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DELIVERING A DIFFERENCE: Postman makes customers, patients smile

“Good morning, everybody!”

A simple phrase, but one that holds a lot of positive attitude and punch coming from local U.S. Postal Service carrier Dean Kysor, who has made his daily mail route his passion.

Kysor, who is originally from Corry, has been with the post office for 22 years, and has been on his current mail route for 16, he said, adding that the best part has been connecting with customers and making a difference in their day.

“It makes my job a lot easier when people know what to expect from me, and people trust me to take care of them,” he said. “The day goes a little faster when you’re having fun.”

Many people may recognize Kysor from the Medical Arts Building at Penn Highlands DuBois, where he makes an enthusiastic entrance every day when he delivers the mail, saying, “Hello!” and, “Good morning!” to everyone he encounters.

Sherry Bachelier, a Penn Highlands DuBois Registration employee, has worked in the Medical Arts Building since it opened. The waiting room there is typically packed full of patients in the mornings, waiting to be registered for lab work or X-rays.

“It was always super busy, so he started doing it to make us smile and break the tension, but the patients seemed to enjoy his loud and funny ‘good mornings,’” she said. “It makes them all smile, and the waiting seems like less of a big deal.”

Kysor said when he is out in public, people even recognize him as the “Medical Arts mailman” who gives that memorable, “Hello!”

“They seem to remember it as a positive experience,” he said.

It’s the simple things like a cheerful greeting that can make someone smile, and that is what he aims for, Kysor said.

“Your outlook is more important than anything,” he said. “Even when people aren’t having a bad day, I like seeing a smile on their face. I have my bad days as well, but I try not to let it show in my attitude.”

Outside of his job, Kysor is a committee member for Relay for Life. He and his wife, Cathryn, originally became involved in the fundraiser because she is a thyroid cancer survivor who has been in remission for about 15 years.

Being a part of Relay for Life is always uplifting, Kysor said, since everyone is supporting the same cause and working toward the same goal — to battle cancer together and raise funds as a team.

“You get to see the best side of people – the people who are fighting for their lives,” he said. “I get to work with people who are fighting for the same thing that we’re there fighting for, too.”

Getting to know the customers on their mail routes is important for local mail carriers, Kysor said.

“Us knowing our customers is the most important thing in order to be able to take care of them,” he said. “I tell everyone I don’t deliver to customers anymore, I deliver to friends.”

Two DuBois City Police cars hit by SUV early Monday morning

DuBOIS — Two DuBois City Police cars were hit by an SUV early Monday morning, according to Police Chief Blaine Clark.

“Shortly after midnight Monday, we were dispatched to a domestic incident in the 100 block of West Scribner Avenue in downtown DuBois,” Clark said. “Our officers arrived at the scene and went in to investigate the domestic. As they were interviewing the persons involved, we heard a loud crash outside.”

At that time, Clark said Sandy Township Police arrived at the scene to assist city police with the accident.

“We appreciate their help due to the fact that we were working on a domestic and a crash at the same time,” Clark said.

While the drivers (police officers) of both police cars were standing in the doorway of 110 W. Scribner Ave., they heard the crash.

Upon investigation, the police found a 2008 Ford Escape, driven by Bradley N. Witherow, 32, of 2 Navajo Trail, DuBois, had pushed the first parked police car 30 feet up the hill causing it to hit the second police car.

During township officer Ken Kiehlmeier’s investigation, it was determined that the driver of the SUV was traveling east on W. Scribner Avenue and hit the first police car head-on. After doing so, the driver continued to accelerate pushing the first police car into the second police car until the Escape no longer had the power to push both vehicles.

According to township police, both marked patrol cars were parked on West Scribner with their headlights on for the reported domestic disturbance. Scribner Avenue is a one-lane two directional road with parking on the one side of the road.

Officers were able to put the SUV into park and pull the driver from the vehicle. He was placed under arrest for DUI.

No injuries were reported.

The first police car hit, a 2014 Dodge Charger, sustained severe damage while the second police car, also a 2014 Dodge Charger, sustained minor damage. The Ford Escape was severely damaged.

The DuBois Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

Penn State DuBois reliever LJ Johnston, center, holds his arm in the air as he is tackled by teammates Colton Treaster (left), Dan Bowman (hidden) and Joey DiPietro (34) following the final out of a 10-2 win against PSU-Brandywine in the PSUAC Tournament championship game Monday. Johnston tossed the final 4 2/3 innings to get the win. He allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out one.

Man charged with allegedly attacking mother with light saber

DuBOIS — A DuBois man has been jailed on allegations that he assaulted his mother with a light saber.

According to court records, Sandy Township police were called to 1028 W. Long Ave. for a disturbance between 42-year-old Andrew C. Vargas and his mother at their home.

Police were also advised there may be possible mental health issues involved.

When police arrived, the mother was sitting in an ambulance and was bleeding from her head and wrist.

She told police she was sitting in a dining room chair when her son hit her repeatedly on the head, neck, back, and wrist with a “light saber.”

The woman told police the light saber is like a stick and that her son has many of them.

She was then taken to Penn Highlands DuBois for treatment of her injuries.

When police spoke to Vargas, he denied hitting his mother and said she was hitting herself.

Vargas is charged with assault and harassment. Charges were filed April 27 with District Judge Patrick Ford of DuBois.

Upon arraignment, he was remanded to Clearfield County Jail in lieu of posting $10,000 cash bail.

He recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing during proceedings at Ford’s office and is scheduled to appear in the Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas for formal arraignment May 30.