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July 28th, 2011

Board OKs idea to attract students to breakfast program

July 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Well, Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area School District approved free breakfast once classes resume this fall.

Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist had proposed a free breakfast day for students in all grades in order to attract more students to the program.
The board approved Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the day that free breakfast will be available to students in the district.

Geist also requested that the board approve an increase in price for a la carte lunch items that are made available as extra items for students.

Backyard Visitor

July 28, 2011

July 27th

Coming together again for Church in the Park

July 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A special service that’s been enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike, Church In The Park will be held this weekend in Barclay Square.

Jim Pond, pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Punxsy, said this year’s theme is “Come Together” to share God’s love, word, and make disciples.

Pond said those thoughts will all be pulled together during Sunday’s service at 10:30 a.m. in Barclay Square.

Students will receive updated laptop handbook

July 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative has been quite successful since the implementation of “One to One Computing” at PAHS over a year ago, Principal David London said at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

London presented the new 21st Century Learning handbooks to the board for its approval Wednesday.

The district has had “One to One” Computing — in which each high school student has his or her own laptop computer — for the last year-and-a-half, London said. But he wanted to make some changes in the handbook.

July 26th

No injuries reported in early-morning Big Run fire

July 26, 2011

BIG RUN — Area firefighters battled another structure fire in Big Run early Tuesday morning along Caroline Street, but this time, there was someone home when the blaze broke out.

Firefighters were called at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to the home of Jim Stellabuto Sr. at 204 Caroline St., Big Run, which had flames coming from the garage and heavy smoke showing from the rest of the house when crews arrived.

Ban on burning goes into effect Thursday

July 26, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Due to the recent heat wave and lack of rain, the county has decided to take some preventative measures against fires.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted a resolution imposing a 30-day ban on outdoor burning in the county, effective at noon Thursday.

The ban is in accordance with Act 1995-52 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the recommendation of Gary Frank, the district forester.

Juvenile driver treated for injuries after vehicle rollover

July 26, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old girl was transported to the hospital for injuries she suffered in a one-vehicle accident on Young Road Tuesday.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, witnesses saw the female juvenile driving a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer around 5 p.m. west on Young Road at a high rate of speed.

Police said her vehicle struck the embankment on the west side of the road, which caused the vehicle to spin clockwise and roll onto the driver’s side.

July 25th

Police name victim in Sunday crash

July 25, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Monday, police identified a Reynoldsville man as the victim in Sunday’s fatal crash at the intersection of Route 536 and Route 36 in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Gary Brian Travis, 48, Reynoldsville, was operating a 2006 Toyota Tacoma when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign on Route 536 and pulled out in front of a 2007 International tractor-trailer driven by Fredrick Rose, 55, Fort Wayne, Ind., which was traveling south on Route 36.

Local seniors enjoying new JCAAA center

July 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Senior Center isn’t gone; it’s just moved somewhere else nearby.

The building that housed the center was demolished last week to accommodate the construction of Grace Place, and the center is now located in the basement of the former Grube Hospital boiler room.

The center’s director, Tracy Miller, said she loves the new space, which has been open for two weeks and offers advantages over the former center.

Jail Board to examine possible policy review

July 25, 2011

BROOKVILLE — At the Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel asked the board to review some policies that must be updated.

According to Elbel, via a union contract, a committee meets several times a year to review polices to see where the jail is lacking and where it is not.

The committee met last week. Elbel believes that many revisions need to be made.

But because there are so many, he is asking the board to review them by next month’s meeting date, with the hope of voting on them Aug. 22.

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