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August 10th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Police said early Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old Big Run teen described to them how he set two fires in an unoccupied residence Monday evening, the latest of several fires classified as arson over the last few months.
Wednesday morning, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, who faces charges of arson and related offenses; burglary; and criminal trespass pertaining to the fire that occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 8 and 12:12 a.m. Aug. 9.
Overbeck is a member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â About 20 local residents heard about WPSU-TVâs proposed âOur Town: Punxsutawneyâ Wednesday evening in the Jackson Theater, with several story ideas suggested and cameras issued to those ready to start rolling.
âYou get to tell us what you want in the show,â said Jessica Peters, who, along with fellow WPSU-TV producer Whitney Chirdon, described the process of coming up with ideas and stories, filming scenes of those stories and talking about them before all the stories are edited and prepared for a revisited âOur Town: Punxsutawneyâ set to air in October.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The tent is up, and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Companyâs Trash & Treasure Sale is ready to get underway beginning from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Sunday at 219 Elk Run Ave., next to the Elk Run Firehall in Punxsy.
Company member Patrick Meckley said the fire company has been accepting donations for the sale over the last several months, with the proceeds going toward the companyâs truck fund for a new engine.
Big Run man arrested for arson and related offenses. Follow The Spirit for all of the details.
BIG RUN â A fire at a vacant house at 201 Pennsylvania Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday has been ruled to be arson â again â by the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
And again, police have classified the fire as arson.
According to scanner reports, when Big Run Fire Chief Todd Peace arrived on-scene, there were no smoke or flames showing from the brick structure, but at least one fire was discovered inside the residence and quickly extinguished by Big Run, Sykesville and McCalmont Township firefighters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â And to think, the bright red 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ, purchased at Kuntz Chevrolet-Buick, was staring at the front door of Dave and Rita Klender's residence since about May.
The Klenders live directly across from the Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church rectory, but in the end, as the winners of the grand prize in the SS.C.D. Lawn Festivalâs annual drawing, they opted for the $15,000 in cash.
âWell, we have medical expenses, and we really need a car, but Dave and I decided to take the cash,â Mrs. Klender said Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy Coalition Against Drugs â formerly the Mayorâs Drug Task Force â announced Monday that it was formally disbanding.
During Mondayâs Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, coalition Secretary Barb Postlewaite said the group was writing the letter to thank council for the use of its chambers for its meetings, and to formally announce that it was dis-banding.
As of July 21, the coalition voted to fold following three-and-a-half years of fighting drugs in the Punxsy area, Postlewaite said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Canât find the Punxsutawney Memorial Libary and borough offices from the back parking lot of the Mahoning East Civic Center? Youâre not alone.
Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a motion to improve the signage for the rear parking lot area of the Civic Center â especially for the library.
Library Director Coral Ellshoff said there are numerous complaints from people who have difficulty in locating the libraryâs entrance from the rear parking area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School District is among five districts receiving accolades again from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for its successful use and integration of technology in its curriculum.
With the help of Learning Resources Director Gerald Gigliotti, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe presented three video vignettes filmed by PDE during the school boardâs Monday meeting.
Wolfe said that out of Penn-sylvaniaâs 200 school districts, Punxsy was one of only five chosen for the documentaries about its 21st Century
Pampering their horses during the first full day of the annual Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair are (from left) Danielle Troutman and her horse Lucky, Genelle Snyder, and Rachel Lines, with her horse Lenny. Rain kept the rides shut down at the fair Monday night, but hopefully the weather will relent enough for the rest of the week. The fair concludes Saturday.