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September 28th, 2011

Crews activate Torrence/Findley devices

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street traffic light project was given a green light — literally — Wednesday, as the new traffic signals were put into service by sub-contractor Perram Electric of Ohio.

Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, said through the project, council is exploring a way to decrease the traffic flow on Mahoning Street, with the widening of Torrence Street as part of a PennDOT traffic study.

‘Pizza & Prevention’ hits 10-year mark Saturday

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the 10th straight year, Scott Anthony, owner of Fox’s Pizza Den in Punxsutawney, is sponsoring “Pizza and Prevention” from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

During Pizza and Prevention, Fox’s is offering a Big Daddy Pepperoni Pizza for only $9.11.

Along with the fund-raiser, “Touch the Truck” is back again this year with a twist, as the new $322,000 Elk Run fire engine — financed by the borough — will be delivered to the department today and on display Saturday with other Punxsutawney Fire Department equipment along South Findley Street.

September 27th

Rega seeks help from Italian consulate

September 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The post-conviction appeal hearing for Robert G. Rega of Punxsutawney resumed Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, when Rega’s attorneys requested a continuance on his contention that he would have been entitled to some type of legal assistance from the Italian consulate in Philadelphia because he’s an Italian national.

PAHS to crown Homecoming Queen, Princess Friday

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sept. 8, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Homecoming Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Cenneca Dilts, Brooke Doney, Adrienne Hess, Alexandria Magill, Keaton Mohney, and Alissa Vite.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess, after the official crowning during halftime of Friday’s homecoming football game against Karns City.

Colleen Means named club’s Career Woman of the Year

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Career Women’s Club named Colleen Means as its Career Woman of the Year during a dinner Tuesday evening.

Means, who teaches fifth-grade reading and language arts at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, has been a teacher for the past 28 years.

She is also the co-chairperson of the club’s Girl of the Month Committee.

Also, for the past 20 years, Means has been in charge of the group’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic, which is held as part of the Groundhog Festival.

Means said she was very surprised to receive the award, and she is very thankful.

September 26th

Let's hang another banner: Chucks claim District IX title from Bradford

September 26, 2011

BRADFORD — Behind a pair of 79s and a pair of 87s, the Punxsy boys' golf team shot a team score of 332 to win the District IX championship Monday in Bradford. The Chucks even surprised their own coach a bit.

Senior Corps-RSVP names Thompson Volunteer of the Year

September 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The desire to help others has no age limit.

Celebrating 40 years of community service, Community Action Inc.’s Senior Corps-RSVP held its annual recognition luncheon this past Thursday at the Eagles.

During the event, Janeen Love, Senior Corps RSVP director, named Ted Thompson, of Brookville, as the program’s Volunteer of the Year. He received the award from Jefferson County Commissioners Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik.

September 25th

Spirit’s Appreciation Day a success

September 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis Jr. The golden days of the legendary Rat Pack.

It's not the kind of music on the average sixth-grader's iPod, but it's what 11-year-old Punxsy native Gabrielle Vallese likes, and she liked Dino's song “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes” so much, her energetic performance of that standard netted her top honors in The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Punxsy's Got Talent” event this past Saturday.

Legion retires flags

September 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — An official flag retirement took place Sunday afternoon by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post No. 62 at the VFW in Punxsutawney. The retirement began with an official flag ceremony called "Retirement of Old Colors," before the worn-out and distressed flags were put into a bed of flames.

"This is a proper way to retire your flag," said Earnest Siverling, first vice and second in command at American Legion Post No. 62. "We're more than honored to do this with as much respect as we can muster."

September 23rd

New space at Grace Place

September 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held a mixer at the Grace Place Community Resource Center, formerly the Grube Hospital.

The Rev. Tim Spence, interim executive director for the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry Inc. (JALSM), said construction on Grace Place Apartments is 60 percent complete with occupancy scheduled for Jan. 1.
He said the apartment building is being constructed in two sections. In the first section, the sheet rock is nearing completion, while in the second section, the stud work is almost finished.

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