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December 28th

Coop. Extension gives back what it doesn’t need

December 28, 2010

BROOKVILLE — For the second time in three years, the Jefferson County branch of the Penn State Cooperative Extension returned funds to the Jefferson County Commission.

Tuesday, the commissioners were presented with a check from Rick Kralj, director of the county cooperative extension, and Louise Christofor, extension board member.

December 27th

Fedigan looks back on department’s 2010 accomplishments

December 27, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department has its share of adversity this past year, but it also had many positive developments and programs that occurred at the same time.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan noted that some of the biggest accomplishments of 2010 came when drug arrests took place during the early morining hours of Sept. 10.

• Drug arrests — Fedigan said that 10 local residents from the Punxsy area were arrested on drug charges by officers from his department and with help from members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

Solid Waste authority discusses action plan

December 27, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority met Wednesday, and the possibility of constructing a new, 10-year action plan was discussed.

The catch: Deve-loping an action plan that meets the state Depar-tment of Enviro-nmental Protection standards is likely to cost upwards of $30,000.

For the cash-strapped waste authority, investing that amount of money may serve to only hasten the day when operating funds no longer exist and the county’s recycling program is forced to cease. The authority typically has an annual operating budget under $150,000.

December 26th

Glessner looks back on council’s 2010 accomplishments

December 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said that despite the many distractions faced by the borough’s governing body, there were still many accomplishments throughout the borough in 2010.

“I feel the members of council handled themselves very graciously through adversity,” Glessner said. “We did have some trying times, and hopefully we’ve moved past them, and we can look forward to a new year.”

Glessner added that council did complete a lot of projects — some of which took several years to complete.

December 23rd

Hospital workers agree: Christmas day duties have their rewards

December 23, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year, one day exists when the world seems to stop spinning so quickly on its axis. In the graceful winter stillness, all is silent. Troubles and worries nearly fade away as families gather and friends reunite. Magic is made real for children. And adults watch, instead of work, as the world passes by, just for the day.

Local man’s holiday wish: A return home to see mother, family

December 23, 2010

BROOKVILLE and THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN — Christmas will be different for Jeffrey Draa and his mother, Joann, this year. Namely, they will be together during the holidays for the first time in three years.

Draa is a member of the U.S. Navy, and serves on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which has been at sea for the past 211 days, according to Lt. Katie Cerezo, assistant public affairs officer for the Truman. Draa has been on board for that entire duration.

December 22nd

Mulberry Square provides residents with unique Christmas wish

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On a silent winter’s night, with only the soft jingle of silver bells to disturb the stillness, Punxsutawney native Betty Daughenbaugh would set out along Sprankle Mills Road on a horse-drawn sled. That cherished childhood memory of a lovely, snow-white sleigh ride is a recollection that Daughenbaugh has revisited often in her 90 years. It is one she was certain was meant to remain only a memory as she is now just a decade shy of a century.

Nevertheless, this year, all Daughenbaugh really wanted for Christmas was a trip down memory lane.

Playground association completes goal, builds playground

December 22, 2010

ROSSITER — After many years of trying, the Rossiter Playground Association completed its goal this year of constructing a playground at the Rossiter Ball Field.

Barbara Mack, association secretary, said it might never have happened if not for the help of the late John J. Mizerock Jr. of Punxsutawney.

John Mack, president of the association, said Mizerock donated money and a stone for the historical marker that was placed in Rossiter, and then encouraged the group to construct a playground in the village.

December 21st

SING-ALONG SONGS

December 21, 2010

582 will be new area code for NW Pa.

December 21, 2010

HARRISBURG — Area code 582 is coming soon to a phone near you.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility said 582 will be the new area code for much of northwestern Pennsylvania starting in 2012, The Associated Press said.

Last week, the commission approved a plan to divide the 814 area code. The change will affect Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties.

Parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will also get the new area code, AP said.

The commission said Tuesday the new code is expected to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.

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