May 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This afternoon, four AAA schools from District IX will send their best athletes to compete at the D-IX Track and Field Championships in Kane, and Punxsy head coach Barry Young said this year's field is one of the deepest and strongest he has seen in some time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Five teams will travel to the boys' District IX Track and Field Championships this afternoon at Kane, but two are considered powerhouses â€” DuBois and Bradford â€”Â and it's expected to be a back-and-forth event for the two teams. But that doesn't mean Punxsy's squad doesn't have high aspirations of earning a few surprise first-place finishes and moving on to the state tournament May 31 at Shippensburg University.
"The bottom line is, it looks like it will be a big cat and mouse game between Bradford and DuBois," Punxsy head coach John Smith said.
With the busy graduation season ahead, the Punxsy Lady Chucks softball team took a break from its final week of the regular season to hold its banquet Tuesday night at the Eagles. After the team and family members enjoyed a meal together, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer and JV coach Ken Covatch each addressed their players and thanked them for the hard work they've put in this year. A slide show of memories throughout the season was shown, and the evening ended with Pifer recognizing the five senior members of his team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request to rezone the area of Prushnok Drive from industrial to town center commercial to accommodate the planned construction of a new health care facility in that area.
The zoning change had already been approved by the Planning Commission.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Call it a very intense training regiment.
Twenty-two-year old Mathieu Krsnik, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, has visited Boston and locations in New York state, but he hopes to see much more â€” all before the second weekend in June â€” of the United States on a cycling trip all the way to Florida.
Board president explains Jeff Tech program decision
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Conrad confirmed that the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee voted unanimously to discontinue its lumbering and marketing/retailing programs, but plans to offer other shops in their places.
Facing declining enrollment and funding issues, the committee voted to
discontinue the programs May 3.
Ursula Concetta (Mondi) Albino, 76, Walston, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 7, 1935, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Adams) Mondi.
In 1969, she married Joseph â€śMuzâ€ť Albino, who survives.
Mrs. Albino was a special education teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 35 years.
She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her masterâ€™s degree from Penn State University.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council appointed Jaime Sherry of Highland Avenue, Punxsy, as the newest council member to succeed Robert Reesman, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Susan Glessner after her resignation earlier this year.
Reesman recently resigned because he was moving out of the borough.
Council President Larry Chenoga said Sherry was the first person to submit her application for the position, and that was the order in which council would vote on the candidates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its preliminary 2012-13 budget.
The preliminary budget calls for revenues of $34,361,096 in revenue â€” an increase of $1,498,602 over the 2011-12 budget â€” which includes funds that were taken away last year by the state but have since been restored.
The proposed spending plan also calls for $39,399,198 in expenses â€” an increase of $685,446, a 1.77 percent increase over last year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized during the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Foster parents, board members and local dignitaries all gathered to honor the dedication and care that foster parents provide to youngsters.
The event, hosted by the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board, is held in May every year as part of Foster Parent Appreciation Month.