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April 11th

Citing higher-than-expected bids, ATA places project on indefinite hold

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that the ATA building project along North Findley Street has been placed on hold indefinitely.

Borough Manager Ben White said bids to construct a terminal came in higher than what ATA had to spend on the project.

White said that St. Marys is going through a similar situation, as its terminal project was also bid and came back too high.

Brett retiring? Sheriff would like to see him search Punxsy schools for drugs

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brett, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, may be close to retirement, but his master and handler Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. would like to see him perform a few more sweeps — ideally, in Punxsutawney area schools.

Monday, board President Gary Conrad, who had invited Gotwald to speak to the board, said he would like to offer Gotwald and Brett an open invitation to search the schools, provided that Gotwald has a class schedule.

Barilar, Raybuck set for induction into Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are Dominic “Mickey” Barilar and Roger Raybuck.

Dominic “Mickey” Barilar

Barilar is a 1950 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, as well as a graduate of Clarion State Teachers College.

While serving in the U.S. Army, he spent 18 months in Germany as the Colonel’s driver of a staff car, later graduating from IUP with a master’s degree in education in 1963.

Brookville board: 20 staff members could be cut

April 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A special meeting of the Brookville Area School Board was held Monday, where board members discussed possible options for reducing spending by nearly $2 million.

Potential reductions include eliminating more than 20 staff members and reducing spending on athletics and extracurriculars.

“This, obviously, is not something that we like to do,” Superintendent Sandy Craft said. “The people on our staff are people from our community that work hard, but this is a must with where we are.”

April 10th

32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special breaks records

April 10, 2011

SYKESVILLE — The weather may have mimicked more winter than spring this past week, but the sky opened up and poured forth warmth instead of rain Sunday afternoon for the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special.

The event broke records in both attendance and fund-raising, bringing out 412 participants and raising over $45,000 for ARC of Jefferson County and Camp Friendship, according to event organizer Frank Hetrick.
"We shattered the record," Hetrick said.

Civil Service approves changes

April 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission approved several draft changes at Friday's special meeting that the state has proposed.

Bill Leiberton, commission chairman, said that the commission had to incorporate the new Civil Service rules and regulations that have suggested by Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, to be approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at tonight's meeting.

Last drug sweep suspect arrested

April 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The last of nine suspects that were arrested last Wednesday and accused of distributing a controlled substance — mainly marijuana — was arrested Saturday in Oliver Township.

Vincent Bernard Myrick, 39, Punxsutawney, was arrested by Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police at 11 a.m. Saturday.
According to police, the Troop C Vice Unit, from a warrant sweep conducted in the Punxsutawney area, were able to arrest Myrick thanks to an anonymous tip it received.

Police said Myrick was arrested at a trailer located along River Road, Oliver Township without incident.

April 8th

Cloe Lake stocked with trout

April 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the unpredictable weather, there’s one event that can’t be stopped: The stocking of trout in area creeks, streams and Cloe Lake.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission made its traditional trek from Bellefonte to the Bell Township lake located Tuesday, with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. next Saturday.

Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, said the commission has been stocking since March, and next week, will conclude the pre-season trout stockings throughout the Commonwealth.

Astorino to be inducted into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.

April 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gary Astorino, a 1976 graduate of PAHS, is among the six inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.

During his high school career, Astorino was a three-year letterman/starter and captain in wrestling, football and senior legion baseball. He was a four-year starter in wrestling for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was captain during his junior and senior years.

April 7th

Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new class of inductees

April 7, 2011

THE INDUCTEES
— Gary Astorino.
— Dominic Barilar.
— Roger Raybuck.
— William Vassallo.
— George Work.
— Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.

Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.

 

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