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March 24th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” A former Punxsutawney man was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including identity theft, with a total of $99,000 owed in restitution.
Michael J. Lainey, c/o the Jefferson County jail, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity theft, access device fraud and various other charges mostly involving Gilman Lainey of Punxsy, the defendantâ€™s father, from whom he stole $90,771.
BROOKVILLE â€” Historic Brookville Inc. (HBI) will present the designs for the planned town square at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Hall.
HBI made that announcement this week after more than six months of design work and several years of dealing with environmental issues.
The final site plan includes:
â€˘ Pedestrian amenities, including a decorative walkway between the courthouse and town square.
â€˘ Lighting and adequate electricity for public performances, such as concerts and plays.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” â€śAll the worldâ€™s a stage,â€ť according to Shakespeare. Now, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. (PTAG) is proving the truth of that famous comment through its new Web site, punxsytheatre.org.
Developed through the efforts of Guild member Jef Dinsmore and Web site designer John McManigle of Brookville, the site is a â€śone-stop location for all news and information about PTAG,â€ť according to Dinsmore.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Jefferson County.
Pat Berger, executive director of Western PA CARES for Kids, was on hand for the proclamation. She said the effects of child abuse are long-term and far reaching.
â€śChild abuse is a community problem, and the community needs to be involved to prevent child abuse,â€ť Berger said. â€śThere are more than three million children abused each year, and the effects are felt by the whole area.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Will Marcellus Shale drilling in the Punxsutawney area be an asset to area businesses?
Thatâ€™s the question the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to answer when it hosts a program, â€śMarcellus Shale Development: Maximizing the Benefit for the Local Economy,â€ť 7 p.m. Wednesday at the IUP Fairman Centreâ€™s second-floor auditorium, 101 West Mahoning St.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While saying that changes in policy are needed in some state government departments, State Sen. Joe Scarnati said Tuesday that the amount of money in this yearâ€™s proposed budget simply will not increase.
The state senate has held the line on taxes the last four years, and Scarnati said taxes will not be increased this year.
â€śItâ€™s clear that taxpayers donâ€™t have any more to give,â€ť he said.
Therefore, he said the state has to find a way to fund necessary and desirable programs with the money available.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Out with the old and in with the new, as the Lindsey Fire Company received its new tanker Monday.
Lynn Kolaja, of Kolaja Fire Equipment Sales in Union City, said he drove the truck from Delavan, Wis., where it was built by U.S. Tanker.
Kolaja said the new tanker was constructed on a Freightliner commercial chassis; has a 3,000-gallon tank; a 3,000 gallon port-a-tank; and a 500-gallon-per- minute pump, which will allow firefighters to attach hose, if need be.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The honor was given last year, but Tuesday, state Sen. Joe Scarnati saluted CRW Home Center and its owners, Tim and Cindy Chambers, as the 2010 Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
The award is given annually to a business that exemplifies the values and principals of a community-oriented small business.
â€śThese businesses are the foundation of our communities throughout the Commonwealth,â€ť Scarnati said. â€śFor that reason, it gives me great pleasure to be here today and to recognize CRW Home Center.â€ť
BROOKVILLE â€” Monday, the Jefferson County Jail Board discussed a program that could bring state inmates back to their counties of residence for the final six months of their prison terms.
Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel said the state Department of Corrections (DOC) has contacted him, and he expressed interest in participating in the program, which is designed to assimilate state inmates into their hometown communities prior to release, said Susan Bensinger, deputy DOC press secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) has pledged to stand beside the school board as both board and union members fight cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.
During the public comment portion of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's agenda last Monday, PAEA President Don Gill read a prepared statement, saying the PAEA "will stand beside you to fight" the proposed cuts.