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PUNXSUTAWNEY — During the bright and sunny times throughout this past week, youngsters in town were able to get out and enjoy some of the many outdoor activities at local parks.

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Jeff Tech has announced that its May student of the month is Grace Askey.Askey is a junior in the engineering technologies program. She comes to Jeff Tech from the DuBois Area School District.At Jeff Tech, Askey is involved in the Math Club, Art Club and Aevidum (kind- ness for fellow studen…

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NORTH MAHONING TWP. — A tractor-trailer carrying hay bales caught fire while traveling on Route 119 at 4:26 p.m. on Thursday, closing the road in both directions for several hours.

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BROOKVILLE — Brookville will take its study of parking in residential areas borough-wide after residents at Tuesday’s council meeting raised new concerns and objected to some early recommendations of the public safety committee.

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BIG RUN — Juniors and seniors at Punxsutawney Area High School celebrated an unusual prom Saturday evening, one organized by parents and students and relocated to the Big Run Event Center.

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FALLS CREEK — The Child Evangelism Fellow- ship’s third annual golf scramble will be held Saturday, June 5, at Beechwoods Golf Course in Falls Creek.David Dunmire said registration for the scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 at the golf course at 1618 Airport Road.He said there a…

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BROOKVILLE – Third-graders at Hickory Grove Elementary in Brookville recently completed a Native American unit that included researching customs, legends, shelters, dances, totem poles and other aspects of Native American culture. 

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BROOKVILLE — A Brookville man was charged with burglary, assault and terroristic threats after allegedly attacking another person after 11 p.m. Wednesday on Mabon Street, the Brookville Borough Police Department said in a news release.

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On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 report included some good news, as the state announced that 48.5 percent of its population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Mahoning Valley VFW Post No. 2076 held a Buddy Poppy and Loyalty Day dinner at the post on Maple Avenue this week in advance of the Buddy Poppy Drive being held on Saturday at various locations throughout town. 

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HARRISBURG  — The board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted Wednesday to advance a plan to merge six of its 14 universities into two new institutions, as the system struggles with sinking enrollment and stagnant state aid.

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NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

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YOUNG TWP. — St. Anthony Church of Padua will no longer be an official parish church and the Diocese of Erie will sell the building for “profane but not sordid use.”