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June 3rd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week celebration will offer a different form of entertainment for the first time, as a live band will perform one night at the carnival located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
Ridinâ€™ Shotgun will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the carnival grounds.
â€śWeâ€™ve been exploring alternatives to draw more people into the carnival, and by having a band, it should bring out some of the people who donâ€™t ride rides,â€ť said Tami McFarland, chairperson for the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week committee.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â April 13, Kim Leemhuis put on her uniform as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper for the last time, as after 25 years of service, Leemhuis formally retired.
She was only the sixth-ever woman to be promoted to as a major in Pennsylvania State Police history.
Despite all the changes the state police has undergone since Leemhuis began, there are still not many female officers â€” only about four percent.
â€śThis is not a traditional role for women,â€ť she said.
A large storm dumped a sizeable amount of rain onto area roads in Jefferson County Friday afternoon. The heavy rain washed out numerous roads, including this portion of Jackson Run Road in Gaskill Township. Here, PennDOT inspects the washed out area as water continued to cascade under the road. Officials did open some roads after a period of time when the storms had receded. There were also reports of funnel clouds in the Punxsutawney area as the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning.
BROOKVILLE â€” During Tuesdayâ€™s Jefferson County Jail Board meeting, Judge John H. Foradora complimented the Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel and the jail staff on several prosecutions that recently went to trial.
â€śThey did a fine job with testimony, and the video system and phone system has all worked to a T to bring offenders to justice,â€ť Foradora said. â€śAnd hopefully, that will make the jail a more secure place.â€ť
Recent cases involved inmates smuggling drugs into the jail internally, and the jailâ€™s video equipment was a benefit to the prosecution.
Schoolâ€™s out, and so is the sun, so that must mean that itâ€™s time for the George C. Brown Community Pool to open, which it will at noon Saturday. There will be new items in the concession stand, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 percent of the proceeds from goods purchased at Foxâ€™s Pizza Den will go to SPLASH. Watching out for swimmersâ€™ safety this summer will be lifeguards (top photo, front, from left) Sarah Buterbaugh, Amber Baker; Miranda Schultz; (back) Lance Deet, Alicia Switlick, Alex Heitzenrater and Tyler Presloid. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m.
Students at Mapleview Elementary School boarded the bus for the last time this school year. Both students and staff were all smiles as they headed home to begin their summer vacations. School is officially out for summer for the entire Punxsutawney Area School District.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During a special meeting Wednesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to override Mayor James Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120 in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
A motion was made by Michelle Lorenzo, seconded by Mike Porada, to override Wehrleâ€™s veto 6-1, with Lorenzo, Porada, council President Larry Chenoga, Jaime Sherry, Toby Santik and William Spencer voting yes, and Eric Story voting no.
That roar you heard at noon Wednesday was the sound of the students at SS.C.D. School being dismissed for summer vacation. Joyous students exited the building as the first few moments of summer vacation officially began.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” School lunches will again receive a bit of a makeover, as the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act takes effect July 1.
During the Punxsutawney Area School Boardâ€™s committee meeting Wednesday, district Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist gave the board a preview of the new guidelines, which, according to the USDA, â€śalign school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of Americaâ€™s schools.â€ť
Some of the highlights include:
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sundayâ€™s severe thunderstorm affected everyone in the county and left several hundred people without power, downed trees and power lines throughout the county and region.
Meanwhile, another storm struck the area again Tuesday, but this time, the damage from high winds appeared to have affected the northern portions of Jefferson County according to 911 scanner reports.