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March 16th, 2011

Brookville falls beneath entitlement community cut-off point

March 16, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Borough Council Tuesday discussed the grim results of the 2010 U.S. Census, which could end up costing the borough significant money over the next 10 years.

The official borough population is now 3,924, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grants Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to boroughs with a population of 4,000 or more.

In 2000, Brookville had an official population of 4,182, which secured CDBG funds totalling more than $90,000 annually over the past decade.

Thistle & Pine celebrates St. Pat’s Day the right way — like the Irish

March 16, 2011

MARION CENTER — Thistle & Pine Celtic & Country Collectibles celebrates all things Celtic, but come St. Patrick's Day, the focus is on the Irish. And that draws people to the store from far and wide, according to owner Teresa Perry.

"Once people know we're here, they come down and maybe embrace their heritage," she said about the five-year-old store located along Route 119, about a mile south of the Home Made Restaurant.

Perry said her family is of Scottish-Welsh descent, traced to the 1600s, and her father played the bagpipes, "so I had the whole influence growing up."

March 15th

Perhaps not the end of the ruling

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council surprised a number of people when it announced Monday that it would appeal Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John Foradora’s ruling on the Brian Andrekovich case.
Foradora wrote in his ruling that the court concurred with a July 2010 Civil Service Commission report that there was insufficient evidence to support the council’s reasoning behind firing Andrekovich stemming from the August 2009 death of Stephen Obbish, 48, in the back of a borough police patrol car.

Rotary ‘likes’ Facebook for annual Radio Auction

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just in time for its annual Radio Auction, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club has joined the Facebook revolution.

“Facebook has been something that’s been kicked around in the club, on how to expand our presence in the community,” said Tom Chelgren, auction chairman, adding that the site is very proactive, in that if someone posts something, everyone who “likes” the page is immediately notified.

“Rotary International has also been advocating having more of a presence on the Internet,” he said.

Two county residents challenge candidates’ petitions

March 15, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Two county residents are asking Judge John Foradora to strike the names of two candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners from the May 17 primary election ballot.

Crash sends man, 22, to hospital

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Route 36, Bell Township, sent a Punxsutawney man to an Altoona hospital.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Tucker E. Smith, 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 36 when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Melanie R. Serian, 38, Punxsutawney, in the front left corner.

March 14th

Council will appeal judge's Andrekovich job decision

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutaney Borough Council opted to continue its appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission's ruling that ordered council to give terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Brian Andrekovich his job back.

During council's meeting Monday, Solicitor Timothy Morris read a statement regarding the decision handed down by Judge John H. Foradora on the borough's appeal of the commission's ruling and why borough council will continue to appeal.

Council denies police request

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With a 5-2 vote Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council defeated Police Chief Tom Fedigan's request to begin the process of offering a new Civil Service examination to create a new eligibility list in order to hire a full-time borough police officer.

Fedigan said he wants to begin the process of hiring a new full-time police officer, which would require the scheduling of a civil service exam.

Council member William Spencer made the motion, which was seconded by Robert Reesman.

School board mulls over Corbett’s proposed budget

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Almost a week after Gov. Tom Corbett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget that would slash education funding in Pennsylvania, administrators and the school board are still trying to make heads or tails from the proposed budget.

Last Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting about $550 million, or 10 percent, in funds for instruction in K-12 public schools and eliminating all $260 million in grants that will be given this year to school districts to invest in learning, including pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.

‘Incredible’ entertainer performing in Punxsy

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — John Davidson said he wanted to study human behavior as a student at Denison College in Ohio, but he didn't do it as a psychology or sociology major.

"I took courses in theater, and the plays are all about human behavior," Davidson said last week. "So I met a lot of theater people, and I thought they were more motivated and socially aware than the other kids at Denison."

He became a theater arts major, and this road took him to Broadway, TV, film and to his current tour, which stops in Punxsy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Punxsutawney Area High.

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