April 17th, 2012
Thelma Jane (Crawford) Barnett, 87, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 14, 2012.
She was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Hawthorne, to the late Ellwood and Catherine (Lankerd) Crawford.
July 17, 1951, she married Dale Barnett, who preceded her in death Jan. 25, 1990.
The couple had built their home just south of Brookville, off Route 36.
Beatrice Marie (Snyder/Minich) Gray, 94, Plumville, formerly of Porter Township, went to be with her Lord Monday, April 16, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 29, 1917, in Erie, the eldest daughter of John Wesley and Emma Virginia (Gray) Snyder.
Beatrice was a devoted Christian who, over her lifetime, was active in a number of churches and organizations. In recent years, these included the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Sagamore, God‚Äôs Missionary Church of Millmont, Colton Wesleyan Church of Colton, N.Y., and Penn View Bible Institute of Penns Creek.
Virginia A. ‚ÄúGinny‚ÄĚ MacKenzie, 87, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at Dubois Nursing Home.
She was born Feb. 28, 1925, in Anita, a daughter of the late Elmer C. and Alberta M. (Brown) Anderson.
Nov. 16, 1946, she married Robert J. MacKenzie, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ.
She formerly lived in Philadelphia and resided in Sarasota, Fla., six months out of the year.
Mrs. MacKenzie was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and enjoyed playing bridge.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to award a monetary settlement with recently reinstated Borough Police Officer Det. Brian Andrekovich at a special meeting held Tuesday in council chambers.
A motion was made by Toby Santik, council member, to pay the agreed amounts to Andrekovich.
The amount of the award was not disclosed at Tuesday's special meeting.
"I make the motion that the Borough of Punxsutawney pay Brian Andrekovich the agreed amounts for: Lost wages, interest on the lost wages, mileage and parking on account of the federal lawsuit," Santik said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ With the spring weather upon us and more people taking drives in the country, beware, as large farm equipment has returned to the highways.
The Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Week event at Fezell's County Market Tuesday.
According to the Farm Bureau Web site, "The Rural Roads Safety program was created in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. ... ‚ÄúRural Roads Safety Week, a joint campaign between the Pa. Farm Bureau, Pa.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Big Run borough residents ‚ÄĒ as well as other residents throughout Jefferson County ‚ÄĒ may find themselves driving to a different destination for Magisterial District Court.
At Monday's council meeting, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said the borough council members received a letter from Jefferson County Common Pleas President Judge John H. Foradora informing them that every 10 years after the U.S. Census is complete, the president judges of each judicial district are challenged to review the lines of their respective Magisterial Judicial Districts.
Downtown Punxsutawney was a beehive of activity Monday night, as construction workers from sub-contractor Donegal Construction were busy milling the asphalt off Mahoning Street in preparation for paving. It is a part of PennDOT‚Äôs $1,112,458 project and is scheduled for completion in the next few weeks. The project includes replacing and upgrading signals at four intersections; interconnecting the signals; addressing ADA requirements; re-timing and re-phasing the signals for efficiency; and paving Mahoning Street. Work is scheduled to continue between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsutawney Memorial Library wrapped up National Library Week in fine form Saturday, with a party for children, guests and volunteers.
Library Director Coral Ellshoff also offered an update on some of the library‚Äôs programs and recent statistics via a PowerPoint presentation.
Over the last year, the library saw these areas improve, she said:
‚ÄĘ A 15-percent increase in cardholders.
‚ÄĘ More hours open during the evenings (until 7 p.m. four days a week).
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During its meeting Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee discussed possible improvements to be made to Jack L. LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
A large amount of work needs to be done to the district‚Äôs playing fields, especially the stadium field, said Athletic Director Bill Vassallo.
The main football field, practice field and soccer field have numerous low spots that must be filled in with top soil, he said, while committee member Bob Pascuzzo said it would take 100 tons of dirt for the stadium field, as well as dirt to grade and fill it in.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Although the scoreboard didn't necessarily reflect it at the end of the game, the Lady Chucks were engaged in a solid pitching dual on both sides against the Hollidays-burg Lady Tide Monday in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy scored four sixth-inning insurance runs to open the game up and pick up a 6-1 victory.
And while Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said he wasn't completely thrilled with every aspect of the performance, he was still content to walk away with a victory.