By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
Tuesday was the opening ceremony of the 195th Legislative Session of the House, where 200 elected members took the oath of office. Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the fact there has been little to no snowfall in Punxsutawney so far this winter, representatives of some of the downtown merchants spoke to the Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Safety Committee at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting regarding the possibility of snow removal.
Shirley Sharp and Joe Ferraro of PRIDE made good on a promise to bring a plan to council regarding the removal of snow from the parking meter zones in the borough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Martha Street house was heavily damaged by fire that began around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.
All three Punxsutawney fire companies battled the large fire at the residence of Carol States, 207 Martha St., Punxsy.
Department Chief Paul Hense said that when he arrived on-scene, there was heavy smoke and fire coming out from the rear of the older frame house.
â€śIt had a lot of the older type of construction including double planked siding which made it difficult to extinguish,â€ť he said.