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June 24th, 2011

Big Run fire chief asks residents to look out for suspicious behavior

June 25, 2011

BIG RUN — Following a string of suspicious and undetermined fires that have occurred in the Big Run area over the last several months, Big Run Area Fire Department Chief Todd Peace is asking residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.

Big Run Council President Nick Lantz said due to the suspicious fires, Peace is asking area residents to report any peculiar
activities that may be occurring —especially around some of the borough’s blighted properties.

The most recent fire was the Big Run Carpet fire last Sunday morning.

June 23rd

DA takes further step against synthetic drugs

June 23, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A week after Punxsutawney Borough Council sought to halt possible sales of bath salts and synthetic marijuana in the borough, District Attorney Jeff Burkett reported that he filed a civil action Monday, asking for an injunction banning the sale and possession of various forms of synthetic drugs that are sprouting up all over Pennsylvania.

According to Burkett, the Senate passed a bill June 15 that banned a number of different drugs, including synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill Thursday, but it will not go into effect for another 60 days.

PennDOT reveals plans for Harmony bridges

June 23, 2011

HARMONY — PennDOT held a public meeting at the Elk Run fire hall Wednesday to display plans for the proposed replacement of Harmony bridges No. 1 and No. 2, Route 310, in Young Township.

Ray Smith, PennDOT project manager, said the first bridge will be replaced with a concrete bridge, and the second will be replaced with a galvanized box culvert.

Smith said the bridge project is supposed to be bid in December, with construction to begin in April. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2012.

PTAG's performance of "The Skin of Our Teeth" opens tonight

June 23, 2011

When one of the characters in “The Skin of Our Teeth” decides she doesn’t like the situation that is unfolding, she brings the scene to a halt much to the dismay of those around her. Audiences will learn what happens next when they attend a performance of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy that opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the show again at 2 p.m. Sunday, and it will continue next week with nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. June 30, July 1 and 2.

June 22nd

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.

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