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CLARION – As groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Friday afternoon for the Glassworks Business Park on the site of the former Clarion Owens-Illinois Glass Plant, excitement circulated throughout the crowd following the announcement of its tentative first tenant.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce heard preliminary plans last week for its annual golf outing that will be held later this summer.

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CLARION – New life is being breathed into Clarion Borough’s economy through what used to be a landmark of the town. Brothers Theron, Curtis and Ryan Miles are planning to turn the old Owens-Illinois glass plant site into the Glassworks Business Park.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Imagine being able to take a virtual tour of something as far away as Machu Picchu, Antarctica or the International Space Station, or as close as Gumtown Park, the Climax Tunnel or Pottery Field.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Customer Appreciation Day returns to New Bethlehem this Friday, June 22, bringing with it a beefed up assortment of grand prizes and a new food court area in the municipal parking lot.

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ARMSTRONG CO. – Fort Armstrong Wireless Association members will participate in the annual Amateur Radio Relay League’s Field Day on June 23-24. During the 24-hour event being held at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center near Ford City this year, club members plan to practice thei…

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SLIGO – The Sligo Borough Council and the Sligo Borough Authority moved a little closer to hiring a full-time public works employee with the announcement that two people applied for the position and interviews were scheduled.

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CLARION – Clarion County Commissioners held their regularly scheduled public meeting Tuesday morning in the Main Street Administrative Building and also announced some changes in position descriptions and titles.

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HAWTHORN – An estimated 160 entrants floated down Red Bank Creek from Summerville to Hawthorn on Sunday, June 3. The third-annual Hawthorn Volunteer Fire Department Kayak Poker Run is a major fundraiser for the organization, attracting participants from as far away as Lancaster County.

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TEMPLETON – Many local homes and businesses are sure to face sweltering temperatures this summer, and with that comes a need for relief through air conditioning. One local HVAC service technician’s newly created business venture looks to meet that need as well as others.

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SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Maddison Wolfe (left) had her face painted at one of the booths at the Redbank Valley Library’s annual Art in the Park event on Sunday, June 10.

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ART AND MUSIC filled the air at the Redbank Valley Public Library’s annual Art in the Park event in New Bethlehem’s Gumtown Park on Sunday, June 10. Among the many activities — including fire truck rides, live entertainment and art displays — Ellie Truitt of Distant (left) crafted her own wo…

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LAWSONHAM – Construction for Lawsonham Road (SR 2009 and SR 1003) bridge, spanning Red Bank Creek and connecting Madison Township (Armstrong County) with Madison Township (Clarion County), is scheduled to begin as part of the PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

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HARRISBURG – The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education last week unanimously selected Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University, to be the next president of Clarion University of Pennsylvani…

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RIMERSBURG – With the school year ending and students of all ages enjoying field trips through out the region, one local group of students is poised for a trip of a lifetime.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – After several years of holding its signature Art in the Park event in May, the Redbank Valley Public Library will shift the festivities in Gumtown Park to this Sunday, June 10.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – Following reports last week that ARC Manor would soon close its drug and alcohol treatment programs in Clarion, the Primary Care Center in South Bethlehem and ACMH Hospital have issued a clarification about the report first issued by ARC.

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RIMERSBURG – Fire hydrants throughout Rimersburg Borough and surrounding townships will be getting a facelift this summer as borough officials turn their attention to caring for the aging equipment.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – About 500 area residents and visitors braved heat, humidity and the threat of thunderstorms last Sunday to enjoy the Leatherwood Church’s 11th annual Tractor Sunday celebration in Porter Township, near New Bethlehem.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – In the wake of a failed tax increase referendum, and faced with a looming budget deficit, the Redbank Valley School Board voted Monday evening to furlough two staff members and reduce curricular offerings.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Redbank Valley High School recently announced its top students for the Class of 2018. These two students will address their peers, faculty members, parents and friends during the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 1.

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RIMERSBURG AREA VETERANS bow their heads during Monday’s Memorial Day program at the Rimersburg Cemetery in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for America. Despite the heat, several hundred people were in attendance at Monday’s program. For more photos, see Page B-12.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – With voters recently shooting down attempts by the Redbank Valley School District to raise property taxes, the president of the school board said yesterday (Tuesday) that staffing and program cuts are being discussed to offset the district’s rising expenses.

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CLARION – Updates on two large-scale projects were served last week as part of the Blueprint Community Breakfast — a tasty event with a dash of optimism for those wanting information on a new senior housing project and the new full-service Clarion County YMCA now under construction.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A humid, sunny morning met the nearly 100 area residents, veterans and elected officials who gathered in New Bethlehem’s Gumtown Park last Saturday for the Memorial Day program.

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EMLENTON – Emclaire Financial Corp., the parent holding company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, and Community First Bancorp Inc., the holding company of Community First Bank, announced last week that they have entered into a merger plan providing for the acquisition of Community by…

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PUTNEYVILLE – Two weeks ago, gardeners and greenhouses were frantically covering plants or moving them under cover as nighttime temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s. On Memorial Day, the mercury soared to near 90 degrees. It has been a wild ride.

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RIMERSBURG – Youth baseball fields have come alive in recent weeks, but many spectators focused on the games and players don’t realize that the real MVP is behind the scenes.

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MAHONING TWP. – A number of veterans dating back to as far as the Civil War, along with their family members and neighbors, can rest in peace a little easier these days now that their once-abandoned cemetery has been restored.

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STRATTANVILLE – On Friday, May 11, nearly 30 fifth and sixth grade girls in the Clarion-Limestone School District participated in a supervised lock-in at the elementary school to celebrate girl empowerment.

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CLARION – The Clarion County Planning Commission at its May meeting authorized a variety of letters of support and approved preliminary and final land development applications, including preliminary approval for construction of a 3,040-square-foot building in Clarion Township that would repl…

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Last Wednesday may have meant the last day of school for Little Bird Preschool’s Class of 2018, but it also marked the beginning of a new era for the school’s long-time director.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Summer paving plans began to take shape last week as New Bethlehem officials agreed to seek bids on a wide range of street improvements.