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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Several area police officers recently spent a day qualifying on handguns, shotguns and assault rifles (ARs) at the Punxsutawney Borough Police firing range in Young Township.
Sheriff and range master Carl Gotwald Sr. said his job as range master individually gives instructions to the shooters.
â€śWe try to limit it to five to six individuals shooting at one time per instructor during daylight hours,â€ť he said. For night shoots at the firing range, they try to have one instructor for every three shooters for more control.
Josh Neal celebrates his victory via pin in the 220-pound class during Punxsyâ€™s 43-32 win over Clearfield Wednesday, the Chucksâ€™ first wrestling victory over the Bison since 1977. For more, see Spirit Sports. (Photo by Zak Lantz)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is no normal way that carriers and staff of the U.S. Postal Service prepare for the holiday rush that hit its peak Tuesday.
How did the staff at the Punxsy Post Office prepare?
â€śBuckle down,â€ť said Tim Chiodini, who is the postmaster in Brookville and acting postmaster in Punxsy while John McBee supervises the Bradford post office for a short period of time. â€śWe will normally use different staffing, but we just have to get it done.â€ť
BROCKWAY â€” Wednesday, the pastor for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center fired back at the barrage of criticism leveled at him during a public hearing by the Jeffe-rson County Commission and Snyder Township Supervisors Monday.
The Rev. Jack Wisor, pastor of Just for Jesus ministries in Brookville and Snyder Township, said he didnâ€™t attend Mondayâ€™s hearing because he has routinely answered the questions that were brought up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The cause of the fire that destroyed the Hotel Punxsutawney earlier this month is listed as undetermined, and foul play is not suspected at this time as the investigation continues.
The fire began in the kitchen area and could possibly be electrical in nature, said Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
BROOKVILLE â€” About 100 Brockway and Snyder Township residents and public officials attended a hearing Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse pertaining to the Just for Jesus (JFJ) Challenge Homeless Outreach Ministry in Snyder Township.
The hearing was held jointly by the Jefferson County Commission and the Snyder Township Board of Supervisors, co-chaired by Ed Ferraro, Snyder Township solicitor, and James Dennison, county and Brookville Borough solicitor.
BROOKVILLE â€” The large courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse was filled to near capacity Monday when residents of Snyder Township and Brockway attended a public hearing that addressed community concerns with the Just For Jesus Group Home, located in Snyder Township.
The Jefferson County Commissioners called the meeting in conjunction with the Snyder Township Supervisors to discuss the Just For Jesus ministry group home's ability to provide proper housing for its residents.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney resident recently shared his concerns with Punxsutawney Borough Council about PennDOT's new downtown traffic light system.
Joe Ferrara, of Church Street, expressed concern about cones set up in the middle of the sidewalk at every intersection, as well as two-inch conduit protruding about 18 inches above the sidewalk surface with wires.
Ferrara said that he was told by now-former council member Roger Steele that there would be control cabinets installed on the sidewalk.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council bid farewell to three exiting members, the fire chief and a retiring firefighter at last Monday's meeting.
Donna Lellock, Robert Reesman and Roger Steele attended their final meeting last Monday, as three new members will join council. The term of Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense expires at the end of the year, and Lindsey firefighter Joe Gianvito is retiring from active duty.
"We're not losing these people, as they will continue to serve the community in different ways," council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets officially opened for business Friday, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries.
"It's an honor to be standing in this place, thanks to a few people who had a vision," Rev. James E. Steingrass, president of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM) said prior to Friday's ceremony.