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GOH supports VO Tech school

CPI holds awards, graduation ceremonies

June 13, 2013
By VANA DAINTY , For The Express     

BELLEFONTE – Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) held its awards and graduation for the seniors enrolled in its many programs.

There were 126 seniors who participated in 19 different programs. They are from Bald Eagle, Bellefonte and Penns Valley School Districts.

The students graduating from the various programs have spent a half day, each school day, for the last three years at CPI learning the program of their choice. The variety of programs reaches beyond the normal vo-tech school programs. Many of CPI’s students continue their education through college or further certifications in the career path they have chosen.

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Dan Hawbaker, CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker, and Kurtis Packer. Dan Hawbaker presented Kurtis with the Glenn O Hawbaker Memorial Award.

Henry Yeagley, the Joint Operating Committee chairperson, told the students, “You are all entering a new chapter of your lives and will be going separate ways, down the paths of excitement and productive careers. My advice for you all is to do good work, have fun along the way and make a little money.” (The Joint Operating Committee is made of up two school board members from each of the three participating districts.)

Yeagley also said, “The largest growing professions are in the skills, and technology fields are some of the highest paying. The students in many of these fields will not be starting their careers with large student loans.”

There were a total of 13 school wide awards given to the students. Bald Eagle students took seven of the 13 awards including CPI Outstanding Student Award. This award went to Loren M. Newman, a Medical Science Technology major. She also was awarded the Outstanding Student of the Medical Science program. The CPI Outstanding Student Award includes a $1,000 check and plaque. The award is sponsored by Reliance Bank.

Dan Hawbaker, CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker Company, is a big supporter of CPI and the opportunities it provides for students. Dan was in attendance and presented an award to Kurtis Packer, a student in the Heavy Equipment Operation program. The award is in memory of his father Glenn O Hawbaker. Kurtis is a Penns Valley student.

The students who took part in ceremony will be graduating from their perspective schools in the upcoming week.

GOH partners to improve Route 220

Breaking ground to keep drivers safe

Beginning of Route 220/Auction Road project

June 8, 2013
The Express
            By ERIN TIERNEY

MACKEYVILLE – It’s been a long time coming. But now, it looks like the wait is finally over.

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PennDOT District Executive Kevin Kline speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony near the site of the Route 220/Auction Road project in Lamar Township.

 

PennDOT and Clinton County Economic Development partnered to get the Route 220/Auction Road in Lamar Township project on its way.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Friday morning in the adjacent field to the Central Pa. Auto Auction building.

Ceremony speakers included Kevin Kline, District Executive, PennDOT District 2-0; Mike Glazer, aide to U.S. Congressman Glenn. (GT) Thompson; State Sen., John Wozniak, D – Johnstown; State Rep. Mike Hanna, D – Lock Haven; Dan Hawbaker of Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. and Mike Flanagan, CEO and Director of Development for the Clinton County Economic Partnership.

Flanagan said that all involved are very pleased to get the project started, especially considering “we have been talking about this project for, give or take, 25 years.”

Now the ball is rolling.

“This is going to happen fast, like everything else in our lives seems to,” Glazer said.

Phase One is expected to start this month with the building of ramps on the eastern side of Route 220. The cost is $3,411,184.

The main reason for this project, officials said, is to help make the intersection safer.

“Unfortunately, this area is the scene of a lot of horrendous accidents,” Hanna said.

As a matter of fact, the past five years of PennDOT’s crash data shows there have been 19 crashes, including one fatality, on Route 220 between the interchanges at Interstate 80 and 500 feet north of the Route 2008 (Auction Road) intersection.

Additionally, 42 percent of crashes in this area were angle crashes – a crash type which most frequently occurs at intersections, that data shows.

“This project is well-deserved and necessary,” Wozniak said.

In addition to aiding safety, officials said this project will help create jobs.

Hanna said there is “a lot of economic potential in this area,” and the businesses around this intersection are flourishing.

“This project will help to move goods to, from and through this area,” Flanagan said.

Phase Two is expected to begin in 2014, and will include building a bridge and ramps on the western side of Route 220, adjacent to Clinton County Fairgrounds, officials said.

“Hopefully within a year or two, we’ll be in the ‘ribbon cutting’ phase,” Kline said.