Archive - 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students at Punxstawney Area Middle School held their annual Veteransâ Day assembly Thursday with Student Government President Jacob Horner, a seventh-grader, as the master of ceremonies.
âIt was fun â hard speaking up there â but it felt good to show thanks to the Veterans,â he said.
The assembly began with a choral reading of âHatâs Off,â by Alan Majorâs fourth-grade class, followed by Darren Sherryâs fifth-grade class reading of âIn Flanderâs Field.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Donât count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The boroughâs leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the boroughâs annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesdayâs meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the boroughâs street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.
WALSTON â Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Firemanâs Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.
BROOKVILLE â County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.
Tuesdayâs turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters â29 percent of the countyâs 27,949 registered voters â heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesdayâs general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There will be three new faces on board when Punxsutawney Borough Council begins its new term in January, as an incumbent was beaten by three challengers.
Michelle P. Lorenzo, who appeared on the ballot as a Democrat/Republican was the top vote-getter with 614 votes, or 30.44 percent of the vote; Eric C. Story, also a Republican/Democrat, was second with 603 votes (30 percent); and independent candidate Robert âTobyâ Santik garnered 442 votes (22 percent).
Incumbent Republican Roger L. Steele received 349 votes (17.30 percent), meaning he will not retain his council seat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âTwo drivers escaped with their lives in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119 by Rikerâs Yard, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Timothy D. Brosius, 61, DuBois, was traveling north on Route 119 when he crossed the center line and struck the left front of a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van driven by Anthony M. Weible, 52, DuBois, which was traveling south.
The Savage Seniors defeated the Jaw-Dropping Juniors 24-8 in Monday nightâs Powderpuff game at Jack LaMarca Stadium. At halftime, Matt Rowland (second from right) â escorted by Adrienne Hess â was crowned king of the Kingâs Court, and Kendall Neal (second from left) â escorted by Abigail Wright â was crowned prince.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The holiday season will not begin and end with the annual Home for the Holidays parade, the Circle of Trees illumination and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and PRIDE seek groups, businesses and organization to host current and ongoing holiday activities for Punxsyâs month-long Christmas celebration: From the start of special events Saturday, Nov. 26, through Christmas Day.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday is Election Day, when voters go to the polls to decide several important local races, including Jefferson County Commissioner, Punxsutawney Borough Council and Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors.
The candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner include Republican incumbents Paul Corbin and James P. McIntyre; Jeffrey Pisarcik, Democratic incumbent; and Democratic challenger Patrick J. McFall. Voters will not be able to vote for more than three.
DUBOIS â Domestic violence does not discriminate.
It occurs in the big cities and in the rural country.
Over her 18-year career as the director for Community Action Inc.'s Crossroads Project, Susan McLaughlin has tried to maintain a high level of service for domestic violence victims in the rural setting of Jefferson and Clearfield counties.
But with the surprising news she recently received â the DuBois shelter is closing â McLaughlin is worried that the service may be threatened.