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August 22nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Was it a mistake to close Mary A. Wilson Elementary School? One member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board said that it was at Wednesday's voting meeting.
Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe asked the board if it wanted to continue the discussion regarding the possible closing of more elementary schools.
Wolfe said Roberta Dinsmore, board member, brought him information from the last school closing, which was when Mary A. Wilson was shut in 2009.
BIG RUN â€” The Big Run Borough Council is still discussing the amount of money it's going to cost to repair the bed of the borough dump truck.
Nick Lantz, council president, said it would cost $625 to weld the bed of the truck and could be as high as $725 for a larger area.
Lantz said the time estimated is 15 hours at $35 per hour for each of the jobs.
Marlin Rearick, Big Run maintenance man, said all of the rubber at the bottom of the bed and the bed itself need to be cut out and replaced.
Stan Derise, council member, said council needs more prices by the September meeting.
Jake Shick (left) and Dane Wishnesky of Charlie Dobson Construction are shown welding the new steel support for the Punxsy Phil large wooden sign at Joe's Drive-in, Punxsy. The sign was damaged back in April when an IAV Stryker National Guard all-terrain vehicle lost its brakes on the Indiana Hill and drove into the emergency truck pull off, striking a steel girder that supported the giant wooden groundhog. The large Phil display should be back up within the next week. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In 1960, committees representing the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce and the Punxsutawney Area School Board met to assess interest in pursuing the establishment of a college campus in Punxsutawney.
The construction of the new West End Elementary School had vacated the former elementary building and invited the enthusiastic prospect of hosting a regional post-secondary education institution.
In 1961, Chairman Glenn Henry named a college selection committee and charged it with assessing regional college and university interest in establishing a Punxsutawney campus.
SYKESVILLE â€” An accidental fire Tuesday afternoon caused heavy damage to the upper stories of a house located at 232 West Main St. in Sykesville.
The alarm was called into Jefferson County 911 at 12:11 p.m. for a working structure fire at the Asti residence, which had smoke and flames showing when the alarm was called in, said Kevin Yamrick, Sykesville Fire Department chief.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Monday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC) was the recipient of a donation from Verizon.
Verizon participates in the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), for which it receives a tax credit said Frank P. Budzylowski, director, state government relations for Verizon in Pennsylvania.
"Speaker (Sam) Smith is one of the big supporters in the state House of the EITC and voted to expand it this year," said Budzylowski, adding that Verizon, being a participant, had the opportunity to contribute $2,500 to the weather center in Punxsy.
ROSSITER â€” When bad news comes one's way, that individual is faced with a choice: to sulk or to make the most of the time and resources he or she has in the situation.
This past May, Terry Rhodes was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and now he is in the final stages of the life-threatening illness.
Some of those closest to Rhodes were forced to make a decision, and they chose to make the most of the time they had with Terry and to hold a benefit doing something they enjoy most: Mud drag racing.
BIG RUN â€” Once again the Big Run War Memorial came to the rescue in the time of emergency, providing shelter for people without power following numerous thunderstorms with high winds that knocked out power in the Big Run, Gaskill and Henderson Township areas this summer.
Bob Hartman, the emergency management administrator for Big Run Borough and Gaskill Township, said at Monday's Big Run Council meeting that it has been a very busy summer of heavy storms and high winds, which have caused power outages throughout the area.
OLIVEBURG â€” The operator of a motorcycle was injured when he lost control of his bike at 9:03 p.m. Saturday on Route 36, Oliveburg.
Mike Coleman, Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company assistant chief, said the operator of the motorcycle was traveling on Route 36 when he lost control, which caused his bike to skid down the road, coming to rest in front of the former location of H&H Supply.
Coleman said the victim was flown by STAT MedEvac helicopter from the field adjacent to the Oliveburg Post Office to Altoona Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
BROOKVILLE â€” Big changes are about to land in Jefferson County for recipients of the ACCESS Plus Medical Assistance delivery system.
"This is a really major change that's coming up," said Francesca Chervenak, senior attorney and director of client representation for the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) in Pittsburgh.
The PHLP hosted a presentation on Tuesday at the Heritage House in Brookville designed to explain the specifics of the change, who it will affect and how to adjust to the new healthcare environment in Jefferson County.