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PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted the sponsors and winners in its fifth annual Circle of Trees event, following a year which will be hard to top, according to the event chairman.
The winners in this yearâs Circle of Trees were the Punxsy Garden Club, named Best Overall, with a $600 prize; Friends of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Best Day Appearing; and the Punxsy Career Womenâs Club, Best Nighttime Appearing, both with $400 prizes.
FALLS CREEK â A commuter aircraft that had taken off from the DuBois-Jefferson County Airport landed safely minutes after take-off due to a mechanical issue Wednesday.
The plane â carrying 10 passengers total, according to Falls Creek VFD Chief Mark Miller â had just taken off, but around 2:38 p.m., the crew radioed the tower in order to make an emergency landing.
âThey were showing some icing on the rear side of the wings,â Miller said, adding that the flight return to DuBois was a precautionary measure.
âą Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.
Weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length, Natasha was the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
âą By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Community Centerâs Jackson Theater will receive some equipment upgrades and become even more of a local attraction in coming months, thanks to a grant from Dominion Energyâs philanthropic foundation.
BROOKVILLE â The chief administrator for Jefferson County Court system is ready to call it a career when, at the end of the month, after 27 years of serving the county in various capacities, she will retire.
Patricia Ellis, Jefferson County Court System administrator, first worked for District Judge George Miller's office. After that, she worked with adult and juvenile probation.
After the two departments split, she worked for juvenile probation, then as the judicial secretary under Judge Edwin Snyder.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.
Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.
Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.
BROOKVILLE â Sasha Young grew up listening to a police scanner.
So it seemed only natural when she followed in the footsteps of her family members and became a fifth-generation firefighter.
But that's not the only hat she wears.
Three to four times a week, she puts on a headset a little different from her firefighting helmet and assumes the role of a 911 dispatcher.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Had Steven Whiteâs mail route not taken him to Sutton Street, he may not have discovered a spiritual path that led to his recent ordination as a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church.
âI was a mailman, and I parked out front (of the church),â White, of Juneau, said. âHe saw me and said, âDo you want to see our restoration?ââÂ
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Several area police officers recently spent a day qualifying on handguns, shotguns and assault rifles (ARs) at the Punxsutawney Borough Police firing range in Young Township.
Sheriff and range master Carl Gotwald Sr. said his job as range master individually gives instructions to the shooters.
âWe try to limit it to five to six individuals shooting at one time per instructor during daylight hours,â he said. For night shoots at the firing range, they try to have one instructor for every three shooters for more control.