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Archive - Jan 2012

January 11th

Council president: ‘Major changes’ on the way

January 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.

“Major changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,” council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.

“This is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,” he said. “We’re going to move forward, and we’re going to move forward in the right direction.

Delinquent sewer bill holders can expect notices

January 12, 2012

WALSTON — Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors warned that the sewer customers with the highest delinquent balances, who have not made payment arrangements, will soon receive notices from the district judge regarding their account.

“We’re going to take five delinquent customers at a time to the district judge,” Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ann Redding said Wednesday.

Chairman Andrew Meterko, said other delinquent customers might make arrangements once they see that other customers with delinquent bills are taken to the district judge.

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January 12, 2012

The Punxsutawney Spirit’s 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you can’t make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spirit’s own “Phantastic Phil!” on the sides. The new boxes are The Spirit’s first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

January 10th

Triponey's 19, Zimmerman's double-double lead Chucks to 4th-straight win

January 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite leading by just four points at halftime, the Punxsy boys' basketball team scored 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter, and Daniel Triponey scored 19 points to lead the Chucks to a 41-29 victory over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.

Raiders shut down Punxsy wrestlers

January 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy Chucks went into Tuesday night's matchup against Brookville knowing it would be a competitive one, and the Raiders handed them one with a dominating 65-6 victory.

"We were looking at the possibility of getting shut out," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said. "We were looking at that coming in. That was a possibility because we know how tough they are."

Prosecution, defense continue jury selection for Rebert’s trial

January 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE —Jury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.

Property owner: Location of boxes is dangerous

January 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOT’s downtown traffic signal project at Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.

Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.

Interviewer: Teachers, counselors draw battle lines against child abuse

January 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Teachers and guidance counselors in local schools are at an important starting point in ending the cycle of child abuse, according to Pat Berger, the executive director and forensic interviewer for the Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

“They can be the first people a child decides to disclose the abuse to,” she said. “How they get the information can affect the case.”

Ruth Sowers Jeffries, 99

January 10, 2012

Ruth Sowers Jeffries, 99, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.

She was born Sept. 10, 1912, in Brookville, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Sarvey) Cummings.

She was married to Ralph F. Sowers, who preceded her in death May 19, 1981.

She then married Homer Jeffries, who preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1996.

Mrs. Jeffries was a homemaker and formerly worked with her family at Sowers Appliance Store in Brookville.

William L. Morrison Jr., 90

January 10, 2012

William L. Morrison Jr., 90, Brookville, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, of congestive heart failure under hospice care at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

He was born May 17, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William L. and Emma (Shields) Morrison Sr.

June 8, 1946, in Brookville, he married Gladys Chittester, who survives.

Mr. Morrison was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, having served in World War II with the WWII 346th Bomb Group in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

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