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Kenn Staub 




Fuel spill on Main Street

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Volunteer Fire Co. responded to a fuel leak on Main Street last Friday.

A pick-up truck had pulled into a parking spot in the 100 block of Main Street with it’s gas tank leaking gasoline on the ground. Firefighters were able to contain the gas spill so that it did not reach the stormwater drain at the corner of Main and Pickering streets.

Jefferson County Emergency Services Director Tracy Zents, who was on scene as well, said that somewhere between 10 and 15 gallons of gasoline was spilled. Firefighters worked to contain the spill, spreading a sandy mixture on top of it to contain the gasoline odors. Zents said McCutcheon Enterprises, Inc. was called in to clean up the spill. It is a HAZMAT responder for seven counties in Western Pennsylvania.

The pick-up, which carried a New York license plate, had to be placed on a flatbed and removed from Main Street. Firefighters placed a strap around the truck to keep the gas tank in place as it was pushed into position on Main Street for it to be hooked and pulled onto the flatbed.

Brookville Borough Police kept traffic moving through a one-lane route on Main Street until the vehicle could be removed.

Borough crews also responded with sawhorses and yellow tape to section off several parking places until the hazmat team could arrive.

Police Chief Vince Markle said the driver of the pick-up had no registration, no vehicle insurance and was driving without a driver’s license. Officer Andrew Turnbull walked the driver across the street to District Judge Gregory Bazylak’s office as fellow officers openned up the eastbound lane to traffic.

Jefferson County Relay for Life is a ‘celebration’

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Relay for Life brought many teams together to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the year.

Jefferson County coordinator Nikki Carey, a 15-year cancer survivor herself, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and spoke of the importance of such events.

“My passion for this runs deep… Without this type of event and the money raised we can’t continue to do all the things we do,” Carey said. She referred to advancements in treatments, rides to treatments and help provided to the families of patients as some of the things provided through the funds raided by Relay.

This year’s goal was $83,000. It had nearly been reached at the start of the day Saturday. That has been the case for many years. The set goal has usually been met, or is close to being met by the time Relay day comes around.

The town square was filled with Relay teams from around the area. The opening ceremony began at 1 p.m. with recognition of all the teams and their captains. After which special guest Ryleigh Bruner sang the National Anthem.

Bruner won the Grand Club Award at Clarion University this year for raising more than $1,000 herself for the Clarion Relay for Life. She became involved with Relay when her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. She found the club during activities day at Clarion University, and created a team of four to join. She collected most of her money by collecting water bottles filled with dimes, and through an app she used for donations.

Many games were played throughout the day to celebrate accomplishments made through the year. During the Twisted Scavenger Hunt, the two final players left were each given bags, and sent to raise as much money as they could in 10 minutes for the final round of the game. When they returned they had collectively gathered another $135 from those attending the Relay which was added to the amount already raised.

During the evening, the survivor ceremony was held to honor those who had beaten their cancer diagnosis. Pauline Kelso began the ceremony by speaking of the importance of caregivers to a patient’s recovery.

“A caregiver has empathy and compassion, is patient and understanding. A caregiver is reliable and can be counted on, is trustworthy, and flexible. A caregiver is a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or someone who delivers meals,” Kelso said.

Stacy Delaney 




Off to see the Wizard

COOKSBURG — Brookville Community Theater is excited to share its production of the Wizard of Oz. After an amazing opening week, the final three shows are Thursday through Saturday, August 8-10, at the Verna Leigh Sawmill Theater, Cooksburg, with an 8 p.m. curtain.

Auditions where held in January, special thanks to all those who auditioned. The Wizard of Oz stars Ellie Wingard as Dorothy; Zoe Girty as the Scarecrow; Evan Shields as the Tin Man; Dawn Girty as the Cowardly Lion; Derek Weiland as Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz; Stephanie Shields as Auntie Em; Peter Lindemuth as Uncle Henry; Sabrina Messina as Glinda the Good Witch and Beth Weiland as Ms. Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West. There is also a large supporting cast that provides the extra spark to this production.

Wizard of Oz is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark, New York, New York. Tickets can be ordered in advance by contacting The Sawmill Center for the Arts at (814) 927-6655, or online at Tickets are $15. For other production questions, contact Brookville Community Theater at 849-2562, and leave a message.

Kenn Staub 




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