March 9th, 2011
DUBOIS â€” Four students from Punxsutawney Area High School took first place in the 24th annual DuBois Area Senior Scholastic Challenge Wednesday night at PSU-DuBois' Hiller Auditorium, the first time that a Punxsy team has taken top honors in the event.
The team members â€” seniors Lucas Burke and Joe Long, junior Kendall Neal and freshman Kevin Hughes â€” garnered 135 total points in the final two rounds.
"Usually what happens is, whoever wins the first preliminary round takes first place," advisor Rose Graffius said. "That's not how it happened this year."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even before Gov. Tom Corrbett revealed his proposed $27.3 billion budget that threatens Penn Stateâ€™s Cooperative Extension, four Jefferson County 4-H members traveled to the offices of local legislators to tell them how important the 4-H program is.
4-H members Shane Johns of the Fast Nâ€™ Furious 4-H Club; Matt Snyder from the Fast Nâ€™ Furious and Livestock Unlimited 4-H Clubs; Kristin Harriger from Livestock Unlimited; and Celeste Pearce from Fast Nâ€™ Furious 4-H Club visited the local offices of state Reps. Sam Smith, Matt Gabler and Dave Reed.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners moved to submit an application for more than $1.5 million in federal funding.
The application was submitted to the U.S. Depart-ment of Commerce, and if received, the money would be used for site development at a proposed business park near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Kristin Hullihen, of the Jefferson County Depart-ment of Devel-opment, said this is the second application submitted to the Depart-ment of Comm-erce. The first application was denied, but Hullihen said that is not uncommon.
House Speaker Sam Smith said Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed $27.3 billion budget shows bigger cuts than perhaps expected in higher education, but Smith said he would like to see deeper digging into the budget for the Department of Welfare and abuses with the program.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Five years after the idea was officially proposed, a pre-bid meeting was held Tuesday for the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal along North Findley Street.
The project could begin within the next couple of months, depending on the bids and a second-floor tenant.
â€śPunxsutawney is a hub for us, but we think if we construct a terminal here, we will attract more passengers,â€ť especially with the expansion of IUPâ€™s Punxsy campus, said Gabriel J. Uljon, ATA director of facilities and stationary equipment.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Torrence Street sewer replacement project was 40 percent complete as of Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Roger Steele said there are three phases of work that will take place on Torrence Street. The first phase is the sewer replacement project, which has nothing to do with the ATA Terminal building project.
The second phase, widening Torrence Street, is scheduled to begin April 1, Steele said, adding that the sewer replacement project will conclude Friday.
Otis Warren Engle, 87, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, N.Y.
He was born July 8, 1923, in Timblin, a son of Samuel Boyd and Augusta (Casson) Engle.
He was a 1942 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Engle retired from International Paper Company in 1985 after 35 years of service.
Joline C. Pifer, 80, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Willis and Dorothy (Anderson) McGee.
Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
Vivian Claire Wright, 83, Glen Campbell, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 11, 1927, a daughter of the late Edward and Alda (Stewart) Goss.
She was married to Gerald Wright, who preceded her in death March 14, 1997.
Mrs. Wright was the owner of Wright's Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell, and she was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Rossiter Fire Company.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Longtime teammates and Punxsy seniors Devon Luzell and Ian Weaver will be playing football together for at least four more years, and that college connection isn't much more than coincidental.
Luzell and Weaver fell in love with Division II Mercyhurst College in Erie, and that led to both of them becoming part of the Lakers' 2011 recruiting class in February.
"It was just a coincidence that we both liked it up there," Luzell said. "It's nice having Ian come up there with me, but I would have gone up there regardless. They were really the best opportunity."