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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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On April 12, 2010, The Derrick  featured four of the seven Benedictine Sisters of Erie who are celebrating their 50-year jubilees this Saturday and who have ties to Clarion County and our area.  When I see one of these announcements in the paper I am blown away.  I could never rack up fifty years of serving others, and being nice to them, and never making a low comment about anyone’s ancestry.  If I had chocolate tiaras to give each sister, I happily would do so.  Every reward and recognition is fully deserved.

Our celebrants are Jean Wolbert, Karen Kosin, Miriam McMullen-Pastrick, and Judith Bohn.

Jean Wolbert earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Clarion University, plus every resident in Clarion County knows one Wolbert and some know a lot of Wolberts.  She taught at IC in Clarion and St Michael’s in Fryburg.

Karen Kosin studied at Clarion University, and taught at IC in Clarion.

Miriam McMullen-Pastrick continues to teach at Penn State Erie–The Behrend College.  The newspaper article skipped over her early career so I hope those mystery years include a little time with us.  The bottom line is if you don’t get to enjoy Clarion County, why bother with Western Pennsylvania?

Judith Bohn taught at St Michael’s in Fryburg.

Finally in tribute to their home base and to the many places they have served, we include a scene from Presque Ile State Park.  Charles Marlin

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