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January 6th, 2011

Sheriff looks back on 2010, forward in 2011

January 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office recently concluded a busy year which saw the addition of TASERs to the weapons used by the deputies.

Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said through grants, he was able to purchase TASERs for the deputies to have a more effective means of securing offenders by a less lethal option, “by helping to bring the deputies home safely to their families and friends and the offender into custody unharmed.”

TASERs for deputies have deterred hostility because offenders know the outcome.

NEW CHIROPRACTOR

January 7, 2011

Chamber board member Jodi Presloid (center, left) and Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock (center, right) held the red ribbon as Kevin Merrow, D.C, (center) owner of Merrow Chiropractic, made the cut Thursday. The community’s newest chiropractor conducted the ceremonial opening surrounded by his friends and family (from left): Charles H. Merrow, Pat Merrow, Tim Merrow, Lindsay Vite and Andrew Roberts. A 2009 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Merrow, who was born and raised in Punxsutawney, said he always wanted to open a practice in the area.

January 5th

Winter Queen, Princess will be crowned during basketball game

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The PAHS senior class recently chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Winter Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Tawnee Bowers, Kayla Knox, Megan Muth, Hannah Neal, Sam Osikowicz and Taylor Powell.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess.

The crowning will take place during halftime of Friday’s varsity basketball game against Brookville.

New Phil — and Phyllis — plush toys available Friday

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Friday, less than a month shy of the 125th Groundhog Day, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, in partnership with Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenirs, will release the 2011 plush Phil.

This year, in celebration of the holiday’s quasquicentennial however, the plush Punxsutawney Phil is accompanied by someone new — someone less acclaimed, less acknowledged and perhaps, less appreciated: A plush Punx-sutawney Phyllis.

Long-lost class ring back on finger of rightful owner after mysterious journey

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — No one would ever think that the PAHS Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test would be the catalyst to reunite a long-lost possession with its owner, but that is exactly what happened in a serendipitous string of events in late December at PAHS.

Each year, PAHS administers the ASVAB test to students who plan to enlist in the military. A representative from ASVAB works in conjunction with junior guidance counselor, Jenny White, to administer the test on the designated date.

January 4th

Smith, Scarnati to lead Legislature

January 5, 2011

HARRISBURG —
By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.

Tuesday was the opening ceremony of the 195th Legislative Session of the House, where 200 elected members took the oath of office.  

Borough, PRIDE to hash out snow removal plan

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the fact there has been little to no snowfall in Punxsutawney so far this winter, representatives of some of the downtown merchants spoke to the Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee at Tuesday’s meeting regarding the possibility of snow removal.

Shirley Sharp and Joe Ferraro of PRIDE made good on a promise to bring a plan to council regarding the removal of snow from the parking meter zones in the borough.

No injuries reported in Martha St. fire

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Martha Street house was heavily damaged by fire that began around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.

All three Punxsutawney fire companies battled the large fire at the residence of Carol States, 207 Martha St., Punxsy.

Department Chief Paul Hense said that when he arrived on-scene, there was heavy smoke and fire coming out from the rear of the older frame house.

“It had a lot of the older type of construction including double planked siding which made it difficult to extinguish,” he said.

January 3rd

Adams family welcomes first 2011 baby born in Punxsy

January 3, 2011

MARION CENTER — Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born in the nick of time.

“At 9:45 a.m. (Saturday), my water broke,” Rhonda said. “And I had her at 9:55 a.m.”

Born Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Natasha — weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length — is the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Actually, Natasha was a week early: Her due date was Jan. 8, Joe said, adding that he and his wife were surprised that Natasha arrived early.

National Guard offering free programs for schools

January 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are looking to climb higher, you might want to talk with the Army National Guard, which offers a free outreach program in area schools.

SSG Michael Barnett, Army National Guard recruiter, said schools can take advantage of a variety of free activities and programs.

“We offer these at no charge,” he said, adding that recruiters offer free programs on drug prevention, Prom Promise, history of the National Guard, flag ceremonies and other informational classes.

“All of the recruiters are trained to speak on each of these classes and programs,” Barnett said.

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Thursday was a busy day in PAHS sports action, with the volleyball team hosting the Curwensville...
Punxsy's boys' golf squad fell to a tough opponent in Indiana on Wednesday, while the girls took to...

 

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