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February 24th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â âThe bus stops hereâ was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompsonâs (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.
âWeâre in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,â he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.
Thompson said he likes the message it sends when heâs running for re-election every two years.
BROCKWAY â Wednesday night, more than 150 people attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about a gas companyâs proposal to drill in Brockway borough.
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78), called the meeting to give Brockway residents the opportunity to get answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Flatirons Resources, the company whose proposal has caused dissatisfaction for local residents.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There were no citations, only warnings: Pennsylvaniaâs new laws regarding teenage drivers have changed, and unless they are in compliance, they will be cited.
Thursday, Punxsutawney Borough Police officers, Pennsylvania State Police troopers and representatives from PennDOT performed a detail during dismissal at Punxsutawney Area High School, handing out literature about the new law â Act 81, which took effect Dec. 27, 2011 â and to check for seatbelt usage among departing students.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season for Roman Catholics around the world.
For the next six weeks, Msgr. Joseph Riccardo, of the Ss. Cosmas & Damian parish, is asking his parishioners and all Catholics to remove the growing number of distractions that usually inhibit a person of faith from making a full commitment to the Lenten season.
âItâs a hectic world, and weâre distracted by many things,â he said. âWe have a lot of responsibilities and commitments, and unfortunately, that also serves as a distraction to the practice of our faith.â
Jake (played by Dan McGinley) pauses a minute with "The Mollies:" Grown daughter Molly (Kimberly Robinson, right) and Molly as a 12-year-old (Elissa Hill, left) in this scene from "Jake's Women" by Neil Simon. The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild's first production of 2012 begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs again Saturday, as well as March 2 and 3, in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are available at the door.Â This dramatic comedy is intended for mature audiences and contains some adult language and situations. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BELL TOWNSHIP â A Punxsutawney woman was flown by emergency medical helicopter to an area trauma center following a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on Bells-Cloe Road, Bell Township, along with a rash of other accidents due to icy road conditions.
BROCKWAY â Wednesday, the Shale debate came into clear focus as residents of the Borough of Brockway expressed their concerns about a proposal by Flatirons Resources to drill a well in the borough.
Residents were given this opportunity at a public meeting that took place at the urging of Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78).
HARRISBURG â As if there were any doubts, Punxsutawney Phil again sits as the only Pennsylvania groundhog that matters, as his lottery-pitching wannabe has apparently scratched his last ticket.
Tuesday, during a hearing on the state Department of Revenue budget, Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci said that the lottery has pulled the plug on spokesgroundhog Gus, dubbed âThe Second-Most Famous Groundhog in Pennsylvania.â
Rucci said that the TV campaign featuring Gus ended this month, although Gus will still appear on the lotteryâs Web site for a period of time.
HARRISBURG â Despite the lack of snow, winter maintenance and snow removal in this area, most municipalities have met the minimum requirements regarding their salt procurement contract through COSTARS, Pennsylvaniaâs cooperative purchasing program.
âThrough the state contract, a municipality tells COSTARS what its expected needs are, and the contract is flexible that they only have to purchase 60 percent of what it needs,â said Bruce Beardsley, manager of Marketing and Constituent Relations for COSTARS.
BIG RUN â A newly-elected member of Big Run Borough Council walked through Veteransâ Park recently, and he didnât like what he observed.
âI walked through the park, and itâs in bad shape,â said Stan Derise, chairman of the councilâs Park Committee.
He said there was only one swing left on the sets, and the rest of the chains are wrapped around the cross bar at the top.
âItâs not viable to put swings out there anymore,â Derise said, adding that thereâs an old park bench that should be removed.