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April 8th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gary Astorino, a 1976 graduate of PAHS, is among the six inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
During his high school career, Astorino was a three-year letterman/starter and captain in wrestling, football and senior legion baseball. He was a four-year starter in wrestling for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was captain during his junior and senior years.
â€” Gary Astorino.
â€” Dominic Barilar.
â€” Roger Raybuck.
â€” William Vassallo.
â€” George Work.
â€” Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.
Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commission recently received word that it will likely not be responsible for debt in excess of $1.5 million.
Elk County has agreed to purchase a Ridgway building that Jefferson County was partly responsible for. Elk County plans to use the facility as its 911 headquarters, and the purchase will eliminate Jefferson Countyâ€™s liability for a bond issued to purchase that building.
BIG RUN â€” Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.
Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.
BIG RUN â€” A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.
Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A question as to whether Cranberry Alley should be changed to a one-way street was one of the items discussed at Tuesdayâ€™s Public Safety committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Mike Porada revisited the discussion of the issue from last month regarding speeding on Cranberry Alley behind the Chamber of Commerce office following a complaint from Penn Arms, whose building borders the alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A two-year investigation has yielded the arrest of eight individuals who, police say, are accused of distributing a controlled substance â€” mainly marijuana.
During a press conference Wednesday, officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, described a drug sweep that began around 7 a.m. that morning, and concluded without incident around 9 a.m., according to Lt. Bernard Petrovsky.
Trooper Jamie LeVier, public information officer for Troop C, said the two-year investigation focused on the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Works Committee is looking at upcoming street paving projects.
Tuesday, committee Chairman Roger Steele said liquid fuel bids for the projects will be opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Steele said at this time, there is no update on what is being bid, nor how much the borough can afford to do.
Ben White, borough manager, said the bids were advertised, and there have been many contractors who have picked up bid packages.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” March 26, teams and individuals took part in the annual â€śBowl for Kidsâ€™ Sakeâ€ť to enable mentoring for local youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County (BBBS).
To participate in the bowling event, each member had to raise a minimum of $35. Each individual who raised $50 was rewarded with a T-shirt. Further, the participant who raised the most money was awarded the top prize donated by local businesses. This year, the top prize package consisted of a Sony digital camera.
Attendants enjoyed two games, as well as food, entertainment and prizes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As passage of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget looms, the Punxsutawney Area School District is seeking to keep funds in check as it eyes a possible loss of almost $2 million, should Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed budget pass.
A period of discussion focused on a building and grounds vehicle, which has seemingly been replaced with a vehicle that has fewer than 2,000 miles on it after two years, board member Bob Pascuzzo said.
Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said he would like to keep a 1994 GMC, citing it as more of an asset instead of selling it.