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July 22nd, 2012

Business celebrates 1st anniversary of providing natural gas as vehicle fuel

July 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local company celebrated its first anniversary of providing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to the Punxsutawney area this past week with a reception at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

July 4, 2011, "O" Ring CNG Fuel Systems L.P. declared fuel energy independence for itself and a fleet of 16 vehicles, said owner Robert H. Beatty, Jr.

July 20th

Stay & play: Parks offer destinations close to home

July 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you’re looking for a location to hold your summer family picnic close to home instead of driving a long distance, did you ever think about holding your event at one of the parks operated by the Borough of Punxsutawney?

There are five parks that may be reserved free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, said Mary Neal, borough secretary.

The parks that are operated by the borough are Barclay Square, Harmon Field, Patsy’s Park, the Thomas Barletta Skate Park and the Carter Avenue (Chris Mills) Playground.

Humid weather fails to take luster from July Garden

July 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The balmy, humid temperatures as of late have taken tolls on all things connected to nature, causing the region’s gardeners to take extra care in watering their work.

It was during this period of time that Michele Lorenzo and Jan Zamperini learned that their work — including taking an hour each evening to water, due to the lack of rain — has earned them the title of “Garden of the Month” for July from the Punxsutawney Garden Club.

“We were horrified,” since the weather had been so cruel, Zamperini joked.

July 19th

First-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale set for Saturday

July 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Groundhog Day is still a few months away, but Gobbler’s Knob — Punxsutawney Phil’s home away from his burrow at the library — will be busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during the first-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale.

Katie Donald, the executive director of the Groundhog Club, said anyone and everyone is invited to sell items, provided that they stop at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and sign up.

If that’s not possible, vendors or residents may come to the knob at 8 a.m. Saturday to do so.

Strong membership drives Punxsy Lions Club

July 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Lions Club honored several of its members at a recent dinner.

The club is 67 years old, founded Jan. 4, 1945, and is still going strong at Camp Little Leo in Bell Township, said President Mike Ruffner.

Joe Molitierno, first vice-president and past governor, said Lions Club International has been around since 1917.

The 59-member Punxsy club is the only one in the area that meets year-round, while most of the other clubs take the summer off, Ruffner said. Secretary Denny Rebuck said membership is by invitation only from a current club member.

Ridin' Shotgun performs at Music in the Park

July 19, 2012

It’s a good thing for that canopy ... When the rain crept into Barclay Square Thursday evening, guests pulled their chairs close to the stage to dodge the drops, while others had umbrellas on hand. Nevertheless, the rain did not chase the second installment of Music in the Park indoors, as the featured band, Ridin’ Shotgun, kept the crowd entertained despite the elements.

July 18th

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.

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