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November 11th, 2011

Bowers: Americans cannot forget the promise to veterans

November 12, 2011

BIG RUN — As the U.S. citizens again thanked their men and women in uniform for defending America’s freedoms — sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice — during Friday’s observance of Veterans’ Day, the guest speaker during Big Run VFW Post 9044’s annual event said Americans need to recall a promise they made a decade ago.

“A common thread we saw woven through countless stories in 2002 was of combat veterans of previous wars — especially Vietnam — reaching out with determination to young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said William H. Bowers, a U.S.

November 10th

Punxsutawney Area Middle School student honor veterans

November 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students at Punxstawney Area Middle School held their annual Veterans’ Day assembly Thursday with Student Government President Jacob Horner, a seventh-grader, as the master of ceremonies.

“It was fun — hard speaking up there — but it felt good to show thanks to the Veterans,” he said.

The assembly began with a choral reading of “Hat’s Off,” by Alan Major’s fourth-grade class, followed by Darren Sherry’s fifth-grade class reading of “In Flander’s Field.”

November 9th

Malfunctioning machine affects leaf collection

November 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Don’t count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.

The borough’s leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the borough’s 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’s meeting.

Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the borough’s street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.

Young OKs fire contract with Punxsy

November 10, 2011

WALSTON — 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’s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.

November 8th

Incumbents remain safe

November 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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’s turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters —29 percent of the county’s 27,949 registered voters — 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’s general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.

Incumbent council member Steele fails to make the cut

November 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 “Toby” 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.

Two DuBois men injured in severe 119 crash

November 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —Two drivers escaped with their lives in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119 by Riker’s 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.

November 7th

Powderpuff 'Tuff'

November 7, 2011

The Savage Seniors defeated the Jaw-Dropping Juniors 24-8 in Monday night’s Powderpuff game at Jack LaMarca Stadium. At halftime, Matt Rowland (second from right) — escorted by Adrienne Hess — was crowned king of the King’s Court, and Kendall Neal (second from left) — escorted by Abigail Wright — was crowned prince.

Chamber, PRIDE reinforce staying ‘home’ during Home for the Holidays

November 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The holiday season will not begin and end with the annual Home for the Holidays parade, the Circle of Trees illumination and the arrival of Santa Claus.

The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and PRIDE seek groups, businesses and organization to host current and ongoing holiday activities for Punxsy’s month-long Christmas celebration: From the start of special events Saturday, Nov. 26, through Christmas Day.

November 6th

Voters to decide on commissioner, council, school board races Tuesday

November 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday is Election Day, when voters go to the polls to decide several important local races, including Jefferson County Commissioner, Punxsutawney Borough Council and Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors.

The candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner include Republican incumbents Paul Corbin and James P. McIntyre; Jeffrey Pisarcik, Democratic incumbent; and Democratic challenger Patrick J. McFall. Voters will not be able to vote for more than three.

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