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December 2nd

It’s too early for your winter Phil!

December 2, 2010

Indiana First Bank’s “You Can Bank on Phil” statue fell victim to snowflakes Thursday evening. Today, with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 20s, marginally higher than Thursday, Phil may fare a little better. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy to receive new traffic signals through PennDOT

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This may not be on your Christmas list, but Punxsutawney is going to receive new traffic signals courtesy of PennDOT District 10 throughout the downtown area.

Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that the traffic signal upgrade is a PennDOT project.

“Each of the intersections along Mahoning Street — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms,” White said, adding that Hampton is currently the only intersection that has mast arms that support the traffic signals.

PennDOT waiting to finalize sale of house for intersection project

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursday’s Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.

Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection — a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition — has not been completed yet.

December 1st

Elementary students won’t be washed away by waves of technology

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.

“We used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,” elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. “There was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.”

Dept. of Education salutes PAHS for tech use

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District was recently recognized by the state Department of Education (PDE) for its use of technology from the Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant throughout the district.

PAHS Principal David London said this is the first full year of the “One-to-One” program at the high school, where every student in grades nine through 12 has his or her own laptop.

London said the district was recognized by the state education department as one of five districts in the state as a CFF success story.

Jail to review policies following death of Crawford County corrections officer

December 2, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, following the violent death of a Crawford County corrections officer, Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel told the jail board that the jail’s policies are being reviewed.

According to Elbel, the death of corrections officer Gary M. Chapin, of Conneaut Lake, occurred as a new inmate, Gregory G. Brown, 24, of Meadville, was being processed.

Brown became violent while being processed, during which he was not placed in any restraining device, and killed Chapin.

When asked if Brown used any sort of weapon, Elbel responded simply, “The wall.”

November 30th

Sparring continues over Just For Jesus

December 1, 2010

BROCKWAY — Another dust-up between Jack Wisor, founder and director of the Just For Jesus Homeless Outreach Challenge, and state Sen. Joe Scarnati could be developing.

Scarnati said in a press release Tuesday that Wisor deliberately disobeyed a newly-enacted law, Act 95 of 2010, which states that a group home — such as Just For Jesus — that takes on a convicted murderer must notify the county and municipal governments within 48 hours of the murderer’s arrival.

Punxsy grad Dominick seeks to begin shooting first budgeted film

December 1, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the help of his hometown, a local college student may soon take his first footsteps toward the edge of Hollywood’s red carpet.

Punxsy native Charlie Dominick, a 2010 PAHS graduate and current Point Park University freshman, received the school’s Artistic Achievement Award scholarship for his independent production, “Dipper,” and is in the process of collecting funds for his upcoming film project.

“I’m very excited about it,” he said. “I probably haven’t been this motivated about anything before.”

WPSU-TV plans a return to ‘Our Town’

December 1, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — WPSU-TV is looking to revisit Punxsutawney for its popular “Our Town” series, according to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce.

The “Our Town” series by Penn State Public Broadcasting filmed a program about Punxsy several years ago, but Marlene Lellock, Chamber executive director, said that Chamber board member TJ Sliwinski, a Reynoldsville resident, learned that WPSU-TV was filming an “Our Town” about Reynoldsville this past summer.

Jefferson County under flood watch until tomorrow

November 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH — Jefferson County and the surrounding areas are under a flood watch until Wednesday morning.

A flood watch means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, a storm system is expected to bring heavy rains through the area this afternoon and tonight, with possible rainfall amounts of 1.25 to 2.5 inches.

Heavy rainfall creates rises in streams and creeks, and could result in the potential for flooding this afternoon through tomorrow morning.

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