Archive - Aug 17, 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run has been charged in most of the other arson and undetermined fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year, including the Little Canada and Big Run Carpet fires.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Growing up with parents who loved to garden has inspired Cherie Kopas to create her own gardens at her home.
Winning the Punxsy Garden Clubâ€™s Garden of the Month award is something Kopas is very proud of, since her mother and father have always loved the hobby as well.
â€śMy parents had a plant shop in Indiana,â€ť she said. â€śSo I was always there helping them water and take care of the plants.â€ť
When Kopas got old enough to move into her own place, she was shocked to see that her soon-to-be home was completely bare on the outside.
Aiden Varhola, of Apollo, has fun on the amusement rides at the Dayton Fair, which continues through Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)
BIG RUN â€” While the community of Big Run breathed a sigh of relief, the fire department was left at a loss.
Aug. 10, Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police arrested Anthony Overbeck, 18, a former member of the Big Run Volunteer Area Fire Department with arson.
Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett said charges against Overbeck regarding a rash of other arsons in the area are likely forthcoming.
While the arrest may have put residents of the Big Run community at ease, it likely caused much sadness for the members of the fire department.
Gracelyn Kirkpatrick makes a new friend Friday afternoon as she pets a horse at the Dayton Fair.