Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Emergency Management Agency committee continues to make headway in its effort to reorganize the often-ignored borough department.
Agency Coordinator Charlie Hoeh recently told Punxsutawney Borough Council about the progress that the committee has made in the last few months.
â€śWeâ€™ve been meeting once a month as suggested by borough council, and weâ€™re in the process of obtaining all of the emergency plans for all of the high rises and nursing homes in town,â€ť he said.
INDIANA â€” The Wildcat Regiment Band of Indiana County will participate in the inauguration of Gov.-elect Tom Corbett Tuesday, providing music for the ceremony to be held on the front steps of the state capitol.
The band is a re-creation of the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, the Wildcat Regiment, formed in 1861 with volunteers from Indiana and surrounding counties, the area known as the Wildcat legislative district.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Though the dust from the holiday shopping season has just settled, for one local retailer, the hustle-and-bustle is just beginning.
While the rest of the world migrates south, seeking relief from frigid seasonal conditions, flights of inquiring minds, from near and far, flock north for the forecasting of the futureâ€™s weather.
That, which can only be executed by one earthly entity: The â€śPrognosticator of Prognosticatorsâ€ť Punxsutawney Phil, of course.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual reorganization meeting Thursday at the Pantall Hotel, where members selected their new officers for the year. Pictured are (seated, from left): Debi Meneely, member; Jodi Presloid, vice-president; Debbie Parise, secretary; Katie Laska, member; (back) Joe Ferraro, member; Jeff Curtis, president; and members Bob Cardamone, Francis Molinaro, T.J. Sliwinski and Aggie Ott. Missing are Clay Snyder, treasurer; members Dan Smith, Jack Lingenfelter, Brian Smith, Michele Lorenzo and Lara Little, new member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The proposed West Mahoning Street Sewer project continues to be held up due to right-of-way difficulties.
Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc. borough engineers, reported at Mondayâ€™s borough council meeting that the proposed sewer project has moved along like â€śmolasses,â€ť saying that the group had received a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT last year and was submitted to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad a number of months ago with no reply.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is expanding its programs in Jefferson County, and could provide community service projects for PAHS students.
The same night that guidance counselor Emily Cassidy and PAHS Principal David London announced proposed changes to the senior project and standardized testing, respectively, Heidi Stahlnecker, program director for BBBS of Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, discussed with the Punxsutawney Area School Board ways that both students and potential â€śbigsâ€ť can get involved.
Mayor James Wehrle (left) presented Mary Ann Bosak (middle) with a proclamation for being the first female firefighter to retire and become a life member in the Punxsutawney and Central Fire Departments. Wehrle proclaimed Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, â€śMary Ann Bosak Dayâ€ť in honor of her 20 years of service to the department. Bosak (middle) thanked Wehrle, council and her fellow firefighters for their support over the years. Also pictured is Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner (right). (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” They may not know it, but todayâ€™s freshmen at PAHS are already working toward completion of their senior projects.
Punxsutawney Area High School students will still be required to complete senior projects in order to graduate, but starting with the Class of 2014 â€” this yearâ€™s freshmen â€” the projects will become more career and community service oriented.
Monday, guidance counselor Emily Cassidy told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that committees met once a month over the past year to revamp the graduation project program.
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP â€” Family members who lost their home in a fire Dec. 26, 2010, on Rock Run Road in Montgomery Township lost everything they owned except their lives, but continue to receive assistance.
Sean Connor, who is the assistant manager at the Punxsutawney Wal-Mart, and his wife Mary, who is a cafeteria worker for the Purchase Line School District, and their youngest daughter Katarina, had just returned home the evening of Dec. 26 when their dog, Ringo, became restless after Sean had gone to bed.
HARRISBURG â€” Punxsutawney Phil and the state Pennsylvania Tourism Office chose an unusual location to announce the latest technological promotion for Groundhog Day 2011: The state Farm Show & Expo.
Maybe itâ€™s not too unusual, however, because last year, Punxsy Phil and tourism officials announced that his prognostication would be sent to his loyal followers via text message.
There wonâ€™t be text messages this year, but followers of the Foursquare mobile platform have an opportunity to earn a special PA Groundhog Day badge if they â€śshoutâ€ť their current location Feb. 2.