June 29th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget â with no tax increase â for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesdayâs board meeting.
The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.
The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.
The Reds' Peyton Hetrick (left) tries to throw out the Red Sox's Ashton Stonbraker during a Machine Pitch baseball game Tuesday night at Bob Roberts Field in Punxsutawney. For the first year, Punxsy's six- and seven-year-old Machine Pitch League is part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The John J. Fisher Post 62 Punxsy American Legion team scored 10 of its 11 runs in the first two innings and held off a late rally by DuBois to win, 11-10, Tuesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's offensive outburst was just what manager Mike Dickey wanted to see from his team with the playoffs just around the corner.
"Hitting from top to bottom, that was refreshing to see," Dickey said. "Of course, we know they're not throwing the guys they will in the playoffs, but regardless, it gives us some confidence."
BROOKVILLE â The Brookville Minor League Baseball All-Stars had a landslide 32-1 win in four innings over Brockway during their first home tournament game Tuesday night.
Every player for Brookville scored at least once. Every batter also had one or more hits. Brookville totaled 29 hits on the night.
"It was a real good way to start (the tournament at home)," Brookville manager Jeff Caylor said. "It was a good win; the kids hit the ball really well."
Brookville's next game will be at 6 p.m. Friday at DuBois, which took down St. Marys 10-0 in four innings Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â About 18 months after the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent an ad for TruTVâs new show âNFL Full Contactâ from airing during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the case has been settled.
Monday, Groundhog Club Vice-President Mike Johnston said the club, working with the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, settled with TruTV and its parent companies, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and Grey Global Group.
Lisa Styslinger, of Punxsutawney, enjoyed her ride on the flying dragons at Tuesdayâs Old Home Week Carnival. The carnival continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the grounds located behind the Punxy Plaza.
My love for animals has grown tremendously over the past year. Last summer, I spent three months in Washington, D.C., interning at Double R Productions. I had the experience to complete a civil service project while I was there. For this project, I found an animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, based out of Washington.
Lucky Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them.
The Rev. James W. Kane, 83, a retired United Methodist minister, of Erie, died Friday, June 24, 2011, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, in NuMine, a son of the late William and Geneva Kane.
After the death of his parents, he went to live with his aunt, Lucille E. Klouse and her husband Andrew, and following Andrewâs death, William E. Walton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â More than six months of planning, day-to-day research and organization has finally come to a fulfilling completion with the recent production of Philâs 125th Birthday Celebration book, "1886-2011: Groundhog Day, 125 Years" created by The Punxsutawney Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â "Someday when I grow up, I'm going to run off and join the carnival," has been a threat said by many children over the years when arguing with their parents.
Some kids actually attempted to follow through with that threat, but there are some children who were born into the carnival lifestyle, such as Tabby Fain of Mayo, Fla., who owns and operates the fried dough and funnel cake stand on the J&J Amusement midway today through Saturday during the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration.