February 23rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In an opinion released Wednesday, Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora said that the court concurred with a report from the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission, in which it said there was insufficient evidence to support the borough's reasoning behind firing Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.
The commission, in its report from July 2010, ordered that Andrekovich be reinstated with the department after council fired him stemming from the Aug. 15, 2099, death of Stephen Obbish in the back of a borough police cruiser.
DUBOIS â€” Two legislators have requested that the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hold a second hearing regarding the possible change of the 814 area code in western and central Pennsylvania.
State Rep. Matt Gabler, 75th district, and State Sen. Joe Scarnati, 25th District, requested that the PUC hold another public hearing regarding the 814 area code change, which is being discussed due to the exhaustion the available phone numbers in the area code.
The first hearing was poorly attended due to lack of publicity and bad weather.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Salary Board Tuesday approved the creation of the position of county detective.
On the suggestion of District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett, William Guy Felmlee was appointed to that position. Felmlee was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 25 years, and he spent many of those years in criminal investigation, Burkett said.
"This man is an outstanding criminal investigator," Burkett said. "He is top, top, top, top notch, and I'm very excited to have him."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now in its second year, the PAHS Dramatics Club will present its second production, "Aladdin," at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are available at the door, and proceeds go to the club for its current and future productions.
This year's show, adapted by Craig Sodora, follows the club's successful first-ever presentation of "Peter Pan" last spring.
Lisa Good, who co-directed the play and co-advises the club with Shellee Miller, said this year's show is being presented during the winter due to many springtime activities for students.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Juniors Logan Weaver and Daniel Triponey are playing like one of the best scoring guard duos in District IX, and their ability to fill up the stat sheet this season doesn't surprise Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal.
Back when Weaver and Triponey started for the seventh-grade team in 2006-2007, Neal, then Punxsy's junior-varsity coach, noticed just how talented they were.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As times are advancing, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is not one to be left behind.
Monday at the Library, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and the Friends of the Library all showed their support of the up-and-coming changes that are being made to the library by contributing donations.
Coral Ellshoff, director, has many new and exciting plans for the library, as she has been working on not only the ideas, but also a floor plan.
DUBOIS â€” If you thought you would never see the day when all of the phone numbers in area code 814 would be completely used up, that day is just about here.
A group of cell phone and landline telephone users met on a snowy Monday at the Best Western Conference Center in DuBois to discuss the impending change for telephone users in the region from 814 to a new 582 area code. The proposal did not receive a warm reception from the approximately 75 people in attendance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team won eight of its final 10 games to complete the season with a 12-9 record last Friday.
The Chucks lost their final game â€” 45-32 to Bradford â€” but had won eight of nine games entering that matchup after they started the season 4-7.
The Chucks began to erase the rough start once they became more comfortable as a team.
BRADFORD â€” A young Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team that lacked depth finished the season with a 10-10 record last Friday following a 30-23 loss in Bradford.
The Lady Chucks started 5-8, but were able to win five of their next six games to clinch a 10-win season before closing the year with a defeat at the Lady Owls.
Leland (Jim) E. Gilbert, 89, formerly of Punxsutawney and a resident at Christ the King Manor in DuBois, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Germania, a son of the late Harry and Mabel Gilbert.
In 1957, he married Shirley Deshong Gilbert, who survives.
Mr. Gilbert was an avid potato grower and farmer for more than 60 years. He loved his Farmall tractors, enjoyed hunting and loved to tell everyone he met over the years his experiences with potato growing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.