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May 28th

Big Run honors fallen at Memorial Day program

May 28, 2012

BIG RUN — The featured speaker for the Big Run Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery had a very personal experience when it comes to remembering those who lost their lives while fighting to protect freedom around the world.

"I have spent the majority of my life with young people," said Ron Ploucha, a retired math teacher, member of the Inner Circle and the Elks.

Ploucha said he grew up in the 1950s and early 60s.

"If you wonder what life was like back then, just watch a few episodes of ‘Leave It To Beaver,’" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."

May 25th

PAHS’ smallest class celebrates its next step

May 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Everybody makes mistakes — even people who are the valedictorians of their classes and go on to become medical professionals.

Dr. Frank Bizousky pointed out a few missteps in his school career as the guest speaker for the PAHS Class of 2012’s commencement exercises Friday night, but by and large, he said, things work out when one makes amends.

Sam Smith offers lessons and ‘NCIS’ tips for PCS graduates

May 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — “What is education?” was the question asked by state Rep. Sam Smith, the speaker for the Punxsutawney Christian School’s 2012 commencement, which was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church.

PCS’ three graduates were Caleb Thomas Fugate, Lindsey Ann Reed and Jesse Michael Venturini.

Smith cited several definitions for education: “Ronald Reagan said, ‘Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.’

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

May 25, 2012

Punxsutawney
VFW Post 2076 and American Legion Post 62 will hold Memorial Day events Monday, starting with the parade at 10:30 a.m. and a service in Barclay Square at 11 a.m.

Big Run
Big Run VFW Post 9044 will host its annual Memorial Day Program at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fairview Cemetery in Big Run.
In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the War Memorial.
The guest speaker will be Ron Ploucha.

Rossiter
American Legion Post 582 will conduct Memorial Day servcies at the following cemeteries Monday:
• Pearce Cemetery, 9 a.m.

May 24th

The Jeff Tech Class of 2012 is just taking over

May 24, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — The Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS Class of 2012 is looking at a different take on an ancient Mayan philosophy that suggests 2012 will mark the end of the world.

“The world is not ending; we’re just taking over,” said class President Karissa Dinger, of Punxsy, as 93 students from the Brockway, Brookville, DuBois and Punxsutawney school districts received their diplomas Thursday night at Jeff Tech.

Economic development sees relief in budget proposal

May 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — While human services, higher education and basic education may endure significant cuts once the state’s final budget is approved, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is seeing a little relief from the cuts this year.

“All in all, we did OK; we fared OK,” said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. “There are still some areas of concern, but at the end of the day, we’ll right-size the organization and do what we have to do, to maintain a high level of service.”

ONE HALF DONE, ANOTHER HALF TO GO

May 24, 2012

Thursday evening, members of the Punxsutawney Garden Club planted flowers in the first half of the hayracks around town. They will plant the second half whenever new hayracks are placed at the new light posts. Pictured are (from left) Kerri Stebbins, Kim Neigh, Grace Neigh, Tanga Hopkins, Rose Osikowicz and Dottie Jekielek.

May 23rd

Holocaust survivor’s story emphasizes themes of respect, tolerance in today’s world

May 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even though her experience took place 70 years ago, Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastacky’s message to youngsters and others isn’t unlike that of anti-bullying campaigns today.

Don’t be a victim. Don’t be a victimizer. Stand up for what’s right. And be respectful of other people and their differences.

Students’ Holocaust project shows their maturity in working with a difficult topic

May 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PAMS AmeriCorps teacher Christine Curtis’ interest in the Holocaust as a history major turned into not only a valuable lesson for her students, but a massive project for others from which to learn.

And at the end of it all, students showed that despite their young ages, they could research and present information on such a difficult topic.

Edith Altman, 104, recognized as Jefferson County’s oldest resident

May 23, 2012

BROOKVILLE — At the age of 104, Edith Altman is Jefferson County’s oldest resident.

She earned the recognition over a Reynoldsville man by only a few months, and celebrated her long life with family and friends Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

“It’s wonderful,” her daughter, Amy Slocum said. “It’s super. It’s great to be able to get together. We don’t do it often enough. This is a celebration of life.”

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