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April 29th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Month in the county.
Attending the proclamation meeting were Heidi Stahl-necker, BBBS program coordinator for Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, and LuAnn McMackin of the Guidance Center, which oversees the local program.
âBig Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,â Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â First-year PAHS girlsâ track and field coach Barry Young has a message for his athletes stuck on the bus or under shelter when the skies open up, as they have often this spring.
âThereâs nothing you can do about it, so try to keep a positive attitude,â he said Thursday, one of the few days rain didnât fall.
When asked what the rain gauge in his backyard said Thursday night, Charles Hoeh, the boroughâs emergency management supervisor, replied, âSwim.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the countyâs budget and property tax rates.
Attending the meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Lindsey Fire Hall, were commissioners Paul Corbin, Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik, along with candidates for commissioner David Black, Ira Sunderland and Paul Bishop.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With all the budget cuts predicted from the state education budget, the Punxsutawney Area School District is proposing $2.7 million in cuts for its 2011-12 budget.
The Punxsy district, along with other districts in Pennsylvania, are having to create budgets that deal with a large number of cuts from the state as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Wednesday, Business Administrator Susan H. Robertson told the school board that the proposed 2011-12 expenses are $38,713,742, a decrease of $2,739,013, which represents a 6.61-percent decrease over last yearâs budget.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Democratic candidates hoping for party nominations to local office in the May 17 primary met Wednesday at the Bellamauro Social Hall in Reynoldsville.
Those speaking included candidates for county commission, magisterial district justice and county auditor.
Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hilliard introduced the candidates, and thanked them for running. He also urged voters to turn out for the local elections.
The candidates for county commission vacancies include incumbent Jeffrey Pisarcik and challengers Tom Swab and Pat McFall.
SYKESVILLE â Police say âno criminal violations were notedâ following the discovery of a human fetus in a Mason jar at an apartment in Sykesville.
Tuesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were dispatched to a West Main Street apartment at 9:50 p.m. Saturday pertaining to a complaint from a landlord about a dog left without care in the apartment by tenants.
While a caretaker checked the conditions of the apartment, a Mason jar containing a human fetus was found inside the apartment, on top of a television, state police said.
BROOKVILLE â âUsing technology to save county taxpayersâ dollarsâ is how Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre surmised the resent acquisition of video conference technology.
Jen Hamilton, of the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug Commission, reported that she was able to acquire eight video conference units using funds available from a rural outreach grant.
Those conference units will be available to county executives and staff, which should eliminate the need for travel expenses and human resources time lost that occurs when staff attend conferences.
OLIVEBURG â The owners of a house in Oliveburg were fortunate when a basement fire burned itself out just before firefighters arrived on the scene Tuesday.
Oliver Township firefighters, along with McCalmont Township, Perry Township and Knox Dale, were called to the scene of a basement fire at the Colin Hicks residence at 102 Haag Rd., Oliveburg, at noon Tuesday.
Oliver Township Fire Company Assistant Chief John Miller said the owners were working with gasoline in the basement, which is also an attached garage, when they spilled gas on the floor, which ignited the hot water tank.
BIG RUN â The driver of a 2003 Freightliner was uninjured after the vehicle traveled down an embankment Tuesday near Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania Police said the incident occurred around 10:16 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119, near Route 410, Henderson Township.
Police said Jose Tellez, 51, Pembroke Pines, Fla., was traveling north on Route 119 when his vehicle struck the guardrails on the northbound berm. The vehicle then traveled through the guardrails, police said, before coming to a final rest on the railroad bed facing east.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â A huge windstorm that caused damage to property, trees and electric lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships was determined to not be a tornado, according to Jefferson County Emergency Services.
A severe storm passed through Jefferson County at 2:57 p.m. Monday, causing minor home damage, and downing numerous trees and power lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county around 2:15 p.m., which was upgraded to a tornado warning about 25 minutes later.