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March 3rd, 2011

Police: Scamming season is here again

March 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents who’ve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.

Fedigan said there’s such a large variety of scams occurring that it’s hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.

March 2nd

Council eyes another appeal

March 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council continues to discuss the possibility of appealing Judge John Foradora’s ruling regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.

Last week in a written opinion, Foradora denied council’s appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission’s order to rehire Andrekovich.

According to Brian Gabriel, of Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C., Pittsburgh, the law firm representing the borough in its appeal, no decision has been made whether or not to appeal Foradora’s opinion.

‘Drumbeat to War’ opens Saturday

March 2, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County History Center Director Ken Burkett is duly excited, as Saturday, the first exhibit of “Drumbeat to War” begins in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A new exhibit will open every six months for the next five years. The exhibit opening Saturday focuses on the early recruitment of soldiers from the Jefferson County area.

The first exhibit will be on display for one year, and the second exhibit will open in a separate room this September.

County welcomes new victim/witness services coordinator

March 2, 2011

BROOKVILLE — This week, District Attorney Jeffrey D. Burkett welcomed Michelle Fusco as the new victim/witness coordinator, who works to protect the rights of victims of adult offenders.

Fusco moved here from Elk County, where she has more than 14 years experience in Victim Services. She has worked specifically with crime victims for the last 10 years.

She said cases are given to her by law enforcement, district judges and self-referrals.

March 1st

Drivers uninjured in crash

March 1, 2011

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident involving coal trucks around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday along Route 210, North Mahoning Township.

Both trucks, owned by Rosebud Trucking of Kittanning, were traveling, one in front of the other along Route 210, when both drivers lost control on the icy road.

The road conditions caused the one truck to travel into a ditch, while the other blew out tires and ruptured its fuel tank, causing a small diesel fuel spill.

DAR salutes Good Citizenship Award recipient, essay winner

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsy chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized PAHS senior Melissa Blose with its annual Good Citizenship Award, as well as 2010-11 essay winner Sadie Plyler, a student at the Punxsutawney Christian School.

• At PAHS, Blose is involved in Spanish Club; Key Club, serving as vice-president this year; is a Special Olympics helper; an office helper; and served on the Middle States planning team.

Restored fees remain the key target for waste authority

March 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Last week, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority discussed possible contracts with private waste haulers that could balance the operating budget.

Despite that possibility, persuading the state legislature to reinstate administration fees is still the No. 1 priority for the authority.

The administration fee would provided the authority with a payment — typically between $2 and $4 — for each ton of waste collected. The authority operated in a fiscally-healthy way until the administration fee was removed pending a court case.

February 28th

Flood Watch

February 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH — Although the rain had stopped, Jefferson County remained under a flood warning until 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a warning extended from 6:15 p.m. earlier in the day.

Sun is expected today, with temperatures dropping into the 20s tonight.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the flood warning included Punxsy, Summerville, Reynoldsville, Dora, Clear Creek State Park, Brookville and Brockway.

With new governor, county may house state inmates

February 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel was optimistic Monday that state inmate transfers could be possible in the future.

The county jail has long been interested in housing state inmates, because the jail receives $55 per day for each out-of-county inmate it houses. Currently, the jail has increased revenues by housing inmates from Elk, Cameron and McKean counties.

It's that time of year for cookie lovers

February 28, 2011

By Jennifer Barr
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, a magical time has arrived once again this year, as boxes upon boxes filled with the famous Girl Scout cookies have been delivered.

Girl Scout cookies are much enjoyed by the community. However, selling them also teaches the girls who are involved in Girl Scouts basic but essential life lessons.

By going door-to-door selling cookies, girls learn communication and people skills in greeting potential costumers.

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