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March 14th, 2012

Martha MacMillan, 86

March 14, 2012

Martha MacMillan, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at home.

She was born April 6, 1925, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Waelde.

She graduated from Meadville High School in January 1943.

She worked for Talon Zipper during the war and was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.

James Stanley Vrobel, 50

March 14, 2012

James Stanley Vrobel, 50, Stump Creek, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at home.

He was born Sept. 27, 1961, in DuBois, a son of the late Jerome & Mary (Horzempa) Vrobel.

Mr. Vrobel was a graduate of Jefferson Technical School of Reynoldsville and earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

He worked as an electrical engineer and a certified IR inspector.

Mr. Vrobel was born and raised in DuBois, and for several years, lived in North Carolina, and he had been back in the area the past two years.

Young Township hopes to have found solution for delinquent sewage customers

March 14, 2012

WALSTON — Young Township sewage customers who become late on their sewer bills could find themselves knee-deep in something else.

Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors displayed its new sewage shut-off device to be used with late-paying sewage customers.

These devices will be used at the discretion of the township supervisors for the most delinquent sewage customers, Chairman Andrew Meterko said.

He said these devices will be installed after a 48-hour shut-off notice is given to the customer, and is in accordance with the township’s sewage rules and regulations.

Goodwill opens new donation center in Groundhog Plaza

March 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Goodwill has opened a new donation center in the Groundhog Plaza, near Burger King. The building was provided by Bob Johnson, of Johnson Motors in DuBois, and the space was provided by Joe Varacallo, of Developac Realty.

March 13th

Rotary Club goes green for Radio Auction, St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the right bid, you could have the luck of the Irish this Saturday.

The Punxsutawney Rotary Club is going green for its annual Rotary Radio Auction, but that’s only because this year, the annual event lands on St. Patrick’s Day, again broadcast live from BFG Electroplating on WPXZ-FM 104.1.

“It’s on St. Patrick’s Day, and everyone has to wear green when they’re calling in to bid, or we just have to paint everything green before it goes out,” said Rotarian Tom Chelgren.

Chief: No injuries in Troutville fire

March 13, 2012

TROUTVILLE — A dryer fire caused $100,000 in damage to a Troutville family’s home located along Walnut Street Monday.

“It was a working fire when the alarm was first reported by a neighbor at 8:53 p.m.,” Brady Township Fire Chief Russ Perks said.

Perks said flames were coming from the back of the residence — which is owned by Joan DuBeck — when firefighters arrived.

Perks said the tankers were refilled at Weis’ pond.

Frog Man: Peepers peeped, didn’t croak

March 13, 2012

BIG RUN — It’s no surprise, when one thinks of it.

John London, Big Run’s official “Frog Man,” said Tuesday, “If you take all those dates, add them up and divide and look at the average ... the average date is March 19, which is very close to the first day of spring.”

Tuesday morning, London reported that his friend, Bob Fisher, heard the peepers in the Big Run swamp peeping around 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 — just eight days before the official first day of spring, March 20.

“He said they peeped last night, but didn’t croak,” London said.

Taking center stage: Former PAHS grappler prepared for D-I finals

March 13, 2012

CLARION — Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came — that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships — another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.

Michael B. Pollock, 88

March 13, 2012

Michael B. Pollock, 88, of Latrobe, formerly of Punxsutawney and Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Hanyo) Pollock.

He was married to Lucy E. (Sacco) Pollock, who survives, of Latrobe.

Mr. Pollock was a retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. 

March 12th

Borough: Curb ramp replacements should be done this week

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work has resumed on the downtown traffic light project, with the cement contractor replacing curb ramps.

Borough Manager Ben White said at Monday’s Punxsy Borough Council meeting that the last of the curb ramps will be constructed this week.

Power Contracting will also resume installing the new traffic signals in preparation for activation within the next few weeks, he said.

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