February 7th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PennDOT District 10-0 has granted tentative approval for Punxsutawney Borough Council to lower the speed limit to 35 mph from 45 mph on Route 119 (Indiana Hill).
Tuesday, during a meeting of councilâ€™s Public Safety Committee, Borough Manager Ben White said last year, council requested that PennDOT perform a traffic study on Route 119 between the bridge over Mahoning Creek to the bridge over the Mahoning Shadow Trail, so the speed limit could be changed from 45 mph to 35 mph, in order to transition to the 25 mph speed zone.
BROOKVILLE â€” As Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his budget proposal Tuesday, Doug Hill, the executive director for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) predicts the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 to be a â€śwatershed budget.â€ť
The state is anticipating a $500 million deficit resulting from the current fiscal year, which could call for a complete restructuring of programs.
Marion "Mimi" Lockard, 78, Brookville, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Clarion Hospital.
She was born April 13, 1933, in Chest Township, Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Harry C. and Thelma (Witherite) Smith.
Aug. 26, 1950, she married James T. Lockard, who survives.
Mrs. Lockard was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and friends. She also attended the Church of Christ in Brookville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After months of planning and weeks of preparation, itâ€™s hard to believe that Groundhog Day is over for another year.
Bill Deeley, Inner Circle president, is citing 2012 as a huge success compared to 2011.
â€śItâ€™s amazing, the difference of the weather being 25 degrees warmer, no snow to move around and no ice to contend with will do for attendance,â€ť he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and thatâ€™s something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.
â€śIâ€™m amazed by the behavior of the kids,â€ť said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCSâ€™ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. â€śThey are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.â€ť
That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Tuesday, Punxsy's junior high wrestling team met a much larger Hollidaysburg team that filled each necessary weight class, and despite outdoing Hollidaysburg 27-18 on the mat, the Chucks again fell because they had a smaller squad, 48-27, to the Golden Tigers.
EDINBORO â€” Saturday, a group of Punxsy athletes traveled to Edinboro for the second consecutive weekend to compete at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association's Meet No. 3 at Edinboro University, and in their final qualifying attempt of the year, several of the athletes positioned themselves to possibly compete at the Tri-State Championship Meet Feb. 18 at Edinboro.
Punxsy head coach John Smith said the athletes that put themselves in the best position to qualify were those on the distance medley relay team, which ran an overall time of 12:25.12 Saturday.
Celestine M. Chenoga, 88, Rossiter, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born May 14, 1923, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Runko) Lesnick.
Oct. 9, 1940, she married Louis Chenoga, who preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1985.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.
Mrs. Chenoga enjoyed cooking, crocheting, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Cooper.
She worked at Rola Jensen in Punxsutawney.
Harold F. Divelbiss, 90, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born March 3, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Roy and Jessie (Morris) Divelbiss.
June 17, 1950, in Ford City, he married Anna Belle Tibby, who survives.
Mr. Divelbiss was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, as well as the Punxsutawney Country Club, American Legion Post 62 and the Central Fire Company for 42 years.
He was also a former coach and then a player agent for the Groundhog Little League.
DUBOIS â€” Avenging last season's upset loss to Ridgway and earning the District IX Class AA title were the only two things Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer and the Raiders wrestling squad had on their minds heading into Saturday's championship match.
The Raiders were strong, motivated and unstoppable, rolling over five-time district champ Ridgway for a 36-33 victory, the team championship title and a trip to the PIAA wrestling championship Thursday in Hershey.