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February 20th

Mary Rose (Melvin) Green, 98

February 20, 2013

Mary Rose (Melvin) Green, 98, of Blairsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at St. Andrews, in Indiana, Pa.

She was born Aug. 1, 1914, in Rossiter, the daughter of the late David and Josephine (Caretti) Melvin.

Darlene De Voe Fairman, 72

February 20, 2013

Darlene De Voe Fairman, 72, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Hospice of Hamilton in Hamilton, Ohio.

She was born in Punxsutawney on April 12, 1940, the daughter of Darrell and Ruth (DeVoe) Burns. She married Raymond Fairman on Feb. 10, 1962, in Dallas, Texas, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 2012.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church (Hamilton, Ohio), where she had been active and chairwoman of many committees.

Too good to be true: New training device, Pat Sim, making PAH safer, more efficient

February 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So many little boys and girls are now familiar with the term simulator, having grown up in an era where flight simulators and simulation games are a regular thing surrounding them. But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH), there's a new simulator in town, and this one's designed for the adults.

His (or her, as he/she has removable/addable body parts to be worn or not on any given day) name is Pat Sim, and according to Lisa Wanchisn, PAH education trainer, the scope of possible training scenarios has been broadened by a large amount with Pat's arrival at the hospital.

Ferringer's Flowers to hold annual Pet Food Drive in March

February 20, 2013

BROOKVILLE — For the 17th year, Betsy and Dave Ferringer of Ferringer's Flowers in Brookville will be providing residents with an opportunity to help animals with the holding of its annual Pet Food Drive from March 1 through March 15.

February 19th

High-scoring early, tight late games highlight elementary hoops tournament

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

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.

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