There certainly have been many positive events and projects over the last few weeks for our county. Even as the covid/delta variant lingers across the country and the “pandemic” continues, it feels good to be back in a number of areas.
Let’s start with the Hometown Heroes celebration that was held on August 28. That was followed a couple of hours later by a very nice bridge dedication ceremony for local war hero Steve Toboz, Jr.
The Jaycees just concluded its 50th regatta. No, “Wizard” Kunes has not been part of all 50, but he has been for a vast majority of them. It is a staple event for the area, and despite one partial gloomy day, things went off well.
The county had another solid Clinton County Fair week, and Millbrook perseveres through the pandemic with a season that extends through year-end. And you can bet your favorite homemade beer that Adam Coleman and Millbrook will fight through anything to have “Brews in the Barns” on October 2.
In early August, the Partnership renamed the Lamar Township Business Park as the William Garbrick Sr. Lamar Township Business Park. It was a fitting tribute for a fitting man.
On the development side, all of the major industries (and smaller ones, also) are looking for employees, which on one hand is bad and the other hand says over 1,000 county residents are unemployed. We were fortunate at the beginning of the pandemic to have all our major industries continue working as they were deemed “essential” businesses by the state.
Croda recently purchased the former BJ Services site, and that is great news to have an established local business own the sprawling complex. Other possible projects are on the drawing board and could become realities as we move closer and into 2022.
And another reason it feels good to be back is the local sporting events. It was nice to attend a recent Central Mountain football game that had a crowd compared to last year’s two-tickets-a-player deal. And the first home game did not disappoint as far as excitement. Looking forward to more and also attending LHU events.
Our local high school athletes are not the only ones that will have people cheering them on. We have several Central Mountain graduates playing FALL sports this year, and wish them good luck as they often fall under the radar once they leave the local area. Those of us that have done it know that participating in a college sport and holding a full course load is not easy. I’ve listed below the names I knew about (assist from Scott Baker) or found listed on college rosters on-line. They include (sorry if I missed someone):
LHU volleyball – Evie Jane Rembold and Jada Dauberman; LHU tennis – Natalie Brown, McCartney Register and Hailey Risley (Bucktail); Cal PA tennis – Olivia Anastos; PSU-Altoona tennis – Caitlyn Dale; Penn College cross country – Avery Baker; Penn College women’s soccer – Sloan Tressler and Brook Muthler; Lycoming football – Tyler Cygan and Jake Welch; Susquehanna football – Vinnie Kopsciansky; Juniata football – JT Pentz; Keystone College cross country – Paul Miller; and Naval Academy women’s soccer – Sadie McCaleb.