Archive - Dec 1, 2010 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.
âWe used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,â elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. âThere was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School District was recently recognized by the state Department of Education (PDE) for its use of technology from the Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant throughout the district.
PAHS Principal David London said this is the first full year of the âOne-to-Oneâ program at the high school, where every student in grades nine through 12 has his or her own laptop.
London said the district was recognized by the state education department as one of five districts in the state as a CFF success story.
BROOKVILLE â Wednesday, following the violent death of a Crawford County corrections officer, Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel told the jail board that the jailâs policies are being reviewed.
According to Elbel, the death of corrections officer Gary M. Chapin, of Conneaut Lake, occurred as a new inmate, Gregory G. Brown, 24, of Meadville, was being processed.
Brown became violent while being processed, during which he was not placed in any restraining device, and killed Chapin.
When asked if Brown used any sort of weapon, Elbel responded simply, âThe wall.â
BROCKWAY â Another dust-up between Jack Wisor, founder and director of the Just For Jesus Homeless Outreach Challenge, and state Sen. Joe Scarnati could be developing.
Scarnati said in a press release Tuesday that Wisor deliberately disobeyed a newly-enacted law, Act 95 of 2010, which states that a group home â such as Just For Jesus â that takes on a convicted murderer must notify the county and municipal governments within 48 hours of the murdererâs arrival.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the help of his hometown, a local college student may soon take his first footsteps toward the edge of Hollywoodâs red carpet.
Punxsy native Charlie Dominick, a 2010 PAHS graduate and current Point Park University freshman, received the schoolâs Artistic Achievement Award scholarship for his independent production, âDipper,â and is in the process of collecting funds for his upcoming film project.
âIâm very excited about it,â he said. âI probably havenât been this motivated about anything before.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â WPSU-TV is looking to revisit Punxsutawney for its popular âOur Townâ series, according to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce.
The âOur Townâ series by Penn State Public Broadcasting filmed a program about Punxsy several years ago, but Marlene Lellock, Chamber executive director, said that Chamber board member TJ Sliwinski, a Reynoldsville resident, learned that WPSU-TV was filming an âOur Townâ about Reynoldsville this past summer.