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November 11th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. The Great War which had claimed 35 million casualties was finally over.
Today marks the first time since the end of World War I that there is not a living American veteran of that conflict, said Dr. Norman A. ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Hetzler, the guest speaker for the Punxsutawney Veterans‚Äô Day service at the First Baptist Church.
Hetzler said since 1775, America has relied on its citizen-soldiers and an unbroken line of those who believe in duty, honor and country.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Another appeal against giving former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich his job back has been denied, this time by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
In an order dated Thursday, Nov. 10, the Commonwealth Court said it affirmed an order by the Common Pleas Court of Jefferson County, in which Judge John Foradora ordered Punxsutawney Borough Council to rehire Andrekovich, whom council fired Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, who died in a police cruiser Aug. 15, 2009, while in Andrekovich‚Äôs custody.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ As the U.S. citizens again thanked their men and women in uniform for defending America‚Äôs freedoms ‚ÄĒ sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice ‚ÄĒ during Friday‚Äôs observance of Veterans‚Äô Day, the guest speaker during Big Run VFW Post 9044‚Äôs annual event said Americans need to recall a promise they made a decade ago.
‚ÄúA common thread we saw woven through countless stories in 2002 was of combat veterans of previous wars ‚ÄĒ especially Vietnam ‚ÄĒ reaching out with determination to young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,‚ÄĚ said William H. Bowers, a U.S.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Students at Punxstawney Area Middle School held their annual Veterans‚Äô Day assembly Thursday with Student Government President Jacob Horner, a seventh-grader, as the master of ceremonies.
‚ÄúIt was fun ‚ÄĒ hard speaking up there ‚ÄĒ but it felt good to show thanks to the Veterans,‚ÄĚ he said.
The assembly began with a choral reading of ‚ÄúHat‚Äôs Off,‚ÄĚ by Alan Major‚Äôs fourth-grade class, followed by Darren Sherry‚Äôs fifth-grade class reading of ‚ÄúIn Flander‚Äôs Field.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚Äď Don‚Äôt count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The borough‚Äôs leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the borough‚Äôs annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the borough‚Äôs street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Fireman‚Äôs Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.
Tuesday‚Äôs turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters ‚ÄĒ29 percent of the county‚Äôs 27,949 registered voters ‚ÄĒ heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesday‚Äôs general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ There will be three new faces on board when Punxsutawney Borough Council begins its new term in January, as an incumbent was beaten by three challengers.
Michelle P. Lorenzo, who appeared on the ballot as a Democrat/Republican was the top vote-getter with 614 votes, or 30.44 percent of the vote; Eric C. Story, also a Republican/Democrat, was second with 603 votes (30 percent); and independent candidate Robert ‚ÄúToby‚ÄĚ Santik garnered 442 votes (22 percent).
Incumbent Republican Roger L. Steele received 349 votes (17.30 percent), meaning he will not retain his council seat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒTwo drivers escaped with their lives in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119 by Riker‚Äôs Yard, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Timothy D. Brosius, 61, DuBois, was traveling north on Route 119 when he crossed the center line and struck the left front of a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van driven by Anthony M. Weible, 52, DuBois, which was traveling south.
The Savage Seniors defeated the Jaw-Dropping Juniors 24-8 in Monday night‚Äôs Powderpuff game at Jack LaMarca Stadium. At halftime, Matt Rowland (second from right) ‚ÄĒ escorted by Adrienne Hess ‚ÄĒ was crowned king of the King‚Äôs Court, and Kendall Neal (second from left) ‚ÄĒ escorted by Abigail Wright ‚ÄĒ was crowned prince.