Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget ‚ÄĒ with no tax increase ‚ÄĒ at Monday‚Äôs council meeting.
‚ÄúThis is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,‚ÄĚ council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Following a week of tragedy and scandal locally and statewide, Officials with the Punxsutawney Area School District made heartfelt statements at the beginning and the end of Monday‚Äôs school board meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ In the annual BOTS IQ competition, PAHS robotics students build machines to destroy or damage other robots.
But during a meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday, the team demonstrated another robot, for the BEST competition, designed to be helpful, not destructive.
Weather Capital Robotics, the PAHS robotics team, competed against 19 other schools Oct 21-22 in the Wolverine BEST Hub 2011 Robotic competition at Grove City College, according to advisor Keith Hughes.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Following a year in which his business was destroyed in an incident of arson, Jeff London, the owner of Big Run Carpet, is slowly putting the pieces back together as his store is rebuilt.
London said it took only four days from when the fire occurred early Sunday, June 19, from Monday to Thursday before he was back in business.
He had everything up and running, including two small buildings, Internet, telephone and his carpet samples, and was back in business, thanks to the generosity of the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ More than 1,200 pounds of merchandise will be on the way to American troops serving in Afghanistan, thanks to the "amazing support" that area residents gave to the month-long drive sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. The Great War which had claimed 35 million casualties was finally over.
Today marks the first time since the end of World War I that there is not a living American veteran of that conflict, said Dr. Norman A. ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Hetzler, the guest speaker for the Punxsutawney Veterans‚Äô Day service at the First Baptist Church.
Hetzler said since 1775, America has relied on its citizen-soldiers and an unbroken line of those who believe in duty, honor and country.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Another appeal against giving former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich his job back has been denied, this time by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
In an order dated Thursday, Nov. 10, the Commonwealth Court said it affirmed an order by the Common Pleas Court of Jefferson County, in which Judge John Foradora ordered Punxsutawney Borough Council to rehire Andrekovich, whom council fired Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, who died in a police cruiser Aug. 15, 2009, while in Andrekovich‚Äôs custody.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ As the U.S. citizens again thanked their men and women in uniform for defending America‚Äôs freedoms ‚ÄĒ sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice ‚ÄĒ during Friday‚Äôs observance of Veterans‚Äô Day, the guest speaker during Big Run VFW Post 9044‚Äôs annual event said Americans need to recall a promise they made a decade ago.
‚ÄúA common thread we saw woven through countless stories in 2002 was of combat veterans of previous wars ‚ÄĒ especially Vietnam ‚ÄĒ reaching out with determination to young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,‚ÄĚ said William H. Bowers, a U.S.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Students at Punxstawney Area Middle School held their annual Veterans‚Äô Day assembly Thursday with Student Government President Jacob Horner, a seventh-grader, as the master of ceremonies.
‚ÄúIt was fun ‚ÄĒ hard speaking up there ‚ÄĒ but it felt good to show thanks to the Veterans,‚ÄĚ he said.
The assembly began with a choral reading of ‚ÄúHat‚Äôs Off,‚ÄĚ by Alan Major‚Äôs fourth-grade class, followed by Darren Sherry‚Äôs fifth-grade class reading of ‚ÄúIn Flander‚Äôs Field.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚Äď Don‚Äôt count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The borough‚Äôs leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the borough‚Äôs annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the borough‚Äôs street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.