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March 28, 2012

Last week, I wrote about the fact that some things never seem to change, as witnessed at a wiffle ball game in my great-grandmother's backyard.

This week, I'm unfortunately writing about the fact that some things are just bound to change.

Some change, I must admit, is a good thing. But in some sports, it just seems like they're trying to mess with my nostalgic remembrance of the way things ought to be.

One area in which I've noticed a reasonable change this year is in one of my favorite holidays: Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season.

George Colburn Bowers, 95

March 28, 2012

George Colburn Bowers, 95, died Dec. 16, 2011, while visiting family in Gladwin, Michigan.

He was born March 2, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Arthur and Blanch (Winslow) Bowers Sr.

Mr. Bowers was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 25th infantry division.

Barbara A. Mowry, 81

March 28, 2012

Barbara A. Mowry, 81, The Villages, Fla., passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

Mrs. Mowry moved to The Villages from Pittsburgh 17 years years ago, where she retired as a teacher in the Northgate School District after 33 years.

In The Villages, she was a member of New Life Presbyterian Church and the Philosophy Club.

She was the beloved wife of Richard Mowry and is also survived by her daughter, Ellen Shore of Pittsburgh; a son, David Mowry of Cleveland, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Family ties run deep during the annual PAHS Variety Show

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s strange, the information that may or may not be revealed within the walls of one’s own home.

Weeks ago, after New Year’s Day and before Groundhog Day, PAHS senior Dane Baker successfully auditioned to serve as one of the four emcees — along with Micky DeChurch, Ali Mancuso and Keaton Mohney — for the 2012 Variety Show.

“Both of my parents were very excited,” Baker said. But he didn’t know a very coincidental fact that he shared with his mother, Mary Ann (Pisarcik) Baker.

When she was a PAHS senior, in 1981, she, too served as a Variety Show emcee.

Parent: Bring a resource officer into the schools

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The mother of two daughters who attend school in the Punxsutawney Area School District addressed the board at its committee meeting Wednesday about drug use, bullying and hiring a school district police resource officer.

“The reason I stand before you now is the growing amount of drugs and the safety issue that is on the rise in our school district,” said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent.

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