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August 19th, 2011

Principal: Charges for laptop damages should help curb ‘accidents’

August 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At least one member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board is not buying into the idea that a student who damages one of the high school’s take-home laptop computers should be responsible for financial costs — especially considering the age of the machines.

Last Monday, board member Bob Pascuzzo was the sole board member who voted against approving the 21st Century Learning handbook for the 2011-12 school year with a 7-1 vote.

Board member Penny Pierce was excused from the meeting.

Punxsy native shows his Phil pride during Jeep’s 70th anniversary celebration

August 20, 2011

BUTLER — He wasn’t there in person, but Punxsutawney Phil was well-represented during last weekend’s first-ever Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the world’s first Jeep.

Chris Phillips, a Punxsy native now living in Chicora, about nine miles east of Butler, was among the more than 1,100 Jeep owners and drivers seeking to break the Guinness record for the longest Jeep parade.

Amid the souped-up, tricked-out Jeeps in the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival parade, Phillips said he wanted his Jeep — a 2007 Wrangler — to be different from the rest.

READY TO BRING THE FUNK

August 20, 2011

The PAHS Marching Band wrapped up its annual band camp this week after working hard on its new show, “Funk 2011,” featuring songs from the film “Shaft,” as well as “Tell Me Something” and “Brick House.” Director Kurt Cessna and Assistant Director Kyle Plansinis said upcoming events include a parade Monday at Kennywood Park; the Indiana County Band Night Aug. 30; and Band Fest 2011 Sept. 17. The band will debut its new show for the home crowd during the first home football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

August 18th

PUC seeks public input on 814 issue

August 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While representatives from the telecommunications industry, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the state Office of Consumer Advocate offered views Thursday in a public hearing about proposed changes to the 814 area code, no one from the public did so.

Administrative Law Judge Katrina Dunderdale, who was assigned by the PUC to conduct the public hearings, closed the hearing after about 30 minutes because no one from the public had signed up to testify.

Country in the park

August 19, 2011

On an evening when organizers thought of moving Music in the Park indoors due to possible showers, not a drop appeared, and Rock Top brought its old-time country classics to the Barclay Square audience Thursday night. The last installment of Music in the Park for the season will be held next Thursday, with The LaVelles performing swing and country/rock. Hang on to your lawn chairs for one more night in the park.

Citizens show support of servicemen, women during covenant signing

August 19, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Residents from Brookville and the surrounding communities gathered Thursday night to show their support for U.S. servicemen and women.

The Brookville Volunteer Fire Company hosted an Armed Forces Community Covenant Service in the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium.

Before the ceremony, members from the community stood together for a picture in the shape of a heart.

August 17th

Affidavit: Overbeck confessed to other Big Run area fires

August 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run has been charged in most of the other arson and undetermined fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year, including the Little Canada and Big Run Carpet fires.

Cherie Kopas plans her garden when nothing’s growing

August 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Growing up with parents who loved to garden has inspired Cherie Kopas to create her own gardens at her home.
Winning the Punxsy Garden Club’s Garden of the Month award is something Kopas is very proud of, since her mother and father have always loved the hobby as well.

“My parents had a plant shop in Indiana,” she said. “So I was always there helping them water and take care of the plants.”

When Kopas got old enough to move into her own place, she was shocked to see that her soon-to-be home was completely bare on the outside.

GOOD TIMES IN DAYTON

August 17, 2011

Aiden Varhola, of Apollo, has fun on the amusement rides at the Dayton Fair, which continues through Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

August 16th

Big Run firefighters starting to heal after alleged betrayal

August 17, 2011

BIG RUN — While the community of Big Run breathed a sigh of relief, the fire department was left at a loss.

Aug. 10, Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police arrested Anthony Overbeck, 18, a former member of the Big Run Volunteer Area Fire Department with arson.

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett said charges against Overbeck regarding a rash of other arsons in the area are likely forthcoming.

While the arrest may have put residents of the Big Run community at ease, it likely caused much sadness for the members of the fire department.

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