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LAURA JAMESON/L’EXPRESS The Tree of Compliments is pictured all adorned with words of kindness during the Roads to Peace Pride event in Triangle Park.

LOCK HAVEN – Roads to Peace hosted its own pride event in Clinton County.

The organization, formerly the Clinton County Women’s Center, decorated Triangle Park with various pride flags and invited local organizations to sell their wares and provide resources and information to the public Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m.

This event, the first in county history, was designed by Roads to Peace employees Cheyenne Brickley and Jenn Grubb. And they managed to pull it off in about a month.

“I had just landed this job a month ago. I started in May and started running,” Brickley, domestic violence prevention education and volunteer coordinator, said.

She and Grubb, Roads to Peace’s LGBTQ+ medical advocate, worked together to make it happen.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS The booths of Hope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary, above, and Fire Sphere Media, saw a number of customers during Friday’s Pride event hosted by Roads to Peace.

Roads to Peace has provided a variety of information brochures as well as books approved by the Caucus Library for visitors to take away. The books provide information about LGBTQ+ history and the community and many pamphlets gave insight into what Roads to Peace does for the community.

The booth also offered free pronoun stickers, lapel pins and the chance to enter a raffle. A compliment tree was also on display, where visitors could write something nice and place it on the tree.

Grubb noted that another booth would be set up in the East Main Street parking lot during the pedestrian mall.

Other booths at the event were Hope’s Dream Rescue & Sanctuary, Aides Resource Center and Fire Sphere Media.

Hope’s Dream provides foster care for animals in the Bellefonte and State College area. However, public relations volunteer Katrina said she also helped foster and rescue pets all the way to Jersey Shore.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS The booths of Hope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary, above, and Fire Sphere Media, saw a number of customers during Friday’s Pride event hosted by Roads to Peace.

Katrina noted that the organization is also heavily involved in the Trap and Release (TNR) program, offering spaying and neutering clinics and vouchers.

“We are an all-volunteer organization,” she says. The organization sold a variety of products, which only cost a donation.

Chloe Crab, outreach coordinator for the State College Aides Resource Center, offered information on what the organization offers as well as free reusable straws, stickers, pins and more.

“We offer a variety of services, including clinical case management for people living with HIV as well as free HIV and STI testing,” Crab says.

Bellefonte-based Fire Sphere Media also sold t-shirts, graphic novels and paintings. Kara Ballenger and their partner launched the business by releasing a graphic novel in 2017. In 2018, the duo released another series, “Fout” with proceeds from book sales to help prevent suicide in the LGBTQ+ community.

Fire Sphere Media is on social media and has a booth set up at Titan Market in Bellefonte every week.

The Clinton County LGBTQ Network was also present at the event, although it did not have a booth. The organization organized rock painting and continued to sell chances for its gift basket raffle.


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