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February 23rd

London: Supposed HVAC issues may be based on personal preferences

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Is the heating-ventilation-air-conditioning (HVAC) system at Punxsutawney Area High School acting up — again?

During the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s Wednesday committee meeting, board President Gary Conrad asked PAHS Principal David London about heating issues with the system, which underwent an extensive reworking last year after years of problems.

London said based on what he has heard from people in the building — it’s too hot or too cold — his assessment is that supposed problem areas may be based on personal opinion.

Ready to Rumble

February 23, 2011

BREAKING NEWS — Court agrees with Civil Service Commission: Reinstate Andrekovich

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

February 22nd

Officials sound off on 814 area code dispute

February 22, 2011

DUBOIS — 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.

County hires detective

February 22, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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."

PAHS Dramatics Club prepares for "Aladdin"

February 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

February 21st

Donations help make library changes

February 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

814 area code creates talk

February 21, 2011

DUBOIS — 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.

February 20th

Former police officer Beck soon to retire as district judge

February 20, 2011

BROOKVILLE — When he became a magisterial district judge in 1999, the soon-to-be-retired Richard Beck knew the job would be a challenge, perhaps all the more so because of his experience as a police officer.

Prior to election to district judge, Beck served as a Brookville Borough Police officer for more than 30 years. He was told from the start that the transition could be tough.

“The school told me that could be a problem,” he said. “I would have to say, no, it wasn’t, because they clued me in on that.”

Room for another industrial park?

February 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Does Punxsutawney have the land space to construct a second industrial park?

Last Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the borough hopes to once again partner with the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation (PRDC) in the interest of industrial development.

Glessner recently spoke with PRDC President Frank Roberts, who said the group wants everyone to know that it has money available for industrial development. However, there are limits to $50,000, in addition to the borough’s economic development loan fund.

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