March 14th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Goodwill has opened a new donation center in the Groundhog Plaza, near Burger King. The building was provided by Bob Johnson, of Johnson Motors in DuBois, and the space was provided by Joe Varacallo, of Developac Realty.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ With the right bid, you could have the luck of the Irish this Saturday.
The Punxsutawney Rotary Club is going green for its annual Rotary Radio Auction, but that‚Äôs only because this year, the annual event lands on St. Patrick‚Äôs Day, again broadcast live from BFG Electroplating on WPXZ-FM 104.1.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs on St. Patrick‚Äôs Day, and everyone has to wear green when they‚Äôre calling in to bid, or we just have to paint everything green before it goes out,‚ÄĚ said Rotarian Tom Chelgren.
TROUTVILLE ‚ÄĒ A dryer fire caused $100,000 in damage to a Troutville family‚Äôs home located along Walnut Street Monday.
‚ÄúIt was a working fire when the alarm was first reported by a neighbor at 8:53 p.m.,‚ÄĚ Brady Township Fire Chief Russ Perks said.
Perks said flames were coming from the back of the residence ‚ÄĒ which is owned by Joan DuBeck ‚ÄĒ when firefighters arrived.
Perks said the tankers were refilled at Weis‚Äô pond.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs no surprise, when one thinks of it.
John London, Big Run‚Äôs official ‚ÄúFrog Man,‚ÄĚ said Tuesday, ‚ÄúIf you take all those dates, add them up and divide and look at the average ... the average date is March 19, which is very close to the first day of spring.‚ÄĚ
Tuesday morning, London reported that his friend, Bob Fisher, heard the peepers in the Big Run swamp peeping around 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 ‚ÄĒ just eight days before the official first day of spring, March 20.
‚ÄúHe said they peeped last night, but didn‚Äôt croak,‚ÄĚ London said.
CLARION ‚ÄĒ Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came ‚ÄĒ that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships ‚ÄĒ another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.
Michael B. Pollock, 88, of Latrobe, formerly of Punxsutawney and Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Hanyo) Pollock.
He was married to Lucy E. (Sacco) Pollock, who survives, of Latrobe.
Mr. Pollock was a retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.¬†
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Work has resumed on the downtown traffic light project, with the cement contractor replacing curb ramps.
Borough Manager Ben White said at Monday‚Äôs Punxsy Borough Council meeting that the last of the curb ramps will be constructed this week.
Power Contracting will also resume installing the new traffic signals in preparation for activation within the next few weeks, he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During the warmer months, many residents of Punxsy enjoy a tranquil evening walking on the Mahoning Shadow Trail. But many do not know that maintenance for the trail is a year-long, ongoing project.
The Mahoning Shadow Trail is the Punxsy chapter of the Rails-to-Trails Association, which runs along Mahoning Creek for most of the trail, and passing many scenic sites along the way, such as the coke ovens.
As many know, Rails-to-Trails is a nationwide project that turns old railroads into trails for users to walk, run, bike or cross-country ski.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ As it continues work on the 2012-13 budget, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board continue to brain-storm ways to cut expenditures and increase revenue, and a historically-unpopular idea was again raised Monday.
Board member Jack White again suggested consolidating elementary schools, saying there is plenty of space to house what he referred to as 190 students, even after closing a building or two.
March 3, Punxsy hosted the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V, Section III qualifier tournament, and 14 of 19 Punxsy participants advanced to the Area V finals, which will be held Saturday at Clarion University. Area V consists of 21 schools, which are mostly the same as District IX at the high school level, with the exception of Marion Center. Section III includes Punxsy, Clarion, Keystone, Marion Center and Redbank Valley. The top two grapplers at each weight class Saturday will advance to the state finals, which will be held at Hershey Park Arena March 23-24.