March 21st, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.
Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment â using solar energy, he said â has saved him money and could be used in some of the boroughâs buildings.
Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.
BROOKVILLE â Kim Rhodes, executive director for the Mentor Parent Program said bullying has become an âepidemic.â
To address the need she has seen first-hand in the community, her program will host a bullying walkathon this year that will take place in Jefferson County.
âBullying is a big thing across the board and across the world,â Rhodes said.
The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a competitive District, as District IX is in basketball, making an All-District team is quite an honor, and Monday, a pair of Punxsy basketball players âÂ senior Daniel Triponey on the boys' side and sophomore Taylor Newcome on the girls' end âÂ received the honor when the D-IX 2012 All-Stars were announced.
Triponey, who led the Chucks to just their second D-IX title game since 1994 this season, was the lone Punxsy representative from a balanced squad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Construction on the Graystone Court apartments and tower has resumed full throttle after a short winter layoff.
"We stopped in November working on the outside and resumed construction on the towers with the onset of the warmer weather," said Jeff S. Long, developer and owner of Graystone Court Apartments.
Long said work crews have two more floors to construct on the apartment tower.
"We can't hang any drywall in the tower until we get the roof on it," Long said, adding that the roof should be in place within a month, and then the interior work will commence.
BIG RUN â The members of Big Run Borough Council agreed at Monday's meeting not to pursue mandatory garbage pickup for borough residents.
"We have an ordinance in place; it's not necessary to pass another one for mandatory pickup," said John Niver, Big Run Council member.
Nick Lantz, council president, said most people in Big Run have garbage pickup.
Niver said it was not his intention to have burn barrels banned in the borough through an ordinance for mandatory garbage pickup.
Members of the American Cancer Society are shown preparing for Daffodil Days in Jefferson County at the Stello Foods building in Punxsutawney. The Society will be selling daffodils Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Punxsy at Fezell's County Market, Comet Market and PNC Bank; in Brookville at Mike's Supermarket; and in Reynoldsville at Mike's Bi Lo, S&T Bank and Community First Bank. The Society sells daffodils because they are the "flower of hope." Shar N. Hope, the BoydsÂ® by EnescoÂ® bear, is also available at the various locations throughout Jefferson County.
Helen Shaffer Freeman, 83, of Savannah, Ga., died Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2012, at Shadowmoss Plantation under the care of Odyssey Hospice in Savannah.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late Haven and Gladys (Kougher) Shaffer.
Ms. Freeman was a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church and was a retired beautician.
She was an accomplished artist who taught painting at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe.
She was born in 1924, in Punxsutawney, to Felice and Giovanna (Manacchio) Ciccone.
Mrs. Stefanelli was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R.C. Church, Indiana, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
During World War II, she worked for Federal Lab making shells and flares, while awaiting the return of her soldier fiancÃ©, Angelo Stefanelli.
Following the war, they were married January 24, 1946, and shared 61 years together until his death in 2007.
CLARION â A young, energetic Golden Eagles softball team â one that includes a pair of former Lady Chucks players in freshmen Taylor Powell and Shawnna Crago â took the field last Monday in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to kick off the 2012 Clarion University softball season.
FALLS CREEK â Residents in rural Jefferson and Clearfield counties may be a two-hour drive from casinos in Pittsburgh and Salamanca, N.Y., but gambling is just as accessible with an Internet connection.
More than four years after casinos began operating in western Pennsylvania, the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission is trying to address the needs of people in the two-county region, calling attention to potential gambling-addiction problems.