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Hail to the chef, The Cricket Inn on Rt 322 between the Marianne Estates and Shippenville PA is a great soup-and-sandwich shop.  For the old timers, it’s where Judy’s Motel once stood, that later became The Keg & Crate, and then burned down.  The Cricket is in a section of the old motel, with bright yellow doors.

Dave Woolslayer, graduate of Clarion University and Community College of Allegheny County, opened last June, and keeps hours 7 to 7, Tuesday through Saturday.  You can order takeout at 782-3355, but you will miss the fun of eating in.  The decor has a little bit of everything for a friendly, funny atmosphere.  Just when have you dined under Picasso’s Guernica?  Never, I bet.  If you plan ahead, he does cakes and pies to order.

I can personally attest to the tasty Crabby Club that could hold its own on the East coast.  I also enjoyed the Grilled Meatloaf sandwich on dark, marble bread with spicy Dijon mustard.  I have had three of his own soups: Potato, Ham & Pea, and Mulligatawny, each excellent.

If you really plan ahead you can order the Cricket Special.  The organic, cage free crickets are shipped live, dipped in a very light batter, then lowered into hot oil with an Asian strainer for less than a minute.  I am not allowed to say how he lifts the fragile cluster out of the strainer on to paper towels and then to an arranged bed of fancy lettuce on a presentation plate, dressed with drizzled pomegranate sauce.  If there are crickets separate from the cluster, they are arranged as though guarding the cluster.



If you like to eat in local spots where you know who does the cooking and serving, you can talk to the big one who brings your minus because the big one is Dave.  Charles Marlin

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The Mary E. Shaner Scholarships for 2011 were recently awarded; and they went to Katie Kohlenberg who plans to attend Clarion University, Bryan Botts who plans to attend Clarion University, and James Gillen who plans to attend Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

In the photograph, from left to right, are Katie Kohlenberg, KHS Principal Vicky Walters, Bryan Botts, and James Gillen.

Mary E. Shaner was a life time resident of the Knox area.  Her career was spent first in local classrooms, and then as librarian at Keystone High School, Knox PA.  A bequest in her will established the scholarship fund at Keystone that bears her name, entrusted to the Clarion County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Bridge Builders Community Foundations.  Charles Marlin

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If you love using native plants in your garden and landscaping, mark your calendar June 14th and 15th, 9am-7pm at C & A Trees, 2.5 miles south of Clarion on Rt 68, a great place year round and host for this fund-raiser for the Seneca Rocks Audubon Society.  With 30 perennials, 3 vines, and 25 shrubs/small trees to choose from you will not go home empty-handed.

This our second post of plant images, so please back up and check out Clarion County Native Plant Sale.  Charles Marlin

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Serene and beautiful, the best that Clarion County PA can give you.  The old Seceder Presbyterian Cemetery is convenient and easy to locate, so do yourself a favor and visit soon.  It is three minutes off of Exit 64 of I-80, the Clarion/New Bethlehem exchange.  Go south on Rt 66 a quarter of a mile, turn left on the first single lane you see, then drive up to the top of the hill.

It’s old and honored by the presence of seven Revolutionary War veterans.  Betty Elza has just published Seceder Cemetery: A Transcription with Photographs, available on-line and locally in Clarion at The Book Nook and the Clarion County Historical Society.

Take the book with you when you visit.  It is an excellent field guide.  Charles Marlin

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The best news since moveable type has come to the Knox Public Library.  With cuts in state aid a yearly event, there is not a public library in Clarion County that is not starved for good news.  This is better news than all delinquent borrowers returning their overdue books and paying their full fines.

An anonymous donor has through the services of Clarion University Foundation given $120,000 to the library to help them relocate to their own building.  The library board in response, negotiated with the Clarion Forest VNA and have an agreement to purchase the current office building of the Clarion Forest VNA for $65,000.

Clarion Forest VNA will move to be close to the Clarion Hospital in Monroe Township.  The Knox Public Library will move down Main Street to their first stand alone building.

This is a wonderful move for the library, but for it to succeed and also expand services, the Knox community has to step forward in mass and give as they have never given before.  The building needs upgrades, and as everyone knows, owning your own home does not come cheap.  There are new yearly expenses.  There are emergencies.  There are costs to looking loved and well cared for.

You have hopefully already responded to the library’s yearly letter asking for support.  Expect more appeals for support.  Please don’t think of them as a burden because they are first and foremost an opportunity to build your community.

If you decide you would like to make a bequest in your will to create an endowed fund for the Knox Public Library, then the Clarion County Community Foundation are the people for you to talk to.  We are a Commonwealth chartered nonprofit authorized to serve as trustee for community endowments.  We protect and grow those endowments in perpetuity.

When a fund contract is signed by CCCF and you, your family, or your executor, you know with certainty your wishes will be followed as to purpose and administration of your endowment.

