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April 7th, 2011

Police shed further light on Big Run crash Wednesday

April 7, 2011

BIG RUN — Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.

Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.

April 6th

No one injured when truck strikes porch

April 6, 2011

BIG RUN — A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.

Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.

Committee eyes street directions for Cranberry Alley

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A question as to whether Cranberry Alley should be changed to a one-way street was one of the items discussed at Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting.

Committee Chairman Mike Porada revisited the discussion of the issue from last month regarding speeding on Cranberry Alley behind the Chamber of Commerce office following a complaint from Penn Arms, whose building borders the alley.

UPDATE: Troopers arrest eight in drug sweep

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-year investigation has yielded the arrest of eight individuals who, police say, are accused of distributing a controlled substance — mainly marijuana.

During a press conference Wednesday, officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, described a drug sweep that began around 7 a.m. that morning, and concluded without incident around 9 a.m., according to Lt. Bernard Petrovsky.

Trooper Jamie LeVier, public information officer for Troop C, said the two-year investigation focused on the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.

April 5th

Committee eyes spring paving projects

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee is looking at upcoming street paving projects.

Tuesday, committee Chairman Roger Steele said liquid fuel bids for the projects will be opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Steele said at this time, there is no update on what is being bid, nor how much the borough can afford to do.

Ben White, borough manager, said the bids were advertised, and there have been many contractors who have picked up bid packages.

Bowlers roll strikes for "Bowl for Kids' Sake," Big Brothers, Big Sisters

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — March 26, teams and individuals took part in the annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” to enable mentoring for local youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County (BBBS).

To participate in the bowling event, each member had to raise a minimum of $35. Each individual who raised $50 was rewarded with a T-shirt. Further, the participant who raised the most money was awarded the top prize donated by local businesses. This year, the top prize package consisted of a Sony digital camera.

Attendants enjoyed two games, as well as food, entertainment and prizes.

School board: Keep or sell the truck?

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As passage of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget looms, the Punxsutawney Area School District is seeking to keep funds in check as it eyes a possible loss of almost $2 million, should Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget pass.

A period of discussion focused on a building and grounds vehicle, which has seemingly been replaced with a vehicle that has fewer than 2,000 miles on it after two years, board member Bob Pascuzzo said.

Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said he would like to keep a 1994 GMC, citing it as more of an asset instead of selling it.

April 4th

Bernadette Peters coming to IUP

April 4, 2011

INDIANA — The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will bring award-winning actor, dancer, singer and humanitarian Bernadette Peters as next season’s Helwig Distinguished Artist.

 Peters will open the new 2011-12 Lively Arts touring artist season with a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

 Peters’ appearance will mark the 18th for a Helwig Distinguished Artist since the program endowment was created in 1987 by Punxsutawney native and Indiana resident Florence Lattimer Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig.

County responds to PASR’s call to support the troops

April 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although Easter is the holiday that is approaching, it may seem more like Christmas to the American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who receive any of the care packages or “goodie boxes” being prepared and shipped abroad thanks to the generous response of area residents to a  campaign sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). 

April 3rd

Local student earns Eagle Scout honor

April 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When one of his close friends dropped out of Boy Scouts of America a few years ago, Christopher Mitchell didn't know if he would reach his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.

Through perseverance and honor, Mitchell, a Punxsutawney Area High School senior, became one of more than two million young men to achieve the highest rank attainable in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America Sunday afternoon amongst family, friends, fellow scouts and local dignitaries at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.

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