July 26th, 2012
A scary storm brought the Barclay Square canopy tumbling down, but that didnâ€™t stop Music in the Park from taking place â€” at the emergency location of the Punxsutawney Community Center. McKeesportâ€™s The Mikey Dee Band â€” a polka band â€” wasnâ€™t bothered by the weather, though, as it performed its show before the waiting audience.
BROOKVILLE â€” Veolia, the French-owned waste hauling company contracted by the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, will be sold to Atlantic Waste Holdings pending an antitrust approval, the authorityâ€™s board announced at a meeting Wednesday.
If the purchase goes through, it will continue operations under a new name â€” Advanced Disposal Services. Board Chairman Russel Whelpley raised some concerns about the transition, namely whether or not the authorityâ€™s current contracts will be honored and if the new owners might change operation costs for better or worse in the future.
BROOKVILLE â€” The red-hot Sykesville Senators carried their momentum from their 4-2 series win over the top-seeded and two-time defending champion DuBois Rockets to help land a dominating 14-1 Game 1 win over the Brookville Grays Wednesday night at McKinley Field in Brookville.
"We didn't have much going from any stand point; the pitching was just a little bit less than what we expected," said Bob McCullough, Brookville Grays manager.
D. Chester Knapp, 90, Brookville, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
He was born July 15, 1922, in Rose Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Arthur and Alice Marie (Hice) Knapp.
Feb. 6, 1946, in Brookville, he married June A. Knisley, who preceded him in death Oct. 13, 1999.
Mr. Knapp was a farmer.
He was a member of the Stanton United Methodist Church, The Farm Bureau and the Atlantic Breeders' Cooperative.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board talked about closing schools, specifically Jenks Hill Elementary, during Wednesdayâ€™s meeting.
Dr. Keith Wolfe, superintendent for Punxsutawney Area Schools, said if Jenks was closed, its students would be transferred to Longview, Parkview and West End Elementary Schools.
"It wouldn't add any more bus runs and would actually decrease one bus run," Wolfe said, adding that the closure would save $10,000 to $12,000 alone for just that one bus run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”If you think that summer is going by too quickly, here's proof, as the sixth annual Church in the Park services will be held this weekend in Barclay Square under the sponsorship of Punxsutawney area churches.
"Six years ago, Church in the Park was began by Pastor Greg Tibbs and the First Church of God in Punxsy, which joined together with Pastor Jim Pond and the First United Methodist Church in Punxsy for the second year," said Pastor Al Kimmel, of Crosstown Ministries, who is also serving as coordinator for the event.
Alex Gianvito, Punxsutawney, is shown "slip slidin' away" Wednesday at the George C. Brown Community Pool located on Cypress Street.
The pool has been the hot spot to be this summer for keeping cool and additional fun activities.
Today, the pool is presenting Karaoke Day, and Saturday has been designated as Christmas in July.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson County Commissioners Paul Corbin and Jeff Pisarcik took in some detailed information regarding injection wells in the local area at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meeting they attended Monday.
The commissioners spoke about the EPA meeting during Tuesday's commission meeting in Brookville.
Both described the meeting as "very informative." Corbin specifically mentioned being surprised to learn that injection wells have existed in the area as far back as the 1960s.
Emmet (left) and Eamon Jamison pause to flash a thumbs up and a smile to the camera while riding their bikes on the ramps at the Thomas Barletta Skate Park located on Elk Street in the East End of Punxsy.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â The matchup isn't exactly David versus Goliath, but after knocking off the regular season Federation League champion â€” the DuBois Rockets â€”Â the Sykesville Senators, who finished the season 10-10 as the No. 4 seed, are gearing up to take on the regular season's No. 2-seeded Brookville Grays in the Fed League finals.
The Grays finished the season with a 15-5 record â€”Â identical to the Rockets' record â€” but with DuBois being crowned league champion, both teams earned byes into the semi-finals and had to await their opponents.