Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.
Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its âTail Wagginâ Tutorsâ program for children ages six through nine.
During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of âTail Wagginâ Tutors.â
DUBOIS â Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate â $5.
It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.
He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.
âIâve always wanted a Mustang,â he said.
MOON TOWNSHIP â You can call him THE Rick Weiss â thanks to his wife, Debe â but it might embarrass him a little bit.
Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the âPhantastic Phil!â statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.
âWe introduced ourselves, and my wife said, âHeâs the one who does the groundhog artwork,ââ he recalled. âThe person said, âAre you THE Rick Weiss?â Iâve never lived that down.â
BROOKVILLE â From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson Countyâs director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.
According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services â some of the highest numbers heâs ever seen.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.
âMajor changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,â council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.
âThis is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,â he said. âWeâre going to move forward, and weâre going to move forward in the right direction.
WALSTON â Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors warned that the sewer customers with the highest delinquent balances, who have not made payment arrangements, will soon receive notices from the district judge regarding their account.
âWeâre going to take five delinquent customers at a time to the district judge,â Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ann Redding said Wednesday.
Chairman Andrew Meterko, said other delinquent customers might make arrangements once they see that other customers with delinquent bills are taken to the district judge.
The Punxsutawney Spiritâs 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you canât make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spiritâs own âPhantastic Phil!â on the sides. The new boxes are The Spiritâs first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE âJury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOTâs downtown traffic signal project at Mondayâs Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.
Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.