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January 13th

Local troops celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting with new cookie

January 14, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Look out Thin Mints, a new cookie is vying for the spotlight.

In celebration of their organization’s 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts across America are going door-to-door today, and every day for the next couple of weeks, trying to sell a new cookie: Savannah Smiles.

The new lemon-wedge cookie, described as “cool and crisp, with just the right amount of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor,” was introduced to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

‘Tail Waggin’ Tutors’ offers another way to help kids with their reading skills

January 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.

Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program for children ages six through nine.

During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of “Tail Waggin’ Tutors.”

The $60,000 or the car? Lottery winner takes the car

January 14, 2012

DUBOIS — Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate — $5.

It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.

He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.

“I’ve always wanted a Mustang,” he said.

January 12th

Weiss’ Punxsy Phil cartoons show all facets of Groundhog Day

January 13, 2012

MOON TOWNSHIP — You can call him THE Rick Weiss — thanks to his wife, Debe — but it might embarrass him a little bit.

Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the “Phantastic Phil!” statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.

“We introduced ourselves, and my wife said, ‘He’s the one who does the groundhog artwork,’” he recalled. “The person said, ‘Are you THE Rick Weiss?’ I’ve never lived that down.”

CYS: Child abuse cases highest in months, 19 reported in December

January 13, 2012

BROOKVILLE — From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson County’s director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.

According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services — some of the highest numbers he’s ever seen.

PennDOT: Bridge work set to begin in early June

January 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.

According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.

January 11th

Council president: ‘Major changes’ on the way

January 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.

“Major changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,” council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.

“This is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,” he said. “We’re going to move forward, and we’re going to move forward in the right direction.

Delinquent sewer bill holders can expect notices

January 12, 2012

WALSTON — Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors warned that the sewer customers with the highest delinquent balances, who have not made payment arrangements, will soon receive notices from the district judge regarding their account.

“We’re going to take five delinquent customers at a time to the district judge,” Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ann Redding said Wednesday.

Chairman Andrew Meterko, said other delinquent customers might make arrangements once they see that other customers with delinquent bills are taken to the district judge.

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January 12, 2012

The Punxsutawney Spirit’s 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you can’t make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spirit’s own “Phantastic Phil!” on the sides. The new boxes are The Spirit’s first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

January 10th

Prosecution, defense continue jury selection for Rebert’s trial

January 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE —Jury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.

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