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August 4th, 2011

BREAKING NEWS — Accident, spill close Route 119 near Covode

August 5, 2011

COVODE — Jefferson County Control reported an overturned tractor-trailer was leaking fluid — possibly diesel fuel and acid, according to scanner transmissions — around 11:40 p.m. Thursday night along Route 119 in the Covode area.

Fire crews and fire police from Punxsutawney closed Route 119 from Route 210 south toward the scene.

Scanner transmissions also indicated the people in the area of the crash were evacuated.

Also responding to the scene were Perry Township firefighters, Indiana County's Hazmat unit and PennDOT, among others.

Library director seeks improved signage for entryway

August 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting, Punxsutawney Memorial Library Director Coral Ellshoff said she would like to improve the signage and increase the visibility of the entrance at the library.

Committee member and council President Susan Glessner said her only request was that the lettering be consistent with the rest of the lettering on the building.

Music in the Park

August 5, 2011

The Sharp Tones — (from left) Oz Stuckey, Lorelei McCarty and Denny Ivory — ham it up during their performance of The Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack” during their first set at Music in the Park Thursday in Barclay Square. The summer music series has now hit its halfway mark, and only three more shows remain.

Punxsutawney preps for second tourney

August 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Little League complex will be just as crowded this weekend as it was last weekend, and for a very similar reason.

This time, though, softball will be the sport highlighted instead of baseball, as 20 teams from across the region will play in four different age groups: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.

Punxsy will be represented in three of the age brackets.

August 3rd

SS.C.D. festival starts Friday

August 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Preparations continue for one of the most popular events of the summer in Punxsutawney, The Ss. Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Roman Catholic Church 72nd annual Lawn Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival committee, said the festival has a broad appeal, and those who attend are not just from the Punxsy area.
Hetrick said the festival is known throughout the area. He helps spread the word, delivering a booklet detailing the festival to 15 different Roman and Byzantine Catholic churches from Coalport to Clarion every summer.

Work progressing downtown, but delays continue for now

August 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Progress continues on the downtown Punxsutawney Traffic signal upgrade project, according to Roger Steele, chairman of Public Works.

Steele, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, said that traffic has been snarled during the day all week, with the installation of the new lights and poles yet to come.

Traffic will get worse before it gets better, he said, as crews continue to move forward with the upgrade.

Library Days

August 4, 2011

Evelyn Gresock (left), and John Haag, both of Punxsutawney, enjoy lunch at Library Days at County Market. Wednesday’s winner of the silent auction for Pittsburgh Steeler tickets was Julie Clark. Friday will be the day that raffle prizes will be drawn. Library Days continues daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

Punxsy heads to states with high hopes

August 4, 2011

The 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament kicks off this weekend in Huntingdon, and Punxsy will be well represented as it was at the 13- and 14-year old state tournament in Punxsy last weekend.

According to Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith, his players are ready for the tournament, though they don't seem over-confident, either.

Punxsy places second in machine-pitch tourney

August 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Pirates received the runner-up award in the 7-and 8-year old pitching machine tournament Saturday in Punxsutawney.

Five teams competed in the double-elimination format contest, and Punxsy placed second only to St. Marys.

Punxsy played five games throughout the day, losing to St. Marys during the first and last games of the tournament. After being defeated by St. Marys, the Pirates beat Kane, Johnsonburg and Cranberry to advance back to the tournament championship.

HUEY BROS. PLACE SECOND AT TOURNEY

August 4, 2011

The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney placed second in the 10 and under division of the Groundhog Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Austin Ewing, Derek Huey, Willie Hoover, Conner Giavedoni, Daren Byers; (middle) Ethan Blose, Dylan Ishman, Andrew Britton, Isaac Stouffer, Logan Johnston; (back) manager Mark Ewing, coach Mike Ishman and coach Eric Britton.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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