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June 13th

Canopy’s up; summer must be on its way to Punxsy

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summer’s festivities.

“We all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,” Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. “They provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.”

Peace Blooms on Plantation Bed & Breakfast

June 13, 2011

Plantation B&B is June’s “Garden of the Month”

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The winner of the June "Garden of the Month" is Julie Branken's Plantation Bed & Breakfast along Route 119, just south of Punxsutawney.
"I love the plants, but I never research, or I'm (not) one of those people who go and learn about what flower goes where," she said. "I just do what I feel."
Arriving from South Africa more than 13 years ago, Branken moved into where the plantation is now and started to "fix the place up."

June 8th

Reports: Marine from New Bethlehem killed in Afghanistan

June 9, 2011

NEW BETHLEHEM — A local Marine who was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, was killed Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, 27, of New Bethlehem, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to the 2D Marine Division Public Affairs.

Borough must know how much CDBG funds to expect before exploring projects

June 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for this year has yet to be determined along with what construction projects could be accomplished with the borough’s entitlement funds.

During Tuesday’s Legal & Finance Committee meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has yet to receive its CDBG allocation for this year, but has been advised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which runs the program, that it should be known soon.

June 7th

Brookville council hires Weaver as part-time police officer

June 8, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Almost a year after he was denied a full-time job as a police officer in Punxsy, Sean Weaver has a job in Brookville.

After calling an executive session to discuss personnel matters Tuesday, Brookville Borough Council hired Weaver as a part-time police officer for the Brookville Borough Police Department.

Weaver worked as a Pennsylvania State Police officer from 1991 to 2010, after which he retired and worked for Punxsy police on a part-time basis.

UP FROM THE ASHES

June 8, 2011

Crews from Dobson Construction continued work Friday on building at the site of the former New Anchor Inn, according to owner Dave Setree. He said crews have already removed debris from the former more-than-50-year-old restaurant destroyed by a fire in November 2010 and have poured footers and placed beams for the deck floor. Setree said a new establishment owned by his family will hopefully be completed by January 2012.

Committees outline upcoming summer projects

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The approach of summer means the approach of construction, as discussed Tuesday by members of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety and Public Works committees.

Borough Manager Ben White said Public Works crews are almost done painting crosswalks throughout the borough.

He also said he received a request from PennDOT District 10 about painting crosswalks on Mahoning Street where the traffic signal upgrade project will take place.

June 6th

HIGH-FIVE WIN

June 7, 2011

Punxsy senior Devan Neal (right) high-fives first base coach Dan Furman after he hit a two-run single in the second inning during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA baseball playoffs Monday in Brockway. Neal had three of the Chucks' 15 hits, and Punxsy advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Hampton.

Police: Hitch trailers up securely for a safe ride

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?

Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.

Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.

The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.

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