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February 17th, 2012
VALIERâ The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.
As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.
"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."
BROOKVILLE â For 11 4-H members, Tuesday will be the most critical day of a six-week endeavor that began in January.
Last month, 11 4-H students from Jefferson and Clearfield counties began building a robot to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) â marking the first time 4-H members in the area became involved in this national project.
âItâs coming along,â team member Matt Vipond said. âWeâre going to be going right up to the buzzer here, but I think weâll make it.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Two members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have voted against advertising a new FEMA flood map ordinance.
But Monday, Solicitor Jay Lundy said council is obligated to approve the ordinance or risk losing flood insurance.
With a 5-2 vote, council approved a motion to advertise Ordinance No. 1115, with council members Eric Story and Toby Santik voting no.
Story said he read the new ordinance handed down by FEMA, which he said is word-for-word the same as the boroughâs current ordinance, with the exception of two parts.
It looks as if the school bullies âruleâ this school in the PAHS Drama Clubâs production of âOnce Upon a High School,â but in the end, things change, and good does conquer evil. Tonight is the last chance to see the clubâs show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area High School.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite the fact that the Punxsutawney Area School District teacherâs contract expired last June, both sides say the negotiations continue toward a settlement.
Don Gill, president of the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA), and Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, agreed to a joint interview to discuss exactly where the negotiations stand at this point.
Gill said the union and board actually began negotiations as an early bird prior to the six months before the former contract expired when formal negotiations are permitted to begin.
BROOKVILLE â A new statewide initiative has local police department officers reminding teen drivers to click it or ticket.
This week, Brookville Borough Police teamed up with Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School to take part in PennDOTâs teen driver safety mobilization, an initiative intended to inform teen drivers about a new seatbelt law.
âToday, itâs not about issuing citations,â PennDOT Safety Press Officer Shawn Houck said. âItâs about awareness. Weâre trying to get the message out.â
Using shoeboxes and other craft items, students from Cheri Barenchikâs second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School created a mini-replica of downtown Punxsutawney. The replica was part of a social studies unit titled âNeeds and Wants,â designed to teach students how to use a map and get around town.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The three-year-old PAHS Drama Club is preparing its third production, âOnce Upon A High School,â which runs at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.
The play, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, explores two different worlds: The world of fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc., and a reality-based world familiar to high school students of today.
BROOKVILLE â Monday night, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a long-debated bill that imposes an impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas extraction.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners completed their part in the process by passing an ordinance that will give authority to municipalities and townships in the county to pass a resolution which will allow county municipalities and townships to receive impact money.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council and PennDOT will replace the sanitary sewer line that is part of a combined system during the replacement of the Elk Run Route 119 bridge this summer.
Engineer Brian Sekula told council that the borough would be responsible for half of the cost to move the former combined sewer line and replace it with a new sanitary line if it partnered with PennDOT.
Sekula said if the borough were to do the project by itself, it would cost $200,000. If PennDOT and the borough partner in the replacement, the cost would be $100,000.