Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It all began with CB radios, and now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) has become one of the premiere volunteer safety organizations in Punxsutawney and around the world.
It has been 35 years since Ken Haynes and Bill Murray first established what was known back then as Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Services (PRES), which would later become REACT.
Charlie Hoeh, REACT member, said the club originally began in 1976 by monitoring Citizens Band (CB) Radio Channel 9 for motorist emergencies.
CLARION â€” More than a year of investigations culminated Friday when Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron announced the arrest of 11 alleged heroin dealers.
The investigation involved anonymous informants, Clarion Borough Police, the Clarion Heroin Task Force, the Youngstown (Ohio) Police and the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Crime Task Force.
Six of the alleged dealers are Clarion-area natives: Krystal Clark, Rimersburg; Nicholas Beichner, Rimersburg; Marla Forbes, Leeper; Sara Kirkpatrick, Leeper; Barry Beichner, Kossuth; and Thomas Novak, Marienville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.
Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Not so fast in declaring the Punxsutawney Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal project on North Findley Street a dead issue.
During Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the bids that were due March 22 to construct a terminal on North Findley Street came in higher than ATA had planned to spend on the project.
Demolition began Wednesday on the former Parenteâ€™s Recreation along North Gilpin Street and a two-story, wood-framed house located next door. Both structures were razed to make way for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors. The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets. The two-story portion of the former Grube Hospital that houses the Pine Street Senior Center will also be demolished later this summer. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bruce Chambers is a posthumous inductee into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
Chambers, a 1969 graduate of PAHS, was an All-State football player, playing linebacker and fullback. He lettered his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also lettered in track, throwing the discus and shot put. He also played basketball and other sports.
He was a Zeedick Cup award winner and obtained a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. He earned a degree in civil engineering.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Is Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed 2011-12 budget a done deal?
House Speaker Sam Smith says no, and that the proposal Corbett made March 8 will not be the proposal placed on his desk as the final budget.
â€śDo I support the governorâ€™s budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because itâ€™s all the money we have,â€ť Smith said. â€śHow that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.â€ť
Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbettâ€™s desk that heâ€™s comfortable with.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board â€” and the public â€” will get its first full look at the districtâ€™s preliminary budget during its committee meeting April 27.
Monday, Business Administrator Susan Robertson told board members that she had provided them with reports of where the districtâ€™s budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and â€ścuts that we think we can.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâ€™s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who has resigned and is moving to California.
Council President Susan Glessner said Morris has served as the boroughâ€™s solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.
â€śNot only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,â€ť she said.
Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are William Vassallo and George Work.
Vassallo played high school basketball at Cameron County High School and college basketball at Lock Haven University from 1973 to 1977, where he was a second team PSAC All-Star during his senior year.
During his career at PAHS, Vassallo was the JV basketball coach from 1977 to 1982 and was the head boysâ€™ basketball coach from 1982 to 2006.
During his 24 seasons as head coach, he had 324 career wins.