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June 3rd, 2012

Leemhuis retires as only sixth woman promoted to Pa. State Police major

June 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — April 13, Kim Leemhuis put on her uniform as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper for the last time, as after 25 years of service, Leemhuis formally retired.

She was only the sixth-ever woman to be promoted to as a major in Pennsylvania State Police history.

Despite all the changes the state police has undergone since Leemhuis began, there are still not many female officers — only about four percent.

“This is not a traditional role for women,” she said.

STORM WATERS CLOSE ROAD

June 3, 2012

A large storm dumped a sizeable amount of rain onto area roads in Jefferson County Friday afternoon. The heavy rain washed out numerous roads, including this portion of Jackson Run Road in Gaskill Township. Here, PennDOT inspects the washed out area as water continued to cascade under the road. Officials did open some roads after a period of time when the storms had receded. There were also reports of funnel clouds in the Punxsutawney area as the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning.

May 31st

Judge: Staff and tech work well at the jail

May 31, 2012

BROOKVILLE — During Tuesday’s Jefferson County Jail Board meeting, Judge John H. Foradora complimented the Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel and the jail staff on several prosecutions that recently went to trial.

“They did a fine job with testimony, and the video system and phone system has all worked to a T to bring offenders to justice,” Foradora said. “And hopefully, that will make the jail a more secure place.”

Recent cases involved inmates smuggling drugs into the jail internally, and the jail’s video equipment was a benefit to the prosecution.

George C. Brown Community Pool opens Saturday

May 31, 2012

School’s out, and so is the sun, so that must mean that it’s time for the George C. Brown Community Pool to open, which it will at noon Saturday. There will be new items in the concession stand, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 percent of the proceeds from goods purchased at Fox’s Pizza Den will go to SPLASH. Watching out for swimmers’ safety this summer will be lifeguards (top photo, front, from left) Sarah Buterbaugh, Amber Baker; Miranda Schultz; (back) Lance Deet, Alicia Switlick, Alex Heitzenrater and Tyler Presloid. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m.

WE’RE OUTTA HERE!

May 31, 2012

Students at Mapleview Elementary School boarded the bus for the last time this school year. Both students and staff were all smiles as they headed home to begin their summer vacations. School is officially out for summer for the entire Punxsutawney Area School District.

May 30th

Council votes 6-1 to override mayor’s veto

May 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special meeting Wednesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to override Mayor James Wehrle’s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120 in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.

A motion was made by Michelle Lorenzo, seconded by Mike Porada, to override Wehrle’s veto 6-1, with Lorenzo, Porada, council President Larry Chenoga, Jaime Sherry, Toby Santik and William Spencer voting yes, and Eric Story voting no.

SCHOOL’S OUT AT SS.C.D.

May 30, 2012

That roar you heard at noon Wednesday was the sound of the students at SS.C.D. School being dismissed for summer vacation. Joyous students exited the building as the first few moments of summer vacation officially began.

New school lunch rules take effect July 1

May 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — School lunches will again receive a bit of a makeover, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act takes effect July 1.

During the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s committee meeting Wednesday, district Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist gave the board a preview of the new guidelines, which, according to the USDA, “align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.”

Some of the highlights include:

May 29th

Heavy storm brings heavy call volume at 911 Center

May 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday’s severe thunderstorm affected everyone in the county and left several hundred people without power, downed trees and power lines throughout the county and region.

Meanwhile, another storm struck the area again Tuesday, but this time, the damage from high winds appeared to have affected the northern portions of Jefferson County according to 911 scanner reports.

Advertising on or in school buses? More funding sources sought

May 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the state continues to cut funding to public schools, many districts are wondering what to do about funding for transportation.

The Punxsutawney Area School Board recently held a transportation committee meeting where school bus advertising was discussed as the new wave for funding transportation.

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