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November 4th, 2011

SS.C.D., local schools celebrate $149,000 donation for scholarships

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Private schools celebrated the Pennsylvania’s Educational Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and Bridge Educational Foundation at SS.C.D. School Friday.

The Bridge Education Foundation and its donors —CSX Transportation, RBC Capital Markets, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and XTO Energy — were on hand at the Catholic school to announce $149,000 in EITC scholarships for local families.

State Sen. Joe Scarnati, president pro tempore, and state Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the state House, were in attendance to show their support for the EITC program and the local schools.

Michael Cherian reaches New Orleans with help from strangers, duct tape

November 4, 2011

NEW ORLEANS — During his 1,880-mile canoe trip to New Orleans this summer, Michael Cherian learned first-hand what it was like to be up the creek without a paddle.

In his case, however, the creek was the Mississippi River.

Cherian, rowing his customized canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie,” in honor of his grandfather, the late Edward H. Burrows — to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, reached his destination of New Orleans in September, but not before taking in a few more experiences once he finally reached the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Chamber members must be active to maintain network, president says

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If a business owner seeks to reach new clients and connections, he or she need not click a mouse on social networking Web sites.

There’s already a wireless tool for making connections, and that’s the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Board of Directors President Jeff Curtis.

Curtis, who gave a “State of the Chamber” address during the organization’s annual luncheon Thursday at the Punxsy Country Club, said if one isn’t sure what exactly the Chamber does, he or she should think about life without a Chamber of Commerce.

November 3rd

Spirit Publishing Company wins Chamber's 2011 Business of the Year Award

November 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Yes, The Punxsutawney Spirit is a small-town American newspaper, and yes, unlike some other newspapers in small-town America, it prints its product for readers and business clients daily.

And in today’s edition — oddly enough — The Spirit’s main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Business of the Year Award.

County wins $2M grant for business park

November 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The future of a $4 million business park for Jefferson County is more in reach than ever before.

The Jefferson County Development Council was recently awarded a $2 million state grant to oversee the construction of infrastructure needed for the development of a new business park.

“It’s a really good economic development project for the county, Kristin Hullihen, planning director for the Department of Development, said.
Hullihen’s office has been working on obtaining the needed funds for this project since Gov. Ed Rendell was in office.

Early-bird presenters that much closer to spring graduation

November 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s that time of year again. The early-bird senior projects were held Thursday at Punxsutawney Area High School for seniors who chose to take care of the required graduation projects in hopes of possibly providing a little more breathing room during the spring semester.

These are just a few of the projects presented to parents, advisors, mentors, faculty and the community Thursday night:

• Kayla Cameron’s senior project was a Vacation Bible School held at the Valier United Methodist Church over the summer.

November 2nd

Van Dyke & Co., Mahoning Valley Ballet return to the Jackson for ‘Dracula’

November 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, Punxsy is mere days removed from Halloween, but the music and movement of Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet’s production of “Dracula” might make one feel otherwise.

Based on the original story by Ed Zatsick with original choreography by Joan E. Van Dyke and Denny Sovich, “Dracula” is scheduled for one performance Friday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center’s Jackson Theater. See the accompanying box for details.

DISTRICT CHAMPS

November 2, 2011

The Punxsy boys’ soccer team had to wait a year to do it, but the Chucks avenged a 2-1 double-overtime loss in last year’s District IX championship game with a 2-1 overtime win to clinch the 2011 D-IX title Wednesday night in Brockway. Pictured here are the Chucks players, coaches and trainers posing with their championship plaques. For more, click on Sports.

Home for the Holidays parade seeks entries

November 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After getting a late start with planning, the Home for the Holidays parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in downtown Punxsutawney.

The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce encourages those groups, organizations, individuals and businesses that wish to be in the parade to get their registration in as quickly as possible.

Entry information and forms are available for download online at Punxsutawney.com or by calling the Chamber at 814-938-7700, ext. 2. Entry forms are requested to be completed and turned in by Nov. 18.

November 1st

Ex-officer seeks jury trial in lawsuit

November 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Almost two years after he was fired as a police officer by Punxsutawney Borough Council, Brian Andrekovich is again seeking to get his job back.

The lawsuit filed Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Penn-sylvania by attorney Susan E. Mahood of Pitts-burgh names council President Susan Glessner and Vice-President Donna Lellock, as well as council members Larry Chenoga, Mike Porada, Bob Reesman, Bill Spencer and Roger Steele as defendants, as well as Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.

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