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March 10th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Route 119 Committee recently received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Timothy J. Jablunovsky, P.E., portfolio manager for PennDOT District 10, said with the arrival of spring, it will be time to complete some projects and begin others.
â€˘ Elk Run Bridge, and the 310 Intersection â€” This project is actually three projects occurring at this location, Jablunovsky said.
The first is the sight distance improvement project that will remove a house at the corner of Route 310 and Route 119 in Elk Run.
DUBOIS â€” Four students from Punxsutawney Area High School took first place in the 24th annual DuBois Area Senior Scholastic Challenge Wednesday night at PSU-DuBois' Hiller Auditorium, the first time that a Punxsy team has taken top honors in the event.
The team members â€” seniors Lucas Burke and Joe Long, junior Kendall Neal and freshman Kevin Hughes â€” garnered 135 total points in the final two rounds.
"Usually what happens is, whoever wins the first preliminary round takes first place," advisor Rose Graffius said. "That's not how it happened this year."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even before Gov. Tom Corrbett revealed his proposed $27.3 billion budget that threatens Penn Stateâ€™s Cooperative Extension, four Jefferson County 4-H members traveled to the offices of local legislators to tell them how important the 4-H program is.
4-H members Shane Johns of the Fast Nâ€™ Furious 4-H Club; Matt Snyder from the Fast Nâ€™ Furious and Livestock Unlimited 4-H Clubs; Kristin Harriger from Livestock Unlimited; and Celeste Pearce from Fast Nâ€™ Furious 4-H Club visited the local offices of state Reps. Sam Smith, Matt Gabler and Dave Reed.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners moved to submit an application for more than $1.5 million in federal funding.
The application was submitted to the U.S. Depart-ment of Commerce, and if received, the money would be used for site development at a proposed business park near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Kristin Hullihen, of the Jefferson County Depart-ment of Devel-opment, said this is the second application submitted to the Depart-ment of Comm-erce. The first application was denied, but Hullihen said that is not uncommon.
House Speaker Sam Smith said Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed $27.3 billion budget shows bigger cuts than perhaps expected in higher education, but Smith said he would like to see deeper digging into the budget for the Department of Welfare and abuses with the program.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Five years after the idea was officially proposed, a pre-bid meeting was held Tuesday for the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal along North Findley Street.
The project could begin within the next couple of months, depending on the bids and a second-floor tenant.
â€śPunxsutawney is a hub for us, but we think if we construct a terminal here, we will attract more passengers,â€ť especially with the expansion of IUPâ€™s Punxsy campus, said Gabriel J. Uljon, ATA director of facilities and stationary equipment.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Torrence Street sewer replacement project was 40 percent complete as of Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Roger Steele said there are three phases of work that will take place on Torrence Street. The first phase is the sewer replacement project, which has nothing to do with the ATA Terminal building project.
The second phase, widening Torrence Street, is scheduled to begin April 1, Steele said, adding that the sewer replacement project will conclude Friday.
Motorists are starting to get worried about the possibility that the price of gas could rise as high as $5 per gallon within the next few weeks throughout the area.
Punxsutawney gas prices skyrocketed 16 cents per gallon this week, said Bevi Powell, communications director for East Central AAA.
The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline has risen to $3.53 per gallon, she said.
Powell said it is hard to predict if the price of gas will actually rise to $5 per gallon.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Rotary Club has named Casey Lellock, son of Jeff and Marlene Lellock of Punxsutawney, as its Boy of the Month for February.
An honors student enrolled in the academic curriculum at Punxsutawney Area High School, Lellock is a member of the Robotics Club, Spanish Club and Student Government. He has also taken part in track and cross country.
BIG RUN â€” The legendary Big Run â€śPeeper Watcherâ€ť John London will appear on either Discovery Channel or Animal Planet at a date and time that is yet to be determined.
London said he was surprised when the TV crew that was taping Groundhog Day activities showed up on his doorstep to do an interview last month.
The spring peeper is a small treefrog that makes high-pitched peeping sounds and can be heard just after the spring thaw â€” hence this frog's name.