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February 15th

Board, PAEA reps: Yes, we’re making progress

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the fact that the Punxsutawney Area School District teacher’s contract expired last June, both sides say the negotiations continue toward a settlement.

Don Gill, president of the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA), and Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, agreed to a joint interview to discuss exactly where the negotiations stand at this point.

Gill said the union and board actually began negotiations as an early bird prior to the six months before the former contract expired when formal negotiations are permitted to begin.

PennDOT, police bring attention to new driving law aimed at teens

February 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A new statewide initiative has local police department officers reminding teen drivers to click it or ticket.

This week, Brookville Borough Police teamed up with Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School to take part in PennDOT’s teen driver safety mobilization, an initiative intended to inform teen drivers about a new seatbelt law.

“Today, it’s not about issuing citations,” PennDOT Safety Press Officer Shawn Houck said. “It’s about awareness. We’re trying to get the message out.”

THEY SHRUNK PUNXSY!

February 15, 2012

Using shoeboxes and other craft items, students from Cheri Barenchik’s second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School created a mini-replica of downtown Punxsutawney. The replica was part of a social studies unit titled “Needs and Wants,” designed to teach students how to use a map and get around town.

February 14th

Fairy-tales meet reality in PAHS Drama Club’s show

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The three-year-old PAHS Drama Club is preparing its third production, “Once Upon A High School,” which runs at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.

The play, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, explores two different worlds: The world of fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc., and a reality-based world familiar to high school students of today.

County OKs its portion of Corbett gas law

February 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Monday night, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a long-debated bill that imposes an impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas extraction.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners completed their part in the process by passing an ordinance that will give authority to municipalities and townships in the county to pass a resolution which will allow county municipalities and townships to receive impact money.

Borough, PennDOT to partner on sewer project

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council and PennDOT will replace the sanitary sewer line that is part of a combined system during the replacement of the Elk Run Route 119 bridge this summer.

Engineer Brian Sekula told council that the borough would be responsible for half of the cost to move the former combined sewer line and replace it with a new sanitary line if it partnered with PennDOT.

Sekula said if the borough were to do the project by itself, it would cost $200,000. If PennDOT and the borough partner in the replacement, the cost would be $100,000.

February 13th

Officer: Thanks to K-9 unit, drug dealers tend to avoid St. Marys

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just months after a presentation by Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his K-9 unit, Bret, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met yet another four-legged officer during its meeting Monday.

St. Marys City Police Officer Mike Shaffer introduced his K-9 unit, Copper, to the board Monday and said having the K-9 unit in St. Marys and the surrounding area has proven to deter people from bringing drugs into the area.

St. Marys is not a huge area, Shaffer said, but noted that he makes dozens of drug arrests per year, but mostly outside the city.

Council OKs hearing for rezoning

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved holding a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

Members of the borough’s Planning & Zoning Commission passed a motion at their Jan. 25 meeting, which recommended to council permitting the temporary occupancy for the Shumaker property to allow a temporary variance beauty shop in the traditional neighborhood district, pending approval by Solicitor Jay Lundy.

Punxsy Historical Society welcomes History Center’s Civil War exhibit

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a collaborative effort, two local historical societies are taking the history of the American Civil War and shrinking it down to a local, Jefferson County perspective.

From now through October, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society will provide local residents with “Drumbeat to War,” an exhibit that was previously housed at the Jefferson County History Center (JCHC) in Brookville.

February 12th

Young supervisors dealing with broken pumps

February 12, 2012

WALSTON — Recently, the Young Township Board of Supervisors discussed what to do about replacing 12-year-old grinder pumps throughout the township that continue to break down.

Chairman Andrew Meterko said there is a grinder pump that goes down every time there's a function at one of the churches in the township. The sewer department/township is obligated to repair or replace the grinder pump due to an incentive to encourage residents to sign up for sewage in the township.

He said the reason that many of the pumps burn up is because people throw prohibited items into the sewage system.

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