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August 28th, 2011
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students moving into IUP-Punxsutawneyâ€™s Living-Learning Center today and Friday arenâ€™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 universityâ€™s main campus.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 authorityâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 Curryâ€™s path.
The LaVelles â€” (from left) Chuck Ellenberger on drums; Gene Peterson on vocals and winds; and Dave Cremonese on vocals and keyboards â€” wrapped up the 2011 season of Music in the Park with favorites from Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdink and more Thursday evening in Barclay Square. This year saw all seven acts, including The Moore Brothers, Rocky Top, The Del Sinchak Band, The LaVelles, The Sharp Tones, G3 and Midlife Crisis â€” perform before packed Barclay Square audiences during a summer when the weather never chased any of the performances indoors.
BROOKVILLE â€” Just a few days shy of the 30-day mark, the county-wide burn ban has been lifted.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners lifted the ban at their regular meeting.
â€śThe conditions have improved,â€ť Director of Emergency Services Tracy Zents said. â€śThe natural grass is starting to come back; itâ€™s greening up again.â€ť
Although the rainfall amounts have slightly improved, Zents urges residents to remain cautious.
At 2.1 inches â€” the countyâ€™s rainfall total average for July â€” this summer has been the worst since 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When is an activity at Punxsutawney Area High School considered a graded subject, and when is it considered an extra-curricular activity?
Thatâ€™s the question Cheryl Hollis, mother of Karah L. Hollis, a former PAHS student, asked during the pubic comment portion of the Punxsy school boardâ€™s agenda Wednesday.