April 10th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following several weeks of criticism from residents about an alleged hands-off attitude about drugs in the district â€” specifically Punxsutawney Area High School â€” the Punxsutawney Area School Board fired back at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śI take offense that we are accused of having a drug problem in our schools,â€ť said Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, also saying that he felt it was unfair to categorize the district that way with no real evidence.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” The cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a home at 165 Pine Dr., Henderson Township, is undetermined, according to the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
The fire began at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday in the garage at the home owned by Robert Dominick, said Charles Gross, fire marshal.
The alarm was turned in by a neighbor, and both occupants were able to evacuate the home, which was heavily damaged by the blaze.
Gross said the fire began in the garage, which was completely destroyed in the blaze, thus hindering the investigation.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Saturday, the Punxsutawney Country Club will take a step back in time to an era when mobsters and flappers were the talk of the town.
â€śThe Mobsters, Molls and Marinaraâ€ť dinner theater show will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Punxsutawney Country Club by Mysteryâ€™s Most Wanted, a Pittsburgh-based murder mystery theater group.
Take some mystery, add some comedy and a large helping of improv, and you have all the ingredients to a Mysteryâ€™s Most Wanted show.
ST. MARYS â€” With the spring-like weather suddenly vanishing, the Lady Chucks had to battle two opponents Tuesday night in St. Marys â€” the Lady Dutch and the weather. But Punxsy proved up to the challenge to pick up a 92-58 victory.
ST. MARYS â€” Sometimes in sports, a team runs into another squad that simply matches up well against it. Tuesday, the Punxsy boys' track team met up with a St. Marys Dutch team that was "strong where we are," according to Punxsy head coach John Smith, and St. Marys came out victorious, 95-55.
St. Marys won the 3200-meter relay â€” an event in which Punxsy has shown strength this season â€” to open the event with a time of 10:43, and while the Chucks pulled close a few times throughout the meet, the Dutch would never trail.
Robert Wayne "Corney" Johnson Sr., 86, Millcreek, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, after a long illness.
He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Bells Landing, Clearfield Township, a son of the late Wayne and Wanda (Hatch) Johnson.
For 68 years, he was married to Eleanor White Johnson, who survives.
He attended Mahaffey High School in Clearfield County and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
ST. MARYS â€” Last Wednesday, the Punxsy junior high girls' track team traveled to St. Marys to open its season against the Lady Dutch, and despite a 100-50 loss, the Lady Chucks showed some promising signs in their first meet.
St. Marys opened the meet with a victory in the 3200-meter relay to take a 5-0 lead, and the Lady Dutch never forfeited the lead during the remainder of the meet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During their monthly meeting Monday, several of the members of Punxsutawney Borough Council said they supported the idea of a police resource officer at Punxsutawney Area High School, but asked who is going to pay for it.
â€śThereâ€™s a need for a resource officer to assist with the prevention of crime at the high school,â€ť said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent who, last month, discussed her concerns with the Punxsutawney Area School Board.
Pennington said a police resource officer would help expand crime prevention with students and in the community, as well.
BROOKVILLE â€” This week, Americaâ€™s libraries are taking a proactive approach to promoting literacy.
From April 8 to 14, libraries across the country â€” including the Jefferson County Library System â€” will celebrate National Library Week.
â€śWe want to let our community residents know libraries are not just recreation,â€ť Mengle Memorial Library Director Darlene Marshall said.
â€śWeâ€™ve got education, and our schools depend on our libraries. When the cuts in the school funding happen, they turn more to libraries.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” So, do you have an overdue library book somewhere in your house?
This is your week to return it to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” no fines, no questions asked.
Fine-Free Week is part of the Punxsy libraryâ€™s recognition of National Library Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday across the United States.
Recently, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared this week National Library Week in the county.