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April 29th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.
This yearâ€™s theme â€” "Never Too Old to Play" â€” 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.
â€śOur goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,â€ť said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” April 19, eight members representing the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 visited the North Findley Street campus to make a monetary â€” and a symbolic and heartfelt â€” contribution.
â€śOn behalf of the Boles Foundation, we are grateful to the Class of 1951 for their generosity and thoughtfulness,â€ť PAHS Principal and Boles Foundation Board President David London said. â€śIn the spirit of Margaret Boles, her students from the Class of 1951 are continuing her work and assisting PAHS students to further their education.â€ť
HARRISBURG â€” After almost two years of research and hearings regarding the possible split of the 814 area code â€” or the implementation of a new area code, 582 â€” the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Thursday voted to dismiss the relief plan and implementation schedule of the geographic split.
Thatâ€™s good news for area residents and local businesses, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It looks as if Cherry Street will receive some much-needed attention as Punxsutawney Borough Council approved street renovations at Tuesdayâ€™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 â€” from Carlton Avenue to North Findley Street â€” 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.
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.
BROOKVILLE â€” Updated â€” yet still unofficial â€” totals from Tuesdayâ€™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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 Smithâ€™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 couldnâ€™t be counted because of mistakes with ballots.
The end is in sight, as workers from Power Contracting test and activate the new $1.1 million traffic light system on Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney Wednesday and today. In addition to activating the new signals at the four intersections, the video cameras had to be lined up properly in order to identify when traffic is waiting at the intersection for the signal to change. The old traffic signal poles will be removed and sidewalk rehabilitation and reseeding between Jefferson Street and Hampton Avenue will occur where those poles once stood. (Photo by Larry McGuire)