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May 11th, 2012

Supervisors looking to add more fire hydrants in township

May 11, 2012

WALSTON — The Young Township Board of Supervisors is agreeable about adding more fire hydrants in the township, but seeks an official request from the chief of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Wednesday, Gary Godak, assistant chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company but addressing the board as a township resident, said the department would like to place hydrants in two locations: One about a half-mile from the New Anchor Inn, along Harmony Road/Route 310, and further down the road just before Adrian/DeLancey.

Special-use learning area named in honor of Ralph F. Roberts

May 11, 2012

INDIANA — Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUP’s Punxsutawney campus.

May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.

“The Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,” David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.

Son of local natives makes modeling debut for catalog

May 11, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?

The jury’s still out on that option, but he’s already made a bit of a splash, having been featured on the cover of a catalog for Rugged Butts (for boys) Ruffle Butts (for girls).

Hudson, the son of Deanna (Blose) and Garrett Miller, of Myrtle Beach, was set for some Valentine’s Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.

May 10th

White: $500K for work on Dinsmore Avenue

May 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.

A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.

Paradise Gardens & Farm owner refutes drilling in honor of wife, nature

May 10, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.

“Now I feel empowered by a bond of love,” he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. “No drill will ever penetrate this land, and I’m prepared to stand behind that.”

Cleghorn’s rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate — his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-González, who died of cancer in November 2011.

May 9th

Police make arrests at ‘the source’ of drug trafficking ring

May 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.

Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."

The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
BIG RUN
• Daniel A. Niver, 41.
• Theodore D. Reagle, 44.

Audit calls for some tidying up in Young’s books

May 9, 2012

WALSTON — The chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors said officials will further explore issues pertaining to billing, bookkeeping and other items after a recent audit revealed some questions.

“We will further study some of the records before we conclude what has taken place,” Chairman Andrew “Butch” Meterko said following the board’s meeting Wednesday. “There’s no evidence of anything yet.”

Senate’s cuts to Corbett’s budget offer some good news

May 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Pennsylvania Senate’s vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the state’s human services field.

The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.

The measure will now be sent to the state House.

“It’s good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,” Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.

May 8th

Mayor says he’ll veto change to ordinance

May 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.

A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.

County agencies still bracing for possible cuts

May 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).

“This is one of the funds that’s on the governor’s proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,” Mowrey said.

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