BROOKVILLE â€” When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.
KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the storesâ€™ franchisee and KFC Corporate.
Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Raoâ€™s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was â€śharassment and discriminationâ€ť from KFC Corporate.
Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.
BIG RUN â€” Alvin Kendall doesnâ€™t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.
â€śI start early when the weather fits,â€ť he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. â€śI have no schedules.â€ť
Kendallâ€™s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for May, and the first of 2012.
Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, â€śbut I donâ€™t play with vegetables,â€ť he said.