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February 22nd

Spirit/Neighbors staff completes membership directories for Brookville Area Chamber, donates $1,000 to benefit community’s development

February 22, 2013

The staff of the Punxsutawney Spirit/Jefferson County Neighbors recently completed a community profile and membership directory for the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Copies were turned over to the chamber on Thursday, along with a donation of $1,000 of the proceeds from their production.

Pictured (from left) are: Tracy Smith, Spirit/Neighbors publisher; Melanie Darrin, executive director of the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce; Heather Kurtz, Spirit/Neighbors ad representative; and Bridey Shawgo, Spirit/Neighbors composing/print shop manager.

Safety first! Local officials preparing for Tuesday’s Public Forum on School Safety

February 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're interested in school safety, then you'll want to attend a community forum dealing with that topic to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Area High School Auditorium.

The meeting is a combined effort between the Punxsutawney Area School Board and Punxsutawney Borough Council.

"Following the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, we received numerous phone calls from concerned citizens and parents regarding the district's safety plan," said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.

THEATRE ARTS GUILD OFFERS FUN WITH SHAKESPEARE

February 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ever been “in a pickle”? Felt like “a laughing stock”? Looked like a “sorry sight”?

If you have ever had occasion to use those words — or worse yet, have had someone use them about you — you may not realize you have been involved with the wit and wisdom of William Shakespeare, who is credited with being the man who added those words to the English language.

Rails to Trails runs into some money thanks to Eagles

February 22, 2013

At Thursday night's Rails to Trails meeting, a $2,000 donation was made by Denny Fetterman, secretary of the Eagles, to the members of the Rails to Trails Association.

This donation is the kick-off for the Capital Campaign Fund Drive for trail maintenance. Accepting the check were (from left): Susan Wolfe, secretary; Matt Taladay, president; Bob Anibaldi, committee member; Tony Bofinger, treasurer; and Nick Gianvito, vice president; and representing the Eagles were Fetterman and Lisa Haught, club manager.

February 21st

Dual committee meeting leads to further discussion concerning new PAHS weight room

February 21, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A joint meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's Building and Maintenance and Athletic committees was held Tuesday, and expansion of the weight room at Punxsutawney Area High School into what has been a maintenance garage was discussed.

Jim Baun, chair of Building and Maintenance, said that the Punxsutawney Booster Club was willing to pay to expand and upgrade the present weight room facility. Bill Vasallo, PAHS athletic director, said his understanding was that the Booster Club was willing to donate the funds to pay for the weight room upgrade.

Brookville author’s book signing to benefit Punxsutawney Memorial Library, animals in need

February 21, 2013

BROOKVILLE — If you’re interested in benefiting two good causes and maybe having a pleasant day out while you’re at it, you might have your chance on March 2 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which will be hosting Brookville author L.A. Adamson for a book signing that will raise money to help the library and sheltered animals.

Adamson, whose first name is Lisa, is the author of “Soggypaw Siberian Huskies,” a chapter book that tells the tale of a husky named Czarah as she tries to assemble a sled dog team to fulfill her owner’s dream of conquering the Great Pennsylvania Sled Dog Race.

February 20th

Too good to be true: New training device, Pat Sim, making PAH safer, more efficient

February 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So many little boys and girls are now familiar with the term simulator, having grown up in an era where flight simulators and simulation games are a regular thing surrounding them. But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH), there's a new simulator in town, and this one's designed for the adults.

His (or her, as he/she has removable/addable body parts to be worn or not on any given day) name is Pat Sim, and according to Lisa Wanchisn, PAH education trainer, the scope of possible training scenarios has been broadened by a large amount with Pat's arrival at the hospital.

Ferringer's Flowers to hold annual Pet Food Drive in March

February 20, 2013

BROOKVILLE — For the 17th year, Betsy and Dave Ferringer of Ferringer's Flowers in Brookville will be providing residents with an opportunity to help animals with the holding of its annual Pet Food Drive from March 1 through March 15.

February 19th

To be Fair: UCC’s new pastor looks to minister to all ages

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new pastor at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Punxsutawney, Jennifer Fair, said that she hopes to reach out to the college-aged group as part of her ministry in Punxsutawney.

"My father, Stephen Fair, has pastored at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg and United Church of Christ in Ridgway, which had a profound effect on me growing up as a pastor's kid (PK)," said Fair.

Fair said her father was one of those people who went straight from
college to seminary and, from there, to pastoring his first church.

Jenks Hill Elementary combines technology with classic game to make learning fun

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Many people have played Bingo at their favorite church or fire hall, but there is a different kind of Bingo that the students at Jenks Hill Elementary School played recently, not to win money, but to win books through the use of technology.

Shari Weber, the principal at Jenks Hill, was in her office calling the numbers as they were projected to all of the classrooms via
technological devices, while the students kept track of their Bingo cards at their desks.

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