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October 14th, 2011

Salvation Army eyes today’s auction to aid ongoing services

October 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Salvation Army’s Harvest Auction has a new radio home this year.

The auction, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, can be heard this year on WECZ AM 1540, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsy Salvation Army.

Jache said the community has been very generous to the corps this year, as there is more than $10,000 in merchandise that has been donated to this year’s auction.

October 13th

Police investigate rash of recent area burglaries

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Borough and state police agencies are investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred within just days of each other.
In the Borough of Punxsutawney, borough police are investigating two burglaries, including one that occurred sometime overnight between Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at Neko’s Restaurant & Lounge, Elk Run Avenue.

Police said someone forcibly entered the business and removed a cash register containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene undetected. The incident was reported Sunday morning, police said.

Suspect without attorney; hearing continued

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The commonwealth agreed to a continuance for Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last month.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

Family, friends and courage help local woman battle health problems

October 13, 2011

Even though cancer survivor, Cheryl Myers has had to undergo major surgery and extensive treatment programs to fight seven life-threatening health problems during the past 14 years, her most difficult moments did not occur in the operating rooms. 

Quietly recalling the incidents, she paused to say, “Hearing the doctor say that I had breast cancer and then having to tell my family about it were the hardest things I’ve had to do.”

October 12th

Graffius Bridge should be open by Oct. 31

October 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After months of work, a favorite shortcut to Route 310 for motorists and pedestrians — the Graffius Avenue Bridge — should reopen by Monday, Oct. 31.

Workers from contractor Francis J. Palo poured the final approach slab on the Wellington Heights side of the bridge this week, along with beginning roadway reconstruction on the Route 310 side, according to Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector in charge.

Starr said crews are preparing to pour curbs and sidewalks near Nekos. The sidewalk leading from the bridge to Route 310 will be poured.

ATA delays reshaped Torrence project

October 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street road construction project is complete, but it could have looked much different if the ATA Transit Center would have been constructed differently on its North Findley Street lot.

Ideally, the Torrence Street intersection would have lined up in a T-intersection with Pine Street, but because the ATA project wasn’t able to purchase the properties further down Findley Street, it could only be constructed on the property it acquired, Borough Manager Ben White said Monday.

Local author sidesteps ‘Bubbles’ in latest work

October 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just because local author Julie Branken has published a novel for adults doesn’t mean that the bubble has burst on her series of “Bubble” fantasy/adventure books for youngsters.

Instead, Branken describes “Love, Life or Diamonds” as a 25-year work in progress.

“I would classify it as a love story, with fights, adventure and intrigue,” she said.

“It’s a girls’ book,” she added.

October 11th

Schools, community seek to prevent ugly, discriminatory behavior

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The group of eight to 10 youngsters, in their early teens, surrounded the smaller group of middle-school-aged children at Harmon Field a few weeks ago, and wouldn’t let them leave the circle. But it wasn’t a game.

The surrounding youngsters taunted the others with foul language and racial epithets. They told the surrounded youngsters that they didn’t belong here, because they come from a family of mixed races, white and black.

Then it happened again, shortly after the children’s mother filed a report with police.

Speaker discusses how someone’s civil rights can be violated

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Exactly what a violation of someone’s civil rights is was explained during an assembly at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School Tuesday.

“The practice or policy of discrimination ... foments domestic strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, and undermines the foundation of a free democratic state,” said Robert G. Flipping Jr., intake and education and community services supervisor for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).

Punxsy students hit PSSA targets, but higher goals are on the horizon

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the PSSA exams is not a new development: They have been doing so for years, according to Richard Galluzzi, director of federal programs and curriculum.

"I'm so happy to announce this every year," he said Tuesday. "This town needs to be proud of its teachers and its students. They work hard and listen to the teachers."

Monday, Galluzzi told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that in 2010 and 2011, students achieved AYP across the board, and Tuesday, he detailed some of the results.

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