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Archive - Oct 16, 2012

Punxsutawney Area Hospital: We never used medicine targeted as source of meningitis outbreak

October 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In response to the escalating number of inquiries about the tainted spine steroid shot related to a deadly national outbreak of meningitis, practitioners at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) want to reassure patients that PAH’s supply of steroids was not involved.

“Punxsutawney Area Hospital does not currently (have), nor have we ever had, any medication in our facility that was produced by NECC, the compounding pharmacy which shipped the vials of the potentially contaminated product,” said Tom Moore, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Services.

Highlights from the new Big Run Burn Ordinance No. 220

October 16, 2012

BIG RUN - Big Run Borough Council passed a burn ordinance Monday in a 4-1 vote.

Here's the details:

The ordinance applies to all outdoor burning and open burning within the Borough of Big Run.

It does not apply to burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation.

It also does not apply to the use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction or maintenance activities.

Lions Club seeks clearer vision with upcoming White Cane campaign

October 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're driving around town Saturday and come upon a group of men who are in the road holding huge white canes, be advised it's the Punxsutawney Lions Club's annual "White Cane Day" collection.

"'White Cane Day' is an annual event that the Punxsy Lions Club has held for a number of years," said Mike Ruffner, president of the Punxsutawney Lions Club.

Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member, said there are quite a few people who can't afford to purchase eyeglasses, and the Lions Club offers the program to assist those individuals.

The time to support our troops is upon us

October 16, 2012

Sandy Mottern, a member of the office staff at Mike's BiLo Market in Reynoldsville, reminds area residents that there is still time to make a generous donation of health and beauty aids, hygiene supplies, snack items and other gifts to be sent to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The annual Support the Troops drive, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is hoping for an outpouring of contributions to ship overseas to brighten the Christmas holiday season.

St. Marys floats past Punxsy girls' soccer

October 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – With a cold wind blowing across the stadium, St. Marys lifted a ball over the outstretched hands of Punxsy girls' soccer goalie Allie Fye for what would be the game-winning goal, 3-2, with 15:05 left in the match.

"It just wasn't our game," said Lady Chucks' coach Kevin Hughes.

Sydney Dubensky provided a goal in each half to provide all the Lady Chucks' offense on the afternoon.

Dubensky netted the game's first score of the match. The Lady Dutch tied the contest, 1-1, in the 30th minute for the other goal of the opening half.

Lady Chucks netters claim D-IX team tennis silver

October 16, 2012

CLEARFIELD — After facing each other in both the District IX singles and doubles championships, local rivals Punxsy and DuBois met on the girls' team tennis court on Monday afternoon in Clearfield. The result ended up the same as the two regular season meetings as DuBois' depth was too much for Punxsy, giving it a 5-0 district team title.

"The girls played well tonight," commented Punxsy coach Rose Graffius. "There were some close games. It was a good ending to a great season."

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