May 9th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” The Pennsylvania Senateâ€™s vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the stateâ€™s human services field.
The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.
The measure will now be sent to the state House.
â€śItâ€™s good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,â€ť Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.
BRADFORD â€” Despite a strong showing on the track after a long trip to Bradford Tuesday afternoon, the Chucks track and field team fell to a worthy opponent in the Owls, 90-60, in their final regular season meet.
Punxsy head coach John Smith said he was pleased with his team's effort, adding that a few key pieces on the field were ailing, which can make a big difference in swinging the points.
BRADFORD â€” After a convincing win over Redbank Valley last Monday, the Punxsy girls' track team struggled Tuesday afternoon in its final tune-up meet before the District IX Championships next Wednesday at Kane in a 115.5-33.5 loss to the Lady Owls in Bradford.
Despite the tough loss, Punxsy head coach Barry Young told his squad there was just one thing it needed to do: Move on.
"I just told them we need to let well enough alone, forget this meet and move on to preparing for districts," he said.
Danny Albert, 13, of Reynoldsville, proudly displays this 15-pound jake â€” Albert's first turkey â€” which he bagged while hunting in the Anita area Saturday with his grandfather.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.
A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.
BROOKVILLE â€” Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).
â€śThis is one of the funds thatâ€™s on the governorâ€™s proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,â€ť Mowrey said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOTâ€™s traffic signal project.
â€śThe new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, itâ€™s very important for them to get across the street safely,â€ť Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.
He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.
Anna Kathryn Blayer, 84, Tecumseh, Mich., formerly of Ann Arbor, Mich., passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, surrounded by her family.
She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary (Brudnock) Midock.
May 7, 1955, in Punxsutawney, she married John Richard Blayer, who preceded her in death after 47 years of marriage.
In 1955, the couple moved to Ann Arbor, where Mr. and Mrs. Blayer began their family.
Shawna M. Marshall, 52, Mahaffey, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home.
Miss Marshall was born Sept. 4, 1959, in Dodge City, Kan., a daughter of Betty Clover and step-father Phil Clover, who survive, and the late Harold Marshall.
She was a graduate of Calvary Christian Bible School.
Diane Lee Trithart, 64, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at her home near Custer, S.D.
After growing up in Punxsutawney, Ms. Trithart attended Grove City College, where she met the man she would marry, Ron.
Over the course of her life, Ms. Trithart had three separate careers: First, as a mother raising a child; second, as a businesswoman with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, in which she rose to the level of CEO; and finally, as a small business owner, where she ran her own bed and breakfast.