You may contact the CCCF President Dr. Jerry Belloit, home (814) 227-2673, or cell (814) 221-5537; or our Interim Executive Director Dr. Bill Kaufman, home (814) 226-8216, CELL (814) 229-8622; or call me at (814) 797-2233.  Charles Marlin

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The Board of Trustees of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations announces steps to transition the organization from the leadership of Mr. Stephen Kosak, after 21 years as Executive Director, to new leadership.

The Board has assigned Mr. Kosak a new title as Senior Executive Director effective when his employment with PNC Bank, National Association begins on January 1, 2011.  As Senior Executive Director he will advise, review, and consult with the Bridge Builders staff, Trustees, and affiliate Boards, serve Ex-Officio on the Bridge Builders Board of Trustees, and represent the community foundations at functions when appropriate.

Beginning January 1, 2011, Dr. Bill Kaufman of Clarion will serve as Interim Executive Director.  He has been given an ambitious set of instructions by the Bridge Builders Trustees.  Additionally he will manage the administrative offices at 213 Seneca Street, Oil City, meet with donors, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations seeking grants from one of the three affiliate community foundations.  All the services the foundations are known for will continue during this transition.

The specific challenges given to Dr. Kaufman are to evaluate all operations, budget, and staffing to create efficiencies, expand services, and economize; create goodwill in our service area; organize Penn Jefferson Community Foundation as an affiliate to serve Jefferson County; make recommendations for future operations, budget, and staffing; and finally to assist the Trustees in the employment of a new Executive Director.

After 37 years in education, Dr. Kaufman retired in July 2009 from his position of Executive Director of the Riverview Intermediate Unit 6.  Before his tenure at Riverview, Dr. Kaufman served 12 years as the Superintendent of the Clarion Area School District.  Prior to this, he was employed by the Oil City Area School District where he worked in several capacities ranging from math teacher and coach to assistant superintendent.  Dr. Kaufman received a BS in mathematics from Juniata College, a master’s degree from Westminster College, and a doctorate in education from Penn State.

Mrs. Lynn McCaslin of Tionesta, Trustee President, says, “the mission of Bridge Builders Community Foundations and the affiliates Clarion County Community Foundation, Forest County Community Foundation, and Venango Area Community Foundation is the same as under Mr. Kosak.  We are a nonprofit trustee for charitable endowment funds, administered by independent, local affiliate Boards and the final Board of Trustees.”

Mrs. McCaslin continues, “we emphasize local control, low administrative fees, and direct participation by donors, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations.  Our funds include scholarships, school funds, unrestricted funds, funds serving a specific nonprofit, cemetery funds, community funds, and field-of-interest funds.  Our breadth and commitment are unique.”

The phone number for the administrative offices in Oil City will remain (814) 677-8687 at 213 Seneca Street.  In Clarion County the mailing address is Clarion County Community Foundation, Suite A, 21 N 6th Avenue, Clarion PA 16214.  The Clarion County President is Dr. Jerry Belloit of Clarion, and Vice-President is Mr. Barry McCauliff of Shippenville.  The Forest County President is Mr. Jim Parrett of Marienville, and Vice-President is Mrs. Josie Habjanetz of Tionesta.  The Venango Area President is Mr. Joseph Keebler of Franklin, and the Vice-President is Mr. Ed Bergin of Franklin.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Kaufman, Mrs. McCaslin, and Mr. Kosak.  Press Release

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# 18  Does a restricted fund need a fund committee?

Mr?Man is delighted to continue answering questions about how a restricted endowment fund functions.

Yes, every fund needs a fund committee to determine how the yearly grant is to be spent.  For a restricted fund, the fund committee is determined by the nonprofit’s trustees or membership, and is not part of the fund contract.  One year the nonprofit trustees may decide, another year the membership in a general meeting may decide, or a committee within the nonprofit may be created to determine how the grant is spent.

#19  What happens to a restricted fund when the nonprofit ceases operations?

If a nonprofit ceases operations, one of four things may happen.

If the nonprofit officially merges with another nonprofit that continues operations in the county, the endowment fund will continue to make grants to the successor.

If the nonprofit operated in a broadly defined area of charitable work in which other nonprofits continue to work, then the fund will continue to serve the charitable work as an unrestricted field-of-interest fund.  Nonprofits working in the field-of-interest would apply for grants which the Clarion County Community Foundation would evaluate and fund as it thought wise.

If the nonprofit operated in a charitable field no other existing nonprofit covers, the fund may be changed to an unrestricted grants fund.

If the nonprofit or original donors included in the fund contract instructions on what should be done if the nonprofit ceases operations, the original fund contract instructions  will be followed as closely as changed circumstances will allow.

# 20  What is the best way to handle the eventuality of a restricted fund endowment when the nonprofit ceases to operate?

Include a sunset provision in the fund contract that reads, “If the nonprofit or its successor ceases to exist or reside in Clarion County, the fund shall . . . .”  The nonprofit or original donors should complete the above provision with what they feel is the wisest alternative for the fund.

The restricted endowment fund has the potential to exist for hundreds of years, whereas it is rare for a nonprofit to last more than a few decades.  Individual religious congregations seem to be the exception although our communities and countryside are dotted with abandoned or retooled church buildings.  Charles Marlin

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