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March 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council surprised a number of people when it announced Monday that it would appeal Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John Foradoraâs ruling on the Brian Andrekovich case.
Foradora wrote in his ruling that the court concurred with a July 2010 Civil Service Commission report that there was insufficient evidence to support the councilâs reasoning behind firing Andrekovich stemming from the August 2009 death of Stephen Obbish, 48, in the back of a borough police patrol car.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just in time for its annual Radio Auction, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club has joined the Facebook revolution.
âFacebook has been something thatâs been kicked around in the club, on how to expand our presence in the community,â said Tom Chelgren, auction chairman, adding that the site is very proactive, in that if someone posts something, everyone who âlikesâ the page is immediately notified.
âRotary International has also been advocating having more of a presence on the Internet,â he said.
BROOKVILLE â Two county residents are asking Judge John Foradora to strike the names of two candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners from the May 17 primary election ballot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A two-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Route 36, Bell Township, sent a Punxsutawney man to an Altoona hospital.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Tucker E. Smith, 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 36 when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Melanie R. Serian, 38, Punxsutawney, in the front left corner.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutaney Borough Council opted to continue its appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission's ruling that ordered council to give terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Brian Andrekovich his job back.
During council's meeting Monday, Solicitor Timothy Morris read a statement regarding the decision handed down by Judge John H. Foradora on the borough's appeal of the commission's ruling and why borough council will continue to appeal.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With a 5-2 vote Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council defeated Police Chief Tom Fedigan's request to begin the process of offering a new Civil Service examination to create a new eligibility list in order to hire a full-time borough police officer.
Fedigan said he wants to begin the process of hiring a new full-time police officer, which would require the scheduling of a civil service exam.
Council member William Spencer made the motion, which was seconded by Robert Reesman.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Almost a week after Gov. Tom Corbett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget that would slash education funding in Pennsylvania, administrators and the school board are still trying to make heads or tails from the proposed budget.
Last Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting about $550 million, or 10 percent, in funds for instruction in K-12 public schools and eliminating all $260 million in grants that will be given this year to school districts to invest in learning, including pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â John Davidson said he wanted to study human behavior as a student at Denison College in Ohio, but he didn't do it as a psychology or sociology major.
"I took courses in theater, and the plays are all about human behavior," Davidson said last week. "So I met a lot of theater people, and I thought they were more motivated and socially aware than the other kids at Denison."
He became a theater arts major, and this road took him to Broadway, TV, film and to his current tour, which stops in Punxsy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Punxsutawney Area High.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The PAHS Marching Band is going for a new look, and it's about time â that is to say, the 10-year shelf life of its existing uniforms has expired.
Band Director Kurt Cessna addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday and, with band member Lorne Hyskell modeling, displayed a new uniform concept that he, band officers and a representative from Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. came up with.
WALSTON â The Young Township supervisors adopted the storm water management ordinance at Wednesday's supervisors meeting.
Mike Defelice, supervisor chairman, said even though the ordinance has been adopted, that doesn't mean it can't be amended.
Ron Canton, township auditor, said they performed an audit on the sewage account this year and discovered a lot of problems that have been corrected.
Canton said the auditors picked up some items that were missed over the years, and some of the customers who owed money on their accounts have been coming in and bringing them current.