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November 1st, 2011

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.

Youngsters, parents invited to ‘Get Ready for Kindergarten’

November 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — if you have a child who will attend kindergarten in the next school year, then you and your child are invited to attend “Get Ready for Kindergarten” Thursday at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
The program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the PAMS cafeteria for parents of students who will attend kindergarten in the Punxsutawney Area School District next fall, said Shari Weber, elementary principal.

Weber said parents will go to various centers dealing with a variety of subjects, such as math, language arts, fine motor skills and large motor skills.

October 31st

Truck hauling oil, antifreeze flips onto trail

October 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The driver of a box truck hauling petroleum products lost control at approximately 2:35 p.m. Monday while traveling north on Indiana Hill (Route 119) and crashed into the guardrail on the bridge, which caused the truck to flip over and land on the Mahoning Shadow Trail below.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, the truck was driven by Gerald Luchini, Weedville, for Windward Petroleum of Ridgway and was carrying barrels filled with oil and antifreeze, which spilled into a small stream that flows into the Mahoning Creek.

October 30th

Man, 70, dies in fire

October 30, 2011

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A McCalmont Township man lost his life Sunday in a fire that spread quickly and severely damaged his home at 3498 Graffius Avenue Extension.

Harry L. Hibbard, 70, McCalmont Township, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.

Snyder said Hibbard died due to smoke inhalation.

According to McCalmont Township Fire Chief Orrie Manners, the home was fully involved when he arrived on scene, and there had been a fatality.
The man was unable to escape the flames, and firefighters were unable to reach him in time.

As winter advances, so does progress on Grace Place

October 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Progress continues at a rapid rate on the Grace Place senior living apartment complex located at Pine Street and North Gilpin Street as numerous public officials, including Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, 5th Congressional district, along with Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the Pennsylvania House, received a tour Friday.

Thompson said Grace Place being constructed in Punxsy, and not out of town, makes it a great asset to the community.

Creative Garden daycare to nurture children, help them grow

October 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mere days away from Halloween, the youngsters at Creative Garden LLC, Airport Road, Bell Township, donned their costumes Friday for some special guests who helped celebrate a ribbon-cutting for their pre-school/daycare facility.

Owner Erin Cameron was joined by friends, family, staff and the children, of course, as she celebrated the culmination of a dream borne from baby-sitting children in her home in 2006, before earning her facility license in 2007.

October 28th

Thompson talks jobs, economy, oil

October 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson told the audience at Friday's "Legislative Breakfast" that despite all the doom and gloom that his constituents hear in the mainstream media regarding the economy, there is a reason to be optimistic.

Thompson was the speaker at the breakfast that was sponsored by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, and he said that the U.S. has always had challenging times throughout its history.

Jessica Newcome excels with faith, determination

October 28, 2011

Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.

Foradora denies Rega's appeal

October 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Another chapter in the appellate process of Robert Gene Rega has concluded, as Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora on Thursday denied Rega’s amended petition for Habeas Corpus Relief.

June 21, 2002, Rega was convicted of first-degree murder and various other offenses.

Upon the sentencing jury’s recommendation, the court sentenced him to death. Since that time, Rega has been housed at SCI-Greene awaiting execution.

Rega was convicted of killing night watchman Christopher Lauth at the Gateway Lodge in the Dec. 22, 2000, robbery and shooting at the lodge.

October 27th

Supervisor: Tank might have a year of life left

October 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board received a recommendation from the district’s maintenance department regarding the replacement of a cold water storage tank at Longview Elementary School.

The tank was leaking, but when a maintenance crew went to fix it, another leak started, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said.

The 1,000-gallon tank is the original to the building, and now, the district is on borrowed time as far as its reliability — maybe a year, said Phil Heitzenrater, district maintenance supervisor.

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