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February 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Are you ready to be flooded with warm spring weather?
Thankfully, the recent February thaw has been slow, which helped stem off the quick meltdown that often causes area creeks and streams to overflow their banks.
Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Charlie Hoeh said that people who live in a flood plain never think about preparing for a flood until the water is rising up the front steps. So the time to prepare is right now.
The small turnout â€” (from left) Tim Cooper, Terry A. Fye, Mallory Croasman and Doug Fye â€” for Charlie Sorelâ€™s memorial service emphasizes the kind of fellow he was in this rehearsal scene from the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâ€™s latest production, â€śGoodbye, Charlie,â€ť George Axelrodâ€™s classic Broadway comedy. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners â€” Paul Corbin, James McIntyre and Jeffrey Pisarcik â€” gave their opinions on President Obamaâ€™s proposed budget and the future of federal funding in the county.
While Brookville Borough Council Tuesday said the proposed budget calls for the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding â€” of which the county received more than $240,000 last year â€” Corbin and Bill Setree, of the Department of Development, said the reduction will likely be in the neighborhood of 10 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, at the Crimson Village, Punxsutawney had more added to its history with the unveiling of a free-standing replica of the former public library from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The piece, created and built by local artist Jeff Marshall, was revealed after a period of time when the Punxsutawney Rotary Club was seeking something to add to its existing Circle of Trees effort.
DUBOIS â€” The concept isnâ€™t new, but the results are staggering.
Today, on-site preparations officially begin for THON, a shorter name for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which, since 1973, has raised funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
While THON is a year-long effort with several events over the course of the year, the culmination of those efforts begins Friday and runs through Sunday â€” a 46-hour dance marathon held at the Bryce Jordan Center.
WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson Wednesday addressed the continuing budget process currently underway in Washington, D.C.
He explained the House of Representatives has the dual duty of amending a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which will conclude Sept. 1, while at the same time reviewing President Barack Obamaâ€™s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2012.
Efforts to sustain government under continuing resolution
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A Reed Road house in Perry Township was nearly destroyed by a fire that broke out shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
According to reports, the house was owned by Betty Kennedy, 91, who lived in the residence with her great-grandson, his wife and two-year-old child, all who escaped the burning structure safely.
The house was fully involved when the alarm was called into Jefferson County 911, which prompted Perry Township Assistant Chief Tim Fetterhoff to call for a second alarm.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Districtâ€™s use of the SchoolReach program hit a snag during a recent snow day, but should be on its way back to working properly.
During the school boardâ€™s voting meeting Monday, Super-intendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said because there were so many text messages being sent from School-Reach, the Verizon system blocked them as spam.
Punxsutawney Borough Council is exploring options regarding a proposed west end storm sewer project near the Punxy Plaza, but Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula of the EADS Group reported that the firm has hit a wall in obtaining the right-of-way for the storm sewer project.
Sekula said the firm has made numerous requests via phone and e-mail for a meeting with Punxy Plaza representatives on a draft right-of-way agreement. But he said reps for the plaza have not responded to the request.
Gallery 131, Pleasant Avenue, in Punxsy, owned by Delbert Highlands, has the entire upstairs dedicated to works by local artists, and will be the site of an exhibit, â€śFrom a Crooked Barn,â€ť at 7 p.m. Friday by Brandi Elkin, who describes herself as an abstract artist with a twist.
While Elkin enjoyed drawing and coloring as a child, she continued her passion by taking art classes in high school. She plans to continue art education, possibly attending college.