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November 17th, 2010

Simmons headed back to Brockway

November 18, 2010

JOHNSTOWN — A Cambria County judge said Wednesday he would not send convicted murderer Ernie Simmons back to jail for probation violations, saying his trip to a funeral in Philadelphia was justified.

And apparently, Simmons will return to the Just For Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center in Snyder Township, where he has been staying since May, according to the center’s director, Bishop Jack Wisor.

Scarnati again nominated for president pro tem

November 18, 2010

WARREN — He may not be continuing as the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in January, but state Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) could find himself in his current Senate leadership post again.

Fire marshal says she can’t pinpoint exact causes for recent blazes

November 17, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The causes of two major fires in the Punxsutawney area — both in the same week — have been ruled undetermined.

Julie Clark, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal, reported Tuesday that the investigation into both fires was completed with the same result.

She said a fire that destroyed a two-family home along Graffius Avenue at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 2, owned by Richard Shaffer of Rossiter, was fully involved when the alarm came in.

Clark said the cause into the heavily damaged duplex was undetermined.

Police: Deer running onto road causes crash near Park & Ride

November 17, 2010

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A deer that ran onto Route 119 in Young Township caused a two-vehicle accident that severely damaged both vehicles at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Route 436.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said Joseph Kalynchuk, 51, Troutville, was driving his 2005 Jeep Rubicon north on Route 119 when a deer ran out into his path, causing him to lose control and drive over the deer and into the southbound lane, striking head-on a 2005 Dodge Durango operated by Connie Jordan, 49, of Northpoint.

King, prince will be crowned Thursday

November 17, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Fall 2010 boys’ Kings Court has been selected and includes Devan Neal, Corban Cressley, Jason Fallara, Jordan Mesoraco, Joe Neal and Ian Weaver.

The King and Prince will be announced at the girls’ Powderpuff Football game Thursday.

• Devan Neal, son of Douglas and Jennifer Neal of Punxsutawney, is enrolled in the academic curriculum and plans to major in mathematics/statistics.
He has participated in football and baseball in grades nine through 12; Baseball Association in grade 12; Spanish Club in grade nine; and the Ringgold Methodist Youth Group.

November 16th

Big Run council discusses new FEMA maps

November 16, 2010

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council discussed the new FEMA flood plane maps with borough solicitor Jay Lundy at Monday’s meeting.

John Niver, council member, said that the new maps were supposed to be mailed to David Rouch, emergency management coordinator/code enforcement officer, and that he was unable to get a hold of him before Monday’s meeting.

Lundy explained that the new maps should’ve been reviewed by borough council already.

County eyes new development near fairgrounds for park

November 16, 2010

BROOKVILLE — “I want to see jobs brought to the area. That is very important to me and something that I want to see accomplished here,” Paula Foradora said to the Jefferson County Commissioners last Tuesday.

Foradora, general manager of Nine-Star Capital LP, discussed plans for the development of a business park on Route 28 near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Christopher Nasuti, vice-president of Lee-Simpson Associates, the engineering consultant for Nine-Star Capital, said the parcel has been thoroughly reviewed and is suitable for development.

PASR meeting spotlights recognition, rewards and remembrances

November 16, 2010

BROCKWAY — At the fall luncheon program of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), the “three R’s” took on new meanings: Recognition, Rewards and Remembrances. Members gathered at the St. Tobias Church Hall in Brockway to enjoy a delicious catered meal, which was followed by a program that honored various individuals for their accomplishments. The meeting ended with the annual SSMHF candlelight ceremony to pay tribute to those who had passed during the year.

November 15th

Young supervisors display budget with no tax increase

November 15, 2010

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — The Young Township supervisors voted to place the tentative 2011 budget on display for public inspection with no tax increase.

The proposed 2011 tax millage:

• Building — 0.5 mills; Fire — 0.5 mills; General — 0.5 mills; Vehicle — 0.25 mills.

The total millage is 1.75, which reflects no tax increase.

• Estimated Liquid Fuels funds for 2011 — At the Oct. 13 budget meeting, Lee Kent, secretary/treasurer, said that the estimated Liquid Fuels funds for 2011 were reported as $81,400.

• Local Services Tax — The amount for 2011 will remain at $32.

SATURDAY BRUSH FIRE

November 15, 2010

Members of the Elk Run, Lindsey and Central fire departments were able to contain a brush fire that erupted Saturday afternoon at the Paul Robbins residence in Bell Township. There were no injuries reported. (From left) Matt Powell, Pete Smith, Wanda Thomas and Joe Rembowski, members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department, are shown knocking down the flames before it spread over a hilltop. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

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