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August 29th, 2011

Firefighters endure strenuous conditions to volunteer

August 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It has been a long, hot summer for everyone, especially those who work outdoors. But there is a certain group that must deal with heat and dehydration issues throughout the year: Firefighters.
Firefighting is a tough job, work so physically intense that it demands every ounce of energy a firefighter can muster. Sometimes, it takes a toll.

County looks into residents’ concerns about Mortgage Electronic Registry System

August 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — For the past few months, Tea Party members have been asking the Jefferson County Commissioners to research a mortgage-recording system that they believe is causing the county to lose money.

MERS, a Mortgage Electronic Registry System, is set up to allow the assignment of mortgages without recording the assignment in the county recorder's office.

Because of the concern displayed by some Brookville residents, the commissioners asked the county's solicitor, Jim Dennison, to thoroughly examine MERS.

BREAKING NEWS — Coroner, police ID man who drowned at Hemlock

August 29, 2011

ROSSITER — Both the Indiana County Coroner and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have identified the man whose body had been sought by numerous water rescue teams since his boat capsized Saturday afternoon on Hemlock Lake, Banks Township.

In separate reports, both Coroner Michael Baker and PSP-Punxsy said the man was identified as Gary Lynn Korney, 63, Glen Campbell.

Korney's body was difficult to find due to darkness, high winds and poor visibility, Baker said. It was discovered and removed from the lake around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

August 28th

Police: Search will continue for man missing in lake

August 28, 2011

BANKS TOWNSHIP — The family members of a 63-year-old man maintained a silent vigil on the shores of Hemlock Lake Saturday and Sunday as rescue crews and dive teams from area fire departments continued to search for him after he disappeared when the boat from which he was fishing overturned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State police, the man, whose name has not yet been released, and his son were fishing at Hemlock Lake when, for reasons unknown, the boat capsized. The man's son was able to swim the 100 yards to shore.

Big Run VFW taking over fall groundhog run

August 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 is the new coordinator of the Groundhog Fall 50K trail run, which in the past has been managed by the Punxsy Road Runners Club.

Bob Lott, Big Run post quartermaster, said over 1,000 runners have participated in the race in the past, but the running club had decided to discontinue operating it.

The race will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, in Punxsutawney.

Police: 63-year-old man presumed dead following boating accident

August 28, 2011

A 63-year-old man is presumed dead following a boating accident at Hemlock Lake Saturday afternoon, according to Punxsutawney-based State Police.

Police said the man, whose identity has not been released, was fishing in a boat with his son in Banks Township, Indiana County, around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when the boat capsized.

The victim's son was able to swim to shore, police said, and the victim was last seen by witnesses in the water near the boat.

Police suspended their search at nightfall Saturday but resumed it this morning.

The investigation is continuing.

August 26th

Like the IUP freshmen, Terry Appolonia is transitioning, too

August 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students moving into IUP-Punxsutawney’s Living-Learning Center today and Friday aren’t the only new faces on campus.

Terry Appolonia began his tenure as the dean at IUP-Punxsy July 25, after serving in various positions at the main campus since 1986. More recently, he served as the dean of students and associate vice-president for student development at the university’s main campus.

Solid Waste Authority seeks support from state lawmakers

August 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Solid Waste Authority of Jefferson County is hoping to make some headway with local lawmakers in its quest for funding.

Donna Cooper, solid waste/recycling coordinator, wants to schedule a meeting with state Rep. Sam Smith and state Sen. Joe Scarnati to update them on the authority’s funding status.

Since losing its administrative fee, the authority has been trying to stay afloat.

For 2011 drop-off donations, $11,208 has been committed, and the authority has already received $10,708 of that money. Last year, the authority received only $8,450.

August 25th

Road work will coincide with start of school

August 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Road construction throughout the Borough of Punxsutawney could create some delays when classes resume in the Punxsutawney Area School Board, according to District Transportation Director Cheryl Repik.

Repik told the school board Wednesday that she received an e-mail from Ben White, Punx-sutawney borough manager, about emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line scheduled to begin Monday at the intersection of Pine and North Findley streets.

Brookville man injured in cycle-versus-car accident

August 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Brookville man suffered moderate injuries following a motorcycle-versus-vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Dutchtown Road and Route 36/North Main Street.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said Andrew M. Duncan, 35, Punxsy, was stopped at a stop sign at the Dutchtown Road and Route 36/North Main Street intersection, while Thomas E. Curry, 52, Brookville, was traveling north on a 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.

Police said Duncan pulled into the intersection and into Curry’s path.

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