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June 8th, 2012

Alvin Kendall’s garden features fountain, bridge, anti-Y2K cannon

June 8, 2012

BIG RUN — Alvin Kendall doesn’t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.

“I start early when the weather fits,” he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. “I have no schedules.”

Kendall’s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Club’s “Garden of the Month” for May, and the first of 2012.

Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, “but I don’t play with vegetables,” he said.

June 7th

Police cite Ohio woman for abandoning dogs near Stump Creek

June 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just a few weeks after 17 dogs — 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher, among others — were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.

According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus, Ohio.

SINGING MOLES

June 7, 2012

The moles of “A Year with Frog and Toad” — (from left) Jen Soliday, Ilona Ball, Laura Chelgren and Sierra Dinger — are rehearsing now, but they will soon be ready to tell you about the adventures of Frog and Toad when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents its summer show at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, as well as a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee June 24 at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium.

June 6th

PennDOT: No-turn-on-red signs won’t be removed

June 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee discussed a response to its letter from the PennDOT District 10 traffic engineer regarding the “no-turn-on-red” signs installed as part of the recent traffic signal project.

Borough Manager Ben White explained that council directed him to write to PennDOT District 10 about the signs, and the borough received a response from District 10 Traffic Engineer David Tomaswick.

PASR renews, recognizes during spring dinner

June 6, 2012

BROCKWAY — Renewal and recognition were the underlying themes of the spring banquet of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Members gathered at the St. Tobias Church hall in Brockway May 23 as part of the ongoing commemoration of PASR’s 75th anniversary.

June 5th

Detour for Margiotti project begins Monday

June 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Summer’s first official roadwork detour begins Monday, when PennDOT will close one lane of Margiotti Bridge for a rehabilitation project.

Southbound traffic on the bridge will be maintained, while northbound traffic will have to travel the detour on Route 119, down Indiana Hill and down West Mahoning Street to North Main Street, Borough Manager Ben White said during Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.

Career Women’s Club names Stacy Volchko its Woman of the Year

June 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club named Stacy A. Volchko as its 2011-12 Woman of the Year during the group’s Rose Breakfast June 2 at the Elks.

She is the Career Women’s Club’s current president.

In the introduction for the club’s new Woman of the Year, Volchko was described as always striving “to do the right thing in both her personal and professional life; and she demonstrated her leadership abilities early on.”

ZUMBA UNDER THE CANOPY

June 5, 2012

This group of Zumba-enthusiasts worked on their exercises Tuesday night under the shadow of the canopy that annually covers Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square. The canopy was erected Monday evening in preparation of the 46th-annual Groundhog Festival, which will be held July 1-7.

June 4th

Police: Man killed daughters, wife, set fire to residences

June 4, 2012

INDIANA — A South Mahoning Township man who allegedly killed his two daughters and estranged wife also tried to burn down the two residences in which the murders occurred, police said Monday.

Lewis Beatty, 40, South Mahoning Township, faces three counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of his two daughters, Amanda, 11, and Sara, six, and his estranged wife, Christine Beatty, 33, Friday.

Rural Valley man killed while defending family; daughter shoots gunman

June 4, 2012

INDIANA — The district attorney is calling the victim in an early morning shooting a hero for defending his family, even though he lost his life.

"In many ways, (he) is a hero," Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said during a Monday news conference at the PSP-Indiana barracks. "He was defending his family. I believe that if he
had not been there, we would have had the possibility of more victims on our hands."

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