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August 5th, 2011

George R. Hinely, 76

August 6, 2011

George R. Hinely, 76, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Anne Arundel Hospital in Annapolis, Md.

He was born May 6, 1935, in New York City.

Mr. Hinely was a supervisor with the Rola-Jensen Company in Punxsutawney and Lumberton, N.C.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Joyce Ann Thompson of Roanoke, Va.; two sons, George Michael Hinely of Raleigh, N.C., and Kenneth Raymond Hinely of Gambrills, Md.; five grandchildren, Sonya, Holly, Carolyn, Michael and Alexa; and two great-grandchildren, Daylynn and Hayden.

Driver injured, spill closes Route 119 for hours

August 6, 2011

COVODE — A tractor-trailer transporting corrosive acid crashed and rolled over along Route 119 in Covode, North Mahoning Township, spilling the acid and diesel fuel across the road around 11:23 p.m. Thursday.

The road remained closed through Friday morning.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Michael D. Devos, 50, Pittsburgh, was operating a 1998 Peterbilt tractor-trailer north along Route 119 when he lost control while trying to negotiate a left curve in the road.

ANNUAL LAWN FESTIVAL BEGINS

August 6, 2011

Mack Hanley (far left) tries his hand at the Shock Wave game, Lizzie Neal (center) plays a game of Swatter Ball, and Jeremy Smeal monitors both games during the first night of the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival Friday on the church grounds. The festival continues from 6 to 11 p.m. today and from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday night, culminating in the drawing for the grand prize: A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ, or $15,000. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Amid sun, heat and waves, Cherian continues canoe trip for Fox Foundation

August 6, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Of all the items that Michael Cherian packed for his canoe journey via the Mississippi River to New Orleans, one has become invaluable almost every day.

“I love my mosquito net,” Cherian said Thursday, taking a break from his 2,000-mile canoe trip. “I take care of it. I’m really glad I brought it. As soon as the sun sets, I grill until it’s dark then have to set up camp. By then, they’re out biting you.”

August 4th

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.

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