Archive - Feb 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The second night of the annual boys' elementary basketball tourney saw a contrast on the scoreboard.
In the two opening tilts Tuesday, the sixth-grade matchups lit up the lights in seven-point finals.
Michigan State netted 15 and 16 points in its halves and held a lead over Florida by as many as 20 points before taking the 31-24 win.
With almost as many points as the first contest, LSU bested Michigan State in each half of the second game to take away a 27-20 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 â€” in the amount of $60,000 â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year â€” 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 havenâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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).
BIG RUN â€” At its most recent meeting Monday evening, Big Run Council changed a resolution it had voted on at an earlier meeting regarding what animals borough residents are allowed to keep on their property.
Tony Adamczyk, Big Run resident, requested that council change Ordinance No. 221 regarding which animals are permitted for borough residents to harbor on their property.
Adamczyk said that he listened to the tape of the borough council
meeting during which the new ordinance was approved, and there appeared to be confusion by some members of council regarding what they voted for.
Two bands recently came together to hold a benefit concert for a pair of worthy charities in the Punxsutawney area.
Ridinâ€™ Shotgun and 4 Way held the concert at the Rossiter Legion Post 582, and Post 582 matched the $500 made at the concert for a total donation of $1,000 to the First Church of God Food Pantry.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At last weekâ€™s Borough Council meeting, its members changed course on a proposal by Drinda Smith to place a memorial bench in Barclay Square and instead authorized Smith to proceed with having one placed in Patsyâ€™s Park.
The bench was requested by Drinda Smith in memory of Joel Riggleman, Dylan Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey and was approved.
Toby Santik, council member, said he had communicated council's decision to Smith via test message that it would not allow the bench to be in Barclay Square but would allow it in Patsy's Park.