Reported to Bigfoot Country as of 3/27/20:
-The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging has decided to close the Centers for Active Living until further notice. The centers are located in Clearfield, Coalport, Kylertown, Mahaffey, Houtzdale and DuBois. Any older adult in need of services, including home-delivered meals, is encouraged to contact the agency at 814-765-2696.
-The Brockway Schools and Community Education Foundation Showcase Gala and Annual Fundraiser, originally scheduled for April 25 @ Failte Acres, Brockway, will be POSTPONED until further notice.
–PennDOT is reopening indoor facilities at 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania to all motorists, including the 13 facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18 with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities. These include 2 rest areas in Jefferson County along I-80.
–The Reitz Theater- in DuBois announces that auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot, which were scheduled for April, are postponed until further notice. More information on upcoming show schedule changes will be released as they become available.
–Mountain Top Fire Co. Cancelling their dinner April 5th.
–30th Annual Farm Toy Show & Sale April 5th in Summerville is cancelled.
-Govenor Tom Wolf has extended the school closings until April 6th. The state Dept. Of Education said the closings will be extended beyond that date if necessary.
–Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority is asking that you stop using the county Recycling Drop-offs IMMEDIATELY. They are asking at this time to store your recyclables until it is safe to recycle.
–Clearfield County Board of Commissioners Meeting will hold it’s March 24, 2020 meeting via web conference at 10:00 a.m. In accordance with CDC guidelines, the meeting has been limited to ten individuals, including press. For the safety of the public, Commissioners and staff, it is strongly recommended that all others participate in the meeting virtually. Community members will be able to participate via smartphone, tablet or Internet. A link will be posted at www.clearfieldco.org to access the video.
–GFWC Curwensville Woman’s Club has rescheduled their semi-annual Craft Show and Yard Sale to Saturday, May 30. The event which will be open free of charge to the public will be from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Curwensville Community Center
-Local non-profit SOUL PLATTER CAFE in downtown DuBois is offering take out meals from 11am till 1pm Monday through Friday. The cost is their traditional “Pay what you can”. Place your order through facebook or call 371-2782
-In anticipation of a declaration of an extended closure for our school district, the DuBois Area School District is aggressively preparing to launch an online learning platform. Prior to the start of our online learning, they need to ensure that all students have internet access and technology devices. The two items that are needed for online learning include internet access and a device. The list of adequate devices would include; Chromebooks, desktops, laptops, iPads, and tablets. Due to limited resource availability from our vendors, please examine your needs and ask for only what is necessary. If your household does not have internet access, you may request one hotspot. If your student(s) do not have devices, you may request one device per student. To make a request, please complete this survey https://forms.gle/auyQUKftvs4BS9ea8 or call the District Office at (814) 371- 2700. The survey will also be posted to the District website. Once we are able to fully develop our plan to transition to an online learning platform, our plan must be presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval. At this time, we are uncertain if we will be permitted to launch an online program. Please be advised that we are planning with the hope that we will be permitted to do so.
–The Shriners Circus at the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona has been rescheduled for September 24th to the 30th. Please go to their website if you already bought a ticket for a refund or to exchange tickets for the new dates.. or call 944-4043.
–Forest Area School District is also offering Free Breakfast and Lunch while schools are closed. This service is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30am-1pm at East Forrest School, Marienville; Farms Fresh Foods Lot, Tionesta; and Endeavor Community Center. More info call: 814-755-4491
–The Clarion-Limestone School District received approval to be an open site to provide breakfast and lunches to all children ages 2-18. This will begin on Monday March 23rd at the Clarion-Limestone High School from 11am-12:30pm. Lunch & Breakfast will be provided on a first come first serve basis. The children do not need to be CL students to participate.
-The Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission (CJDAC) is very concerned about the safety of clients, families and employees. We are diligently working to take necessary precautions in response to the COVID–19 threat, while balancing the need to continue to serve our most vulnerable population. The following outlines the steps that the CJDAC has taken and will continue to take throughout this crisis.
- The CJDAC-Single County Authority continues to work with existing clients and is accepting new clients through telehealth services. Phone Number: 814-371-9002 or 800–892-9002
According to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Behavioral health services, both mental health and substance use services, are considered essential and life sustaining services.
The main office of 480 Jeffers Street is closed to the public, and staff are rotating between home and on site. Therefore, all staff are working either remotely from home or remotely from the main office. On–Call support for after hours and weekends continues with our local Emergency Departments and Crisis Services. Daily staffing with Administration and Management is held, and all plans and procedures are reviewed and revised as the COVID–19 situation evolves to ensure we are following CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines to safeguard the safety of patients and staff.
Existing clients continue to receive remote case coordination services and new clients are receiving Level of Care Assessments via telephone and arrangements are being made for treatment services (i.e. Detox, Rehab, OP) in the same manner.
Staff monitor treatment availability on a daily basis and also non-treatment need ancillary services for continued operation.
The CJDAC has reviewed its cleaning service contract and has confirmed that additional support is available.
Staff have received extra supplies such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers for their personal use while in the office. The agency has placed orders for additional supplies.
Should direct contact with the public be necessary (ie deliveries etc.), individuals are being screened, utilizing the CDC questions related to travel and flu symptoms.
. We are monitoring all staff for flu symptoms and if there is any concern,
recommending that they follow up with their physician.
We hope that everyone stays well and safe as we deal with the COVID–19 threat. Please be assured that the Clearfield–Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission will do whatever necessary to serve our citizens.
–The Lezzer Lumber Truss plant Open Interviews scheduled for today (Fri. March 20th) have been postponed and will be scheduled at a later date
–Jefferson County Veteran’s Affairs office is temporarily suspending pick up of flags and markers used to decorate the veterans’ graves for Memorial day (due to restricted access to county buildings).
-Clear-Center pool fundraiser in Osceola Mills on the 21st is postponed. The money give away will take place when the event is rescheduled.
–Brookville Fire Company has reschedule our gun raffle that was schedule for March 28, 2020 for August 22, 2020 at the Jefferson county fairgrounds
–Bingo at St. Marys Church in Reynoldsville Sunday nights are cancelled.
–The American Red Cross is in desperate need of Blood Donors at this critical time!! Please consider donating Tuesday, March 24th at Lakeside Methodist Church Gym, 420 1st Street in DuBois 1-7pm. Make an appointment at redcrossblood.org Or call 1-800-RED CROSS. *Temperature screenings will be taken at the door. They ask you please wait until your scheduled appointment time to enter the building
–The Carns Equipment Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show in Clearfield has been cancelled that includes the Youth Hunter Safety Course and Whitetails Unlimited Banquet.
–State Representatives Matt Gabler and Tommy Sankey are temporarily closing their district offices to in-person visits. You are still able to call their offices during normal business hours. .
-Most area nursing homes are closed to the general public to keep their residents safe during this time this includes DuBois Continuum of Care, Christ the King Manor, Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor in Brookville and Elk Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys. Also, Penn Highlands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is limiting visitors to the babies’ parents.
–American Red Cross says that Blood drives across the country are getting hit hard as a result of the Covid 19 virus. They are counting on those of us in unaffected areas to keep donating so Blood is available to patients in need. Upcoming dates include Grace United Methodist Church in Sykesville next Tuesday (3/17) 1:30-6pm and Reynoldsville American Legion this Wednesday (3/18) 1-6:30pm
–WPAL Golden Gloves Boxing event at the DuBois Country Club March 21st will be rescheduled.
-Home health, Palliative and hospice transitions meeting at DuBois Village for Tuesday March 31st- postponed
–Masonic Lodge of Osceola Mills– no weekly Saturday benefit breakfasts until further notice.
–DCC’s performance of “Cinderella” scheduled for this weekend and next has been postponed. New dates will hopefully be April 17th through 19th and 24th and 25th.
-Also DCC’s Open House has been rescheduled for April 23rd
–Parkside Community Center in DuBois will be closed for 2 weeks. Take out meals will be available the week of March 23rd $6 per meal – call 371-4000
–Mother’s Day Out Preschool-DuBois closed through March 28th.
