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There will be a financial workshop for individual investors sponsored by Edward Jones of Kittanning. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Armstrong Educational Trust, 81 Glade Drive, Kittanning. The deadline to register is Thursday. Those attending should call Ron Kriess or Susann Snyder at 724-545-7220.


Six individuals were selected by the Clarion University Alumni Association to receive distinguished awards during a dinner, Oct. 3 in the Gemmell Student Complex. The activities are part of the annual homecoming events.

Selected to receive awards are: Distinguished Alumni – Frank DeFina (’75, ’76); Distinguished Volunteer – Diane Wells (’79); Distinguished Achievement – Pete Vuckovich; Distinguished Service – Charles P. Leach Jr.; Distinguished Faculty – Dr. Iseli Krauss; and Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni – Linda Greenfield (’81). Greenfield received her award during the Clarion University Venango Campus commencement.

Charles P. Leach Jr. Distinguished Service

Charles P. Leach Jr. never worked with Clarion University until 1988, but has gone on to lead the Clarion University Foundation Board of Directors, help with a highly successful capital campaign and acquire property for student housing. He is the Clarion University Alumni Association 2003 Distinguished Service award recipient.

One of Leach’s daughters and a son-in-law graduated from Clarion and a second daughter spent two years at Clarion before transferring, but it was his work with another philanthropic effort that brought him into the university circle.

“I was part of the group that set up the Ginny Thornburgh Foundation,” he recalled. “The foundation awarded scholarships at Clarion University and Bloomsburg University to outstanding juniors or seniors majoring in special education.”

Serving on that committee with Leach was Oleta Amsler, a current member of the Clarion University Council of Trustees and the 1992 recipient of a Clarion University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. “She twisted my arm and said I should work for Clarion University,” said Leach. “I saw the need and decided to help where ever I could help.”

Much of Leach ‘s efforts are through the Clarion University Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the board since 1988 and been its’ president since 1995. The foundation’s mission is to assist Clarion University in any way, within the bounds of the organization’s commission.

“I have enjoyed working with the foundation,” said Leach. “The board members and staff are outstanding, committed and aggressive in doing things for the university. Initially, it was concerned with scholarships, camps and clinics, but the scope has grown.”

One of the new focuses was the Investing in Futures Capital Campaign. Leach served on the steering committee for Clarion’s first major capital campaign, which exceeded its goal and raised more than $11 million for academic facility renovations and scholarships.

Ongoing projects include the Clarion University of Pennsylvania Health Science Education Center and the acquisition of 69 acres of land, now known as the Diane L. Reinhard Villages at Clarion University. “The foundation serves as a conduit for these projects,” explained Leach. “They would not be possible without foundation involvement.”

Leach honored his late father, Charles R. Leach Sr., by establishing a scholarship at Clarion University. The Charles P. Leach Sr. Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding business student. The Sonja and Chuck Leach Scholarship was also established by Leach and his wife to help students pursue their life goals.

Leach is the president and owner of the Charles P. Leach Agency, Inc., of New Bethlehem. He is past mayor of New Bethlehem; member and past president of the New Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce; and member of the New Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Company, the New Bethlehem Area Jaycees and the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. He was one of the founders of Redbank Valley Volunteer Ambulance Company and its first president.

He is also dedicated to regional development and currently serves as a member of the Clarion County Industrial Development Authority and a board member of the Clarion County Economic Development Council.

In 2000, Leach was Clarion University’s recipient of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Eberly Award for Volunteerism. In 2002, he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Clarion Chamber of Commerce. He is also the recipient of a 2002 Clarion University President’s Medallion, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of Clarion University.

Leach and his wife, Sonja, reside in New Bethlehem. They have four children, one adopted son and eight grandchildren.


The Longaberger Company, America’s premier maker of handcrafted baskets, recognized Patricia Longwell from Kittanning as a 2003 National Top Sales Award Winner at its annual convention held in Columbus, Ohio.

Longaberger is a direct selling company with more than 71,000 Independent Sales Consultants nationwide that sell Longaberger baskets and home and lifestyle products, including pottery, fabric accessories and wrought iron, through home shows. All of the products are made in America. Longwell has received the award for Sales Achiever $20,000-$34,999.

The theme of the convention, Love it. Live it. Share it, set the tone for the four-day national convention, known as The Bee, which attracted more than 16,000 Longaberger Independent Sales Consultants and guests from around the U.S. Attendees had the opportunity to network with other consultants from around the nation, attend a full range of Longaberger training sessions designed to assist consultants in refining their booking, selling and sponsoring techniques, view new products and participate in the awards and recognition ceremonies.

The company, based in Newark, Ohio, has more than 5,500 employees and is led by President and CEO Tami Longaberger. The company is listed in Forbes magazine’s top 500 privately held companies, is recognized as the 18th largest woman-owned company in the U.S. by Working Woman magazine and has been cited by Newman’s Own, Inc. as one of the 10 Most Generous Companies in America.

Read more about the company in the New York Times Bestseller, Longaberger: An American Success Story, published by HarperBusiness, or visit Longaberger’s Web site at


BeautiControl Independent Consultant Patt Woodward of Vandergrift attended BeautiControl’s national Celebration 2003 convention at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, Aug. 7-10 in Dallas.

The conference spotlighted BeautiControl’s growing Spa ESCAPE. Offered by participating BeautiControl Independent Consultants, the one-hour Spa ESCAPE features complimentary spa treatments to relax, renew and rejuvenate guests in the comfort of their homes, as well as the latest spa and skin rejuvenation products. Guests can enjoy a tension-relieving heated neck wrap, a Microderm Abrasion demonstration, nourishing lip and eye treatments, the opportunity to sample the latest skin care and spa products and tips on how to re-create their blissful spa experience at home.

Day spas are all the rage, but who has the time or the money?

BeautiControl Independent Skin Care and Image Consultant Patt Woodward of Vandergrift offers a blissful solution: a one-hour Spa ESCAPE featuring complimentary spa treatments and advanced skin care in the comfort of your own home.

“This is the ultimate mini-getaway for stressed-out women who have too much on their plate, yet are starved for relaxation,” says Woodward. “Spa Escapes give women and their friends the opportunity to get together and share in some much needed relaxation, pampering and skin renewal. A similar experience at a day spa could cost $150 or more and take hours. To schedule a Spa ESCAPE, call Woodward at 724-845-1540.


Apollo Trust Company has announced that Karen Stanford has been elected to serve on the bank’s board of directors.

A life-long resident of North Apollo, Stanford is a partner in Held’s Shop ‘n Save, a family-owned and operated supermarket in the community. She is a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School and holds a degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. Stanford is the daughter of Pearl and Clair Held of North Apollo, and her husband, Karl is the owner of Stanford Glass Service in Oklahoma Borough.

In addition to being a Kiski Valley businessperson, Stanford is also active in the community. She is a member of the Apollo Area Historical Society, Roaring Run Watershed Association and the First Evangelical Church in Apollo.

“We are very pleased to welcome Karen Stanford to our board of directors,” says Apollo Trust Company President and CEO, James R. Drenning. “Her leadership, experience and dedication embody the very principles of independent community banking and we are confident that her contributions will be instrumental in the bank’s continued success.”

Serving the Kiski Valley since 1871, Apollo Trust Company is an independent community bank with total assets of more than $132 million. In 2002, the bank posted earning of nearly $1.5 million.

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