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May 22nd, 2011
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Grasshoppers in February
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The family of Stephen Obbish will receive $250,000 through the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Punxsutawney, the mayor and two employees, according to the mediation settlement with Obbishâ€™s family.
The mediation agreement between the borough and the family members of Obbish, who died Aug. 15, 2009, in the back seat of a borough police cruiser, was released this week by Punxsutawney Borough Council and the familyâ€™s counsel, Chad A. Wissinger, Esq.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A little piece of downtown Punxsy nostalgia is back, as Caterinaâ€™s Dolce Cucina owner Katie Laska has installed a few of the single-seat booths from the former Ruth & Harryâ€™s Restaurant in her coffee shop.
The left-hand wall inside Caterinaâ€™s was once shared with Ruth & Harryâ€™s, which closed in 1994 and was razed in the late 1990s. Hair Trends now occupies the space.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the first â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for the summer of 2011, the recipient â€” the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts â€” probably has the most functional use of all gardens in town.
Some of the plants in the garden â€” cited for the month of May by the Punxsutawney Garden Club â€” are edible herbs, such as mint, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, peppers and others, that may be used in dishes prepared by culinary students.
â€śI want to know if the peppers are extremely hot,â€ť said Richard Manslow, project director for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. â€śIâ€™m dying to know.â€ť
DELANCEY â€” A Brookville man was flown to Altoona Hospital following a two-vehicle accident along Rote 310 in Young Township.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 3:36 p.m. Thursday near Adrian Road.
Police said Dylan L. Baughman, 18, Brookville, was traveling south on Route 310 when, for unknown reasons, his 2003 Madza Protege crossed the center line and struck a 2004 Dodge Durango operated by Robert C. Siple, 36, Reynoldsville, which was traveling northbound.
Mayor James Wehrle (right), here with Pat Rougeux (center), American Legion Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary Unit 62 secretary and poppy chairperson, and Brenda Scarantine, Unit 62 treasurer (left), has issued a proclamation declaring today and Saturday as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days. Members of the post and Unit 62 will conduct their Poppy Program from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Wal-Mart, Comet Market and County Market.
BIG RUN â€”The members of Big Run Borough Council said Monday they would pursue the perpetrators of vandalism throughout town and prosecute them if they are caught.
Council member John Smeal said vandals tipped over a Porta-John at Centennial Ball Field this past weekend.
Council will continue to monitor the parks and ball fields within the borough, and will prosecute anyone who is found damaging or defacing public property, Smeal said, adding that the borough will incur an additional charge since the company that owns the porta-john had to come out Sunday to put it back up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough and school district officials heard PennDOTâ€™s plans for replacing Sawmill Run bridge on Route 36 (West Mahoning Street) at a public meeting Wednesday in council chambers.
Bob Kozlenchar, Gannett & Fleming project manager for the bridge replacement, said the replacement of the bridge will not occur until the 2013 construction season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During its meeting Wednesday at Maryâ€™s Place, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club named Shana Maines, daughter of Samuel and Virginia Maines of Big Run, as the recipient of the Glenn M. Means Outstanding Vocational Student Award.
A member of the Jeff Tech Class of 2011, Maines participated in the Career and Technical Student Organization; the National Technical Honor Society; the National Society for High School Scholars; the Cosmetology Shop; Dance Committee and Colorguard.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.
Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.
Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).
Corbin and McIntyreâ€™s names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.