–DuBois Public Library closed till March 30th. No books/materials are due till April 8th. No fines will accure.
–Hitching Post in DuBois is closed till further notice.
–Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville postponed till Sept. 27th (was supposed to be April 5th)
–ABVM in Sykesville has cancelled their Lenten Fish Fry.
–St. Catherine’s in DuBois cancelled Evening prayer Services March 22nd and 29th.
–City of DuBois offices are closed to Non-Employees till further notice. Any questions or concerns, call the City Building. Any “in person” payments may be placed in the slot to the left of the front doors.
–The Downtown DuBois group is cancelling the Pot o’ Gold Antique Appraisal Fair Saturday March 21. Also the DuBois Community Spring Clean-Up originally scheduled for April 25 will be rescheduled.
-All Penn Highlands Healthcare support groups, classes and community events are canceled until further notice
–Punxsy Dodge Ball 4 Diabetes for March 28th – postponed. Will be rescheduled.
-The Luthersburg United Methodist Charge will not have services until further notice. These churches include Home Camp, Luthersburg and Salem UMC.
–Relay For Life of Jefferson County’s Craft/Vendor show is being cancelled for March 21st.
–Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging has cancelled all Tax-Aide services and all AARP Driving and Refresher courses for at least two weeks.
–Community Action, Inc. of Jefferson and Clarion County remains open to provide essential services within the community; however, the offices are closed to the general public. Individuals in need of services are asked to call Community Action, Inc.
–Diocese of Erie has suspended all public Masses starting March 18th and until further notice. This includes Catholic churches in DuBois, Punxsy and Brookville.
Added as of 3.18.2020
–LaRue’s Hillside -DuBois is CLOSED
–Packages & MORE – in DuBois IS OPEN for your shipping needs
–Hitching Post in DuBois- CLOSED
– Grice Gun Shop in Clearfield– CLOSED
-The Huston Township building in Penfield will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the water /sewer authority, township, and the tax collectors office. All water authority or tax bill payments will be received at the drop box located outside of the township building or by U.S. mail.
-Starting this Friday March 20th and next Friday March 27th Columbia Fire Company in Osceola Mills will be doing deliveries and have a drive thru service only for their Lenten Fish Dinners. Adults are $11.00 and children are $8.00. Times are from 4:00pm till 6:30pm. Call 814-339-5046 (Ext. 0) for Deliveries.
–Falls Creek Eagles Club will have Friday Fish Fry for pick up only from 4 to 7pm. You can 371-1463 to place your order ahead of time. 189 Jefferson Avenue In Falls Creek
–Corsica Volunteer Friday fish dinners will be TAKE OUT/Drive up ONLY. They will do take out line and/or delivering orders to your vehicles starting at 4pm this Friday. They are asking for as many advance orders as possible to keep the line moving. Place your order via facebook event page or messenger.
-Meeting of the North Central Rural Transportation Planning Committee will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. BUT as a VIRTUAL MEETING only! If you are interested in attending, please email Amy Kessler at email@example.com. The public is invited.
Penn Highlands Healthcare has announced visitation restrictions across all Penn Highlands hospitals. Except for the specifications below, no visitors will be permitted until further notice.
SURGERY: Because many surgical patients require a driver, one companion may accompany any patient having an outpatient surgical procedure.
CANCER CENTERS: Companions of a patient receiving cancer treatment will be directed to awaiting area and may stay until the completion of the patient’s treatment.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU): Only the baby’s mother and one caregiver mayenter the NICU.
MATERNITY: Mothers having a baby may be accompanied by one companion.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: In the circumstance of a minor, child or senior citizen, one
companion may accompany the patient.
OUTPATIENT: If the patient requires assistance, one companion is permitted.
END OF LIFE CARE: Visitors may be permitted.
NURSING HOME/SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES: Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor and
Penn Highlands Elk Pinecrest Manor are restricting all visitors, except for those visiting patients who are receiving end of life care.
Any organizers of local events that are being cancelled due to COVID 19 should e-mail us the information through our website.