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March 9th

Outage causes 911 Center to activate emergency plan

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.

“Emergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,” the commission said.

Pennsylvania’s 4-H program celebrating its 100th anniversary

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Lois Pifer and Dolly Smouse have served as 4-H program leaders for 41 and 39 years respectively.

And it's this kind of service that has kept the Pennsylvania 4-H program thriving over the last 100 years, said Mya Rushton, team program management coordinator for the 4-H program.

"One of the biggest reasons 4-H has survived for 100 years is because of the dedication of the volunteers," she said. "4-H runs on volunteers. They dedicate their time to teaching kids, guiding them and supporting them. It's incredible."

ATA: Work on transit center is right on schedule

March 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction of the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center in Punxsutawney continues on schedule and possibly a little ahead, thanks to mild winter weather this year.

Crews are running on a tight schedule to complete construction of the new center along North Findley Street, said John Lacny, ATA public information director.

“Construction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,” he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission’s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.

March 8th

Punxsy’s model tech program attracts curious districts for insight

March 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District’s use of technology — specifically its one-to-one, or 1:1 program, in which all students in grades nine through 12 are issued laptop computers for use at school and home — has attracted enough praise and recognition that it has become a model for other districts to study.

March 7th

Library will fight on despite proposed funding cuts — again

March 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Libraries in Pennsylvania are facing yet another five-percent budget cut from Gov. Tom Corbett’s new fiscal year budget proposal.

“I think the state does alright by us, considering that all of the libraries are caught in dire straits right now with the proposed budget cuts,” library Director Coral Ellshoff said.

“I’m not saying that I welcome a five-percent cut in state funding; I think it’s understandable,” she said. “Where it creates an imbalance, the local governments need to pick up the slack.”

Students to show driving abilities behind the wheel

March 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Next month, teen drivers in Jefferson and Clarion counties will put their driving skills to the test for the annual Clar-Jeff Regional Safe Driving Competition.

But Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald thinks this year is more important than ever before because of two new state laws that affect teen drivers.

“There has been a lot of recent changes,” he said. “There have also been some very high-profile car accidents where kids have been killed. So I think it’s a good program to educate teen drivers.”

PUT IT DOWN!

March 8, 2012

A new state law requiring Pennsylvania drivers to pull over and stop if they want to use text-based communications takes effect today, although it remains legal to use a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. The statewide texting-while-driving ban carries a $50 fine and gives police authority to pull over suspected violators on sight.

March 6th

Big Run’s Frog Man reports silence from the swamp ... for now

March 7, 2012

BIG RUN — It’s almost time for the peepers of Big Run to let everyone know that spring will soon arrive.

“Any day now,” says Big Run resident John London, who has been tracking the peepers since 1972.

London frequently walks near the swamps of Big Run to listen for the peepers, but as of yet, he has has not heard anything.

When the weather gets warm enough, the peepers will emerge from the mud and begin to peep, but London believes they have been affected by the strange winter this year.

“I have not seen a winter this mild,” he said.

PACC seeks grant for electric upgrade

March 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Community Center informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting that it intends to apply for a $150,000 grant to upgrade the electric at the facility.

Mick Mumau, of the Community Center, said he wanted to inform council that it will apply for a DCNR grant and needs the borough as a sponsor.

Mumau said the center’s board has the funding match for the grant, which is due April 4.

March 5th

Regional gas prices generally differ by a dime

March 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So, how do you like the price of gas in the Punxsutawney area so far?

Once again, there is a 10-cent difference in the price of gas sold in Brookville versus Punxsutawney.

Several people who were filling up at Punxsy area gas stations/fast-food stores such as Sheetz, Uni-Mart, Kwik-Fill and Saterlee’s Sunoco continue to wonder why the gas is always 10 cents cheaper in DuBois and Brookville than in Punxsy.

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