March 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents whoâve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.
Fedigan said thereâs such a large variety of scams occurring that itâs hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.
Burton L. Mottern Sr., 83, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at his home.
He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Dora, a son of the late Irvin M. and Dora (Geist) Mottern.
Mr. Mottern was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
March 30, 1949, he married Betty (Vallies) Mottern, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Mottern was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and the United Mine Workers Union.
Oliver H. Snyder Jr., 72, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born March 1, 1939, in DuBois, a son of the late Oliver H. and Margaret M. (Mirandi) Snyder Sr.
He was married to Heidi (Scarletta) Snyder, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Snyder was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a private in the U.S. Army.
He was a truck driver for Krise Bus Company and a member of the National Rifle Association.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Day Three of the Punxsutawney Elementary boys' basketball tournament had two closely contested contests, including two games decided by one possession Wednesday night.
Washington 12, Pitt 9
Brandon Matthews scored seven of his team's nine points, but Pitt was unable to prevent Washington (3-0) from moving to 3-0 in the first of three match-ups between fourth- and fifth-grade teams Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council continues to discuss the possibility of appealing Judge John Foradoraâs ruling regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.
Last week in a written opinion, Foradora denied councilâs appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commissionâs order to rehire Andrekovich.
According to Brian Gabriel, of Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C., Pittsburgh, the law firm representing the borough in its appeal, no decision has been made whether or not to appeal Foradoraâs opinion.
BROOKVILLE â Jefferson County History Center Director Ken Burkett is duly excited, as Saturday, the first exhibit of âDrumbeat to Warâ begins in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
A new exhibit will open every six months for the next five years. The exhibit opening Saturday focuses on the early recruitment of soldiers from the Jefferson County area.
The first exhibit will be on display for one year, and the second exhibit will open in a separate room this September.
BROOKVILLE â This week, District Attorney Jeffrey D. Burkett welcomed Michelle Fusco as the new victim/witness coordinator, who works to protect the rights of victims of adult offenders.
Fusco moved here from Elk County, where she has more than 14 years experience in Victim Services. She has worked specifically with crime victims for the last 10 years.
She said cases are given to her by law enforcement, district judges and self-referrals.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident involving coal trucks around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday along Route 210, North Mahoning Township.
Both trucks, owned by Rosebud Trucking of Kittanning, were traveling, one in front of the other along Route 210, when both drivers lost control on the icy road.
The road conditions caused the one truck to travel into a ditch, while the other blew out tires and ruptured its fuel tank, causing a small diesel fuel spill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tuesday, the Punxsy chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized PAHS senior Melissa Blose with its annual Good Citizenship Award, as well as 2010-11 essay winner Sadie Plyler, a student at the Punxsutawney Christian School.
âą At PAHS, Blose is involved in Spanish Club; Key Club, serving as vice-president this year; is a Special Olympics helper; an office helper; and served on the Middle States planning team.
BROOKVILLE â Last week, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority discussed possible contracts with private waste haulers that could balance the operating budget.
Despite that possibility, persuading the state legislature to reinstate administration fees is still the No. 1 priority for the authority.
The administration fee would provided the authority with a payment â typically between $2 and $4 â for each ton of waste collected. The authority operated in a fiscally-healthy way until the administration fee was removed pending a court case.