April 20th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the completion of the paving on Mahoning Street this week, the end of PennDOTâ€™s $1.1 million downtown traffic signal upgrade is in sight.
Workers from Power Contracting, the contractor on the signal project, continued installing the new overhead signage Friday.
The new traffic signals will be activated Wednesday and Thursday, two intersections per day, according to PennDOT Project Manager Kirby Starr, who also said the former traffic light system will be removed once the new lights are activated.
BROOKVILLE â€” Friday, 21 students from seven school districts in Jefferson and Clarion counties took part in the 2012 Clar-Jeff Safe Driving Competition at the Heritage House in Brookville.
The students were tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws and vehicle defects.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Riding the momentum from an impressive road win against Bradford Tuesday afternoon, the Chucks tennis team picked up another convincing win over the Brockway Rovers Thursday evening in Punxsutawney, 8-1.
"Brockway was 4-2 coming in, and their losses were to DuBois and Elk, so we have a few common losses there," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the win. "But I expected us to play well at home after coming off Tuesday's confidence booster against Bradford. It was a good win for us."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday afternoon was a rare occasion where the ninth- and 10th-grade members of the PAHS boys' track team could compete without the pressure of defeating the more-experienced juniors and seniors at the Indiana Ninth- and 10th-grade Invitational Tournament, and Punxsy head coach John Smith said Punxsy had a good showing.
With 10 teams at the tournament â€” including the Chucks, Indiana, Greensburg-Salem, Ligonier Valley, Latrobe, Altoona, Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Norwin and Calvary Baptist â€” the Chucks had plenty of solid competiton.
BROOKVILLE â€” The 911 dispatchers who field emergency calls are just as likely to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as those on the front lines, a new study indicates.
The study, completed by Michelle Lilly, a psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and research associate Heather Pierce, analyzed surveys completed by 171 emergency dispatchers from 24 states, the Huffington Post reported.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, Brookville Borough Police Chief Ken Dworek reported to Brookville Borough Council about a senior scavenger hunt that had gone awry.
He said some members of the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School senior class participated in a scavenger hunt that was not a school-sanctioned activity.
During the hunt, Dworek said some students became involved in criminal activity.
Dworek said license plates and hubcaps were stolen from vehicles, and lawn ornaments were smashed; some were valued up to $300.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Trailing the DuBois Beavers 4-2 entering the home half of the sixth inning Wednesday in Punxsutawney, the Chucks knew they needed to make some noise with their bats. And with a bit of help from the Beavers' pitching staff early, Punxsy did just that, putting up five runs in the frame to take a 7-4 lead â€” one that would hold up for a win.
Punxsy's come-from-behind rally started with one out in the sixth, when relief pitcher Cory Geer was hit by a John Georgino pitch. No. 9 hitter Taylor Phillips followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second.
Wednesday evening, the 2011-12 Punxsy wrestling team gathered one final time for a banquet at the Eagles. The Chucks' senior wrestlers were honored, and the team members and their families shared a catered meal. Pictured here are seniors (from left) Seth Spack, Tyler Titus, Josh Neal and Neko Cappella. Missing from the photo is fellow senior Carl Langley.
Last Sunday at church, our pastor asked us to take a few minutes to reflect on the things we're afraid of in a message that drove home the point that allowing our fears to paralyze us is not a healthy way to live.
As I sat there pondering the laundry list of things I fear â€” or have feared in the past â€” several fears â€” both rational and irrational â€” came to mind.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Punxsutawney Phil predicts when spring will begin, the Big Run Peepers tell us when it has begun, but it's not until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) orange barrels and flaggers show up that we know spring is here for real.
Pennsylvania's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week marked the unofficial start of the road construction season, said Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 Safety Press officer.