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When Paul Hense isn’t battling fires here, he’s guiding efforts to tame extreme wildfires

June 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For anyone who thinks there’s no a difference between fighting wildfires and structure fires, just ask Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense, who will conclude his tenure as chief at the end of the year.

Hense, who works full-time for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Forestry, recently returned from battling wildfires in Texas.

He said he was never scared while battling the blazes, but he was concerned.

Borough earns grant for S. Main Street project

June 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council has been approved to receive a $400,000 H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the South Main Street sewer project.

Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula, of The the EADS Group, said the total cost for the project is $795,500.

Sekula said in discussions with DCED, the $400,000 could be switched to the West Mahoning Street project, and the borough could receive money for a reduced project for South Main Street.

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