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June 8th, 2011
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” A local Marine who was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, was killed Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, 27, of New Bethlehem, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to the 2D Marine Division Public Affairs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Boroughâ€™s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for this year has yet to be determined along with what construction projects could be accomplished with the boroughâ€™s entitlement funds.
During Tuesdayâ€™s Legal & Finance Committee meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has yet to receive its CDBG allocation for this year, but has been advised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which runs the program, that it should be known soon.
BROOKVILLE â€” Almost a year after he was denied a full-time job as a police officer in Punxsy, Sean Weaver has a job in Brookville.
After calling an executive session to discuss personnel matters Tuesday, Brookville Borough Council hired Weaver as a part-time police officer for the Brookville Borough Police Department.
Weaver worked as a Pennsylvania State Police officer from 1991 to 2010, after which he retired and worked for Punxsy police on a part-time basis.
Crews from Dobson Construction continued work Friday on building at the site of the former New Anchor Inn, according to owner Dave Setree. He said crews have already removed debris from the former more-than-50-year-old restaurant destroyed by a fire in November 2010 and have poured footers and placed beams for the deck floor. Setree said a new establishment owned by his family will hopefully be completed by January 2012.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The approach of summer means the approach of construction, as discussed Tuesday by members of Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Safety and Public Works committees.
Borough Manager Ben White said Public Works crews are almost done painting crosswalks throughout the borough.
He also said he received a request from PennDOT District 10 about painting crosswalks on Mahoning Street where the traffic signal upgrade project will take place.
Punxsy senior Devan Neal (right) high-fives first base coach Dan Furman after he hit a two-run single in the second inning during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA baseball playoffs Monday in Brockway. Neal had three of the Chucks' 15 hits, and Punxsy advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Hampton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?
Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.
Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.
The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.
Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.
Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.
Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.