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April 18th, 2012

PennDOT: Prepare for spring, summer roadwork

April 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Punxsutawney Phil predicts when spring will begin, the Big Run Peepers tell us when it has begun, but it's not until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) orange barrels and flaggers show up that we know spring is here for real.

Pennsylvania's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week marked the unofficial start of the road construction season, said Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 Safety Press officer.

Big Run borough to help maintain cemetery

April 19, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council agreed to assist the McClure Cemetery Association with paving and maintenance during Monday's council meeting.

Tom Berryhill, member of the McClure Cemetery Association, said there was a ditch that needed cleaned out, and the road needs oiled and to be chipped or paved.

Bob Buffington, former council member, said he believed an ordinance already exists that indicates the borough will take care of the cemetery and the road.

"We considered it to be a borough street and took care of the plowing during the winter," Buffington said.

April 17th

Council votes 7-0 to award Andrekovich lost wages, health care costs

April 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to award a monetary settlement with recently reinstated Borough Police Officer Det. Brian Andrekovich at a special meeting held Tuesday in council chambers.

A motion was made by Toby Santik, council member, to pay the agreed amounts to Andrekovich.

The amount of the award was not disclosed at Tuesday's special meeting.
"I make the motion that the Borough of Punxsutawney pay Brian Andrekovich the agreed amounts for: Lost wages, interest on the lost wages, mileage and parking on account of the federal lawsuit," Santik said.

Farm bureau, businesses, officials promote rural road safety

April 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the spring weather upon us and more people taking drives in the country, beware, as large farm equipment has returned to the highways.

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Week event at Fezell's County Market Tuesday.

According to the Farm Bureau Web site, "The Rural Roads Safety program was created in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. ... “Rural Roads Safety Week, a joint campaign between the Pa. Farm Bureau, Pa.

District court jurisdiction boundaries could change

April 17, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run borough residents — as well as other residents throughout Jefferson County — may find themselves driving to a different destination for Magisterial District Court.

At Monday's council meeting, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said the borough council members received a letter from Jefferson County Common Pleas President Judge John H. Foradora informing them that every 10 years after the U.S. Census is complete, the president judges of each judicial district are challenged to review the lines of their respective Magisterial Judicial Districts.

April 16th

PLAN AHEAD FOR CONSTRUCTION

April 16, 2012

Downtown Punxsutawney was a beehive of activity Monday night, as construction workers from sub-contractor Donegal Construction were busy milling the asphalt off Mahoning Street in preparation for paving. It is a part of PennDOT’s $1,112,458 project and is scheduled for completion in the next few weeks. The project includes replacing and upgrading signals at four intersections; interconnecting the signals; addressing ADA requirements; re-timing and re-phasing the signals for efficiency; and paving Mahoning Street. Work is scheduled to continue between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Library wraps up celebratory week with new data, info about future plans

April 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library wrapped up National Library Week in fine form Saturday, with a party for children, guests and volunteers.

Library Director Coral Ellshoff also offered an update on some of the library’s programs and recent statistics via a PowerPoint presentation.

Over the last year, the library saw these areas improve, she said:
• A 15-percent increase in cardholders.

• More hours open during the evenings (until 7 p.m. four days a week).

Athletic Committee eyes needs at LaMarca Stadium

April 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During its meeting Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee discussed possible improvements to be made to Jack L. LaMarca Memorial Stadium.

A large amount of work needs to be done to the district’s playing fields, especially the stadium field, said Athletic Director Bill Vassallo.

The main football field, practice field and soccer field have numerous low spots that must be filled in with top soil, he said, while committee member Bob Pascuzzo said it would take 100 tons of dirt for the stadium field, as well as dirt to grade and fill it in.

April 15th

Truck hits porch, car overturns in weekend crashes

April 15, 2012

BIG RUN — A Clymer man and a passenger were injured when their vehicle struck a house at 3:55 a.m. Sunday on Route 119, Big Run.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Robert Vincent Neese, 30, Clymer, was traveling south, when he drove off the east side of the roadway and struck the guard rails.

Police said as a result of striking the guard rail, the truck went air-borne and struck the porch of a house owned by Tom Berryhill of Big Run, which is located along the east side of Route 119.

Borough rejects two bids for Elk’s 1981 engine

April 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council rejected the two bids it received for the 1981 Mack Fire Engine that had belonged to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

"There are other avenues to explore to advertise this engine in fire department trade magazines, where a fire company would offer more money for it," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said at the recent council meeting.

Council passed a motion to reject the two bids, one of $1,216.61 from Jeffrey A. Stauffer, Felton, and a second bid of $875.57 from Robert Zercher, DuBois.

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