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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department has its share of adversity this past year, but it also had many positive developments and programs that occurred at the same time.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan noted that some of the biggest accomplishments of 2010Â came when drug arrests took place during the early morining hours of Sept. 10.
â€˘ Drug arrests â€” Fedigan said that 10 local residents from the Punxsy area were arrested on drug charges by officers from his department and with help from members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority met Wednesday, and the possibility of constructing a new, 10-year action plan was discussed.
The catch: Deve-loping an action plan that meets the state Depar-tment of Enviro-nmental Protection standards is likely to cost upwards of $30,000.
For the cash-strapped waste authority, investing that amount of money may serve to only hasten the day when operating funds no longer exist and the countyâ€™s recycling program is forced to cease. The authority typically has an annual operating budget under $150,000.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said that despite the many distractions faced by the boroughâ€™s governing body, there were still many accomplishments throughout the borough in 2010.
â€śI feel the members of council handled themselves very graciously through adversity,â€ť Glessner said. â€śWe did have some trying times, and hopefully weâ€™ve moved past them, and we can look forward to a new year.â€ť
Glessner added that council did complete a lot of projects â€” some of which took several years to complete.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Every year, one day exists when the world seems to stop spinning so quickly on its axis. In the graceful winter stillness, all is silent. Troubles and worries nearly fade away as families gather and friends reunite. Magic is made real for children. And adults watch, instead of work, as the world passes by, just for the day.
BROOKVILLE and THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN â€” Christmas will be different for Jeffrey Draa and his mother, Joann, this year. Namely, they will be together during the holidays for the first time in three years.
Draa is a member of the U.S. Navy, and serves on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which has been at sea for the past 211 days, according to Lt. Katie Cerezo, assistant public affairs officer for the Truman. Draa has been on board for that entire duration.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a silent winterâ€™s night, with only the soft jingle of silver bells to disturb the stillness, Punxsutawney native Betty Daughenbaugh would set out along Sprankle Mills Road on a horse-drawn sled. That cherished childhood memory of a lovely, snow-white sleigh ride is a recollection that Daughenbaugh has revisited often in her 90 years. It is one she was certain was meant to remain only a memory as she is now just a decade shy of a century.
Nevertheless, this year, all Daughenbaugh really wanted for Christmas was a trip down memory lane.
ROSSITER â€” After many years of trying, the Rossiter Playground Association completed its goal this year of constructing a playground at the Rossiter Ball Field.
Barbara Mack, association secretary, said it might never have happened if not for the help of the late John J. Mizerock Jr. of Punxsutawney.
John Mack, president of the association, said Mizerock donated money and a stone for the historical marker that was placed in Rossiter, and then encouraged the group to construct a playground in the village.
HARRISBURG â€” Area code 582 is coming soon to a phone near you.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility said 582 will be the new area code for much of northwestern Pennsylvania starting in 2012, The Associated Press said.
Last week, the commission approved a plan to divide the 814 area code. The change will affect Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties.
Parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will also get the new area code, AP said.
The commission said Tuesday the new code is expected to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.
BROOKVILLE â€” The killing of a corrections officer in Crawford County two months ago prompted the Jefferson County Jail Board to approve a change in policy Monday.
According to Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel, the Crawford County officer was killed while booking an incoming prisoner, who was unrestrained and attacked the officer without the use of a weapon.
To avoid such a disaster, Elbel and the jail board moved to install bull rings, to which the prisoner will be fastened during booking.
A change in policy Monday made it mandatory for the bull rings to be used.