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July 12th, 2012

The 'Crisis' continues at Music in the Park's opening night

July 12, 2012

As it did last year, Midlife Crisis — (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar — opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.

July 11th

Punxsy’s Relay for Life is Saturday

July 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Punxsy will not only celebrate life through this year’s event, but also through art.

For the first time ever, Lilly Oncology’s art display, “Oncology on Canvas,” will be on display during Punxsy’s annual Relay For Life, set for this Saturday in Barclay Square.

According to Jennifer Pavlak, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Robyn Shaffer, Lilly will set up 25 canvases and will have the top three pictures on display Saturday.

July 10th

NWS, EMA: Heat, humidity caused Saturday storms

July 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — It wasn’t a tornado or a microburst, just high, straight-line winds, the result of severe thunderstorms that caused widespread property damage in the Sykesville/Henderson Township area Saturday.

Two separate severe thunderstorms warnings were issued for Jefferson County, the first at 4:45 p.m., the second at 6:15 p.m., according to Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County.

Library eyes major renovations

July 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request to sponsor the Punxsutawney Memorial Library for a grant in order to perform some much-needed renovations to the building, which is part of the Mahoning East Civic Center.

Monday, library Director Coral Ellshoff asked council’s permission for the library board to change the building’s layout and to sponsor the library for a Keystone Grant, which is a matching grant, so the library board must match dollar-for-dollar what the state gives.

Say it isn’t so: Board takes action pertaining to start of school

July 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s hard to believe, but actions taken by the Punxsutawney Area School Board during its Monday meeting indicate that the start of the 2012-13 school year is just around the corner.

Monday, the board approved several purchases in the areas of food service and technology, including a combination (or combi) oven from U.S. Foods for $18,954.

July 9th

Music in the Park 2012 begins Thursday

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As has been the case for the last several years, Music in the Park again resumes on the heels of the Groundhog Festival, starting Thursday in Barclay Square and running through Thursday, Aug. 23.

Kicking off the free series for 2012 is the band that kicked off the 2011 series, Midlife Crisis. For the rest of the schedule, see the accompanying box.

Music in the Park was first established a number of years ago by John Serian, who always believed that as long as Punxsy had its own natural setting in which to enjoy music, it would be a shame not to use it.

Council seeks to put foot down on blighted properties

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Larry Chenoga said he has been working on a plan on how to better enforce borough codes that have to do with property maintenance.

Conrad: Board, PAEA getting back on track

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Contract negotiations between groups representing the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) continue, although the two committees will not meet again with a state mediator until Tuesday, Aug. 7.

That’s simply because that date was the one that best suited representatives for both groups and the mediator, according to Gary Conrad, president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board.

“We’re back on track,” he said after Monday’s voting meeting.

July 8th

Microburst downs trees, damages homes, leaves 1,200 without power Saturday

July 8, 2012

SYKESVILLE — Emergency officials said the quick — but violent — storm that ripped through the southern part of Jefferson County Saturday evening leaving hundreds without power and damaging several homes was probably a microburst, not a tornado.

Strong thunderstorms hit the Sykesville and Henderson Township area around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh had issued a severe thunderstorm warning just prior to the microburst, said Tracy W. Zents, director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County.

Groundhog Festival Farewell; see you in 2013

July 8, 2012

Kaden Bergstedt (left) and Cameron Lambert take a fun ride on the merry-go-round at the Groundhog Festival, which concluded Saturday.

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