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June 13th, 2012

SUMMER: TIME TO READ!

June 13, 2012

More than 100 youngsters and family member visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Wednesday for a party to kick off the annual summer reading program, this year titled, “Dream Big, Read!” They also enjoyed snacks, crafts, face-painting and visits with alpacas from Rainbow Mountain Alpacas. Here, Peggy Johnston (right), the vice-president of the Friends of the Library and summer reading volunteer, paints the face of six-year-old Rylee Grimes, who will start first grade at Jenks Hill in the fall. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Formula change for baby, mother care concerns hospital

June 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Serving as the only provider of obstetrical care in the county, Punxsutawney Area Hospital officials are concerned about a decision by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that could threaten the service.

DPW recently changed its formula for reimbursing hospitals for the care of mothers and their babies.

Until May 1, the state paid an average of $5,712 for the mother’s care and $1,155 for the baby’s care for families on medical assistance.

June 12th

White: Borough must certify levee or face flood plain tag

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council has been given a choice to either pay for a study to re-certify the Mahoning Creek flood levee, or have much of the borough classified as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

“If we don’t get the levee certified to the current federal standards, FEMA will decertify the dike as if it doesn’t exist,” said Borough Manager Ben White.

Commission mum on state budget predictions

June 12, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

Commissioner Jim McIntyre said it’s “too premature” to make a comment; however, they are urging support of the $27.65 million proposed Senate Bill 1466.

The spending plan restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas.

Chairman Paul Corbin said the commissioners have been encouraged to e-mail, phone or send a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, urging support of the new bill.

DAR names Katie Laska recipient of Community Service Award

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.

June 11th

Family members, pets uninjured in Pine St. fire

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a house on Pine Street Monday afternoon continues today.

The house at 217 Pine St., owned by Richard White, had heavy smoke showing from the eaves when firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:45 p.m., according to Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Elk Run Chief Doug McAfoos was one of the first officers on scene, and said when he arrived, there was smoke coming from the structure.

Group cites Punxsy district for support of National Guard, Reserve

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy school Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said he took part in ROTC as a college student, but that was his closest experience with the military until he took part in a program offered by the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit Animal Hospital for care of abandoned dogs

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.

Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase “Stop Animal Cruelty” and sold them over the past three weeks.

The shirts — designed by Standard Pennant — sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, “Stomp Out Animal Cruelty.”

Library kicks off Summer Reading with party Wednesday

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library will kick off its free summer reading program, “Dream Big, Read!” with an opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Among the highlights of the party will be two alpacas, games and other activities. Youngsters from ages one-and-a-half years to tweens (ages nine to 12) can also register for the program, which officially begins Wednesday, June 20.

The schedule is as follows:

June 10th

Fire destroys barn, Jeep

June 10, 2012

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.

"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.

Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.

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