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June 22nd, 2011

PSP fire marshal: Big Run Carpet fire was arson

June 23, 2011

BIG RUN — The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is now treating the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet early Sunday as a case of arson.

Cpl. Charles Gross, Troop-C fire marshal, said the fire that destroyed the business on Thompson Street in Big Run is undetermined at this time.

Gross said he has several samples that he took from the burned-out store that have been sent to the PSP crime lab.

It must be summer: Old Home Week is next week

June 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A long-standing summertime tradition returns next week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will hold its Old Home Week Tuesday through Saturday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Tami McFarland, president of the Old Home Week committee, said the carnival has actually been located in several different locations around town, including Maple Avenue at the baseball fields; Mahoning Street downtown; the National Guard Armory on North Findley Street; and now behind the Punxy Plaza.

East American owner offers reward after vehicle stolen from property

June 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The owner of East American Motorsports, Route 119, is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for stealing an expensive utility vehicle from the premises.

Brian Setree, who has owned and operated East American at its Route 119 location for 10 years, said actors stole a 2011 Polaris Ranger 800XP Limited Edition valued at $11,800.99 between 2 and 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

June 21st

Council asking business to stop selling bath salts

June 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police and public officials are warning the public about the dangers of ingesting bath salts or smoking synthetic marijuana as a way to get high, because the results could be fatal.

Last Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council passed a motion to send letters to all businesses in the borough, asking them not to sell either of the latest over-the-counter substances that are being used as synthetic drugs.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said bath salts in a crystallized form and synthetic marijuana have a grassy

Borough sees more high-grass violations

June 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If it seems there are more people who own property in Punxsutawney who aren’t keeping up with mowing the grass this year, members of borough council would agree with you.

Code Enforcement Officer Mary McHenry said there appears to be more high-grass violations than in other years.

McHenry said in the beginning of the lawn mowing season, she was lenient due to the heavy rainfall this spring.

When people would complain about the neighbors’ grass, she would say that she wanted to make sure the person in violation had enough time to cut it, she said.

Laurel Festival Queen

June 22, 2011

Crowned Tuesday night, 2011 Laurel Queen Lidia Boghean (center) stands with the two first runners-up, Jayce Adams (left) and Hannah Fleming. This was the first year that two contestants tied for first runner-up.

June 20th

Community bands together for local man who lost business in blaze

June 21, 2011

BIG RUN — After a devastating fire Sunday, Big Run Carpet owner Jeff London, who vowed to keep his business running, received some surprise help.

Monday, local volunteer firefighters and community members presented him with two temporary shelters to house an office and carpet samples as he recovered from the blaze that destroyed his business. The shelters, one of which was sent over by local firefighters, were delivered to the scene of the fire on Thompson Street Monday.

Wagon train rolls into Punxsutawney

June 21, 2011

TROUTVILLE — It will seem like the Old West this week when the Appalachian Wagon Train travels through the Punxsutawney area today and Wednesday.

The wagon train has been traveling throughout Pennsylvania since 1970 and travels anywhere from 12 to 20 miles per day.

Dick Stewart, president, said this is a family-oriented and church-oriented event, which is focused on a historical site or event that took place in the Appalachian regions of Pennsylvania.

June 19th

Big Run Carpet owner vows to keep business going after fire

June 20, 2011

BIG RUN – A massive fire may have devastated the business that has been in his family more than 30 years, but Big Run Carpet owner Jeff London said he'll sell carpet from his barn, his garage or a tent if he must.

“I have already been on the phone with three sales representatives,” he said Sunday afternoon, just hours after the major fire all but destroyed the business. “They'd better be bringing me samples tomorrow. I'll be selling out of a tent if I have to.

Fire destroys Oliveburg home

June 20, 2011

OLIVEBURG — A truck in the driveway of a burning house caused responders to fear the worst during a fire early Saturday in Oliveburg.

Luckily, their fears of someone trapped inside the home along Route 36 were unfounded.

"We knew the owner drove a car, and she wasn't in there, but (we initially thought) maybe someone else was in there, " Bruce Baughman, Oliver Township Fire chief, said.

But once firefighters were able to enter the home, he said, they were able to determine that no one was inside the residence at the time the fire broke out.

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