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August 28th, 2011

Police: 63-year-old man presumed dead following boating accident

August 28, 2011

A 63-year-old man is presumed dead following a boating accident at Hemlock Lake Saturday afternoon, according to Punxsutawney-based State Police.

Police said the man, whose identity has not been released, was fishing in a boat with his son in Banks Township, Indiana County, around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when the boat capsized.

The victim's son was able to swim to shore, police said, and the victim was last seen by witnesses in the water near the boat.

Police suspended their search at nightfall Saturday but resumed it this morning.

The investigation is continuing.

August 26th

Like the IUP freshmen, Terry Appolonia is transitioning, too

August 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students moving into IUP-Punxsutawney’s Living-Learning Center today and Friday aren’t the only new faces on campus.

Terry Appolonia began his tenure as the dean at IUP-Punxsy July 25, after serving in various positions at the main campus since 1986. More recently, he served as the dean of students and associate vice-president for student development at the university’s main campus.

Solid Waste Authority seeks support from state lawmakers

August 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Solid Waste Authority of Jefferson County is hoping to make some headway with local lawmakers in its quest for funding.

Donna Cooper, solid waste/recycling coordinator, wants to schedule a meeting with state Rep. Sam Smith and state Sen. Joe Scarnati to update them on the authority’s funding status.

Since losing its administrative fee, the authority has been trying to stay afloat.

For 2011 drop-off donations, $11,208 has been committed, and the authority has already received $10,708 of that money. Last year, the authority received only $8,450.

August 25th

Road work will coincide with start of school

August 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Road construction throughout the Borough of Punxsutawney could create some delays when classes resume in the Punxsutawney Area School Board, according to District Transportation Director Cheryl Repik.

Repik told the school board Wednesday that she received an e-mail from Ben White, Punx-sutawney borough manager, about emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line scheduled to begin Monday at the intersection of Pine and North Findley streets.

Brookville man injured in cycle-versus-car accident

August 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Brookville man suffered moderate injuries following a motorcycle-versus-vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Dutchtown Road and Route 36/North Main Street.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said Andrew M. Duncan, 35, Punxsy, was stopped at a stop sign at the Dutchtown Road and Route 36/North Main Street intersection, while Thomas E. Curry, 52, Brookville, was traveling north on a 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.

Police said Duncan pulled into the intersection and into Curry’s path.

Music in the Park

August 25, 2011

The LaVelles — (from left) Chuck Ellenberger on drums; Gene Peterson on vocals and winds; and Dave Cremonese on vocals and keyboards — wrapped up the 2011 season of Music in the Park with favorites from Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdink and more Thursday evening in Barclay Square. This year saw all seven acts, including The Moore Brothers, Rocky Top, The Del Sinchak Band, The LaVelles, The Sharp Tones, G3 and Midlife Crisis — perform before packed Barclay Square audiences during a summer when the weather never chased any of the performances indoors.

August 24th

County lifts ban of burning; still urges caution

August 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Just a few days shy of the 30-day mark, the county-wide burn ban has been lifted.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners lifted the ban at their regular meeting.

“The conditions have improved,” Director of Emergency Services Tracy Zents said. “The natural grass is starting to come back; it’s greening up again.”

Although the rainfall amounts have slightly improved, Zents urges residents to remain cautious.

At 2.1 inches — the county’s rainfall total average for July — this summer has been the worst since 2007.

Board and parent debate: What is graded, and what is extra-curricular?

August 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When is an activity at Punxsutawney Area High School considered a graded subject, and when is it considered an extra-curricular activity?

That’s the question Cheryl Hollis, mother of Karah L. Hollis, a former PAHS student, asked during the pubic comment portion of the Punxsy school board’s agenda Wednesday.

130 YEARS OF CORN COB CLUB

August 24, 2011

Now in its 130th year, the Corn Cob Club — Jefferson County’s oldest social organization — held its annual summer get-together Wednesday evening at the camp of Judge Edwin Snyder (front, second from left) near Rochester Mills. On hand for this year’s event were (front, from left) Fred Roberts; Snyder, president, holding Jessie; L. Eugene “Snuffy” Smith; Bud Dunkel; (second row) Bill Deeley; Dr. Paul “Rusty” Johnston, vice-president; Dick Smith; Jim Gigliotti; Jack Grube; (third) Tom Brown; Bill Cooper; Larry Neal; Max Neal; Wick Divelbiss; (fourth) Rick Fairman, A.J.

August 23rd

Punxsy residents agree: We felt the quake here, too

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whether they were working, sleeping or just taking a second to enjoy the weather, several residents felt tremors from Tuesday’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

The Spirit’s phone lines became quite busy after readers in the area felt tremors from the quake, which was centered around Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., according to the the U.S. Geological Survey.

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