Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The sewer line separation work that is partially paid for through the H2O Grant that Punxsutawney Borough was approved for, is moving along quickly thanks to the good weather.
"Mealy Construction began work this past Sunday and is working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night on the storm sewer project that is taking place around the railroad underpass and the Punxy Plaza on West Mahoning Street," Brian Sekula, Punxsutawney Borough engineer from the Eads Group, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
Workers for Keith Tanner Contracting are shown replacing the shingles Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church on Sutton Street in Punxsutawney. Clifford Schall, project supervisor, said not only are the shingles being replaced, but so are some of the facing boards. The work is being performed due to leaks in both of the steeple roofs. Shown are Bobby Lawson (window) and Keith Tanner on the rope replacing shingles. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Patrick Durish of Clarion is shown riding a motorcycle on Swank's Steel City Shows midway at the Dayton Fair earlier this week. The fun at the fair continues today with the rides opening at 3 p.m.; harness racing in the grandstand at noon; the junior livestock auction beginning at 6 p.m.; a 4x4 mud bog at 7 p.m. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer was awarded the "key to the city," and four members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were honored for their years of service upon their retirement at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
"Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Ryan Miller was given the coveted 'key to the city' for his heroic act when he jumped onto a suspect who had an explosive device attached to his body," said James T. Wehrle, mayor of Punxsutawney Borough.
Bea Barnett (left) and Dallas Barnett are shown riding the Merry-Go-Round, which is part of the Swank Amusements midway at the Dayton Fair. The fair continues today with harness racing at noon; the midway opens at 3 p.m. with Swank's Steel City Shows; the community pet show is at 4:30; a grand cavalcade and six-horse hitch at 5:30; mini-horse fun show at 6:30; and the Lucas Oil pro pulling league will begin at 7. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the notion of closing some elementary schools for the sake of staying within budget at its meeting on Monday.
Jenks Hill Elementary stayed in the hot seat, as much of the discussion centered around it. However, Parkview was also brought forward as a potential closure.
There was some talk of Mapleview as well. However, not as much data was available as of yet in order for the board to fully discuss the implications of such a closure.
Jenks Hill had already been discussed at a prior meeting of the board.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following the opening of bids and an executive session, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to approve the sale of a 1981 Mack fire engine to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company at Monday's council meeting.
The borough received three bids for the truck on a re-bid, and Elk Run was the high bidder at $3,000, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
White said the other two bids were $2,975 and $2,250.95
Chenoga said that he thought the matter should be tabled and went into an executive session to discuss the options.
TROUTVILLE â€” You may not have heard of Lacy J. Syler yet, but if things keep going as they have been for the 13-year-old country singer, that just may change.
The up and coming country music star, who now lives in Nashville with her grandparents pursuing a career in music, recently put on a show for some of her biggest fans â€” her family at its latest family reunion in Troutville this past weekend.
"Lacy has had a microphone in her hand since she was two years old," said Connie McCarty, Syler's grand mother.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In some activities, being aggressive is a good thing â€” but driving is not one of them.
To emphasize the hazards of unsafe driving, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have been targeting aggressive drivers over the past month.
The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PA ADEEP) Wave 2 enforcement effort continues throughout the area.
An oven fire at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at a residence at 105 Woodland Ave. could have turned into a more serious situation if the fire had not extinguished itself.
When Punxsutawney firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was out and the damage was limited to the oven itself.
Shown are Punxsy firefighters Josh McAfoos (left) and Steve Bowser, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company lieutenant, checking the interior of the wall surrounding the oven for possible fire extensions into the interior with the thermal imaging camera.