Life-long Learning Institute Presents March and April Programs

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., in collaboration with Lock Haven University Clearfield, announces the March and April programs offered through the Clearfield Community Life-long Learning Institute. These programs are free, but you must register to attend.

On March 19, you can join others at 1 p.m. to hear about Geocaching. You’ll learn what geocaching is from presenter, Scott Brubaker, who has lived in the Curwensville area since moving there with his family in 1966.

Growing up, he learned to love the outdoors through family camping trips and the local Boy Scout Troop.  Prior to 2007, Brubaker and his brother purchased hand-held Garmin GPS units to take on a hunting trip in Illinois.

Several years after buying the GPS, Brubaker was reading the outdoor page in the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Press where he ran across an article on a new activity called Geocaching.

He went to the Web site and saved it to his favorite list.  About a year later, he saw it listed in his favorites and decided to take another look.

He signed in, signed on with the free membership and punched in Curwensville’s zip code in the search box.  There he found there were four caches hidden at Prince Gallitzin State Park, planned a camping trip there and made his first four finds.

Since he has started geocaching, he has made 2,021 finds in seven different states.  Brubaker has hidden 157 geocaches in central Pennsylvania.

In 2011, he approached the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority about starting a geocaching trail in the county.  They agreed to sponsor and support the trail.

The CCRTA has stated the Geocaching Trail is one of their most successful projects with geocachers coming from all over the country to complete it.

If you are looking for a great adventure in the great outdoors or the big city, geocaching is a great family activity.

On April 2 at 1 p.m., David Singer will talk about the history of the Coalport Museum and key players that are important in keeping it running. You’ll see pictures of various items used back in the day of deep mining and learn the explanation of the life of the miner and his family along with the danger of the job.

Singer is happily married to his wonderful wife for 28 years.  His past included 13 years in the U.S. Air Force and many years driving truck until his health ended that career.

Currently, he’s a pastor with Relationship Ministries where he and his wife enjoy visiting people in the hospital and sometimes their homes.

He started at the museum when AARP hired him under the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

You can let your imagination take you on a Coast-to-Coast Aircraft trip with Rodney and Paul Bowers.  They will take you on their journey through the remembrances of this father/son duo, as they recount their experience flying from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast in their small aircraft.

Rodney Bowers is a retired building contractor and Paul Bowers is a retired Penn State University professor of architectural angineering.  Their presentation is scheduled for April 16, at p.m.

On April 30 at 1 p.m., Jeanne Huffman, daughter of Harry Matlack, will speak on the former history teacher at Clearfield Area High School, who spent his years of retirement investigating several Native American dwelling sites around his home in Ferguson and Knox Townships.

He wrote three books detailing his work, and Huffman is offering this program to review these books and to offer some current perspectives on them.

What these dwelling sites revealed to him, as well as, the mysteries that still remain, clearly continues to hold fascination for all of us.

Huffman grew up in New Millport and is now retired, living in New Millport during summers and near Philadelphia during the winters.

She attended Clarion State College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University as an English major, and Spring Garden College in Philadelphia as a computer systems major.

She worked for a number of years in King of Prussia, Pa., as a computer programmer and project manager for Fiserv Inc., and in retirement has been teaching online courses for The University of Phoenix and for Delaware Valley University in Doylestown.

To learn more, contact the CCAAA at 814-765-2696. Registration is required and can be done by calling the CCAAA.

Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc, Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.

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