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August 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Preparations continue for one of the most popular events of the summer in Punxsutawney, The Ss. Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Roman Catholic Church 72nd annual Lawn Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday.
Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival committee, said the festival has a broad appeal, and those who attend are not just from the Punxsy area.
Hetrick said the festival is known throughout the area. He helps spread the word, delivering a booklet detailing the festival to 15 different Roman and Byzantine Catholic churches from Coalport to Clarion every summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Progress continues on the downtown Punxsutawney Traffic signal upgrade project, according to Roger Steele, chairman of Public Works.
Steele, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, said that traffic has been snarled during the day all week, with the installation of the new lights and poles yet to come.
Traffic will get worse before it gets better, he said, as crews continue to move forward with the upgrade.
Evelyn Gresock (left), and John Haag, both of Punxsutawney, enjoy lunch at Library Days at County Market. Wednesdayâ€™s winner of the silent auction for Pittsburgh Steeler tickets was Julie Clark. Friday will be the day that raffle prizes will be drawn. Library Days continues daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.
BIG RUN â€” Another fire in Big Run has been ruled arson by the state police fire marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has entered the investigation and is offering a reward for tips that could lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the arsons.
The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved with any of the fires in the Big Run borough area.
BIG RUN â€” As the number of arson fires in the Big Run area continues to mount following the ruling that a second fire at a house on Caroline Street was intentionally set on fire, people are becoming more concerned.
Area residents, whose names will remain anonymous, said they are afraid to go to sleep at night because of the worry that their homes could be next.
Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president,said that many people who live in Big Run are asking him what they can do to help deter any more arson fires â€” and catch the individual(s) who are starting these blazes.
Cindy Hill (left), a committee volunteer for Friends of the Library, set up a used book sale in front of County Market Tuesday to help raise money for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Hill said the committee plans to donate the money from the used book sale to the young adult section this year. Buying books to help benefit the library is Roxanne Morris. The book sale was part of Library Days, which continue daily this week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.
The Punxsy 13- and 14-year-old VFW Teener League All-Stars clinched the state title with a 14-6 win over Schuylkill County East All-Stars Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney. Pictured with the championship trophy are players: (front, from left) Matt Griffith, Ruben Taylor, Doug Pollock, Tyler Geer, Ryan Jones; (second row) T.J. Petro, Zach Bevak, Ethan Ambler, Dakotah Byers, Bryson Paulinellie, Brandon Blose, Keeston Perry and Lance Pennington.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As it happens over time, some things begin to wear down and need to be refurbished. The same can be said about some of the "Phantastic Phils!" throughout Punxsy.
Recently, "Fireman Phil," on display in front of the Central Fire Department at the Mahoning East Civic Center, was taken into the shop for restoration by one of its original co-creators, Nance Finley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Library Days continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week, with Ice Cream Day today at Fezell's County Market in the Groundhog Plaza.
The event is a week-long fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
"With all the budget cuts of other libraries, we like to do everything we can to keep our library open," library board Vice-President Barbara Burkett said.
BIG RUN â€” Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.
This time, the fire â€“ again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence â€“ destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.
Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.