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March 17th, 2011
BIG RUN â On the luckiest day in March, the spring peepers have spoken â er, peeped.
John London, the official Frog Man, or âPeeper Watcherâ of Big Run, reported that while walking through the Big Run swamp, he heard the frogs peep around 5:47 p.m. Thursday â St. Patrickâs Day â thus heralding the arrival of spring, according to the legend.
Last week, London said he hoped the tiny peepers would peep before the annual Peepers Banquet, which is scheduled for Sunday at the War Memorial â and Thursday, he got his wish.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Elk Run Fire Company.
Elk Run Chief Bryan Smith said the bids were opened last Friday, with Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., based in Holden, La., as the low bidder at $372,509.
The truck will be constructed in Louisiana and contain a six-person cab, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon compressed air foam system (CAFS) tank, and a 1,500-gallon per minute Darly pump.
BROOKVILLE â An Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple last year wants a new judge for his trial, because the presiding judge resides in the same area.
Monday, Steven Patrick Rebert filed a petition in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora, who resides in Brockway, removed from the case, according to the Jeffersonian Democrat.
BROOKVILLE â Brookville Borough Council Tuesday discussed the grim results of the 2010 U.S. Census, which could end up costing the borough significant money over the next 10 years.
The official borough population is now 3,924, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grants Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to boroughs with a population of 4,000 or more.
In 2000, Brookville had an official population of 4,182, which secured CDBG funds totalling more than $90,000 annually over the past decade.
MARION CENTER â Thistle & Pine Celtic & Country Collectibles celebrates all things Celtic, but come St. Patrick's Day, the focus is on the Irish. And that draws people to the store from far and wide, according to owner Teresa Perry.
"Once people know we're here, they come down and maybe embrace their heritage," she said about the five-year-old store located along Route 119, about a mile south of the Home Made Restaurant.
Perry said her family is of Scottish-Welsh descent, traced to the 1600s, and her father played the bagpipes, "so I had the whole influence growing up."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council surprised a number of people when it announced Monday that it would appeal Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John Foradoraâs ruling on the Brian Andrekovich case.
Foradora wrote in his ruling that the court concurred with a July 2010 Civil Service Commission report that there was insufficient evidence to support the councilâs reasoning behind firing Andrekovich stemming from the August 2009 death of Stephen Obbish, 48, in the back of a borough police patrol car.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just in time for its annual Radio Auction, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club has joined the Facebook revolution.
âFacebook has been something thatâs been kicked around in the club, on how to expand our presence in the community,â said Tom Chelgren, auction chairman, adding that the site is very proactive, in that if someone posts something, everyone who âlikesâ the page is immediately notified.
âRotary International has also been advocating having more of a presence on the Internet,â he said.
BROOKVILLE â Two county residents are asking Judge John Foradora to strike the names of two candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners from the May 17 primary election ballot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A two-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Route 36, Bell Township, sent a Punxsutawney man to an Altoona hospital.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Tucker E. Smith, 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 36 when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Melanie R. Serian, 38, Punxsutawney, in the front left corner.