August 5th, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. â€” 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.
â€śI love my mosquito net,â€ť Cherian said Thursday, taking a break from his 2,000-mile canoe trip. â€śI take care of it. Iâ€™m really glad I brought it. As soon as the sun sets, I grill until itâ€™s dark then have to set up camp. By then, theyâ€™re out biting you.â€ť
COVODE â€” Jefferson County Control reported an overturned tractor-trailer was leaking fluid â€” possibly diesel fuel and acid, according to scanner transmissions â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During Tuesdayâ€™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.
The Sharp Tones â€” (from left) Oz Stuckey, Lorelei McCarty and Denny Ivory â€” ham it up during their performance of The Shangri-Lasâ€™ â€śLeader of the Packâ€ť 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 â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
Evelyn Gresock (left), and John Haag, both of Punxsutawney, enjoy lunch at Library Days at County Market. Wednesdayâ€™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.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.