Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Monday, supporters of the Jeff Tech lumbering program presented their case as to why the program should not be discontinued due to high expenses.
â€śLumbering is one of the most dangerous professions, and thanks to the Jeff Tech program, students have learned how to be safe in the woods while logging,â€ť Harry Bressler, a lumbering class advocate, said during the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committeeâ€™s (JOC) meeting Monday.
Bressler said some of the lumbering equipment was donated to the program.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Jeff Techâ€™s preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsyâ€™s two representatives voting no at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The committee approved the budget of $7,485,723 to be advertised and forwarded to the sending school boards for its review and put on public display in preparation for the JCDAVT Board adoption by mail ballot April 23.
The budget was approved by Patty Battitori, Shelly Caine, Dr. Fred Park, Michael Smith, Lloyd McCreight and Melissa Mowrey.
Friday, before the temperatures dropped, Trisha Reesman (left), age 10, and Jezabel Frantz (right), age nine, did their neighborly duty and helped decorate Bertha Dubenskyâ€™s yard for Easter, which is Sunday, April 8, this year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Almost everyone has enjoyed the abnormally warm weather throughout the winter season. But along with such weather comes an onslaught of deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, throughout the area.
Unseasonably warm weather has extended the season of activity for the ticks, said Dr. Tom Simmons, IUP professor of Biology and Public Environmental Health.
"With this unseasonably warm winter, it may not result in a population explosion of ticks this coming year," he said. "The tick populations were high last year, and they will remain high this year."
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(May 13, 1896)
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rain may be in the forecast for the immediate future, but organizers of the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special hope that Mother Nature will pour the rain this weekend, not next weekend.
â€śI think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,â€ť said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. â€śWeâ€™ve just been so fortunate with the weather.â€ť
The Run/Walk for Someone Special, now in its 33rd year, will be held Sunday, April 1, starting at Town Hall in Sykesville (see box for details).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A proposed cut in Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s budget appears to affect funding of recreational activities in the area. But on closer inspection, many of those funds were used for special projects and not for operations of the program or the project itself.
The Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund was approved by Pennsylvania voters to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when it passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent, said state House Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) of Punxsy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Representatives from PennDOT District 10 held an open house Thursday night at the Lindsey Fire Hall to show residents changes to two major projects in the borough.
Residents could see early work on the two projects â€” the Route 110/Route 310 turning lanes project and the Elk Run Bridge/Route 119 and the Sawmill Run Bridge, Route 36/Mahoning Street replacement project â€” as early as this fall.
It was a great night Thursday for doing anything outdoors, such as walking, running, Frisbee football and, as seen in Barclay Square, Zumba Fitness with Dustin Jewell (center). He holds his Zumba class in the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, except during inclement weather.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.
Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment â€” using solar energy, he said â€” has saved him money and could be used in some of the boroughâ€™s buildings.
Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.