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Archive - Feb 19, 2013

To be Fair: UCC’s new pastor looks to minister to all ages

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new pastor at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Punxsutawney, Jennifer Fair, said that she hopes to reach out to the college-aged group as part of her ministry in Punxsutawney.

"My father, Stephen Fair, has pastored at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg and United Church of Christ in Ridgway, which had a profound effect on me growing up as a pastor's kid (PK)," said Fair.

Fair said her father was one of those people who went straight from
college to seminary and, from there, to pastoring his first church.

Jenks Hill Elementary combines technology with classic game to make learning fun

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Many people have played Bingo at their favorite church or fire hall, but there is a different kind of Bingo that the students at Jenks Hill Elementary School played recently, not to win money, but to win books through the use of technology.

Shari Weber, the principal at Jenks Hill, was in her office calling the numbers as they were projected to all of the classrooms via
technological devices, while the students kept track of their Bingo cards at their desks.

A new look for an old favorite: Grant approval opens the doors for library renovations

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library has begun planning for new renovations they hope to start in March of this year.

Partnering with the Punxsy Borough Council, the library applied for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Program for Public Library Facilities.

On Feb. 16, the facility was approved for the grant — in the amount of $60,000 — and the plans are now being put together.

The cost for construction is anticipated to come in at around $120,000, so the grant is essential in successfully completing the renovation.

Civil Service Commission reorganizes, Boston joins

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Civil Service Commission held its reorganizational meeting on Monday at the Mahoning East Civic Center.
Rich Alexander, commission chairperson, welcomed new member Ed Boston, who was appointed at last week's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting to replace Bill Leiberton, who resigned from the commission.

Boston was sworn in by Mary Neal, borough secretary, prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Boston made a motion to appoint Mike Ruffner as the chairperson of Civil Service, which was seconded by Alexander and approved.

Who’s hungry?! It’s Girl Scout cookie time!

February 19, 2013

For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year — time for distribution of Girl Scout Cookies.

In this photo from Saturday, Troop 20293 helps sort the Girl Scout cookies
that have been delivered to the Punxsutawney area.

If you haven’t ordered your cookies and would like to, please contact Diane Oswalt at 938-3584.

You may also check http://www.gswpa.org/ for dates and times of cookie booth sales that will be held in the area.

Elementary basketball kicks off with exciting first night of games

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The future varsity stars of the Punxsy Chucks played the first night of elementary basketball games, which showcased four exciting contests.

The 4th- and 5th-graders took to the court for the first two games, with the 6th-graders closing out the final two contests.

Alabama 14, Oregon 10

The first game of the night was between the 4th/5th graders on team Alabama (red) versus Oregon (green).

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