Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Beautiful weather Monday contributed to a large turnout of buck hunters in southern Jefferson County for opening day.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Mike Girosky reported that the opening week of the popular rifle season had its ups and downs in regards to the weather.
(Front, from left) Cloey Robinson, Karen Wolfe; (back) Meghan Wolfe and Terry Wolfe, all from Brookville, were in the Victorian Christmas spirit in the parlor room at the Jefferson County History Center Friday. Caroling, a live nativity and horse-drawn carriage rides will continue today in Brookville. (Photo by Matthew Steffy/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Glen Campbell woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters following a crash that occurred at 5:15 p.m. Friday on Church Road, Canoe Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Raye A. Fry, 41, Glen Campbell, was traveling south on Church Road when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road, which caused the vehicle to turn counter- clockwise.
Indiana First Bankâ€™s â€śYou Can Bank on Philâ€ť statue fell victim to snowflakes Thursday evening. Today, with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 20s, marginally higher than Thursday, Phil may fare a little better. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This may not be on your Christmas list, but Punxsutawney is going to receive new traffic signals courtesy of PennDOT District 10 throughout the downtown area.
Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that the traffic signal upgrade is a PennDOT project.
â€śEach of the intersections along Mahoning Street â€” including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets â€” will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms,â€ť White said, adding that Hampton is currently the only intersection that has mast arms that support the traffic signals.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursdayâ€™s Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.
Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection â€” a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition â€” has not been completed yet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.
â€śWe used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,â€ť elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. â€śThere was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School District was recently recognized by the state Department of Education (PDE) for its use of technology from the Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant throughout the district.
PAHS Principal David London said this is the first full year of the â€śOne-to-Oneâ€ť program at the high school, where every student in grades nine through 12 has his or her own laptop.
London said the district was recognized by the state education department as one of five districts in the state as a CFF success story.
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, following the violent death of a Crawford County corrections officer, Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel told the jail board that the jailâ€™s policies are being reviewed.
According to Elbel, the death of corrections officer Gary M. Chapin, of Conneaut Lake, occurred as a new inmate, Gregory G. Brown, 24, of Meadville, was being processed.
Brown became violent while being processed, during which he was not placed in any restraining device, and killed Chapin.
When asked if Brown used any sort of weapon, Elbel responded simply, â€śThe wall.â€ť
BROCKWAY â€” Another dust-up between Jack Wisor, founder and director of the Just For Jesus Homeless Outreach Challenge, and state Sen. Joe Scarnati could be developing.
Scarnati said in a press release Tuesday that Wisor deliberately disobeyed a newly-enacted law, Act 95 of 2010, which states that a group home â€” such as Just For Jesus â€” that takes on a convicted murderer must notify the county and municipal governments within 48 hours of the murdererâ€™s arrival.