February 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the fact that the Punxsutawney Area School District teacherâ€™s contract expired last June, both sides say the negotiations continue toward a settlement.
Don Gill, president of the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA), and Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, agreed to a joint interview to discuss exactly where the negotiations stand at this point.
Gill said the union and board actually began negotiations as an early bird prior to the six months before the former contract expired when formal negotiations are permitted to begin.
BROOKVILLE â€” A new statewide initiative has local police department officers reminding teen drivers to click it or ticket.
This week, Brookville Borough Police teamed up with Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School to take part in PennDOTâ€™s teen driver safety mobilization, an initiative intended to inform teen drivers about a new seatbelt law.
â€śToday, itâ€™s not about issuing citations,â€ť PennDOT Safety Press Officer Shawn Houck said. â€śItâ€™s about awareness. Weâ€™re trying to get the message out.â€ť
Using shoeboxes and other craft items, students from Cheri Barenchikâ€™s second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School created a mini-replica of downtown Punxsutawney. The replica was part of a social studies unit titled â€śNeeds and Wants,â€ť designed to teach students how to use a map and get around town.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was Senior Night on the mats at the PAHS gymnasium for the Chucks wrestling team, which took on Bradford Tuesday night, and despite a small Bradford squad, Punxsy was able to match each senior with an opponent and come out victorious, 54-15, over the Owls.
"The kids wrestled really well tonight," Punxsy coach Eric Eddy said after the match. "Each senior was able to get a match in, and it was good to pick up the win on Senior Night."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The three-year-old PAHS Drama Club is preparing its third production, â€śOnce Upon A High School,â€ť which runs at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.
The play, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, explores two different worlds: The world of fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc., and a reality-based world familiar to high school students of today.
BROOKVILLE â€” Monday night, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a long-debated bill that imposes an impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas extraction.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners completed their part in the process by passing an ordinance that will give authority to municipalities and townships in the county to pass a resolution which will allow county municipalities and townships to receive impact money.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council and PennDOT will replace the sanitary sewer line that is part of a combined system during the replacement of the Elk Run Route 119 bridge this summer.
Engineer Brian Sekula told council that the borough would be responsible for half of the cost to move the former combined sewer line and replace it with a new sanitary line if it partnered with PennDOT.
Sekula said if the borough were to do the project by itself, it would cost $200,000. If PennDOT and the borough partner in the replacement, the cost would be $100,000.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The buzz around the PAHS gym after Punxsy senior guard Alex Magill, the team's only senior, was recognized on her Senior Night before the girls' varsity game against A-C Valley was, "It's a shame Friday wasn't senior night."
That's because Magill hit a go-ahead three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Chucks a three-point victory Friday over DuBois.
Monday night was no less fitting, though, as Magill pulled off the once-in-a-lifetime sort of feat twice in four days, draining a deep two as the clock ticked to zero to give Punxsy a 49-47 win over the Lady Falcons.
HOMER CITY â€” The Punxsy Chucks basketball team went on the road to take on the Bobcats of Homer Center Monday night in an out-of-league contest that proved to be a good tune-up game heading into its final two league games Wednesday and Friday. But the Chucks came away with a 68-64 victory over Homer Center in what Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal called "a full team effort."
Punxsy senior guard Alex Fedigan was sidelined with an injury, forcing fellow-senior Ian Miller into the starting lineup, and Miller proved to be one of four Chucks scorers in double digits.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just months after a presentation by Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his K-9 unit, Bret, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met yet another four-legged officer during its meeting Monday.
St. Marys City Police Officer Mike Shaffer introduced his K-9 unit, Copper, to the board Monday and said having the K-9 unit in St. Marys and the surrounding area has proven to deter people from bringing drugs into the area.
St. Marys is not a huge area, Shaffer said, but noted that he makes dozens of drug arrests per year, but mostly outside the city.