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September 5th, 2012

50 years later, Class of ‘62 still Punxsy proud

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1962 will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend — a reunion that will include a tour of the high school building.

Members of the Class of 1962 reunion committee shared their memories Wednesday as they looked forward to this nostalgic weekend.

For those students, it all began in the Jefferson Street School building, where the class of 1962 attended classes up until the 1959/1960 school year when grades 10-12 moved into the new Punxsutawney High School located up on the hill on North Findley Street.

A new take on a regular fundraiser: Beta Sorority to raise funds through ethnic food fair

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a long-standing tradition of holding its main fundraiser during Old Home Week, the Punxsutawney Beta Sorority is taking a new angle to its fundraiser — traditionally known as the salad luncheon — this year.

Trial dates set for Judy Sprankle case

September 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial dates have been set for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges in Common Pleas Court in Brookville.

The dates for the trial for Judy L. Sprankle, Reynoldsville, have been scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville, with jury selection scheduled for next Monday, according to Chad Weaver, Jefferson County Court Administrator.

September 4th

Juniors receive their new laptops through 21st Century Learning Initiative

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students look forward to many specific days during their student careers — the last day of school before summer vacation, the first day of deer hunting season, the first day of school each new year and, now, computer distribution day.

Students in grades 9-12 all have their own laptop computers through the 21st Century Learning Initiative at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS).

The program has been quite successful since the implementation of One to One Computing, said PAHS Principal Dave London.

Prepping for Phil Phest 2012

September 5, 2012

Members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, including President Bill Deeley (left) and Jason “Big Chill” Grusky — seen doing some chain saw cleanup — were hard at work Tuesday evening preparing for this weekend’s Phil Phest. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and along with the regular activities of hanging out, watching college football and enjoying the company of others, this year’s attendees can expect some extra fun with a pair of bands — Pure Cane Sugar and Lucky You — set to perform.

Major construction projects planned for Punxsy in 2013

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Like the movie "Groundhog Day" could it happen that people will not be able to leave Punxsutawney?

If you've been following the PennDOT bridge construction schedule for 2013, two areas of town will have major bridge reconstruction work done next summer complete with detours, according to Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, who spoke at Tuesday's Public Works Committee meeting.

September 3rd

Tommy Troutman, 15, is Garden Club’s youngest member

September 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The plants that bring downtown Punxsutawney to life each summer — in the parking meter urns and planted barrels — can't take care of themselves. And this past summer, the Punxsutawney Garden Club entrusted the caretaking to its new, youngest member: 15-year-old Tommy Troutman.

And while Tommy is joined by his grandfather, Clarence "Butch" Troutman, on his Punxsutawney watering trips, he said it was from the other side of his family that his love for gardening was first sparked by his grandmother Debra Edgell.

No injuries in couch fire

September 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It happened again, as a neighbor thought she heard a beeping noise coming from a house at 302 Greenwood Ave. in Punxsutawney, saw smoke inside the structure and called 911.

With a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, the home was spared major damage.

"The owner, Scott Taylor, left at 3 p.m. and was working on an aquarium in what was the living room, and either a cigarette or equipment from the aquarium fell onto the couch and began to smolder," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Commissioners declare Sept. as Senior Center Month

September 3, 2012

BROOKVILLE — County commissioners Paul Corbin and Jeff Pisarcik signed a proclamation declaring September 2012 to be Senior Community Center Month at a meeting of the County Commission last Tuesday.

Fellow commissioner James McIntyre was absent for the signing
The proclamation read, “We, Commissioners of the County of Jefferson, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as National Senior Community Center Month.

Population increasing at Jefferson County Jail

September 3, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The population in the Jefferson County prison system has been increasing recently, Warden Tom Elbel said at the latest meeting of the Jefferson County jail board last Monday.

“I don’t have an explanation,” he said in regard to the cause of the sudden uptick.

He said that the jail has received a few inmates from other counties, but not as many as it has received in the past and still with a larger increase than has previously been recorded.

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