Archive - May 2012 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.
A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.
REYNOLDSVILLE ‚ÄĒ Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.
‚ÄúNow I feel empowered by a bond of love,‚ÄĚ he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. ‚ÄúNo drill will ever penetrate this land, and I‚Äôm prepared to stand behind that.‚ÄĚ
Cleghorn‚Äôs rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate ‚ÄĒ his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonz√°lez, who died of cancer in November 2011.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.
Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."
The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:
‚ÄĘ Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
‚ÄĘ Daniel A. Niver, 41.
‚ÄĘ Theodore D. Reagle, 44.
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ The chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors said officials will further explore issues pertaining to billing, bookkeeping and other items after a recent audit revealed some questions.
‚ÄúWe will further study some of the records before we conclude what has taken place,‚ÄĚ Chairman Andrew ‚ÄúButch‚ÄĚ Meterko said following the board‚Äôs meeting Wednesday. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no evidence of anything yet.‚ÄĚ
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The Pennsylvania Senate‚Äôs vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the state‚Äôs human services field.
The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.
The measure will now be sent to the state House.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,‚ÄĚ Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.
A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).
‚ÄúThis is one of the funds that‚Äôs on the governor‚Äôs proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,‚ÄĚ Mowrey said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ¬†Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOT‚Äôs traffic signal project.
‚ÄúThe new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, it‚Äôs very important for them to get across the street safely,‚ÄĚ Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.
He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ If there's anyone who has been as consistent as the Big Run Peepers, it's Joe Buterbaugh, who has been the mayor of Big Run for the last 30 years and is currently the longest-serving mayor in Jefferson County following the death of Worthville Mayor Forest L. Mauer in 2009.
"I first became the mayor in 1982, and me and the Big Run War Memorial building still look basically the same," Buterbaugh laughed.
At the 2012 PAHS prom, ‚ÄúA Starry Night,‚ÄĚ Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.