Archive - 2012 - News Article
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
â€śEmergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,â€ť the commission said.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
â€śConstruction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,â€ť he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commissionâ€™s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Districtâ€™s use of technology â€” 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 â€” has attracted enough praise and recognition that it has become a model for other districts to study.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Libraries in Pennsylvania are facing yet another five-percent budget cut from Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s new fiscal year budget proposal.
â€śI 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,â€ť library Director Coral Ellshoff said.
â€śIâ€™m not saying that I welcome a five-percent cut in state funding; I think itâ€™s understandable,â€ť she said. â€śWhere it creates an imbalance, the local governments need to pick up the slack.â€ť
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
â€śThere has been a lot of recent changes,â€ť he said. â€śThere have also been some very high-profile car accidents where kids have been killed. So I think itâ€™s a good program to educate teen drivers.â€ť
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.
BIG RUN â€” Itâ€™s almost time for the peepers of Big Run to let everyone know that spring will soon arrive.
â€śAny day now,â€ť 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.
â€śI have not seen a winter this mild,â€ť he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Center informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at Tuesdayâ€™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 centerâ€™s board has the funding match for the grant, which is due April 4.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 Saterleeâ€™s Sunoco continue to wonder why the gas is always 10 cents cheaper in DuBois and Brookville than in Punxsy.