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December 6th

IUP holds Toys for Tots dinner

December 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the school term is winding down toward break, the IUP-Punxsy campus held its annual Toys for Tots Dinner event Thursday night to celebrate its season of giving.

The event was open to the public as well as students.

The cost was $7 per person, plus attendees were to bring an unwrapped toy.

IUP Dining was in charge of the dinner and prepared a delicious meal of prime rib with shrimp, potatoes and green beans. Dessert and beverages were also served.

December 5th

County Market thanked for rolling out the Red Kettle year after year

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Salvation Army presented Fezell's County Market with an award for its many years of hosting the Red Kettle campaign at Christmastime.

The Salvation Army is recognizing Tim Fezell and Fezell's County Market with a plaque because they are supporting the community in all that they do, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.

"Not only do they host the Red Kettle every year, they also prepare the bagged food that is distributed at Christmas," he said.

Borough to trim trees in Barclay Square

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety Committee discussed tree trimming in Barclay Square at Tuesday's meeting.

"Council suggested that numerous trees in the park require some maintenance," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

White said it has been suggested that the borough bring in Scott Sjolander from Penn State Cooperative Extension to evaluate the trees in the park and which ones need to trimmed.

Sjolander walked through the park with White, Larry Chenoga, council president, and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, he said.

December 4th

School Board holds annual reorganization meeting

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY– The Punxsutawney Area School Board held their reorganization meeting Tuesday evening in Punxsutawney, with very little looking different after the meeting than it did before.

Current board President Gary Conrad was re-elected and will continue to be president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board for 2013.

Vice President Francis Molinaro was re-elected as well and will continue to be vice-president for the next year.

During the reorganization meeting, board members made a decision as to when their 2013 meetings would be held.

Pursuit leads to three-car accident in Young Township

December 5, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Two Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police cars sustained heavy damage after being struck by a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 310 in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a PT Cruiser driven by Douglas Bryan Oharah, 41, Reynoldsville, was traveling north on Route 119 approximately one mile south of Punxsutawney Borough when a state trooper attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

Council discusses transfer of liquor license to Tres Amigos

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council's Public Safety Committee held its meeting Tuesday and discussed the proposed liquor license transfer from Sykesville into Punxsy for a new Mexican restaurant that is to be coming to the Groundhog Plaza.

The borough received the application from the developer, Developac of DuBois, which owns the Groundhog Plaza, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

"The restaurant Tres Amigos will be constructed in the former Long John Silver’s/KFC restaurant building," White said.

Three-car incident involving State Police cruisers close Route 310

December 4, 2012

December 3rd

Jules’ latest Bubble’s World book — ‘Isabella’s Magic Dream’ — may just be her last

December 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're a fan of the Bubble's World children's books series, then you'll be happy to know the sixth edition is out and ready for purchase, "Bubble's World — Isabella's Magic Dream."

The bad news is, according to the author Jules (Julie Branken of Punxsutawney), this could very well be the last book in the series.

"This series of children's books are about a magic bubble, which represents children's imagination," Branken said, adding that through their imagination, children can go anywhere and do anything they want.

Weekend’s Sycamore dryer fire ruled arson

December 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A 17-year-old juvenile male from Punxsutawney was arrested by Punxsutawney Borough Police on arson charges regarding the dryer fire that occurred at 2:23 p.m. Dec. 1 at Sycamore Apartments at 505 Sycamore St.

The fire was extinguished by a maintenance worker and the dryer was removed from the building before firefighters arrived on scene.

Tom Fedigan, Punxsy Borough Police chief, said the investigation is ongoing and the case will be forwarded to the Jefferson County Juvenile Court.

December 2nd

Dryer fire breaks out at Sycamore Apartments

December 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A potential catastrophe was averted when residents and maintenance personnel of Sycamore Apartments in Punxsutawney were able to remove a dryer that had heavy smoke showing and use a fire extinguisher on it at 2:23 p.m. Saturday in the laundry room of the building located at 505 Sycamore St.

The dryer had been removed and the building evacuated when members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and Punxsutawney Borough Police arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

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