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May 6th, 2011

County’s 911 fixes continue with fewer dollars

May 6, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Michael McNulty, a consultant who reviews the county’s 911 system and advises funding, recently reported that the county’s justification of wireline surcharges was approved.

The plan will be good for the next three years, he said. Each resident with a land-based telephone line pays $1.50 per month, and that money is used to upgrade and maintain the 911 phone system in the county.

McNulty said the plan was reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC).

Juvenile suffers minor injuries in three-vehicle crash near Eagles

May 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A three-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:40 p.m. Friday on East Mahoning Street in front of the Punxsutawney Eagles left one of the drivers with minor injuries.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lucy Young, of Punxsy, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street when she came upon traffic that was stopped ahead. She was unable to stop in time and struck a Dodge Dakota driven by Janice White, Punxsutawney, that was stopped in front of her.

One person injured in North Main St. crash

May 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-vehicle accident that occurred at noon Friday along Route 36/North Main Street sent a Punxsy woman to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Erika Berringer, Brookville, was driving a Dodge Durango south on North Main Street when she was unable to stop when her brakes locked up, and she struck the rear of a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in front of her driven by Bill Williams.

May 5th

Brookville hosts 33rd-annual Special Olympics

May 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,” Brookville Superintendent Sandy Craft said at the start of the 33rd-annual DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.

The games started Thursday morning, with youth from Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney, DuBois and private schools competing in track and field events and playing games in the Olympic Park.

Mahaffey names bridge in honor of 32-year Marine Landy

May 5, 2011

MAHAFFEY — A ceremony Thursday authoritatively designated a bridge on State Route 3011 over the Chest Creek in Clearfield County as the “Sergeant Major Morton Shea Landy Bridge,” in honor of a 32-year Marine.
State Sen. Don White was among those honoring Landy, 82, of Mahaffey.

Landy entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 and is a highly-decorated veteran. When he retired after serving for 32 years and 30 days, he had attained the rank of major and was only the second person to serve two years beyond the 30-year limit.

Recycling reaches another record in county

May 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is not sure how it will be funded in the future, but it is clear residents are taking advantage of the services offered.

The authority, which maintains and operates more than 20 recycling collection sites in the county, reportedly turned in nearly 626 tons of recyclable materials last year.

The figure marks a new high for the authority, which collected 65.7 tons of recyclables in 1996, its first year in existence.

May 4th

Voters pose questions for commission hopefuls

May 4, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a candidate’s forum Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The forum was sponsored by the Brookville and Punxsutawney Area and the Greater DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce, TURN (Taxpayers United for Representation Now) and Pennsylvana Freedom Fighters.

Each candidate was given time to answer several questions read by moderator Randy Bartley.

Wednesday’s Spirit featured the first question, regarding how government should be transparent for the people to easily follow.

Ex-teacher gets five to 10 years for sex assault against student

May 4, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A former Brookville Junior-Senior High School math teacher and coach was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility after she pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault Wednesday.

During Wednesday’s plea and sentencing court, Judge John H. Foradora sentenced Karin Hetrick, Summerville, to no less than five to a maximum of 10 years in a state correctional facility for the first count of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

ROTARY SALUTES NHS MEMBERS

May 4, 2011

The Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted members of the PAHS chapter of the National Honor Society during the club’s spring banquet Wednesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Senior NHS members are (front, from left) Jocelyn Hughes, Lauren McGarvey, Katrina Anderson, Sue Ann Smith, Stephanie Young, Alexandria Heitzenrater, Melissa Blose, Keri Dinsmore, Shannon Byerly, Krystin Vanderpool, Milea Schall, Timi Shiock, Danielle Knopick, Jacquelyn Barnett, Danica Refernce, Emily Forrest, Kayla Knox; (back) Superintendent and NHS advisor Dr.

May 3rd

Borough’s summer construction calls for ‘lots of patience’

May 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A word from Borough Manager Ben White to busy motorists and pedestrians as the borough’s summer construction season draws near: “Patience ... lots and lots of patience this summer.”

During Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday, Chairman Roger Steele said the Torrence Street widening project is going as planned, and crews hope to pave the soon-to-be two-way street this week — weather-permitting, of course.

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