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March 22nd, 2012

Zumba in the Park

March 22, 2012

It was a great night Thursday for doing anything outdoors, such as walking, running, Frisbee football and, as seen in Barclay Square, Zumba Fitness with Dustin Jewell (center). He holds his Zumba class in the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, except during inclement weather.

March 21st

Council member suggests looking into solar energy for borough buildings

March 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.

Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment — using solar energy, he said — has saved him money and could be used in some of the borough’s buildings.

Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.

Commissioners proclaim ‘Mentor Parent Program Week’ in county

March 21, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Kim Rhodes, executive director for the Mentor Parent Program said bullying has become an “epidemic.”

To address the need she has seen first-hand in the community, her program will host a bullying walkathon this year that will take place in Jefferson County.

“Bullying is a big thing across the board and across the world,” Rhodes said.

The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.

March 20th

Work on Graystone Court progressing at full speed

March 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction on the Graystone Court apartments and tower has resumed full throttle after a short winter layoff.

"We stopped in November working on the outside and resumed construction on the towers with the onset of the warmer weather," said Jeff S. Long, developer and owner of Graystone Court Apartments.

Long said work crews have two more floors to construct on the apartment tower.

"We can't hang any drywall in the tower until we get the roof on it," Long said, adding that the roof should be in place within a month, and then the interior work will commence.

Big Run not pursuing mandatory garbage pickup

March 20, 2012

BIG RUN — The members of Big Run Borough Council agreed at Monday's meeting not to pursue mandatory garbage pickup for borough residents.

"We have an ordinance in place; it's not necessary to pass another one for mandatory pickup," said John Niver, Big Run Council member.

Nick Lantz, council president, said most people in Big Run have garbage pickup.

Niver said it was not his intention to have burn barrels banned in the borough through an ordinance for mandatory garbage pickup.

DAFFODIL DAYS

March 20, 2012

Members of the American Cancer Society are shown preparing for Daffodil Days in Jefferson County at the Stello Foods building in Punxsutawney. The Society will be selling daffodils Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Punxsy at Fezell's County Market, Comet Market and PNC Bank; in Brookville at Mike's Supermarket; and in Reynoldsville at Mike's Bi Lo, S&T Bank and Community First Bank. The Society sells daffodils because they are the "flower of hope." Shar N. Hope, the Boyds® by Enesco® bear, is also available at the various locations throughout Jefferson County.

March 19th

Grant funds to provide gambling addiction programs

March 19, 2012

FALLS CREEK — Residents in rural Jefferson and Clearfield counties may be a two-hour drive from casinos in Pittsburgh and Salamanca, N.Y., but gambling is just as accessible with an Internet connection.

More than four years after casinos began operating in western Pennsylvania, the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission is trying to address the needs of people in the two-county region, calling attention to potential gambling-addiction problems.

Council OKs rezoning south side of Union St.

March 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.

Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

March 18th

Big Run names Robin McKee as annual Citizen of the Year

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sunday’s 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.

Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the “Robert L. ‘BoBo’ Davis Award” by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sunday’s festivities.

McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.

Peepers poet laureate offers his insight into Big Run’s annual phenomenon

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.

“I was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,” he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.

“When I’m at a county commission meeting, I’m bound by Roberts Rules of Order,” McIntyre said. “When I’m at meetings at home, I go by Eilene’s (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though I’m the boss.”

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