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April 29th, 2012

Big Run celebrates Loyalty Day

April 29, 2012

BIG RUN — Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.

"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."

Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.

Community Center now thriving after past financial hardship

April 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two years and nine months ago, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center almost closed due to financing issues.

Thinking about the possibility now, Mick Mumau, center board of
directors president, muses over what a difference two years can make.

It was immediately following the Groundhog Festival in 2009 that the center actually did shut down for two weeks, Mumau said, adding that it would have been bad news for the entire community had the closure been permanent.

May proclaimed as Older Americans Month

April 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.

This year’s theme — "Never Too Old to Play" — emphasizes the important role older adults play in sharing their experiences and wisdom and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.

“Our goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,” said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson

April 27th

Council seeks to fill vacancy; Reesman resigns because family is moving out of borough

April 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council began the search for another person to fill a vacancy after receiving a resignation letter from council member Robert Reesman Thursday.

Reesman had served on council previously, but did not seek re-election because he was moving out of the borough. However, council President Larry Chenoga asked him to return to council when former president Susan Glessner resigned at the end of last year.

Class of 1951 makes special donation in honor of Margaret C. Boles

April 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — April 19, eight members representing the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 visited the North Findley Street campus to make a monetary — and a symbolic and heartfelt — contribution.

“On behalf of the Boles Foundation, we are grateful to the Class of 1951 for their generosity and thoughtfulness,” PAHS Principal and Boles Foundation Board President David London said. “In the spirit of Margaret Boles, her students from the Class of 1951 are continuing her work and assisting PAHS students to further their education.”

April 26th

PUC drops idea of splitting the 814 area code

April 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — After almost two years of research and hearings regarding the possible split of the 814 area code — or the implementation of a new area code, 582 — the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Thursday voted to dismiss the relief plan and implementation schedule of the geographic split.

That’s good news for area residents and local businesses, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

CDBG funds to go toward Cherry Street renovation

April 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It looks as if Cherry Street will receive some much-needed attention as Punxsutawney Borough Council approved street renovations at Tuesday’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Hearing and special council meeting.

Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has chosen the renovation of Cherry Street — from Carlton Avenue to North Findley Street — as its 2012 CDBG project.

White said the work proposed involves street renovations, replacing the deteriorating railing with a guardrail and installing a storm drain.

NEXT STOP: GRADUATION

April 26, 2012

Punxsutawney Area High School seniors who did not present their senior projects during the fall semester did so Thursday night, as one of the final requirements for graduation. Here, Ryan Marshall rests on a new bench he created for a park at the Coolspring Community Center.

April 25th

Key numbers in Indiana County helped Smith win

April 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Updated — yet still unofficial — totals from Tuesday’s primary election show an even narrower margin in the 66th District race between incumbent Sam Smith and challenger Cris Dush in Jefferson County, but at the end of the day, it was other precincts in the district that carried Smith to his ultimate victory.

No talk of recount in 66th race

April 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After absentee ballots were counted Tuesday night at Jefferson Place, it brought the race for the 66th District seat in the state House of Representatives even closer.

Unofficial results show that Cris Dush collected 2,459 votes (46 percent) over Sam Smith’s 2,388 votes (45 percent), a difference of only 71 votes.

A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 441 votes (8 percent).

Seven absentee ballots couldn’t be counted because of mistakes with ballots.

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