April 25th, 2012
The end is in sight, as workers from Power Contracting test and activate the new $1.1 million traffic light system on Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney Wednesday and today. In addition to activating the new signals at the four intersections, the video cameras had to be lined up properly in order to identify when traffic is waiting at the intersection for the signal to change. The old traffic signal poles will be removed and sidewalk rehabilitation and reseeding between Jefferson Street and Hampton Avenue will occur where those poles once stood. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
BROOKVILLE â€” In a very close yet stunning race, a Brookville area challenger collected more votes in Jefferson County for the 66th District seat in the state House of Representatives than did the incumbent who has held the post since 1986.
Unofficial results from Tuesday night show that Cris Dush collected 2,402 votes (47 percent) over Sam Smithâ€™s 2,295 votes (45 percent). A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 428 votes (eight percent).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This week, the Jefferson County District Attorneyâ€™s office and Jefferson County Victim Services saluted Punxsutawney Borough Police for its hard work and effort in working with the Victimsâ€™ Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).
â€śThere are 1,200 borough police departments in Pennsylvania, and the Punxsutawney Borough Police was one of the 256 departments that consistently returned its reports back in 15 days or less,â€ť said Michelle Fusco, county victim services coordinator.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Monday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital received a generous donation in the form of 12 brand-new television sets, six of which will be placed in the hospitalâ€™s short procedure unit.
Five of the TVs will go in the intensive care unit, and a 37-inch big-screen TV will be placed in the front lobby.
The televisions were donated by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post 62.
The idea for the televisions came from Cathy Bair, who was in short procedure for the second time when she thought that it would be nice if there had been some TVs in the room.
Punxsy's Hannah Rummel competes in the field portion of the Lady Chucks' performance at the All-League Meet Tuesday afternoon in DuBois. Rummel competed in the long jump, the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles for Punxsy.
Donald P. Ryman, 81, Streetsboro, Ohio, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Aurora Manor in Aurora, Ohio, and has rejoined his beloved wife, Patricia, in heaven for eternity.Â
He was born May 17, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., and was adopted by the late Mahlon and Katherine (Floetke) Ryman of Big Run.
March 8, 1952, in Winchester, Va., Mr. Ryman married his sweetheart, Patricia Strachan, and they resided in Big Run for a brief time. She preceded him in death in 1988.
Glenn E. â€śBuzzâ€ť Powell, 82, Brookville, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at the McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Ringgold, a son of the late William G. and Arveta M. (Snyder) Powell.
March 9, 1952, he married Charlotte M. (Smith), who preceded him in death Feb. 22, 2001.
Mr. Powell served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He was the owner and operator of Powellâ€™s Garage & Rebuilds in Roseville and enjoyed sprint car racing.
Charlotte S. Himes, 94, Coolspring, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Worthville, a daughter of the late Quay and Eliza (Straitiff) Doverspike.
Ms. Himes was a school teacher for 43 years at Punxsutawney Middle School, where she taught reading and English.
She was a member of the Coolspring United Methodist Church.
Ms. Himes loved and enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters, Connie and Leslie, her boys, Tanner and Brodi, and her beloved cats.
WEST MIFFLIN â€” According to Punxsy girls' head coach Barry Young, it was a "cold, wet, windy and miserable" day weather-wise Saturday at the Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Associa-tion's (TSTCA) outdoor championships in West Mifflin â€” but the show went on.
The meet hosted a number of the top track programs in the state â€” including a large sampling of Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) schools known for their strong athletics programs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Chucks JV baseball squad never quit battling and came back to earn a 7-5 victory over Williamsport behind a sixth-inning grand slam by Hunter Hickok Saturday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"Wow, what a game," Punxsy coach Rodney Thompson said after the game. "Coach (Jeremy) Hospodar and I are very proud of these guys and their effort to stay positive and find a way to win. It was a great team effort, and everyone contributed in some way.