November 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A room at Femco Machine Inc. is almost chock-full of toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and if the company and the U.S. Marine Corps has their way, more rooms in the plant will be overflowing in coming weeks.
Monday, at Femco Machine Inc., Route 536, Young Township; Sgt. Jerry Huffman and Sgt. Shawn Kyler, representing the U.S. Marine Corps from Ebensburg; and Janeen Love of Community Action Inc. officially kicked off this areaâ€™s Toys for Tots campaign.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A local business owner asked the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday about a supposed reason why teachers in the district have not yet agreed upon a contract, while the school board president said the board is aware of all issues.
Speaking during the public comment portion of the boardâ€™s agenda, Tim and Cindy Chambers, owners of CRW Home Centers, expressed concern about how historical documents are referenced in textbooks and other materials â€” if the original documentation is edited to omit terms such as â€śIn God We Trust,â€ť for example.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was the recipient of the the American Automobile Association (AAA) East Centralâ€™s highest award.
Officers Ryan Miller and Kirk Brudnock traveled to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars to be recognized by AAA for outstanding service, dedication and the significant impact made by the department for improving the quality of life through its traffic safety program.
This was the fifth consecutive year of being recognized by AAA, said Chief Tom Fedigan.
Lysle Clair Bailey, 67, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at home.
He was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Kittanning, a son of the late William W. and Helen L. (White) Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was retired from Rola-Jensen Inc. in Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of private first class E-3.
He was an avid area bowler.
Surviving relatives include a brother, William W. Bailey Jr. and wife Connie of Beaver Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no public viewing or services.
The Lady Chucks' senior setter Cassie Cook (left photo) and junior hitter Sydney Weaver (right photo, left) were named to the 2011 District IX All-Star team Friday. The All-Star team was selected by coaches, who nominated their own players they thought deserved the honor. Then, all the District IX coaches voted to determine the team members. "Cassie and Sydney both had outstanding seasons, and they definitely deserved the votes," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "They work very hard and have a great passion for volleyball."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget â€” with no tax increase â€” at Mondayâ€™s council meeting.
â€śThis is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,â€ť council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following a week of tragedy and scandal locally and statewide, Officials with the Punxsutawney Area School District made heartfelt statements at the beginning and the end of Mondayâ€™s school board meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In the annual BOTS IQ competition, PAHS robotics students build machines to destroy or damage other robots.
But during a meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday, the team demonstrated another robot, for the BEST competition, designed to be helpful, not destructive.
Weather Capital Robotics, the PAHS robotics team, competed against 19 other schools Oct 21-22 in the Wolverine BEST Hub 2011 Robotic competition at Grove City College, according to advisor Keith Hughes.
Dr. Lucinda Hart-GonzĂˇlez, 61, co-founder of Paradise Gardens and Farm, an organic farm and goat milk creamery at 2771 Paradise Rd., Reynoldsville, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at her sister's home in Concord, Mass., after a six-month battle with lung cancer.
She was born March 31, 1950, in Oakland, Calif., a daughter of Dr. Edward W. and Flori (Feder) Hart.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez graduated from Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1967, and received her bachelor's degree from UMass-Boston and her master's and doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University in 1980.Â
CLARION â€” The Brookville Raiders' season came to a close Saturday after suffering a crushing 40-25 defeat at the hands of the Karns City Gremlins in the District IX Class AA semi-finals.
Following the game, the disappointment was easily seen on the face of Brookville head coach Chris Dworek, who said there were several mistakes made.
"We needed to tackle better, and the rush defense wasn't the best effort," Dworek said. "We can't fix things and get them next week; that's the brutality of the playoffs."