August 11th, 2011
Neal: Charges are not an indictment of firefighters
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thursday, state police formally announced charges against a teenage member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company stemming from an Aug. 9 fire in Big Run, and said he has also been implicated in several other fires dating back to 2010.
Officials from PSP-Punxsutawney and the district attorney noted, however, that charges filed against Anthony M. Overbeck, 18, Big Run, are not an indictment of other firefighters.
The Del Sinchak Band â (from left) Ron "Austie" Austalosh, Joe Colapietro, Sinchak, Alan Koss and Bob Smrecansky â performed polka and other favorites Thursday during the sixth installment of the Music in the Park Series in Barclay Square. Sinchak, now in his 61st year as a band leader, formed the group with drummer Smrecansky when he was in seventh grade, and Sinchak was in eighth grade. There are only two more Music in the Park shows left for the summer â Rocky Top (classic country) next week and The LaVelles (swing/country rock) the week after â so donât put your lawn chairs away just yet.
BROOKVILLE â At a June Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners said that eliminating the position of jury commissioner would save the county $12,000.
And then, at a July meeting, Commissioner Jim McIntyre said legislation to eliminate the position of jury commissioner will be back on the table this fall.
But he is âanticipating that it will be the decision of the county commissioners, and not a referendum.â
H. B. âBarneyâ McGee, 87, McGees Mills, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Charles Carlisle and Eva (Byron) McGee.
Mr. McGee was married to Marjorie (Hill) McGee, who preceded him in death Dec. 26, 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Police said early Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old Big Run teen described to them how he set two fires in an unoccupied residence Monday evening, the latest of several fires classified as arson over the last few months.
Wednesday morning, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, who faces charges of arson and related offenses; burglary; and criminal trespass pertaining to the fire that occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 8 and 12:12 a.m. Aug. 9.
Overbeck is a member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â About 20 local residents heard about WPSU-TVâs proposed âOur Town: Punxsutawneyâ Wednesday evening in the Jackson Theater, with several story ideas suggested and cameras issued to those ready to start rolling.
âYou get to tell us what you want in the show,â said Jessica Peters, who, along with fellow WPSU-TV producer Whitney Chirdon, described the process of coming up with ideas and stories, filming scenes of those stories and talking about them before all the stories are edited and prepared for a revisited âOur Town: Punxsutawneyâ set to air in October.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The tent is up, and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Companyâs Trash & Treasure Sale is ready to get underway beginning from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Sunday at 219 Elk Run Ave., next to the Elk Run Firehall in Punxsy.
Company member Patrick Meckley said the fire company has been accepting donations for the sale over the last several months, with the proceeds going toward the companyâs truck fund for a new engine.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Community Center's fitness center was on the verge of closing three years ago before it underwent a serious renovation.
"Three years ago, the place was in horrible financial condition, and a new board took over," fitness center manager Leo Johnston said. "Since then, it's doing really well."
Johnston, who is on the community center's board of directors, runs the fitness center by making sure the center is staffed, replacing and maintaining equipment, doing improvements, keeping it clean and taking suggestions from the community.
Norma Jean (Crissman) Fetters, 82, Indiana, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Scenery Hill Manor.
She was born April 6, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of William McKinley and Sylvia Mae (Turney) Crissman.
She was married to John Philip Fetters, who preceded her in death in 1973.
Mrs. Fetters was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Indiana. She was raised in Smicksburg and was a 1947 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
Lelia May Shugars, 74, formerly of W. Liberty Street, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born March 31, 1933, in Pitcairn, Allegheny County, a daughter of the late Ross and Jane (Bevan) Fike.
Dec. 17, 1955, she married Howard T. Shugars, who preceded her in death March 13, 1989.
Mrs. Shugars was a member of the First Church of God.
She was employed at Rola-Jensen and was a manager of Bradford House at Grants.