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July 18th, 2012

Chief: No injuries in Ridge Avenue fire

July 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is investigating a fire that heavily damaged the second floor of a Ridge Avenue home at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday.

The three-story house is owned by Eugene McCorle, and had heavy smoke showing from the second floor when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Smith said the house was rented by Phil and Nicole Morrow, two adults and three children, and there were family members at home when the fire broke out.

Punxsy native to command Troop C

July 18, 2012

HARRISBURG — A long-time trooper and Punxsutawney native has been promoted among the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Monday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan reported the promotion of Bernard J. Petrovsky, of Indiana, to captain.

Petrovsky has now been assigned to serve as commanding officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney.

Petr-ovsky, 52, most recently served as the criminal investigation section comm-ander for Troop C.

New publishing group celebrates book launch for local author

July 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A new Punxsutawney-based publishing company, Unknown Authors LLC, will host its first-ever book launching event to honor one of its own, Dee Lyle, on the first printing of her children’s book, “Running With Miles.”

The book launching will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Walston Club, where state Rep. Sam Smith will honor Lyle on her noteworthy accomplishment.

July 17th

Big Run council eyes small games of chance licenses

July 17, 2012

BIG RUN — A change in state law regarding small games of chance and gun raffles was discussed at Monday’s Big Run Borough Council meeting.
Every organization that fund-raises must have a small games of chance license, said Scott Bowers, deputy chief, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.

“Our fire company has held a license since it first began,” he said, and that as part of the new regulations, all funds raised must be deposited into a separate account.

More from the Relay for Life

July 17, 2012

Karla Strawser (left) and Lesa Walker take part in the Survivors’ Lap Saturday as part of this year’s successful Relay for Life, during which 27 registered teams raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society.

Police: Punxsy woman uninjured in Route 536 crash

July 17, 2012

GRANGE — A Punxsutawney woman escaped injury when her vehicle rolled over at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday along Route 536 in Grange, Perry Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Pamula J. Binnie, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 536 when she swerved to miss a small animal on the road.

Police said Binnie lost control of her vehicle and traveled onto the east side of the road, struck a road sign and then traveled back over to the west side of the road near the Grange Church of God.

July 16th

Jefferson County Fair Queen

July 16, 2012

Elizabeth Erin McAndrew (from left), first runner-up; Mariah Kay Lemelle, Jefferson County Fair Queen 2012; and Brandy Shreckengost, second runner-up. Lemelle was chosen as queen Sunday during the fair, which runs through Saturday.

Construction expected to start soon on W. Mahoning sewer project

July 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction is expected to begin this week on the H2O grant projects beginning with the West Mahoning Street sewer project.

Punxsutawney Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, EADS Group, said work will be done first on West Mahoning because of the paving work needed following construction of storm sewers, which should help with the high water in the area of the Punxy Plaza when a heavy thunderstorm occurs.

Sekula said the Horatio Street sewer project will be second, and South Main Street will be third.

In other business:

Vietnam War memorial coming to Jefferson County in 2013

July 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Numerous officials and local community groups are working together to bring a piece of history to Brookville next summer.

But it’s not an easy feat.

American Legion Post 102, county officials and interested agencies and individuals would like to bring a moving Vietnam War memorial wall to Brookville for a five-day stay from Aug. 21-25, 2013.

At a cost of almost $80,000 however, it’s going to take a lot of work and community support to see the goal through, Brookville American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Secretary Valerie Zents said.

July 15th

Community rallies for another successful Relay for Life

July 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — What is it that helps Punxsy's Relay for Life achieve its goals, despite the economy and the weather?

It's an easy answer: The community and the Relay for Life teams.

This past Saturday, 27 registered teams in Punxsy's Relay for Life raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society during its eighth-annual event, surpassing its goal of $86,000 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Teams have until July 31 to submit their earnings, which will only push the overall total even higher.

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