Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program


Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program

Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.
The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement.
How does it work? Participants complete a personal information form, which includes the participant’s name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and the participant’s doctors’ names. A photo – showing only the participant’s head and shoulders – is then taped to the front of the completed information sheet.

Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program

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Curwensville will be a Blueprint Community

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

By Dianne Byers Staff Writer

Curwensville Community Center’s application to the 2014 Blueprint Communities program has been selected. It is one of seven communities throughout the state chosen to participate in Blueprint Communities – an intensive training program that gives those accepted the tools they need to create a personalized community vision and prioritize and fund projects that will bring the image to fruition.

The official announcement came at a reception last night at the community center attended by those comprising the core team that will represent the Curwensville and Bloom, Penn and Pike townships and representatives of local civic groups, social organizations and businesses. Team members will attend a first training session next week at Harrisburg and other community representatives have agreed to participate in local trainings conducted by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, one of the Blueprint Communities sponsors. Other sponsors are FHL Bank and Penn State University Extension services.

The program’s premise is to give community leaders the skills and tools they need to develop and carry out comprehensive projects to revitalize communities and improve the quality of life for its residents. Curwensville’s team will participate in seven trainings at various locations throughout the state from May through January. Sessions will focus on identifying and developing community resources, growing local leadership, asset mapping, visioning, marketing and communication. There will also be onsite meetings involving interested municipal leaders and residents. Completing the program can also serve as a catalyst for private and public grant funding opportunities.

“This is very exciting as far as what will be happening for the community,” said David Rose, core team member. He introduced other members of the team as Shelia Williams of Central Pennsylvania Community Action, Dee Holland, Hildred Rowles and Cynthia Russell, local business owners; John Wright of the Curwensville Development Corp., Ron Matchock, superintendent of Curwensville Area Schools, Kathy Gillespie of the Area Agency on Aging, Erin Ammerman of Northwest Savings Bank, and Susan Wingard, Curwensville Area School Board member who will serve as alternate. “The team has a very diverse background and represents education, housing, senior adults, business owners and local civic groups,” Rose said. He also noted there are two Curwensville Area High School students, Rylee Young and Noah Stephens, who volunteered to participate in the local training sessions.
Rose said the team is very glad for their viewpoints. “This initiative brings together folks of all ages and to get a complete perspective from the community it is vital that we have members of younger ages. Rylee and Noah are very eager to be part of our team and contribute.

A financial commitment of $2,000 was included with the application. It was paid by Curwensville Borough. If the team completes a majority of the training it will be refunded $1,000. It can also apply for a mini-grant from the program to get started on its work.

In addition to Curwensville, applications were also accepted for the Blueprint Communities program from Reynoldsville, Clarion, New Castle, Huntingdon County, Greensboro and the Oil Region Group comprised of Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker.

Dough Boy

Proudly We Stand

A drive is currently under way to raise funds to refurbish the Doughboy monument – a memorial erected in 1925 to the memory and in honor of the brave sacrifices of Veterans of all wars.

Doug Bloom, an officer with Curwensville Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert Ferguson Post 842 is the chairman of the committee that has formed to spearhead the project.

The statue is in need of general maintenance, cleaning and preservation. Also, as part of the project the committee would like to add a new flag pole, improve the lighting and do some landscaping surrounding the bronze sculpture.

A campaign to raise funds to pay for the work has recently launched. An account has been established at Northwest Savings Bank, 426 State St., Curwensville. Those who would like to assist with the project should make their checks payable to “Restore the Doughboy”.

Upon completion of the project a rededication ceremony for the Doughboy will be held on Flag Day, June 14, 2014.

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