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September 20th, 2012

Gaining a new perspective: Sunday's Airport Awareness Day offers new view of town

September 21, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — If you would like to rise to a higher plane, then you'll have that chance Sunday when the 14th annual Airport Awareness Day will be held at the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport in Bell Township.

"The purpose of this special day is to increase the public's awareness as to how the airport is a benefit to the community," said Larry Straitiff, who operates a flight school at the airport.

Sraitiff said the airport authority wants people to become aware of the high amount of usage that takes place at the airport.

BARCLAY BED & BREAKFAST HOSTS MIXER

September 20, 2012

Thursday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a business networking event — a Chamber mixer — at the Barclay Bed & Breakfast, located on E. Union Street behind Barclay Square.

A representative of the OnDemand Energy company was on hand to answer questions about the Chamber's electricity savings program, and attendees had the chance to win a $50 Punxsutawney Gift Check.

September 19th

BODY PULLED FROM CLOE LAKE LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING

September 20, 2012

Two Punxsutawney firefighters, Paul Pape (left) and Tony Runco (right), are shown taking the Stokes basket to the recovery site to aid in the retrieval of the body of a man who was found dead in Cloe Lake Wednesday. The Punxsutawney Fire Department boat was used in the recovery of the victim near the breast of the dam. Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Water Rescue Team responded to the rescue call at 8:42 p.m. Wednesday at Cloe Lake in Bell Township.

To radar, or not to radar: That is the question Big Run Council is discussing

September 20, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Mayor Joe Buterbaugh encouraged Big Run Borough Council to support the repeal of the state law that prohibits local police to use radar at a recent meeting.

Buterbaugh said if the state law regarding the non-use of radar by local police was repealed, he could possibly have the sheriff's department help with the speeding problem on Main Street in Big Run.

"Pennsylvania is the only state in the union that does not permit municipal police departments to use radar to clock speeders," he said.

Community Action announces results of homeless survey in Jefferson County

September 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Community Action, Inc. recently received results from a survey conducted on Aug. 15 of unsheltered homeless individuals in the county.

Overall, the results were as follows:

• Eight individuals identified as being unsheltered homeless in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) definition.

September 18th

PAHS to crown Homecoming royalty during Friday’s game against A-C Valley

September 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The senior class at PAHS chose six senior girls to be on the Homecoming Queen's Court.

This year’s court includes Chelsea Engeholm, Sydney Weaver, Caroline Dunkel, Mary Sloniger, Alexa Shaffer and Sydney Dubensky.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will be crowned queen, and the girl with the second highest number of votes will be crowned princess at Friday’s Homecoming football game against A-C Valley.

Chelsea Ann Engeholm is the daughter of Ron and Janet Engeholm of Punxsutawney. She is enrolled in the academic curriculum at PAHS.

Sprankle handed 8 to 29 years for attempted homicide

September 18, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A Reynoldsville woman was sentenced to eight to 29 years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted criminal homicide — one count each against her ex-husband and his girlfriend — along with other charges in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the shooting occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, when Judy Sprankle fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at Elmer

IUP-PUNXSY DOING ITS PART IN VOTING EFFORT

September 18, 2012

Monday and Tuesday, students, staff and volunteers at the IUP-Punxsy campus did their part to help out their community and the community of Punxsutawney by holding a voters’ registration drive.

Monday, 96 voters were registered, with four absentee ballot applications filled and a few party changes, event coordinator Carol Asamoah said.

Some of Tuesday’s volunteers (from left) Maria Ziesche, Asamoah and Tom Crumlish pause for a photo between taking time to talk to students about the importance of being registered.

September 17th

Pending burn ordinance a hot issue at latest Big Run Council meeting

September 17, 2012

BIG RUN — Several residents of Big Run Borough shared their concerns regarding the lack of a burn ordinance in the borough at Monday's council meeting.

"We are aware as to why the majority of people are here, due to the burning problem throughout the borough," said Joe Buterbaugh, mayor of Big Run Borough.

Nick Lantz, Big Run Council president, said the borough can't enforce any kind of illegal burning without a burning ordinance in place.

Tagliaferre’s trek: Cruising cross country for a cause

September 17, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, Jeremy Tagliaferre — a Reynoldsville native who currently resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts — set out on a journey that many would never dream of completing: a cross country trek.

A cross country trip by any means of transportation is intimidating enough, as a trip in even the most comfortable car would certainly leave any individual with some aches and pains, but Tagliaferre’s journey followed a less traditional mode: bicycle.

Tagliaferre said the idea for this particular trip was inspired by another he took in 2007 when he hiked the Appalachian Trail.

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