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February 10th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â Those who were closest to him said Connor Gerg could make friends with anyone.
This was especially true at school and at the Brookville YMCA, Tina Householder said, where Connor spent most of his time.
"Although I wasn't in school with him, I saw that he had such a gift of being friends with everybody," Householder said. "And he often helped the underdog. He was such a kind, kind kid."
Sunday, Feb. 19, the Brookville YMCA is hosting Share the Love, a run/walk event to honor the life Connor lived.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Police seized heroin, crack cocaine, cash and more in a search of a South Main Street residence where two men were also taken into custody Thursday morning.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the Troop C Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 6:05 a.m. Thursday as the result of an undercover drug investigation.
Taken into custody were Kenneth Edward Ball, 60, Punxsy, and Aaron Albert Meanor, 28, Pittsburgh.
BROOKVILLE â Since its inception, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) has tried to provide county residents with resources that would allow them to stay in their homes longer.
But for the agency to continue to be a vital asset to the countyâs older citizens, it is seeking help from one specific source â the countyâs oldest resident.
âI think thereâs so much history out there that we need to embrace,â JCAAA Executive Director Randy Davis said. âWe want to ask, âHowâd you make it? Howâd you get there?â We want to know the secrets to his or her success.â
Say! What is that white material on this Phantastic Phil!âs paws, nose and top hat? Oh yes, itâs snow, as evidenced by flurries Wednesday, almost a week after Punxsutawney Philâs prognostication of six more weeks of winter. And some people thought Punxsy Philâs Groundhog Day prediction was off the mark. Well, turns out he was right again â as usual! (Photo by Dan Long)
YOUNG TOWNSHIP âThere were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Nelsonâs Mini-Mart on Route 119 north, Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by Elise V. Butler, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 when traffic was stopped ahead, and she struck the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Leonard T. Lang, Rochester Mills.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The environmental clean-up of the Mahoning Shadow Trail will finally be completed this week, months after a fuel spill that occurred when a box truck crashed over the side of a bridge and landed on the trail, according to Borough Manager Ben White.
During Tuesday's Public Safety meeting, the environmental cleanup which will be completed this week.
"The company that was contracted to clean up the spill should be finished this week," White said during Tuesday's Public Safety meeting. The trail cleanup was supervised by Tracy Zents and Jefferson County Emergency Services.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PennDOT District 10-0 has granted tentative approval for Punxsutawney Borough Council to lower the speed limit to 35 mph from 45 mph on Route 119 (Indiana Hill).
Tuesday, during a meeting of councilâs Public Safety Committee, Borough Manager Ben White said last year, council requested that PennDOT perform a traffic study on Route 119 between the bridge over Mahoning Creek to the bridge over the Mahoning Shadow Trail, so the speed limit could be changed from 45 mph to 35 mph, in order to transition to the 25 mph speed zone.
BROOKVILLE â As Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his budget proposal Tuesday, Doug Hill, the executive director for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) predicts the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 to be a âwatershed budget.â
The state is anticipating a $500 million deficit resulting from the current fiscal year, which could call for a complete restructuring of programs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After months of planning and weeks of preparation, itâs hard to believe that Groundhog Day is over for another year.
Bill Deeley, Inner Circle president, is citing 2012 as a huge success compared to 2011.
âItâs amazing, the difference of the weather being 25 degrees warmer, no snow to move around and no ice to contend with will do for attendance,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and thatâs something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.
âIâm amazed by the behavior of the kids,â said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCSâ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. âThey are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.â
That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.