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November 4th, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: West Shamokin forfeits Friday football game due to lack of players

November 5, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — According to PAHS Principal David London, West Shamokin has forfeited its football game — scheduled for Friday in Rural Valley — against the Punxsy Chucks due to lack of players.

London said Thursday afternoon, West Shamokin Athletic Director Tom McClain notified him and Punxsy Athletic Director John Knopick that the Wolves are unable to field enough eligible players for the game.

London said the forfeit moves Punxsy's record to 10-0, and playoff points will be awarded to Punxsy for the win.

Leaf collection runs until Nov. 12 in Punxsy borough

November 4, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Haven’t raked your leaves for collection yet? That’s OK; borough residents have until next Friday, when the collection ends.

Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, announced at Tuesday’s meeting that the collection continues on schedule at this time, and Borough Manager Ben White said crews hope to have all leaves collected by Friday, Nov. 12.

“Those frosty nights we’ve been experiencing knocked most of the leaves onto the ground this past week,” White said.

Oregon woman’s horseback trek isn’t for a cause, but for a dream

November 4, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kathleen Dodds isn’t riding her two Appaloosas across the United States for a political cause, a social movement or to bring attention to a common or uncommon medical phenomena.

If she’s riding for any cause, it’s to encourage people to follow their dreams.

Party chairmen react to elections

November 4, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Republican candidates did very well in Jefferson County, collectively gaining more than 70 percent of the vote.

One U.S. Senate seat and five U.S. House of Repre-sentative seats from Penns-ylvania switched from Democrat to Repub-lican, and every Republican candidate — Pat Toomey, Tom Corbett, Glenn Thompson and Sam Smith — carried Jefferson County.

November 2nd

Elk Run chief: Residents ‘lucky to be alive’ after fire

November 3, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A duplex along Graffius Avenue that was the home to 14 people sustained severe damage from a fire that erupted around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The house located at 210 1/2 and 211 Graffius Ave. and owned by Richard Shaffer of Rossiter was fully involved when the alarm was turned in by Central Fire Department Chief Scott Depp, who was helping with borough leaf collection not far from the scene.
According to Punxsutawney Elk Run Fire Chief Bryan Smith, the two-story wood frame structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Jefferson County voters remain faithful to Republican candidates

November 3, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Voters strongly supported Republican incumbents and a newcomer for a long-time Democratic U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday’s general election, and opted to close Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s eight years in Harrisburg by selecting a Republican candidate to fill his shoes in January.

Jefferson County voters strongly supported Republican Tom Corbett’s gubernatorial bid, as he collected 9,484 votes (or 74 percent) over Democratic Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, who had 3,258 votes (26 percent).

CORBETT ELECTED GOVERNOR

November 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republican Tom Corbett defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania governor while Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey remained locked in a tight race for a U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday’s general election.

Corbett, 61, a career prosecutor who has been the state attorney general since 2005, ran largely on his office’s probe of legislative corruption. Onorato, 49, the elected executive of Allegheny County since 2004, touted his success in streamlining bureaucracy and holding the line on property taxes.

Committee foresees no new tax increase

November 3, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Property owners in the Borough of Punxsutawney will be happy to know that there will be no tax increase next year.

Borough Manager Ben White reported Tuesday during Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Legal & Finance Committee meeting that tax millage will not increase again this year for the fifth-straight year.

Council President Susan Glessner said the last increase in millage was raised by only one mill in 2007.

White added that there was one change in the budget in regards to millage.

Graffius Avenue Structure Fire

November 2, 2010

Today at 10:45 a.m. Punxsutawney Fire Department was called to 211 Graffius Avenue for a fully involved structure fire. All occupants were out of the building. The American Red Cross was called in for assistance. See tomorrow's Spirit for more details.

November 1st

Weaver ruling delayed due to solicitor’s absence

November 1, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The members of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission were unable to shed any new light on the appeal from former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Sean Weaver regarding his not being hired on a permanent basis by borough council due to the absence of the solicitor at Monday’s meeting.

Commission Chairman Bill Leiberton and members Mike Ruffner and Rich Alexander were in attendance for the meeting in which they were scheduled to vote on hearing Weaver’s appeal from the Oct. 4 meeting.

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