July 29th, 2011
BIG RUN â€” The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has ruled that a fire that destroyed a home in Big Run Tuesday as arson and attempted homicide.
Cpl. Charles E. Gross, Troop C fire marshal, said the fire that destroyed the home owned by James Stellabuto Sr. on Caroline Street began outside the garage in the rear of the building sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:47 a.m. Wednesday.
Gross said whoever started this latest fire not only would be charged with arson, but also with attempted homicide, since the owner was at home when the fire broke out.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The main goal of Punxsutawney Area Hospitalâ€™s transition to electronic medical records (EMR): Patient safety, improving the quality of patient care and staying competitive in a quickly-changing health care field.
Â Thanks to hospital staff implementing the transition behind the scenes, patients really shouldnâ€™t notice any difference in services, aside from perhaps a few more questions from their doctors or nurses. And that staff will now have a computer to input their information that they collect into the system.
BROOKVILLE â€” At the Solid Waste Authority meeting Wednesday, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper expressed hope about hosting an electronics collection in Jefferson County.
The authority discussed this possibility two months ago at its May meeting; however, Cooper said she is more hopeful now because â€śthereâ€™s so many electronic companies that are looking for electronics because of the new disposal law.â€ť
Minnie Bryce Abraham, 88, well-known resident of Clymer, went to heaven peacefully in her sleep early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, at Grace Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Clymer, the daughter of James and Agnes Clayton.
She was married to Howard â€śHubâ€ť Abraham, who preceded her in death in 1996, for 50 years. Together, they pioneered Little League Baseball in Clymer, an organization they served for more than 40 years. Clymerâ€™s â€śHub Fieldâ€ť is named in honor of Howard Abraham, inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Christopher Jordan Gardner, 21, Glen Campbell, died Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County.
He was born June 4, 1990, in Indiana, a son of Van E. and Regina B. (Brink) Gardner, who survive.
Mr. Gardner was a 2008 graduate of Purchase Line High School, where he was active in sports. He was employed as a driller for Aztec Well Services.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting; fishing; archery; scouting for deer and turkey; and riding his ATV.
Robert Blaine Shields Sr., 71, Rochester Mills, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois.
He was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Marion Center, a son of the late William Guy and Esther Alice (Salsgiver) Shields.
Mr. Shields served in the U.S. Army as an S4 during the Vietnam War.
He was a fabricator at Polyvision in Dixonville.
Due to tonight's weather forecast, tonight's Movie in the Park, "Rio," has been moved from Barclay Square to the Punxsutawney Area Middle School. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m.
It was almost a game-time decision: Concede to possible showers and move Music in the Park indoors to the Jackson Theater, or gut it out outdoors and hope for the best. In the end, slight showers did fall during the performance of G3 (from left) â€” Jim Davis on bass, Russ Timblin on drums and John Griffiths on guitar â€” but the majority of the crowd stuck around, making it the fourth show of the Music in the Park series to pull it off outdoors.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Who says thereâ€™s no such thing as a free lunch?
Well, Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area School District approved free breakfast once classes resume this fall.
Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist had proposed a free breakfast day for students in all grades in order to attract more students to the program.
The board approved Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the day that free breakfast will be available to students in the district.
Geist also requested that the board approve an increase in price for a la carte lunch items that are made available as extra items for students.