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BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council gave final approval at Mondayâs meeting to its 2011 budget with no tax increase.
Council president Nick Lantz announced at Novemberâs meeting that there was a surplus of $57,635 from this past year.
He pointed out that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough tax payers, and that the last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The 2011 tax millage for Big Run is as follows:
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PennDOT District 10 has not closed the purchase of the house located adjacent to the Route 119 (Ridge Avenue) and Route 310 (Elk Run Avenue) intersection.
Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said at a recent borough council meeting that PennDOT is hoping to close on the property after the holidays.
Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said at last monthâs Route 119 committee meeting that the purchase of the brown house on the corner of the intersection for demolition became a really complicated issue from an appraisal standpoint.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There was one injury reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Friday at the five points intersection in Punxsutawney.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a Chevrolet Sedan, driven by Stacey Lasher, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on West Mahoning Street and was making a left onto Route 436.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(January 22, 1896)
Fractured His Skull
A.L. McQuilkin, a prominent West Mahoning farmer, was badly injured at Dayton, Armstrong County, last Thursday, and is still lying there in a precarious condition.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After a weekâs worth of wishing, the âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign concluded with a $73,285 Friday finale.
The campaignâs contributions will be used by the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia Make-A-Wish chapter to grant 21 wishes to area children facing life-threatening illnesses.
According to regional office assistant Kayla Danch, the final day of the annual week-long campaign, which wrapped up at the Pantall Hotel, was met with success due directly to the âgenerosity of the community.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There were no injuries reported when Punxsutawney Borough Police patrol car No. 26 was involved in a two-vehicle accident at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Sutton Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Sure, the calendar for sale by the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society contains the calendar dates of 1949, but thatâs fine, because the dates for 1949 and 2011 match exactly.
Plus, the Society is releasing the calendar to coincide with the re-release of âPunxsutawney Centennial: 1849-1949.â
BROOKVILLE â Ivy Kiesling has always dreamed of living under the sea, just like Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, and a few months ago, her dream came true, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It took quite a lot of time and concern, however, before her wish could come true, but today, she welcomes guests, such as younger sister Haley, to her Pineapple Clubhouse in her back yard.
Wish Kid Garrett Gardner (left) declares Thursdayâs Make-A-Wish pledge total to be $23,000.57. If thatâs impressive, just wait until today, WPXZ-FM 104.1 News Director Josh Widdowson (right) said. With extended coverage until 7 p.m. tonight, and the auction wrapping up, the final day of the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapterâs âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign will commence with great expectations, setting out just shy of seven wishes. Gardner also shared his swimming pool wish experience on the air. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council said PennDOTâs new traffic signal project should commence in late spring or early summer.
Borough Manager Ben White said in an earlier interview that each of the intersections along Mahoning Street â including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets â will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms. The Hampton intersection is the only one that currently has mast arms to support its traffic signals.