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September 30th

Homecoming Queen, Princess crowned

September 30, 2011

Keaton Mohney (second from left) was crowned the Homecoming Queen, and Adrienne Hess (third from left) was crowned the Homecoming Princess during halftime of Friday night’s Punxsy versus Karns City football game. Mohney’s escort was Brody Morgan (far left), while Hess was escorted by Nick Roberts (far right)

Ground is broken, ATA project begins

September 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After nearly seven years in the planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Area Transportation Authority’s (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center building was held Friday.

“I think that a lot of people — and certainly the board members of ATA — didn’t think this was going to happen,” David Gordon, chairman of the ATA Board of Directors, said.

Punxsy is the first of seven transit centers set for construction, and Gordon said he hopes the others go a little easier than this one did.

September 29th

New firetruck arrives

September 29, 2011

The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company took possession of its new 2011 Ferrara engine/pumper Thursday. The vehicle possesses a 1,500-gallon pump for 1,000 gallons of water, as well as a 30-gallon compressed air foam system. If the weather works out, you could see the new truck during “Touch the Truck” as part of Saturday’s “Pizza & Prevention” downtown.

Shooting suspect arrested; bail set at $2 million

September 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last week had his bail set at $2 million during his arraignment Thursday, just hours after he was apprehended in the Pittsburgh area.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

PASR: Aid to troops more important than ever

September 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Having learned that the need is greater than ever among American forces stationed in Afghanistan, members of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) will conduct their third county-wide “Support the Troops” campaign.

September 28th

Crews activate Torrence/Findley devices

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street traffic light project was given a green light — literally — Wednesday, as the new traffic signals were put into service by sub-contractor Perram Electric of Ohio.

Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, said through the project, council is exploring a way to decrease the traffic flow on Mahoning Street, with the widening of Torrence Street as part of a PennDOT traffic study.

‘Pizza & Prevention’ hits 10-year mark Saturday

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the 10th straight year, Scott Anthony, owner of Fox’s Pizza Den in Punxsutawney, is sponsoring “Pizza and Prevention” from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

During Pizza and Prevention, Fox’s is offering a Big Daddy Pepperoni Pizza for only $9.11.

Along with the fund-raiser, “Touch the Truck” is back again this year with a twist, as the new $322,000 Elk Run fire engine — financed by the borough — will be delivered to the department today and on display Saturday with other Punxsutawney Fire Department equipment along South Findley Street.

September 27th

Rega seeks help from Italian consulate

September 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The post-conviction appeal hearing for Robert G. Rega of Punxsutawney resumed Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, when Rega’s attorneys requested a continuance on his contention that he would have been entitled to some type of legal assistance from the Italian consulate in Philadelphia because he’s an Italian national.

PAHS to crown Homecoming Queen, Princess Friday

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sept. 8, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Homecoming Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Cenneca Dilts, Brooke Doney, Adrienne Hess, Alexandria Magill, Keaton Mohney, and Alissa Vite.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess, after the official crowning during halftime of Friday’s homecoming football game against Karns City.

Colleen Means named club’s Career Woman of the Year

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Career Women’s Club named Colleen Means as its Career Woman of the Year during a dinner Tuesday evening.

Means, who teaches fifth-grade reading and language arts at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, has been a teacher for the past 28 years.

She is also the co-chairperson of the club’s Girl of the Month Committee.

Also, for the past 20 years, Means has been in charge of the group’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic, which is held as part of the Groundhog Festival.

Means said she was very surprised to receive the award, and she is very thankful.

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