Archive - 2013 - News Article
âWhen I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'â â Fred Rogers
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
REYNOLDSVILLE â With the warmer weather finally upon us and signs of spring and summer popping up daily, many folks are starting to do their spring cleaning, and a part of that process is often putting away some of the things that aren't used as much in the warmer months. One of these things that comes to mind is blankets.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students who were inducted into the National Honor Society were honored at the annual banquet that is put on by Rotary Club of Punxsutawney Thursday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
"The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise," said Dave London, principal of Punxsutawney Area High School and Rotary Club member.
London said, speaking to the members of the National Honor Society, that as they become young professionals somewhere, he hopes they'll consider joining a Rotary Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A local gun dealer will hold a rally Saturday in support of Second Amendment rights.
"We're holding a rally for the Second Amendment at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mahoning Valley Milling on Old Indiana Street to show people in the area that there's a lot of people out here who support the Second Amendment," said John Keeley, gun shop manager at Mahoning Valley Milling.
He said that they will also demonstrate the importance of the Second Amendment in regards to the other amendments.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There is a new director of education and programming at the local Weather Discovery Center, and those who know her best will tell you that she always wears a cheery smile.
The new director, Punxsy native Amanda Hornack, is a 1998 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
She graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002, where she earned a bachelorâs of science degree in education.
Hornack assumed her new position on March 1, but had been involved with the center for years.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
The 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will be held this Saturday.
Post offices in Anita, Brockway, Brookville, Falls Creek, Hamilton, Punxsutawney and Summerville are participating.
Residents can leave a bag filled with donated food â such as peanut butter, canned soups, meats and fish, canned juices, fruits, veggies and boxed goods â at their mailboxes for pickup.
The Annual Sidewalk Commentary Contest was held Wednesday for some of the students at the IUP-Punxsy Campus.
Students were asked to do a drawing using sidewalk chalk, and the drawing had to relate to an issue that was important to them.
Social topics such as politics, diversity, human rights and health had to be expressed through the drawing.
Winning first place was (from left) DeAndre Lawson, Jordan Williams and Phill Euston.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department reported that Steven D. Miller, 18, of Punxsutawney, was charged with forgery (24 counts), identity theft (24 counts), theft by unlawful taking (25 counts),
receiving stolen property (25 counts), criminal conspiracy (45 counts) and theft by deception (24 counts).
Police said the charges stem from a March 19 incident on Belmont Avenue.
Miller was committed to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $80,000 cash bail.
Tom Curry (left), Ginger Momyer (center) and Kathy Bish paused during rehearsal for "Laughing All the Way," an evening of entertainment being presented this month by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) and the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
The show benefits PASR's Educational Support Grant and the activities of each hosting senior center. In addition to the light-hearted songs, skits, jokes, a monologue and a most unusual fashion show, audiences will be treated to an assortment of desserts and beverages during intermission.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted to approve the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year at Monday's voting meeting.
Bob Pascuzzo, board member, asked how much fund balance the district will need to finish the 2012-13 school year.
Susan H. Robertson, district business manager, said as of right now, she has projected $500,000 but believes it will be closer to $300,000 by the end of the school year.
Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last Friday, the students at Parkview Elementary School were given a special treat, when Dr. Robert Altmeyer, who the students already knew as âDr. Bob,â and his two helpers â his son Aaron and Therman the dog â delivered a presentation to them on taking care of their pets.
After some brief introductions, Altmeyer showed the students how to do a pet inventory and asked the students what kinds of pets they had.