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August 5th

ANNUAL LAWN FESTIVAL BEGINS

August 5, 2011

Mack Hanley (far left) tries his hand at the Shock Wave game, Lizzie Neal (center) plays a game of Swatter Ball, and Jeremy Smeal monitors both games during the first night of the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival Friday on the church grounds. The festival continues from 6 to 11 p.m. today and from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday night, culminating in the drawing for the grand prize: A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ, or $15,000. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Amid sun, heat and waves, Cherian continues canoe trip for Fox Foundation

August 5, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Of all the items that Michael Cherian packed for his canoe journey via the Mississippi River to New Orleans, one has become invaluable almost every day.

“I love my mosquito net,” Cherian said Thursday, taking a break from his 2,000-mile canoe trip. “I take care of it. I’m really glad I brought it. As soon as the sun sets, I grill until it’s dark then have to set up camp. By then, they’re out biting you.”

August 4th

BREAKING NEWS — Accident, spill close Route 119 near Covode

August 4, 2011

COVODE — Jefferson County Control reported an overturned tractor-trailer was leaking fluid — possibly diesel fuel and acid, according to scanner transmissions — around 11:40 p.m. Thursday night along Route 119 in the Covode area.

Fire crews and fire police from Punxsutawney closed Route 119 from Route 210 south toward the scene.

Scanner transmissions also indicated the people in the area of the crash were evacuated.

Also responding to the scene were Perry Township firefighters, Indiana County's Hazmat unit and PennDOT, among others.

Library director seeks improved signage for entryway

August 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting, Punxsutawney Memorial Library Director Coral Ellshoff said she would like to improve the signage and increase the visibility of the entrance at the library.

Committee member and council President Susan Glessner said her only request was that the lettering be consistent with the rest of the lettering on the building.

Music in the Park

August 4, 2011

The Sharp Tones — (from left) Oz Stuckey, Lorelei McCarty and Denny Ivory — ham it up during their performance of The Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack” during their first set at Music in the Park Thursday in Barclay Square. The summer music series has now hit its halfway mark, and only three more shows remain.

August 3rd

SS.C.D. festival starts Friday

August 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Preparations continue for one of the most popular events of the summer in Punxsutawney, The Ss. Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Roman Catholic Church 72nd annual Lawn Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival committee, said the festival has a broad appeal, and those who attend are not just from the Punxsy area.
Hetrick said the festival is known throughout the area. He helps spread the word, delivering a booklet detailing the festival to 15 different Roman and Byzantine Catholic churches from Coalport to Clarion every summer.

Work progressing downtown, but delays continue for now

August 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Progress continues on the downtown Punxsutawney Traffic signal upgrade project, according to Roger Steele, chairman of Public Works.

Steele, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, said that traffic has been snarled during the day all week, with the installation of the new lights and poles yet to come.

Traffic will get worse before it gets better, he said, as crews continue to move forward with the upgrade.

Library Days

August 3, 2011

Evelyn Gresock (left), and John Haag, both of Punxsutawney, enjoy lunch at Library Days at County Market. Wednesday’s winner of the silent auction for Pittsburgh Steeler tickets was Julie Clark. Friday will be the day that raffle prizes will be drawn. Library Days continues daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

August 2nd

Reward offered for arson information

August 2, 2011

BIG RUN — Another fire in Big Run has been ruled arson by the state police fire marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has entered the investigation and is offering a reward for tips that could lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the arsons.

The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved with any of the fires in the Big Run borough area.

Residents worry as arsonist targets Big Run buildings

August 2, 2011

BIG RUN — As the number of arson fires in the Big Run area continues to mount following the ruling that a second fire at a house on Caroline Street was intentionally set on fire, people are becoming more concerned.
Area residents, whose names will remain anonymous, said they are afraid to go to sleep at night because of the worry that their homes could be next.

Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president,said that many people who live in Big Run are asking him what they can do to help deter any more arson fires — and catch the individual(s) who are starting these blazes.

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