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Archive - Apr 2013

April 26th

Masonic Lodge Chip Program — providing safety to area kids — Continues to accept registrations today

April 26, 2013

The John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge is conducting the second day of the Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge Child Identification Program (CHIP) at the cafeteria of the Punxsutawney Area High School today.

CHIP consists of a still photo and digital video interview, fingerprints and a DNA kit to be completed at home in order to provide parents or guardians with information that can be given to the state police in the event that a child is abducted or missing.

Keep it clean! Warmer weather means code enforcements are back

April 26, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In case you haven't looked out the window lately, the grass has been growing in your front and back yards, which means it's time to mow.

It also means that it is time for Mary McHenry, Punxsutawney Borough Code Enforcement Officer, to travel around looking for yards that are not mowed and other code violations.

"We give them more than ample time to get it cut," McHenry said, adding that most of the time, those in violation won't cut it until she sends out the notice.

She said rentals aren't typically too bad if there's a tenant in there.

PAHS juniors honored at school board meeting for Keystone Exam scores

April 26, 2013

Three 11th-grade students at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) were honored with certificates for doing well in the the new Keystone Exams that were administered for the first time this school year.

Pictured are district administrators, parents and students (front, from left) Haley Hartman, Laura Chelgren, Lauren Giavedoni, (back) Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent; Rich Hartman, Dana Hartman, Tom Chelgren, Nancy Chelgren, Barbara Giavedoni, Tony Giavedoni, and Dave London, PAHS principal.

Dorothy D. “Dot” Perry, 90

April 26, 2013

Dorothy D. “Dot” Perry, 90, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family.

She was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Dayton, Pa., a daughter of the late James and Lucinda (Hallman) Blose.

She married John D. Perry.

He preceded her in death on June 13, 2003.

Mrs. Perry was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Walston, Pa.

She worked as a study hall monitor at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

Her enjoyments were first and foremost her family, golf, reading, quilting, knitting and crossword puzzles.

April 25th

Lady Dutch take Round 1 from Lady Chucks softball

April 25, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One game does not make a softball season.

In what could be the first of three rounds, the St. Marys Lady Dutch scored a trio of runs in the top of the fifth and held off the Punxsy Lady Chucks to take Round One, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (6-2) produced four hits and plated single scores in the first and second innings for a 2-0 lead.

The home team could not put together more than one hit in an at bat over the final five innings, including none in the sixth or seventh.

NWTF’s Bingaman offers tips, encourages safe hunting for spring gobbler season

April 25, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you thought last year's spring gobbler season was a bust because of the warm winter conditions, this year could be the exact opposite, according to Walter Bingaman, Regional Director for the North Central Pennsylvania Division of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Bingaman said last year's extremely warm spring shortened spring gobbler season, which made it more challenging.

Past to Present’s Plow Days draw folks, machines of all ages

April 25, 2013

A blustery — and occasionally snowy — first day didn't stop the
Past to Present Machinery Association's 12th Annual Plow Day weekend from taking place Saturday and Sunday on Paradise Road in Henderson Township.

Tractors ranging from antiques to more modern models — about 20 on the first day and 30 on the second — took to the fields to plow throughout
the weekend while a spectator wagon carried visitors around the grounds and fields to watch.

Man accused of indecent assault

April 25, 2013

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A 32-year-old man has been accused of allegedly having indecent contact with two female juveniles, ages 14 and 16, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police reported that Donald G. Sprankle allegedly had contact with the females between January of 2006 and December of 2007 at a location along Knox Dale Road in McCalmont Township.

Sprankle was committed to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 cash bail.

Virginia Mae Walker, 79

April 25, 2013

Virginia Mae Walker, 79, Sykesville, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

She was born Jan. 19, 1934, a daughter of the late Calvin and Della (Harold) Bishop.

Virginia married Glenn R. Walker on April 4, 1953. He survives and lives in Sykesville.

April 24th

DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics set to mark another year on May 1

April 24, 2013

DUBOIS — As long as the sun is up and the weather stays warm, the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics event will be returning on Wednesday,
May 1, with its popular annual Track and Field Competition.

The games and activities will kick off between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois. Students from the Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney and DuBois area school districts, as well
as New Story School and Fayette Resources, will compete in a variety of

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