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April 30th

Scarnati talks budget, Marcellus Shale, Santorum

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On the eve of lawmakers returning to Harrisburg to hash out details of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-13 budget, state Sen.
Joe Scarnati said there's bright spots and not-so-bright spots.

"Revenues are improving, so that's a bright spot," Scarnati, who also serves as president pro tem in the state Senate, told The Spirit last Thursday.

A $700 million shortfall, however, is not a bright spot, he said, and neither is the slow pace of recovery.

Smicksburg Heritage Society pays tribute to decades past

April 30, 2012

SMICKSBURG — The Smicksburg Heritage Society's museum showcases what life was like in the early 20th century.

The museum has a strong focus on the 1930s and 1940s, which provides a different perspective compared to many museums that tend to focus on the Victorian era.

"There was no colonial period (in Smicksburg); they (settlers) didn't come out here until afterwards, so in 1820 or so, then it really started to get settled," said Lynn Duncan, museum director.

Leadership conference to be broadcast live

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you consider yourself to be a leader in your field or have always wanted to be, then you'll want to attend the 12th-annual Chick-Fil-A Leadercast to be broadcast live Friday from Atlanta, Ga., at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

"It's a one-day leadership event with 10 different speakers scheduled to talk about the various aspects of leadership," said Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

April 29th

Big Run celebrates Loyalty Day

April 29, 2012

BIG RUN — Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.

"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."

Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.

Community Center now thriving after past financial hardship

April 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two years and nine months ago, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center almost closed due to financing issues.

Thinking about the possibility now, Mick Mumau, center board of
directors president, muses over what a difference two years can make.

It was immediately following the Groundhog Festival in 2009 that the center actually did shut down for two weeks, Mumau said, adding that it would have been bad news for the entire community had the closure been permanent.

May proclaimed as Older Americans Month

April 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.

This year’s theme — "Never Too Old to Play" — emphasizes the important role older adults play in sharing their experiences and wisdom and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.

“Our goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,” said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson

April 27th

Council seeks to fill vacancy; Reesman resigns because family is moving out of borough

April 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council began the search for another person to fill a vacancy after receiving a resignation letter from council member Robert Reesman Thursday.

Reesman had served on council previously, but did not seek re-election because he was moving out of the borough. However, council President Larry Chenoga asked him to return to council when former president Susan Glessner resigned at the end of last year.

Class of 1951 makes special donation in honor of Margaret C. Boles

April 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — April 19, eight members representing the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 visited the North Findley Street campus to make a monetary — and a symbolic and heartfelt — contribution.

“On behalf of the Boles Foundation, we are grateful to the Class of 1951 for their generosity and thoughtfulness,” PAHS Principal and Boles Foundation Board President David London said. “In the spirit of Margaret Boles, her students from the Class of 1951 are continuing her work and assisting PAHS students to further their education.”

April 26th

PUC drops idea of splitting the 814 area code

April 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — After almost two years of research and hearings regarding the possible split of the 814 area code — or the implementation of a new area code, 582 — the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Thursday voted to dismiss the relief plan and implementation schedule of the geographic split.

That’s good news for area residents and local businesses, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

CDBG funds to go toward Cherry Street renovation

April 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It looks as if Cherry Street will receive some much-needed attention as Punxsutawney Borough Council approved street renovations at Tuesday’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Hearing and special council meeting.

Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has chosen the renovation of Cherry Street — from Carlton Avenue to North Findley Street — as its 2012 CDBG project.

White said the work proposed involves street renovations, replacing the deteriorating railing with a guardrail and installing a storm drain.

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