Archive - Oct 2012 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Jefferson unit of The American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring another session of ‚ÄúI Can Cope,‚ÄĚ to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the IUP-Punxsutawney Campus on Center Street.
"I Can Cope is the largest single free educational program for adults facing cancer, either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver within the year," said Peg Henninger, R.T.
Henninger said the ACS has been doing this for nine years.
"We've done so well with it because our committee just gels together," she said.
The classic children's show Sesame Street has been in the news of late after being a hotly debated topic at the first round of the 2012 presidential debates this year, but Sesame Street is in the news in another, less-conventional way today as well.
Ladybug Day is the reason the show is receiving national attention today, and a visit to ladybugday.net ‚ÄĒ¬†a website put together by the Gordon family of Redwood City, Calif. ‚ÄĒ explains just why today is such a monumental day.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP ‚ÄĒ There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday on Route 119 across from Pasquale's Restaurant in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1999 Ford Escort, driven by Brett Toven of Anita, was traveling north on Route 119, when Toven failed to see a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by John Waters of Rochester Mills, stopped in front of him waiting for a third vehicle that was making a left turn into Pasquale's Restaurant.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsutawney Area school board approved a motion to add language to the current facility use policy, covering the extra costs associated with use on weekends and holidays.
On weekends and holidays, Business Manager Susan Robertson said, the facility use fee did not cover the expenses of the staff.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The fall construction season is winding down as Mealy Excavating & Construction has been performing restoration work on West Mahoning Street and Horatio Street, following the installation of new sewers.
The West Mahoning Street project is completely finished, and the Horatio Street project is coming together quickly, Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc., Punxsutawney Borough engineers, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
Sekula said the base course has been put down, and Mealy will put the wearing course on Horatio Street on Thursday.
With colors like this, who could resist snapping a photo?
While the majority of the fall foliage has yet to turn color in the Punxsutawney area, there are a few trees ahead of schedule, like this one pictured on Route 119 in Bell Township.
When those leaves hit the ground, Punxsutawney Borough will be ready.
The borough is scheduled to begin leaf pickup with the leaf machine on Monday, Oct. 22.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Following a long discussion at Monday‚Äôs meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted 5-2 to allow the Punxsutawney Fire Department to hold Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, council member, said there will still be a separate Halloween celebration that will take place in the East End of Punxsutawney from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27, with her traditional haunted house and treat bags being given out.
All area children are invited to attend that event as well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ In light of recent discussions regarding changes to school scheduling, High School Principal David London spoke to the school board at its meeting Monday about some of the advantages and disadvantages of the seven-period school day versus the eight-period school day.
The original discussions came about as the board was mulling the possibility of a school closure, involving moving seventh grade to the high school and third grade to the middle school.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Fox's Pizza Den Pizza & Prevention 11th annual fundraiser has broken more records in raising money for the Punxsutawney Fire Department over the weekend.
The final totals are still coming in, but as of Sunday, Fox's Pizza sold close to 5,000 pizzas and pizza coupons during the annual fire department fundraiser, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsy.
Converting that into dollars, it totals $45,449.79, with the money donated in tips yet to be added to the tally, Anthony said, adding that the public has embraced this as an event more than a fundraiser.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Oktober Fest in Punxsutawney is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Oktober Fest is the last of the 2012 Second Saturday events PRIDE has coordinated in the downtown.
It will take place, rain or shine, and will feature activities for all ages.
Events for the day include ‚ÄúPick a Pumpkin‚ÄĚ discounts at participating stores and sidewalk sales by a variety of vendors.
A Pumpkin Story Walk will take place on the sidewalk of South Findley Street between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.