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April 23rd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich will receive $91,109.46 in a monetary settlement, according to information released Monday by Punxsutawney Borough Council.
Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting last Tuesday to award Androkovich money for lost wages, interest on lost wages, mileage and parking but did not disclose the amount at the meeting.
The Punxsutawney Spirit filed a Right to Know request for the information Wednesday, and the borough responded to the request Monday in an e-mail from Borough Manager Ben White.
INDIANA â€” It's OK to Carrie and Buddy Orr that the Steelers weren't playing in Super Bowl XLVI, because in the end, the couple from Washington Township, Indiana County, won a bigger prize.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the warmer weather returns, more and more people will be spending time outdoors at lakes and streams where water-related accidents might occur, which is why the Punxsutawney Fire Department has a water rescue team.
The team was formed in 1974, and in the 90s, the boat crew and dive team were combined into the water rescue team, said Matt Powell, dive master for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
SMICKSBURG â€” Star Wars, Bob the Builder, the Steelers, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, WWE, Pokemon, pigs, penguins, lions, tigers and bears â€” oh my! All of these designs have been made into cakes by Jessica Fairman, of Fairman's Cakes.
Just about any idea that can be dreamed up, she can make into a cake.
Five years ago, Fairman decided to take cake designing classes at Michael's in Indiana and discovered she really enjoyed the trade. She said she has always had an interest in art and found her niche when she applied it to sculpting cakes.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(June 3, 1896)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the completion of the paving on Mahoning Street this week, the end of PennDOTâ€™s $1.1 million downtown traffic signal upgrade is in sight.
Workers from Power Contracting, the contractor on the signal project, continued installing the new overhead signage Friday.
The new traffic signals will be activated Wednesday and Thursday, two intersections per day, according to PennDOT Project Manager Kirby Starr, who also said the former traffic light system will be removed once the new lights are activated.
BROOKVILLE â€” Friday, 21 students from seven school districts in Jefferson and Clarion counties took part in the 2012 Clar-Jeff Safe Driving Competition at the Heritage House in Brookville.
The students were tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws and vehicle defects.
BROOKVILLE â€” The 911 dispatchers who field emergency calls are just as likely to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as those on the front lines, a new study indicates.
The study, completed by Michelle Lilly, a psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and research associate Heather Pierce, analyzed surveys completed by 171 emergency dispatchers from 24 states, the Huffington Post reported.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, Brookville Borough Police Chief Ken Dworek reported to Brookville Borough Council about a senior scavenger hunt that had gone awry.
He said some members of the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School senior class participated in a scavenger hunt that was not a school-sanctioned activity.
During the hunt, Dworek said some students became involved in criminal activity.
Dworek said license plates and hubcaps were stolen from vehicles, and lawn ornaments were smashed; some were valued up to $300.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” 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.