August 24th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” Just a few days shy of the 30-day mark, the county-wide burn ban has been lifted.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners lifted the ban at their regular meeting.
â€śThe conditions have improved,â€ť Director of Emergency Services Tracy Zents said. â€śThe natural grass is starting to come back; itâ€™s greening up again.â€ť
Although the rainfall amounts have slightly improved, Zents urges residents to remain cautious.
At 2.1 inches â€” the countyâ€™s rainfall total average for July â€” this summer has been the worst since 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When is an activity at Punxsutawney Area High School considered a graded subject, and when is it considered an extra-curricular activity?
Thatâ€™s the question Cheryl Hollis, mother of Karah L. Hollis, a former PAHS student, asked during the pubic comment portion of the Punxsy school boardâ€™s agenda Wednesday.
Now in its 130th year, the Corn Cob Club â€” Jefferson Countyâ€™s oldest social organization â€” held its annual summer get-together Wednesday evening at the camp of Judge Edwin Snyder (front, second from left) near Rochester Mills. On hand for this yearâ€™s event were (front, from left) Fred Roberts; Snyder, president, holding Jessie; L. Eugene â€śSnuffyâ€ť Smith; Bud Dunkel; (second row) Bill Deeley; Dr. Paul â€śRustyâ€ť Johnston, vice-president; Dick Smith; Jim Gigliotti; Jack Grube; (third) Tom Brown; Bill Cooper; Larry Neal; Max Neal; Wick Divelbiss; (fourth) Rick Fairman, A.J.
Emma P. Zimmerman, 98, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at McKinley Health Care Center, Brookville.
She was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Grange, a daughter of the late Charles B. and Maggie P. (Fry) Plyler.
She was married to Walter J. Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1978.
Mrs. Zimmerman was employed as a school teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, and she was a member of the Progressive Study Club, the NEA and PEO, as well as a life member of the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.
Richard Shawn Haines, 40, Florida, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Florida.
He was born Jan. 14, 1971, in Spangler, a son of Wanda (Bott) Fisher.
Mr. Haines was employed as a hair stylist at Fantastic Samâ€™s.
In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include his step-father, Willis Fisher; two sisters, Tonya Bond and husband Randy, and Amber Keith and husband Jamie, all of Punxsutawney; a step-brother, William Fisher of Punxsutawney; a nephew, Dallas Bond of Punxsutawney; his long-time companion, Billy Ferringer of Florida; an a number of aunts and uncles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Whether they were working, sleeping or just taking a second to enjoy the weather, several residents felt tremors from Tuesdayâ€™s 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.
The Spiritâ€™s phone lines became quite busy after readers in the area felt tremors from the quake, which was centered around Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., according to the the U.S. Geological Survey.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles due to numerous thefts that have occurred recently.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said several vehicles were entered over the last week, with numerous items taken.
Fedigan said the thefts have been occurring throughout the borough, most recently in the Elk Run section of town.
According to police, some of the items taken include cell phones, a laptop computer, GPS units, sunglasses and cash.
He urged everyone to lock their vehicles and store valuables â€” especially guns â€” elsewhere.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Thursday, 108 golfers took to the course at the Country Club in Punxsutawney, but the outing was not just a friendly competition.
Though the 27 foursomes were all competing for prizes, including pro shop credit, they were also playing for a much greater cause.
For the past 32 years, Punxsutawney Area Hospital has been hosting the Dr. F.J. Trunzo Memorial Golf Outing, and this year was no exception.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of camaraderie when considering what is a sport. This week, I saw camaraderie in action as I took photos of each fall sports team preparing for its season at the Punxsutawney Area High School's media day.
Hundreds of Punxsutawney area athletes gathered sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to have their photos taken, but what goes unseen in the still shots that the camera captured is the fellowship that sports is providing.
Ronald E. Gourley, 67, Hamilton, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at home.
He was born Jan. 10, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Donald G. and Henrietta (Kanouff) Gourley.
Nov. 29, 1974, he married Lela Adams Gourley, who survives.
A farm boy at heart, Mr. Gourley was an avid hunter and sportsman who enjoyed farm tractors.
He was a dozer operator for Original Fuels.