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Clarion County Community Foundation, at the July 17th meeting of the Board of Directors, elected Hal Wassink to the Board to serve in the 13 March 2016 Class.  Pictured at the meeting, from left to right, are William Kaufman, President of the Board; Trenton Moulin, Executive Director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations; and Hal Wassink.  Hal and his wife Brenda live in Knox PA.  Welcome to the Board, Hal.

We are in our seventh year of service to Clarion County; and are always happy to welcome new community volunteers to our Board and other activities.  Contact any Board member for details and a personal invitation to our meetings.  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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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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Ron Barnett of Salem is First Among Horsethieves in the Knox PA community and will likely remain so for the rest of the year.  To be technical, his title is Horsethief Days Citizen of the Year 2010.

Ron worked a long time to get this title.  Born, raised, educated, and worked locally, he is honored for his extensive commitment as a volunteer.  If it has been important to the community, then Ron has been there.

Forest Fire Warden for Clarion County for 43 years, he is still called for advice and information.  He is in his 50th year as a member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Company.  He was in on the establishment of the Knox Area Ambulance Company and remained active for years.  He has won more local elections than Fred McElhatten.

He volunteers with the Salem Community Club and the American Cancer Society, participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by raising donations.  He is a volunteer and friend of the Visiting Nurses Association of Clarion and Forest Counties and it Hospice Care program.

Now retired and a grandfather, he fritters his time away as a substitute school bus driver, gardening and yarding, and snowmobiling.

After trying to summarize all this activity, it is clear to me that I need to take a nap.  If I can’t out volunteer Ron, then I can out nap him.

If you can get his attention, tell him congratulations.  Charles Marlin

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The Scholarship Committee of the Mary E. Shaner Scholarship Fund met May 20, 2009, at the Keystone High School in Knox to select recipients of the 2009-10 scholarships.

Recipients are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.  They must be graduates of Keystone High School and either attending or planning to attend Thiel College, Clarion University, or Penn State University.

For 2009-10 the size and number of scholarships awarded is based on a 1.90% payout rate of the three previous years average market value.  This approach is approved by law and is meant to lessen the effect of wide changes in market value of the trust from one year to the next.  This year three scholarships for a total of $1,950.00 were awarded.  Last year there were three scholarships for a total of $3,750.00.  Two years ago there were three scholarships for a total of $3,600.00.


Anyone may donate to the Mary E. Shaner Scholarship Fund by writing a check to the Clarion County Community Foundation and on the memo line writing Shaner Fund.  Mail the check to CCCF, P O Box 374, Oil City PA 16301. All donations are welcome.  A donation honors Shaner and all those dedicated teachers who have taught at Keystone, and a donation honors the spirit of the Keystone students and the good community surrounding Keystone.  Charles Marlin

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mary1To celebrate Founders Day March 13th, the Clarion County Community Foundation placed flowers on all the memorial donor graves. Here is Mary E Shaner’s in Salem Lutheran Cemetery later on March 30th with the Founders Day flower covered with a dusting of snow. Mary created the Mary E Shaner Scholarship Fund through a bequest in her will for scholarships at Keystone High School in Knox. She was both a teacher and librarian in the district for many years. Charles Marlin

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