Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Board president explains Jeff Tech program decision
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Conrad confirmed that the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee voted unanimously to discontinue its lumbering and marketing/retailing programs, but plans to offer other shops in their places.
Facing declining enrollment and funding issues, the committee voted to
discontinue the programs May 3.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council appointed Jaime Sherry of Highland Avenue, Punxsy, as the newest council member to succeed Robert Reesman, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Susan Glessner after her resignation earlier this year.
Reesman recently resigned because he was moving out of the borough.
Council President Larry Chenoga said Sherry was the first person to submit her application for the position, and that was the order in which council would vote on the candidates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its preliminary 2012-13 budget.
The preliminary budget calls for revenues of $34,361,096 in revenue â an increase of $1,498,602 over the 2011-12 budget â which includes funds that were taken away last year by the state but have since been restored.
The proposed spending plan also calls for $39,399,198 in expenses â an increase of $685,446, a 1.77 percent increase over last year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized during the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Foster parents, board members and local dignitaries all gathered to honor the dedication and care that foster parents provide to youngsters.
The event, hosted by the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board, is held in May every year as part of Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It's that time of year to dust off the lawnmowers and cut the grass â and property owners who don't will be hearing from Punxsutawney code enforcement officer Mary McHenry.
"The lawn mowing season began a little bit earlier than last year with the warm weather back in March, which has caused grass mowing violations to start early,â McHenry said.
Many people have mowed their grass a couple of times already, which causes those who haven't to stick out.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The drivers in a two-vehicle accident were injured in a head-on crash that occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday along Route 119 in front of the Country Villa Motel and Wal-Mart in Young Township, police reported.
According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Kristen M. Woods, 29, Big Run, was traveling north on Route 119 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her vehicle to drift through the center turn lane and into the oncoming southbound lane, striking a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John L. Parise, 60, Punxsutawney.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(July 8, 1896)
FIRE IN BIG RUN
A House Belonging to Henry Brown Destroyed
WALSTON â The Young Township Board of Supervisors is agreeable about adding more fire hydrants in the township, but seeks an official request from the chief of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Wednesday, Gary Godak, assistant chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company but addressing the board as a township resident, said the department would like to place hydrants in two locations: One about a half-mile from the New Anchor Inn, along Harmony Road/Route 310, and further down the road just before Adrian/DeLancey.
INDIANA â Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUPâs Punxsutawney campus.
May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.
âThe Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,â David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. â Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?
The juryâs still out on that option, but heâs already made a bit of a splash, having been featured on the cover of a catalog for Rugged Butts (for boys) Ruffle Butts (for girls).
Hudson, the son of Deanna (Blose) and Garrett Miller, of Myrtle Beach, was set for some Valentineâs Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.