were showing on all three sides of the house when firefighters arrived on scene. There was no word by press time ...

Farwell residents celebrate season with light display

KEVIN RAUCH/FOR THE EXPRESS Many of the residents of Central Avenue in Farwell will be participating in “A Little Magic In The Air” this coming Saturday night, Dec. 16, from 6-9 p.m. Growing from last December’s event, Central Avenue is brighter than ever as Christmas lights shine ...

Ross Library receives memorials, donations

LOCK HAVEN — The Ross Library received the following memorials, gifts in honor of special people, and other gifts and donations in November: IN MEMORY OF: Pauline Baier from Blaine and Christine Kunes, Mike and Kathie English, Mike and Barb Rendos, Robert and Mary Ellen Parks; Mary Louise ...