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November 18th, 2011

Pizza & Prevention breaks another record: $33,128.13

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Fox’s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.

Oct. 1, Fox’s sold “Big Daddy Pizzas” for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.

Thursday, Fox’s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.

November 17th

Brookville man snags rare albino deer

November 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — It’s a rarity for hunters.

But 19-year-old Brookville native Wyatt Long saw an unusual sight on one of his most recent hunting trips.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing whenever it showed up,” Long said.
‘It’ being an albino buck, with stark-white fur and bright pink eyes.

“I was all right until after I made the shot, and then I started shaking and breathing heavy, and I got real nervous afterwards,” he said.

Users must register for SchoolReach for new school year

November 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.

Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.

When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.

November 16th

Groundhog Club plans open house for improvements at Gobbler’s Knob

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Phil’s home-away-from-the-burrow is about to receive some cosmetic work.

This week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that it has received a landscape design matching grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.

Route 119 bridge will close for repairs 

November 17, 2011

INDIANA — Route 119 will be closed in both directions in Punxsutawney to install concrete barrier and guiderail on the Route 119 bridge on the Indiana Hill in Jefferson County.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, Route 119 will be closed between SR 3017 (Indiana Street) and SR 3012 (Snyder Hill Road) to perform the repairs. 

A posted detour will be in place using Route 436 to Route 36 to Route 119.

Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.

Council will examine Chamber request

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request at Monday’s meeting to return the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce’s call to not allow storefronts in town to be rented for living space.

The members of the Planning Commission acted upon a request at a recent meeting from the Chamber that storefronts in town should not be rented for living space, said Susan Glessner, council president.

November 15th

U.S. Marines, Femco, Community Action prepare for big Toys for Tots effort

November 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A room at Femco Machine Inc. is almost chock-full of toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and if the company and the U.S. Marine Corps has their way, more rooms in the plant will be overflowing in coming weeks.

Monday, at Femco Machine Inc., Route 536, Young Township; Sgt. Jerry Huffman and Sgt. Shawn Kyler, representing the U.S. Marine Corps from Ebensburg; and Janeen Love of Community Action Inc. officially kicked off this area’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Residents question school board about historical documentation, contract talks

November 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local business owner asked the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday about a supposed reason why teachers in the district have not yet agreed upon a contract, while the school board president said the board is aware of all issues.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the board’s agenda, Tim and Cindy Chambers, owners of CRW Home Centers, expressed concern about how historical documents are referenced in textbooks and other materials — if the original documentation is edited to omit terms such as “In God We Trust,” for example.

East central AAA salutes Punxsy PD with highest honor

November 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was the recipient of the the American Automobile Association (AAA) East Central’s highest award.

Officers Ryan Miller and Kirk Brudnock traveled to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars to be recognized by AAA for outstanding service, dedication and the significant impact made by the department for improving the quality of life through its traffic safety program.
This was the fifth consecutive year of being recognized by AAA, said Chief Tom Fedigan.

November 14th

Council approves budget with no tax hike

November 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget — with no tax increase — at Monday’s council meeting.

“This is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,” council President Susan Glessner said.

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